Wacken Open Air 2018 – Preliminary report

Wacken, not only a small community with about 2000 inhabitants in the north of Germany, but also the venue of one of the biggest metal festivals in the world.

In 1990 they started with nine bands, in 2017 they had increased to more than 170 bands. Every year, fans from all over the world make a pilgrimage to the small village in northern Germany, whose name has now reached cult status.

For 2018, the Wacken Open Air, short W: O: A, already has 97 confirmed bands by now.
Among others, bands like Die Happy (GER), Doro (GER), Dokken (USA), Hatebreed (USA), Judas Priest (UK), Running Wild (GER) and Sepultura (BRA) have agreed.

The following bands concerning Nordic Metal have already confirmed (In alphabetic order):

Alfahanne (SWE), Amaranthe (SWE), Amorphis (FIN), Arch Enemy (SWE), Backyard Babies (SWE), Blues Pills (SWE), Bömbers (NOR), Children of Bodom (FIN), Clawfinger (SWE), Dimmu Borgir (NOR), Enslaved (NOR), Gaahl’s Wyrd (NOR), Ghost (SWE), Grave Pleasures (FIN), In Flames (SWE), Korpiklaani (FIN), Nightwish (FIN), Nocturnal Rites (SWE), Sarke (NOR), Sólstafir (ISL), Trollfest (NOR), Watain (SWE) and Wintersun (FIN).

More bands will be added over time, we are curious what those will be.

In addition, many newcomer bands have the chance to be part of the W: O: A. The winner of the Metal Battles of the respective country may appear on the W: O: A.
For example, in 2015 Shiraz Lane made it through the Metal Battles in Finland and participated in the Headbangers Stage that summer.


When: 02. to 04. August 2018

Where: Wacken Open Air, Haupstrasse, 25596 Wacken

Organizer: ICS Festival Service GmbH

Tickets: www.metaltix.com

Website: www.wacken.com

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