Wacken Open Air Festival 2019

Wacken Open Air Festival 2019
by Alison “MetalBabe” Cohen

Attention Metalheads! It’s getting close to that time of year again. Our favorite time of year… FESTIVAL SEASON! There are so many to choose from, but I know from personal experience that Wacken is the best of the best! This year’s festival takes place from August 1st to 3rd, 2019 and it is completely SOLD OUT!

Wacken Open Air (W:O:A) is an open-air heavy metal music festival that takes place during the summer annually in northern Germany, 80 kilometers northwest of Hamburg. The first Wacken took place in 1990, close to 30 years ago, and had about 800 attendees and six bands. Wacken has continued to grow, both in attendees and bands, year after year.

This year’s festival has confirmed 120 bands to date including Sabaton, Demons and Wizards, Slayer, Powerwolf, Bodycount, Within Temptation, Opeth, Anthrax, Bullet For My Valentine, Hammerfall, Airbourne, Testament, Monster Magnet, UFO, Queensryche, Sweet, and Rose Tattoo.

Slayer’s Final German Festival Show

Some highlights include:

  • Body Count’s Only German Air Show (Feat. Iced T)
  • D-A-D’s Only German Festival Show
  • Rage XIII will be Featuring the Lingua Mortis Orchestra
  • Sabaton’s 20th Anniversary Show
  • Slayer’s Final German Festival Show
  • Torment’s 35th Anniversary Show
Sabaton’s 20th Anniversary Show

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See below for 10 Survival Tips for Wacken Learned on the Fly, which I learned on my first visit to Wacken in 2015: