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GERMANY - WACKEN OPEN AIR, Wacken, Schleswig - Holstein

Date 201703 August - 05 August
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Company: ICS Festival Service GmbH
Contact: Holger Hübner
Phone: 0049 4627 18 38 0
Fax: 0049 4627 18 38 33



Wacken, Schleswig - Holstein

Camping facilities:

Wacken – Schleswig Holstein



Musical direction:
Rock and Heavy Metal

5 Open Air Stages, 2 Tent Stages

Description (600-800 letters): When Holger Hübner and Thomas Jensen first had the idea of organizing an Open Air festival for fans of hard and heavy music in their home area Wacken 20 years ago, they couldn’t guess that this idea was going to become the world’s biggest and most important Heavy Metal Festival. The first Wacken Open Air visited 800 fans, mostly from the area, six years later 10.000 fans from all over northern Germany came to celebrate at the festival. As one of the first did the Wacken Open Air acknowledged at the end of the 1990s the growing importance of the internet and how to use it effectively. Heavy Metal fans all over the world could be reached with this new medium. Bit by bit became the Wacken Open Air a meeting point for the international Heavy Metal scene. Together with the festival the village Wacken became an example for tolerance and acceptance of hard and heavy music. The countrified County with 1.800 inhabitants welcomes ten thousands of Heavy Metal fans with unique hospitality year after year. Every year the festival is an outstanding event for the village Wacken and the adjoined counties. 2003 firstly 30.000 visitors came to W:O:A. In the meantime the festival advanced to the most important date of the year not only to fans from all over the world but also to the artists of the genre, who made Wacken a fixed date in their schedules. Internationally known artists are coming to northern Germany every year. Whether it’s Motörhead, Saxon, Slayer or the British Heavy Metal legend Iron Maiden, who played 2008; no artist want to stand back when it comes to inspire 70.000 diehard festival visitors in a distinctively peaceful atmosphere. The movie “Full Metal Village” by the Korean Sung Hyung Cho, which is honored by the Max Ophüls price, shows impressively the atmosphere, village, fans and artist that are making Wacken a unique experience every year. Furthermore did the organizers work not only on the improvement of the infrastructure constantly; especially the advancement and support of newcomer bands are a matter of importance for them. 2005 the Metal Battle- a newcomer competition for Heavy Metal bands- was found. After being a national competition in the first year; 24 countries take part in the Metal Battle nowadays. Firstly in 2008 an Israeli band won the Metal Battle final, which is played at Wacken Open Air. The band gets a long-term support besides, of course, a label contract. Finally the idea to create a foundation, the Wacken Foundation, was made up of this newcomer engagement. This foundation does not only support young musicians but also families in need. One of the curators is among others the German singer Doro Pesch. 2009 did the Wacken Open Air celebrate its’ 20th anniversary. Anyway, the organizers do not rest on their laurels of their success story. They invested in the infrastructure of the field over and over again to guarantee the fans and musicians each year an unforgettable Heavy Metal experience at the Wacken Open Air. 2010 was the W:O:A able to announce an ahead of time sold out for the fifth time in a role. Three Metal icons at one time- Iron Maiden, Mörtley Crüe and Alice Cooper-made once again festival history at W:O:A. 2011 will be made an incredible festival experience by names like Blind Guardian, Avantasia, Apocalyptica and last but not least Ozzy Osbourne.

Program references:
Alice Cooper, Iron Maiden, Mötley Crüe, Motörhead, Saxon, Avantasia, Blind Guardian, Ozzy Osbourne, Judas Priest, Scorpions, Slayer, Twisted Sister and many many more ...



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