Wacken Open Air

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Wacken Open Air
Wacken-open-air-festival.jpg
The logo of the Wacken Open Air festival is a bull head Skull
Location(s) Flag of Germany.svg Wacken, Germany
Years active 1990–present
Founded by Thomas Jensen and Holger Hübner[1]
Date(s) July, August
Genre Metal
Website www.wacken.com
The official Wacken Hymn, performed by Doro and Skyline.

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Faked town sign at Volkskunde Museum Schleswig

Wacken Open Air (W:O:A) is a summer open air heavy metal music festival. It takes place annually in the small village of Wacken in Schleswig-Holstein, northern Germany. With 80,000 festival visitors, and including personnel a total of roughly 86,000 attendees in 2011,[2] it attracts all kinds of metal music fans, such as fans of black metal, death metal, power metal, thrash metal, gothic metal, folk metal, and even metalcore, nu metal and hard rock from around the world.

The festival was first held in 1990 as a small event for local German bands. By 1998 the event included over 70 bands from Europe, North America and Australia. W:O:A is usually held at the beginning of August and lasts three days, during which the festival-goers camp on several camping grounds surrounding the festival area. The 70 or more bands perform across four stages over the course of the event.

Since 2002, the Wacken Firefighters, the local volunteer fire department band, opens the festival.

1990[edit]

Wacken Open Air 1990, the first incarnation of the festival, was held on Friday, 24 August and Saturday, 25 August.

Lineup
Friday Saturday

Skyline

5th Avenue
Ax'n Sex
Motoslug
Sacret Season
Wizzard

1991[edit]

Wacken Open Air 1991 was held on Friday, 23 August and Saturday, 24 August.

Lineup

Bon Scott
Gypsy Kyss
Kilgore
Life Artist

Ruby Red
Shanghai'd Guts
Skyline

1992[edit]

Wacken Open Air 1992 was held on Friday, 21 August and Saturday, 22 August.

Lineup

5th Avenue
Asmodis
Ax'n Sex
Bad Sister
Bai Bang
Blind Guardian
De La Cruz
Doc Eisenhauer
Dr. Hörp
Eddie E.
Highlander
Ides of March
Incubator

Jolly Hangman
Mama's Boys
Morbid Mind
Motoslug
Pagan Spell
Paradise
Play'n'Bleed
Saitensprünge
Saxon
Störspatzen of Des
STS 8 Mission
The Waltons
Vivian

1993[edit]

Wacken Open Air 1993 was held from Friday, 20 August to Sunday, 22 August, and was headlined by Doro and Fates Warning.

Main Stage
Friday Saturday Sunday

Piracee
Railway
Gorefest
Skew Siskin
Riverdogs
Doro
Bon Scott

Heavenward
Restless Blondes
Saintcatee
Warpath
Plan B
Jingo de Lunch
Trespass
Holocaust
Fates Warning
Highlander

Abi Wallenstein
Toy
RAX
Bad Sister
Châlice
Vivian
Ax'n Sex

Party Stage
Friday Saturday

Fast Lover
Blue Velvet
Bai Bang
Samael
Gary Hughes
Sahara
Ballroom Bones
Stoney Rudolph

Torment
Grinning Sinner
Häwi Mädels
Jack's Hammer
Noisy Act of Protest
Michael Dickes
(acoustic)
Riverdogs
(acoustic)
Buddy Lackey
Sahara
5th Avenue

1994[edit]

Wacken Open Air 1994 was held on Friday, 19 August and Saturday, 20 August, and was headlined by Paul Di'Anno's Killers.

Main Stage
Friday Saturday

Suiciety
Pagandom
Skyclad
The Tea Party

Saintcatee
Chemical Breath
Decision D
U.K. Subs
Gamma Ray
Rausch
Paul Di'Anno's Killers

Party Stage
Friday Saturday

Moray
Many Acts of Maniacs
Deceased
Stoney Rudolph & The Happy McCardies
Hannes Bauer & Orchestra
The Waltons
Tears for Beers

Roan
Riff Raff
Easy Livin'
(Uriah Heep feat. Markus Grosskopf)
Torment
Ace Öf Spades
Ken Tamplin
Prollhead
Atrocity
Dixie Gunworks

1995[edit]

Wacken Open Air 1995 was held on Friday, 19 May and Saturday, 20 May, and was headlined by D:A:D and Tiamat.

Lineup

5th Avenue
Amentia
Angra
Bad Sister
Châlice
Creep
D:A:D
Dark at Dawn
Das Auge Gottes
Depressive Age
Dixie Gunworks

Ghosts of Dawn
Graue Zellen
Hate Squad
Laberinto
More About Dogs
Morgoth
Paragon
Phantoms of Future
Pothead
Power of Expression
Pretty Maids

Prime
Rape
Revelation
Schweisser
Solitude Aeturnus
Temple of the Absurd
Tiamat
Trauma
Trieb
Vanden Plas
Vocation

1996[edit]

Wacken Open Air 1996 was held on Friday, 9 August and Saturday, 10 August, and was headlined by Böhse Onkelz.

Double Main Stage
Friday Saturday

Grind Machine
Big Nothing
Desert Storm
Bad Sister
Dice
Grave Digger
Pyogenesis

Gorefest
The Gathering
The Exploited
Crematory
Kreator
Tom Angelripper
Asylum

Gorn
Ricochet
Whils
Sieges Even
Dritte Wahl
Temple of the Absurd
Manos
Secret Discovery
Vicki Vomit

Atrocity
Randalica
Schweisser
Oomph!
Kingdom Come
Dimple Minds
Böhse Onkelz
Tom Angelripper
Ramones Mania

1997[edit]

Wacken Open Air 1997 was held on Friday, 8 August and Saturday, 9 August, and was headlined by Motörhead.

Double Main Stage
Friday Saturday

Aion
Undish
Lake of Tears
Dissection
Virgin Steele
Dimmu Borgir
Saviour Machine

Sodom
Theatre Of Tragedy
Samael
Therion
Rage & Lingua Mortis Orchestra
Love Gun

Scanner
Hassmütz
Zed Yago
Raven
Tank
Sinner
U.D.O.
Iron Savior
Overkill

Birth Control
HammerFall
Waltari
Grave Digger
Amorphis
Motörhead
Rock Bitch
Subway to Sally
Tom Angelripper

W.E.T. Stage
Friday Saturday

Don Bosco
Steiger
Paunch
Sceptic Acceptance
Mummlox
In Flames
Dismember
Late September Dogs

Entrust
Gainsay
Headcase
Fox Force Five
The Automanic
Totenmond
Torment
Umbra et Imago
Grinning Sinner
Soilent Green

1998[edit]

Wacken Open Air 1998 was held on Friday, 7 August and Saturday, 8 August. The festival was headlined by Savatage, J.B.O., Blind Guardian, and Doro.

Double Main Stage
Friday Saturday

Metal Worx
Angel Dust
Unrest
Fair Warning
Arch Enemy
Iron Savior
Sweet Savage
Stratovarius

Blitzkrieg
Cradle of Filth
Anvil
Doro
Warrior
J.B.O.
Goddess Of Desire
Haggard

Sweet Noise
Lacuna Coil
Hollow
Rough Silk
Stahlhammer
Holy Mother
Primordial
Sentenced
Sacred Steel
Bonfire
Pegazus
Gamma Ray

Voivod (canceled)
Virgin Steele
Primal Fear
Iced Earth
Exciter
Blind Guardian
Riot
Savatage
Atrocity (canceled)
Tom Angelripper
In Extremo

W.E.T./Black Stages
Friday Saturday

Third Teeth
Incubator
Telltalehard
Custard
God Dethroned
Soulburn
Stigmata IV
Dew-Scented
Darkseed

Krabathor
Manos
Children of Bodom
Am I Blood
Benediction
Tankard
Crematory
Skyclad
Temple of the Absurd

Murder One
Lost Resistance
Night in Gales
Silent Scream
Suidakra
Borknagar
Postmortem
Old Man's Child
Crack Up
Raise Hell
Disbelief
Sadist

Heavenwood
Agathodaimon
Skyclad
Hades Almighty
Dritte Wahl
Gorgoroth
Vader
Covenant
Hypocrisy
Grober Spass

1999[edit]

Wacken Open Air 1999 was held from Thursday, 5 August to Saturday, 7 August. 10th Anniversary with the first ever wedding at Wacken Open Air on the Blackstage.

Double Main Stage
Thursday Friday Saturday

Death SS
Fates Warning
Spock's Beard

Edguy
Witchery
Leatherwolf
Blind Passengers
Dokken
Crematory
U.D.O.
Destruction
HammerFall
Mayhem
Rage
Mercyful Fate
Saxon
In Extremo
Tygers of Pan Tang

Dr. Death
Marshall Law
Amon Amarth
Wardog
Tristania
Metalium
In Flames
The Bullheadz
The Gathering
Primal Fear
Subway to Sally
Axel Rudi Pell
Six Feet Under
Pretty Maids
Cannibal Corpse
Metal Church
Atrocity
Dee Snider (canceled)
D:A:D (substitute for Dee Snider)
Dimmu Borgir
Therion & Orchestra
Onkel Tom

History Stage Party Stage
Friday Saturday

In Aeternum
Graveworm
House of Spirits
Eisregen
Sinister
Temple of the Absurd
Pariah
Freedom Call
Warhammer
Die Apokalyptischen Reiter
Enslaved
The Waltons
Vicki Vomit

Powergod
Totenmond
Richthofen
Roland Grapow & Band
Sinner
Girlschool
Napalm Death
Eläkeläiset
Reverend Jürgen & Igor

The Crown
Memory Garden
Threshold
Dark Tranquillity
Marduk
Angra
Axxis
Jaguar
Nevermore
Warrant
Umbra et Imago

W.E.T. Stage
Thursday Friday Saturday

Tankwart
Skyclad

Paragon
Bewitched
The Sygnet
Brainstorm
Mystic Circle
Killers
Immortal
God Dethroned
Jag Panzer

Mindfeed
Paradox
Lefay
Labyrinth
Steel Prophet
Agent Steel
Destiny's End
Razor
Torment
Solitude Aeturnus
Whiplash

2000[edit]

Wacken Open Air 2000 was held from Thursday, 3 August to Saturday, 5 August.

Double Main Stage
Thursday Friday Saturday

Krokus
Molly Hatchet
The Company of Snakes

Vader
Samson
Dark Funeral
Royal Hunt
Umbra et Imago
Angel Witch
Dee Snider
Marduk
Rhapsody
Immortal
Stratovarius
Overkill
Iced Earth
Hypocrisy
Gamma Ray
Six Feet Under

Dark Age
Freedom Call
Immolation (canceled)
Agro
Labyrinth
Ancient
Blaze
Sentenced
Lizzy Borden
Entombed
Nightwish
Morbid Angel
Doro
Rose Tattoo
Thin Lizzy
Venom
Zakk Wylde
Chantal Chevalier
Onkel Tom

Party Stage
Friday Saturday

Dark at Dawn
Gaskin
October 31
Desperados
Pink Cream 69
Artillery
Liege Lord

SHARD
Late Nite Romeo
Agathodaimon
Pain
Solstice
Demon
Spiritual Beggars
Heir Apparent
Raise Hell
Engine

W.E.T. Stage
Friday Saturday

Deranged
Savage
Lock Up
Grim Reaper
Praying Mantis
Black Sweden
Breaker

Mob Rules
Nightmare
Steel Attack
Squealer
Vanishing Point
Hades
Jacob's Dream
Skew Siskin
Knorkator
Twisted Tower Dire

2001[edit]

Wacken Open Air 2001 was held from Thursday, 2 August to Saturday, 4 August.

Double Main Stage
Thursday Friday Saturday

Knight Errant
Finntroll
Crematory
W.A.S.P.

Deceased
Stygma IV
Carnal Forge
Lacuna Coil
Holy Moses
Napalm Death
Exciter
Primal Fear
Paul Di'Anno
Nevermore
Overkill
Therion
(with choir)
Helloween
Saxon
Dimmu Borgir

Warhammer
Cryptopsy
Brainstorm
Dark Tranquillity
Metalium
Culprit
Annihilator
Rage
Subway to Sally
Grave Digger
In Flames
Nightwish
HammerFall
Motörhead
Sodom

Party Stage
Friday Saturday

Nostradameus
Nightfall
Soilwork
Blackshine
Cage
Kamelot
Nasum
Exhumed
Sonata Arctica
Mortician
Desaster
The Haunted
Exumer
Rawhead Rexx

Trail of Tears
Deströyer 666
Vintersorg
Krisiun
Soul Doctor
Tad Morose
Artch
Tankard
Jag Panzer
Naglfar
Opeth
Death SS
Die Apokalyptischen Reiter
Mägo de Oz

W.E.T. Stage
Friday Saturday

Bionix
Crystal Shark
16 Hell Ventiler
Smoke Blow
Sacraphyx
Circle of Grief
Wizard (canceled)
Behemoth
Silent Force

Kju
The Traceelords
Chinchilla
The Centre of Gravity
Paragon
Lost Horizon
Arch Enemy
Night in Gales

2002[edit]

Wacken Open Air 2002 was held from Thursday, 1 August to Saturday, 3 August.

Double Main Stage
Thursday Friday Saturday

Messiah Kiss
Kotipelto
Blaze
Doro
Rose Tattoo

Stormwarrior
Vomitory
Domine
Necrophobic
Iron Savior
Debris Inc.
Angra
Dying Fetus
Pretty Maids
Borknagar
Savatage
Destruction
Bruce Dickinson
Children of Bodom
J.B.O.
In Extremo
Warlord

Stormwitch
Criminal
Wizard
Amon Amarth
Vicious Rumors
Macabre
Nuclear Assault
Immortal
Exodus
Hypocrisy
Edguy
Cannibal Corpse
Blind Guardian
Kreator
U.D.O.
Onkel Tom

Party Stage
Friday Saturday

Avalanch
Dornenreich
Wolf
Rebellion
Metalucifer
Nocturnal Rites
Lock Up
Dimple Minds
Megaherz
Dragonlord
Pungent Stench
Torfrock
My Dying Bride
Candlemass
Red Aim

Rottweiler
Evergrey
Mezarkabul
Thunderstone
Angel Dust
Shakra
Falconer
Vanden Plas
Sinergy
Sabbat
Heathen
Unleashed
Blitzkrieg
Green Carnation
Haggard

W.E.T. Stage
Friday Saturday

Antagonist
Justice
Withering Surface
Fleshcrawl
Alabama Thunderpussy
Heavenly
Mob Rules
Primordial

Eisregen

Victims of Madness
Centre of Gravity
Kalmah
Hollenthon
Vision Divine
Dream Evil
Suidakra
Mörk Gryning
Nightmare

2003[edit]

Wacken Open Air 2003 was held from Thursday, 31 July to Saturday, 2 August.

Double Main Stage
Thursday Friday Saturday

Circle II Circle
Annihilator
Victory
Saxon (Surprise show)
Running Wild

Dew-Scented
Extreme Noise Terror
The Crown
Diamond Head
Dismember
Freedom Call
Sentenced
Primal Fear
Testament
Gamma Ray
In Flames
Twisted Sister
Subway to Sally

Sinister
Thyrfing
Malevolent Creation
Metalium
Carpathian Forest
Masterplan
Soilwork
Rage
Dark Funeral
Stratovarius
Nile
Slayer
Vader
Onkel Tom

Party Stage
Friday Saturday

The Quill
Seventh One
Dark Age
Lotto King Karl
Die Apokalyptischen Reiter
Assassin
Lordi

Raunchy
Twisted Tower Dire
Evidence One
Eidolon
Kataklysm
Sinner
Sonata Arctica

W.E.T. Stage
Friday Saturday

Obscenity
V8 Wankers
Psychopunch
Oratory
Raise Hell
Symphorce
Rotting Christ

Human Fortress
Graveworm
Callenish Circle
Cryptic Wintermoon
Bai Bang
Ancient Rites
Heaven Shall Burn
Darkane
Breed 77

2004[edit]

Wacken Open Air 2004 was held from Thursday, 5 August to Saturday, 7 August.

This edition of the festival marked the introduction of the Metal Battle, a battle of the bands-style tournament in which the finalists from their respective countries perform on the W.E.T. Stage, with the winner receiving endorsements, a worldwide label deal, and a slot on the W.E.T. Stage at the following year's festival. Eleven finalists competed in 2004, with Reckless Tide from Germany emerging as the winner.

Double Main Stage
Thursday Friday Saturday

Zodiac Mindwarp
Motörhead
Böhse Onkelz

Orphanage
Paragon
Cathedral
Weinhold
Arch Enemy
Brainstorm
Mayhem
Grave Digger
Feinstein / The Rods
Dio
Destruction
Doro
(with The Metal Classic Night Orchestra)
Warlock
Amon Amarth

Bal-Sagoth
Death Angel
Unleashed
Anthrax
Cannibal Corpse
Nevermore
Hypocrisy
Helloween
Children of Bodom
Saxon
Satyricon & Nocturno Culto
J.B.O.

Party Stage
Friday Saturday

Mnemic
Raunchy
Dionysus
Satan
Kotipelto
Eläkeläiset
Quireboys

Mystic Prophecy
Ektomorf
After Forever
Thunderstone
Knorkator
Schandmaul

W.E.T. Stage
Friday Saturday

Methedras
Vanguard
Artefact
Engine of Pain
Gutbucket
Astral Doors
Hobbs' Angel of Death
Misery Index
Sufferage

Dr. Rock
Everfest
Thora
Voodoma
Supersoma
Reckless Tide
Gun Barrel
Disbelief
Griffin

2005[edit]

Wacken Open Air 2005 was held from Wednesday, 3 August to Saturday, 6 August.

Double Main Stage
Thursday Friday Saturday

Tristania
Candlemass
Oomph!
Nightwish

Naglfar
Morgana Lefay
Illdisposed
Sonata Arctica
Bloodbath
Metal Church
Obituary
Edguy
Within Temptation
Machine Head
Apocalyptica
Corvus Corax
Samael

Zyklon
DragonForce
Suffocation
Overkill
Dissection
Axel Rudi Pell
Marduk
HammerFall
Kreator
Accept
Sentenced
Stratovarius
(surprise act)
Sputniks
Onkel Tom

Party Stage
Friday Saturday

Mercenary
Marky Ramone
Ensiferum
Hanoi Rocks (canceled)
Eisregen
Gorefest
Turisas

Mob Rules
Count Raven
Holy Moses
Finntroll
Equilibrium
Torfrock
emKay
(Surprise act)

W.E.T. Stage
Thursday Friday Saturday

Doomfoxx
Hatesphere

Victims of Madness
Snake Eye
Gorilla Monsoon
Sinners Bleed
Hatedrive
Vanguard
Saeko
Suidakra
Reckless Tide
Mucc
Cataract
Metalium
Potentia Animi
Teräsbetoni
Contradiction

Stigma
Unleash the Fury
Manifest
Agonizer
Tuatha de Danann
Machine Men
Hard Time
Panic Cell
Noise Forest
Regicide
Endhammer
Primordial
Endstille
Goddess of Desire

Jim Beam Stage
Thursday Friday Saturday

Mambo Kurt

Doomfoxx
Los Los

Doomfoxx

2006[edit]

Carnivore performing live at W:O:A 2006

Wacken Open Air 2006 was held from Wednesday, 2 August to Saturday, 5 August.

Double Main Stage
Thursday Friday Saturday

Faster Inferno
(feat. Tyson Schenker)
Victory
Michael Schenker Group
Scorpions
(with special guests)

Mystic Circle
Wintersun
Legion of the Damned
Danko Jones
Six Feet Under
Nevermore
Opeth
In Extremo
Carnivore
Children of Bodom
Celtic Frost
Ministry
Amon Amarth

Aborted
Caliban
Arch Enemy
Fear Factory
Morbid Angel
Gamma Ray
Soulfly
Whitesnake
Emperor
Motörhead
Finntroll
Subway to Sally

Party Stage
Friday Saturday

End of Green
Born From Pain
Ektomorf
Soilwork
Vaxination
Korpiklaani
D'espairsRay
Primal Fear

Metal Church
Bloodthorn
Orphaned Land
Atheist
Die Apokalyptischen Reiter
Rose Tattoo

W.E.T. Stage
Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

Mambo Kurt

Gutlock
Malefactor
Transilvanian Beat Club
Mortal Sin
C.O.R.
Mambo Kurt

Monster Joe
Würm
Cadaveric Crematorium
Kottak
Nikki Puppet
Gorilla Monsoon
Fleshgore
Vreid
Krypteria
Dezperadoz
Hellfueled
Metal Inquisitor
Battlelore

Morbus Gravis
Drone
Infinight
The Dogma
Suidakra
Tourettes
We
Lake of Tears
Krieger
Obscenity
Delirious
Forever Slave

2007[edit]

Wacken Open Air 2007 was held from Wednesday, 1 August to Saturday, 4 August. The festival was headlined by Blind Guardian, Saxon, Iced Earth, Immortal.

Double Main Stage
Thursday Friday Saturday

Blitzkrieg
Rose Tattoo
Sodom
(with guests)
Saxon

Suidakra
Amorphis
Napalm Death
Therion
Possessed
Grave Digger
Turbonegro
J.B.O.
Lacuna Coil
Blind Guardian
Dimmu Borgir
Iced Earth
Die Apokalyptischen Reiter

Sonic Syndicate
Sacred Reich
Moonspell
Stratovarius
Dir en grey
Rage
(with Lingua Mortis Orchestra)
Destruction
(with guests)
Type O Negative
Immortal
In Flames
Cannibal Corpse
Subway to Sally

Party Stage
Thursday Friday Saturday

The Sorrow
Narziss
Neaera
Animal Alpha
All That Remains
Hatesphere
Overkill

The Black Dahlia Murder
Communic
Volbeat
Falconer
Enslaved
Schandmaul
Samael

Disillusion
Heaven Shall Burn
Dimension Zero
Norther
Stormwarrior
(featuring Kai Hansen)
Haggard

W.E.T. Stage
Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

Mambo Kurt

Krossbreed
Wargasm
Roots of Death
Gutbucket
Týr
Letzte Instanz
Electric Eel Shock
Maroon

Red Ink
Corruption
Ecliptica
Crystal Blaze
Torture Squad
Mennen
Drone
Pharao
Sabbat
Chthonic
Black Majesty
The Answer
Belphegor
Sahg
Fastway
Kampfar

Sheephead
Fracture
Abstract Rapture
Mythlorian
Fair to Midland
Secrets of the Moon
The Vision Bleak
Swallow the Sun
Turisas
Benedictum
Moonsorrow
Municipal Waste
Unheilig
1349
Vital Remains

2008[edit]

Wacken Open Air 2008 was held from Wednesday, 30 July to Saturday, 2 August. The festival was headlined by Iron Maiden, Children of Bodom, Avantasia, and Nightwish.

Double Main Stage
Thursday Friday Saturday

Girlschool
Lauren Harris
Airbourne
Avenged Sevenfold
Iron Maiden

Grave
Mortal Sin
Job for a Cowboy
Unearth
Ensiferum
Kamelot
Soilwork
Sonata Arctica
Opeth
Children of Bodom
Corvus Corax
Avantasia
Gaahl and King ov Hell
(as Gorgoroth)

3 Inches of Blood
Sweet Savage
Holy Moses
Exodus
Hatebreed
As I Lay Dying
Carcass
Killswitch Engage
At the Gates
Nightwish
Kreator
Lordi

Party Stage
Thursday Friday Saturday

Mustasch
Nashville Pussy
Sturm und Drang
Leaves' Eyes

Primordial
Cynic
Headhunter
Sabaton
Massacre
The Haunted
Crematory

Machine Men
Mercenary
Obituary
Krypteria
girugämesh
Axxis

W.E.T. Stage
Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

Threat
Metakilla
Sweet Savage
Mambo Kurt

Concept Insomnia
Negură Bunget
Alestorm

The Fading
The Rotted
Destructor
Autumn
Stam1na
Psychopunch
Nifelheim
van Canto
Saltatio Mortis
Excrementory Grindfuckers

Ripsaw
Evocation
Before the Dawn
Enemy of the Sun
Powerwolf
Warbringer
Torture Squad
Dream of an Opium Eater
Watain
Lord Belial
The Bones

2009[edit]

Wacken Open Air 2009 was held from Wednesday, 29 July to Saturday, 1 August, and marked the festival's 20th year.

Running Wild's set on Thursday was their last before they split up. The performance was recorded and eventually released on the live CD/DVD The Final Jolly Roger.

Kampfar were originally scheduled to perform on the Party Stage on Saturday, but were forced to cancel their appearance due to personal reasons. Their slot was filled by Onkel Tom.

Double Main Stage
Thursday Friday Saturday

Skyline
Schandmaul
Der W
Running Wild
Heaven & Hell

Vreid
UFO
Endstille
Gamma Ray
Walls of Jericho
Nevermore
Airbourne
HammerFall
Bullet for my Valentine
Motörhead
In Flames
Doro
Amon Amarth

Einherjer
Rage
Cathedral
Testament
Heaven Shall Burn
Axel Rudi Pell
In Extremo
Volbeat
Machine Head
Saxon
GWAR
Subway to Sally

Party Stage
Thursday Friday Saturday

D-A-D
J.B.O.
BossHoss
Lacuna Coil

Napalm Death
Retrospect
Tristania
DragonForce
Coheed and Cambria
Epica
ASP

Suidakra
Onkel Tom
Borknagar
Pain
Enslaved
Korpiklaani

W.E.T. Stage
Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

Victims of Madness
Bai Bang
Bon Scott
Onkel Tom
Mambo Kurt

X-Plod
Furion
5th Avenue
The Waltons
Drone
Bloodwork
Grand Magus

Leave Scars
Reason to Kill
Ade
Insidead
Scarred
Kielwater
Irr
Beneath
Silence Means Death
Callejón
Bring Me the Horizon
Whiplash
Nervecell
Insidious Disease
Eths
Sarke
Pentagram (Chile)

None
Cadaver Race
A Fine Day to Exit
Crisix (Crysys)
T.A.N.K (Think of A New Kind)
Trinitys Blood
Ferium
Split Heaven
The Fading
Trouble
U.K. Subs
Engel
Turisas
Tracedawn
Torment

Medieval Stage
Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

Fejd
Ragnaröek

Reincarnatus
Cumulo Nimbus

Swashbuckle
Ingrimm

Adorned Brood
Rabenschrey
Feuerschwanz

2010[edit]

Alice Cooper performing live at W:O:A 2010
Grave Digger featuring Doro on W:O:A main stage

Wacken Open Air 2010 was held from Wednesday, 4 August to Saturday, 7 August. The festival was headlined by Iron Maiden, Alice Cooper, Mötley Crüe, and Slayer.

Several bands played special sets at the festival. Corvus Corax played a show entitled "Wacken Burns" to close out the main stage performances on Friday. To celebrate their 30th anniversary, Grave Digger performed their 1996 album, Tunes of War, in its entirety. Likewise, Tiamat performed their entire 1994 album, Wildhoney, in honor of both their 20th year together and the 15th birthday of the album.

Double Main Stage
Thursday Friday Saturday

Skyline
(with special guests)
Alice Cooper
Mötley Crüe
Iron Maiden

Dew-Scented
Amorphis
Orphaned Land
Ill Niño
Die Apokalyptischen Reiter
BossHoss
Endstille
Kamelot
Arch Enemy
Grave Digger
Slayer
Anvil
Corvus Corax

Ektomorf
Caliban
Unleashed
Overkill
Lock Up
W.A.S.P.
Immortal
Edguy
Cannibal Corpse
Soulfly
Fear Factory
U.D.O.

Party Stage
Friday Saturday

Suicidal Angels
Job for a Cowboy
Frei.Wild
Voivod
Tarja Turunen
1349
Atrocity

Smoke Blow
Kampfar
Delain
Stratovarius
Candlemass
Tiamat

W.E.T. Stage
Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

Victims of Madness
Void Creation
No Dawn
Snakebite
Raging Mob
Dymytry
By the Patient
Forever Storm
Battle Beast†‡
Frontal
Vice
Total Riot
Wistaria
Missing in Action
Penthagon
Soul Stealer
Mambo Kurt

Orcus O Dis
Seven Ends
Demolished
The Sixpounder
Prayers of Sanity
Altar
Vita Imana
Katana
Hathors
Cangaço
Black Out Beauty
Ghost Brigade
MacBeth
Crisix (Crysys)
Gojira

Brutus
Dead Means Nothing
Skanners
Astral Doors
Hackneyed
Mad Max
The Other
Eternal Legacy
Evile
Lizzy Borden
Broilers
Holy Grail
Secrets of the Moon
Ihsahn
Imperium Dekadenz
Raven

Nightmare
The New Black
Degradead
Crucified Barbara
End of Green
Die Kassierer
Metsatöll
Varg
Debauchery
Solstafir
Lake of Tears
Rotting Christ
Despised Icon
Killing Machine
The Devil's Blood

† - Metal Battle 2010 finalists
‡ - Metal Battle 2010 winner
Wackinger Stage
Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

Lord of the Lost
Fiddler's Green
Red Hot Chilli Pipers

Svartsot
Sevron
Vaxination

Torfrock
Hanggai

Letzte Instanz
Schelmish
DJ Cool
Equilibrium

The Keltics
Týr
Orden Ogan

Red Bull Bus Bullhead City Tent
Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

9mm

Apocalyptica
(surprise show)

Spit Like This

The Circus of Horrors

2011[edit]

Wacken Open Air 2011 was held from Thursday, 4 August to Saturday, 6 August. The festival was headlined by Blind Guardian, Judas Priest, Ozzy Osbourne, Motörhead, Airbourne and Sepultura.

Double Main Stage
Thursday Friday Saturday

Skyline (plus guests)
Bülent Ceylan
Frei.Wild
Helloween
Blind Guardian
Ozzy Osbourne

Ensiferum
Suicidal Tendencies
Morbid Angel
Sodom
As I Lay Dying
Trivium
Heaven Shall Burn
Judas Priest
Triptykon
Airbourne
Apocalyptica

Moonsorrow
Crashdïet
Kataklysm
Dir en Grey
Mayhem
Iced Earth
Sepultura
Avantasia
Kreator
Motörhead
Children of Bodom
Subway to Sally

Party Stage
Friday Saturday

Primal Fear
Van Canto
Rhapsody of Fire
Morgoth
Kyuss Lives!
Saltatio Mortis

Visions of Atlantis
The Haunted
Knorkator
Vreid
Danko Jones
Eläkeläiset

W.E.T. Stage
Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

Mother of God
Leash Eye
Dust Bolt
Hammercult†‡
Virginia Clemm
Death Clocks
Mortal Strike
Aphyxion
Noein
Atrum
Voltax
Paralytic
Eccentric Pendulum
Nekrost
Powerstroke
Mambo Kurt

Tanker
Sacramental
Seven Stitches
Achren
Exquisite Pus
Golem
Rude Revelation
X-Tinxion
Coldwar
Bucovina
Aeon Throne
Omnicide
Battle Beast
Pneuma

Pharao
Volcano
Pussy Sister
Skálmöld
The Prophecy 23
Khold
Negator
Deadlock
Blowsight
Suidakra
Sirenia
Tsujder
Accuser
Skindred
Slime
Shraphead

The Murder of My Sweet
Triosphere
Hellsaw
Torture Squad
Stormzone
Hämatom
Shining
Skeletonwitch
In Solitude
Warrant
Blowsight
Hail of Bullets
Tokyo Blade
Venomin James
Ghost
Tauthr

† - Metal Battle 2011 finalists
‡ - Metal Battle 2011 winner

2012[edit]

Wacken Open Air 2012 was held from Thursday, 2 August to Saturday, 4 August.

From this year onwards, the W.E.T. Stage under the Headbanger's Ballroom tent had a second stage, known as the Headbanger's Stage, added right next to it. The expanded tent was renamed the Bullhead City Circus.

Rain Shatter Band from Guadalajara, México. In the Bullhead City Circus Stage W:O:A 2012
Double Main Stage
Thursday Friday Saturday

Skyline†
Jim Breuer
Sepultura & Les Tambours du Bronx
U.D.O.
Saxon
Volbeat

Endstille
Sacred Reich
Sanctuary
Kamelot
Overkill
The BossHoss
Opeth
HammerFall
Dimmu Borgir & Orchestra
In Flames
In Extremo
D-A-D

Delain
Gamma Ray
Napalm Death
Axel Rudi Pell
Six Feet Under
Testament
Cradle of Filth
Amon Amarth
Scorpions
Machine Head
Ministry
Edguy
(surprise act)

† - With guests
Party Stage
Friday Saturday

Betontod
Oomph!
Broilers
Coroner
Leaves' Eyes
Athonite

Suffocated
Paradise Lost
Sick Of It All
Dark Funeral
Schandmaul
Watain

Bullhead City Circus
Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

Inquisitor
Victims of Madness
Rust2Dust
Fateful Finality
RavenBlood
Gothic
Midnight Priest
Electric Hellride
Lord Shades
Ease of Disgust
Cold Snap
Gone Postal
Helmut
Devil's Note
MindthreaT
Shredhead
Hamferð†‡
Rain Shatter
Zygnema
Epsilon
Opifex
Frantic Amber
Disquiet
Corpse Garden
Warpath
Mambo Kurt

Russkaja
Faanefjell
Dead by April
Exuviated
Wölli & Die Band Des Jahres
Hone Your Sense
Kellermensch
The Falling
Winterstorm
Amaranthe
Hammercult
Keule
Chthonic
Channel Zero
Unearth
Circle II Circle
Mono Inc.

FDJ
Yaksa
Warbringer
Liquid Meat
Crimes of Passion
Darkest Hour
The Black Dahlia Murder
Graveyard
Decapitated
Red Fang
D.R.I.
We Butter the Bread with Butter
Jim Breuer
Gehenna
Aura Noir
Kobra and the Lotus
Insomnium
Ghost Brigade

Agro
Eschenbach
Manticora
Manimals
Massacre
WETO
Kylesa
Megaherz
Moonspell
(acoustic show)
Sylosis
Nasum
Djerv
Warrior Soul
Suicide Silence
Dio Disciples
Riotgod
Winterfylleth
Leningrad Cowboys

† - Metal Battle 2012 finalists
‡ - Metal Battle 2012 Winner
Wackinger Stage
Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

Russkaja
Saor Patrol
Vogelfrey
Santiano

Santiano
Saor Patrol
Vogelfrey
Panteón Rococó
Torfrock

Saor Patrol
Vogelfrey
Eisenherz
Russkaja

Santiano
Ingrimm
Vogelfrey
Russkaja
Diablo Swing Orchestra

2013[edit]

Wacken Open Air 2013 was held from Thursday, 1 August to Saturday, 3 August.

Double Main Stage
Thursday Friday Saturday

Skyline
Annihilator
Thunder
Deep Purple
Rammstein

Neaera
Tristania
Gojira
Powerwolf
Ihsahn
Pretty Maids
Agnostic Front
Sabaton
Motörhead
Doro
ASP
Grave Digger

Callejon
Fear Factory
Die Apokalyptischen Reiter
Lamb of God
Anthrax
Danzig
Trivium
Alice Cooper
Nightwish
Lingua Mortis Orchestra & Rage
Subway to Sally

† - Set was cut short due to frontman Lemmy Kilmister's poor health.

‡ - Set was filmed and released as Showtime, Storytime.

Party Stage
Friday Saturday

Russkaja
Eisbrecher
Ugly Kid Joe
Soilwork
Corvus Corax
Amorphis

Alestorm
Sonata Arctica
DevilDriver
Candlemass
Meshuggah

Bullhead City Circus
Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

Harpyie
Victims of Madness
Spring and Autumn
Chronosphere
J.T. Ripper
SIC
An Apple a Day
Infanteria
Nine Treasures
BackJumper
Overoth
Asthma
Vengha
Rotten State
Crimson Shadows
Ophidian I
Kill With Hate
Midnight Scream
Count to Six
Trallery
Devoid
Utopium
GOD: The Barbarian Horde
Karma Zero
Mambo Kurt

Russkaja
La Chudra
Behold the Grave
Rotten Souls
Gnida
Mysterious Priestess
Industrial City
Cancelled
Eskimo Callboy
9mm
Haggard
Soulless
Alpha Tiger
Die Kassierer
Ragnarok
Dezperadoz

Benighted
Eat the Gun
Stahlmann
Nachtblut
Naglfar
Dr. Living Dead!
Kamikaze Kings
Black Messiah
Mustasch
Heaven's Basement
Legion of the Damned
Whitechapel
Leprous
Anvil
Uli Jon Roth
Bullet

Hate Squad
Chrome Molly
Run Liberty Run
Null DB
Spitfire
Dew-Scented
Secret Sphere
Serum 114
Rebattered
Emergency Gate
Fozzy
Dunderbeist
Kärbholz
Kryptos
Hardcore Superstar
Suidakra

Wackinger Stage
Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

Impius Mundi
Pampatut
Coppelius
Fejd
Feuerschwanz
Russkaja
Santiano

Pampatut
Feuerschwanz
Rabenschrey
Versengold
Faun

Harpyie
Impius Mundi
Mr. Hurley & Die Pulveraffen
Pampatut
Ignis Fatuu
Feuerschwanz

Harpyie
Pampatut
Mr. Hurley & Die Pulveraffen
Impius Mundi
Feuerschwanz
Finsterforst

2014[edit]

Wacken Open Air 2014 will be held from Thursday, 31 July to Saturday, 2 August. On 6 August 2013, it was announced that it was already sold out, in less than 48 hours.
The confirmed bands Death Angel and Iced Earth canceled their summer shows including Wacken Open Air.

Bands Confirmed So Far

Wacken Rocks[edit]

2009[edit]

Wacken Rocks South[edit]

27–29 August 2009: 9mm, Agathodaimon, Age of Evil, Alestorm, AM/FM, Axxis, Bai Bang, Chrome Molly, Cripper, Debauchery, Der W, Dezperados, Doro, Drone, Edguy, Eisbrecher, Fatal Smile, Feuerschwanz, Five and the Ted One, Flotsam & Jetsam, Frei.Wild, Girlschool, Grave Digger, Hämatom, Hank III & Assjack, Heaven Shall Burn, Herman Frank Band, In Extremo, Krypteria, The New Black, Parity Boot, SAHG, Secrets of the Moon, Slayer, Stainless Steel, Stratovarius, Suidakra, Tribe, U.D.O., Volbeat, Warpath

Wacken Rocks Seaside[edit]

28–30 August 2009: Age of Evil, Agathodaimon, Alestorm, Axxis, Bai Bang, Cripper, Debauchery, Der W, Dezperadoz, Dirty Deeds, Doro, Edguy, Eisbrecher, Fatal Smile, Five and the Red One, Flotsam & Jetsam, Frei.Wild, Girlschool, Hank III, Herman Frank Band, Heaven Shall Burn, In Extremo, J.B.O, Kneipenterroristen, Krypteria, Mob Rules, Ohrenfeindt, Parity Boot, SAHG, Secrets of the Moon, Slayer, Stratovarius, Suidakra, sexy Glitter, Torfrock, Tribe, U.D.O, Victims of Madness, Volbeat, Warpath ollelelerer

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References[edit]

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