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Wacken Open Air
The logo of the Wacken Open Air festival is a bull head Skull
Thomas Jensen and Holger Hübner
Wacken Open Air 2014 Main Stages
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, it attracts various kinds of metal music fans. [2 ]
The festival was first held in 1990 as a small event for local German bands. W:O:A is usually held at the beginning of August and lasts three days.
Wacken Open Air 1990, the first incarnation of the festival, was held on Friday, 24 August and Saturday, 25 August.
Wacken Open Air 1991 was held on Friday, 23 August and Saturday, 24 August.
Bon Scott (AC/DC Tribute Band)
Wacken Open Air 1992 was held on Friday, 21 August and Saturday, 22 August.
De La Cruz
Ides of March
Störspatzen of Des
STS 8 Mission
Wacken Open Air 1993 was held from Friday, 20 August to Sunday, 22 August, and was headlined by
Doro and Fates Warning.
Jingo de Lunch
Noisy Act of Protest
Wacken Open Air 1994 was held on Friday, 19 August and Saturday, 20 August, and was headlined by
Paul Di'Anno's Killers.
Many Acts of Maniacs
Stoney Rudolph & The Happy McCardies
Hannes Bauer & Orchestra
Tears for Beers
( Uriah Heep feat. Markus Grosskopf)
Ace Öf Spades
Wacken Open Air 1995 was held on Friday, 19 May and Saturday, 20 May, and was headlined by
D:A:D and Tiamat.
Wacken Open Air 1996 was held on Friday, 9 August and Saturday, 10 August, and was headlined by
Wacken Open Air 1997 was held on Friday, 8 August and Saturday, 9 August, and was headlined by
Wacken Open Air 1998 was held on Friday, 7 August and Saturday, 8 August. The festival was headlined by
Savatage, JBO, Blind Guardian, and Doro.
Wacken Open Air 1999 was held from Thursday, 5 August to Saturday, 7 August.
Wacken Open Air 2000 was held from Thursday, 3 August to Saturday, 5 August.
Wacken Open Air 2001 was held from Thursday, 2 August to Saturday, 4 August.
Wacken Open Air 2002 was held from Thursday, 1 August to Saturday, 3 August.
Wacken Open Air 2003 was held from Thursday, 31 July to Saturday, 2 August.
Wacken Open Air 2004 was held from Thursday, 5 August to Saturday, 7 August.
Wacken Open Air 2005 was held from Wednesday, 3 August to Saturday, 6 August.
Jim Beam Stage
Carnivore performing live at W:O:A 2006
Wacken Open Air 2006 was held from Wednesday, 2 August to Saturday, 5 August.
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.
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.
Exodus' set was filmed for their 2010 live DVD
Shovel Headed Tour Machine: Live At Wacken & Other Assorted Atrocities
Wacken Open Air 2009 was held from Wednesday, 29 July to Saturday, 1 August, and marked the festival's 20th year.
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.
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.
Red Bull Bus
Bullhead City Tent
Spit Like This
The Circus of Horrors
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.
Mother of God
Leash Eye †
Dust Bolt †
Virginia Clemm †
Death Clocks †
Mortal Strike †
Eccentric Pendulum †
Seven Stitches †
Exquisite Pus †
Rude Revelation †
Aeon Throne †
The Prophecy 23
The Murder of My Sweet
Hail of Bullets
† - Metal Battle 2011 finalists
‡ - Metal Battle 2011 winner
Wacken Open Air 2012 was held from Thursday, 2 August to Saturday, 4 August.
Rain Shatter Band from Guadalajara, México. In the Bullhead City Circus Stage W:O:A 2012
Wacken Open Air 2013 was held from Thursday, 1 August to Saturday, 3 August.
Mr. Hurley & Die Pulveraffen
Mr. Hurley & Die Pulveraffen
Wacken Open Air 2014 was held from Thursday, 31 July to Saturday, 2 August.
The confirmed bands Death Angel and Iced Earth canceled their summer shows including Wacken Open Air.
Wacken Open Air 2015 was held from Thursday, 30 July to Saturday, 1 August.
Wacken 2016 will be held from Thursday 4 August- Saturday 6 August Acts confirmed so far:
Iron Maiden, Blind Guardian, Ministry, Steel Panther, Eluveitie, DragonForce, Callejon, Axel Rudi Pell, Legion of the Damned, Orden Ogan, Orphaned Land, Borknagar, Eskimo Callboy, Henry Rollins (spoken word), Therion, Unisonic, Kylesa, The Goddamn Gallows and Pyogenesis.
Wacken Rocks [ 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
See also [ edit ]
, a 2007 documentary by Sung Hyung Cho about the village of Full Metal Village Wacken and the influence of the festival on it.
, and Metal: A Headbanger's Journey , documentaries by anthropologist Sam Dunn which feature the festival. Global Metal
, Aug 2015, DVD/BluRay, 3 Eps. 45 min, 1h 5 min, 42 min, original sound: German, English and Spanish with subtitles German or English 25 Years Louder Then Hell - The W:O:A Documentary
References [ edit ]
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Coordinates: 54°01′42″N 9°21′22″E / 54.02833°N 9.35611°E