2020 Wacken Open Air, Rock am Ring, & Rock im Park Festivals Cancelled

The 2020 Wacken Open Air, Rock am Ring, and Rock im Park festivals have all been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. This news comes as Germany decided to extend restrictions on public gatherings until the end of August.

The Wacken organizers said the following:

“Dear Metalheads,

yesterday, the German government decided that due to the Coronavirus pandemic, no mass gatherings will be allowed until August, 31st 2020. We are facing an unprecented situation in our 30 years: It is with heavy hearts that we have to announce that there will be no Wacken Open Air this year.

Our whole team has been working intensively on the festival these last months and the more all of us are bitterly disappointed that we are not allowed to celebrate a Wacken Open Air with you. This administrative order affects us heavily and we will need some time to process the bad news.

Nevertheless, we support the decision of the German government in this difficult situation for the whole world. Your health and safety have always been and always will be our top priority. We as promoters are therefore bound to take an even greater responsibility and have to follow the instructions of the experts.

Concerning Wacken Open Air 2021 and options for your already bought tickets we will reach out to you asap but ask for a little bit of patience whilst we work through this. We thank you for your trust during times which are unparalleled for all of us.

Stay healthy – In Metal We Trust!

Your W:O:A Team”

The Rock am Ring and Rock im Park organizers also commented:

“Sold-out Ring and Park festivals cancelled due to ban on large-scale events until 31 August

In their eventful history, Germany’s most popular open-air festivals, Rock am Ring and Rock im Park, have been confronted with unexpected and difficult situations on more than one occasion. The ban on all large-scale events until 31 August due to the Corona pandemic has now forced the cancellation of the anniversary events at the Nürburgring and in Nuremberg.

This inevitable decision is naturally diappointing for the organisers and their teams, the artists and 175,000 fans who had wanted to celebrate 35 years of Rock am Ring and 25 years of Rock im Park on the first weekend of June.

Yet as sad as the cancellation of the sold-out twin festivals is, the producers fully understand the need for this unavoidable measure, which is being taken in the interests of the health and safety of all those involved. At the same time, they wish to expressly thank the fans for their ongoing support.

The hopes of everyone in the live-music business are now focused on an end to the state of emergency. The anniversary Rock am Ring and Rock im Park festivals have now been rescheduled for the second weekend of June 2021.

All ticket buyers are asked to remain patient regarding further details. The organisers and their teams are working on specific information concerning the exact course of action, and this will be announced next. Until then, the understanding of fans is requested.

Rock am Ring – Rock im Park
11 – 13 June 2021
Save the date!”

Judas Priest, Amon Amarth, Mercyful Fate, Etc. Set For 2020 Wacken Open Air Festival

The first set of bands have been announced for the 2020 Wacken Open Air festival. The event will take place in Wacken, Germany on July 30 – August 1 and it will feature: Judas Priest (50th anniversary show), Amon Amarth, Sodom (“Agent Orange” show), Mercyful Fate, Hypocrisy, Death Angel, At The Gates (“Slaughter Of The Soul” show), Venom, Sick Of It All, Cemican, Beast In Black, and Nervosa.

Sepultura, Nightwish, Enslaved, Etc. To Be Featured On 2018 Wacken Open Air Live Blu-Ray/DVD

A new Blu-Ray/CD/DVD featuring the 2018 edition of the Wacken Open Air festival is set to be released on July 26. The release, which is titled “Live At Wacken 2018: 29 Years Louder Than Hell,“ will feature audio mixed by Cameron Webb.

Track Listing:

DVD 1:

01. Sepultura – “Kairos”
02. Sepultura – “Sworn Oath”
03. Stiff Little Fingers – “My Dark Places”
04. An Theos – “Alean”
05. Dirkschneider – “Metal Heart”
06. Die From Sorrow – “Die From Sorrow”
07. Korpiklaani – “Henkselipoika”
08. Korpiklaani – “Metsämies”
09. Walking Dead On Broadway – “Song Of Courage”
10. Schandmaul – “Bunt Und Nicht Braun”
11. Schandmaul – “Pakt”
12. Doro – “I Rule The Ruins”
13. Nightwish – “Ghost Love Score”
14. Clawfinger – “The Price We Pay”
15. Blues Pills – “High Class Woman”
16. Running Wild – “Port Royal”
17. Mantar – “Cross The Cross”

DVD 2:

01. Soen – “Opal”
02. Riot V – “Thundersteel”
03. Riot V – “Angel’s Thunder, Devil’s Reign”
04. Knorkator – “Der Ultimative Mann”
05. Knorkator – “Buchstabe”
06. Night Demon – “Heavy Metal Heat”
07. Long Distance Calling – “Trauma”
08. Steel Panther – “Poontang Boomerang”
09. Ensiferum – “For Those About To Fight For Metal”
10. Helmet – “I Love My Guru”
11. Enslaved – “Sacred Horse”
12. Enslaved – “Allfadr Odinn”
13. Bonfire – “Ready 4 Reaction”
14. Zeal & Ardor – “We Can’t Be Found”
15. In Extremo – “Sternhagelvoll”
16. Helloween – “Pumpkins United”

Footage of Sepultura performing “Kairos” during the festival can be seen below:

The Story About The Elderly Men Escaping Their Nursing Home To Attend Wacken Open Air May Not Be Entirely True

A story about two elderly men breaking out of their nursing home to attend Wacken Open Air in Germany recently went viral, but now it appears the story isn’t exactly true. Associated Press are now reporting that Itzehoe police spokesman Peter Berndt has since clarified that the men were actually 58 and 59 and that they left a home for people with mental health issues. On top of that, they weren’t even trying to go to the festival. They just wanted to party in the town of Wacken. The men were found “disoriented and dazed” by festival goers, while they were waiting for a bus at 3 a.m. After being taken to a first-aid station, they were sent back to the home in a taxi. This year’s festival featured Judas Priest, Danzig, Hatebreed, In Flames, Arch Enemy, and more.

Sabaton, Parkway Drive, Demons & Wizards, Etc. Set For 2019 Wacken Open Air Festival

Sabaton (20th anniversary show), Parkway Drive, Demons & Wizards, Powerwolf, Airbourne, Rose Tatoo, Within Temptation, Meshuggah, Krokus, Dark Funeral, and Avatar have all been booked for the 2019 Wacken Open Air festival. The event will take place on August 1-3 and over 50,000 tickets have already sold.

Elderly Men Escape Nursing Home To Attend Wacken Open Air Festival (UPDATED)

UPDATE: It now appears the story may not be entirely true.

ORIGINAL STORY:

According to Deutsche Welle, two elderly men broke out of their nursing home on Friday (August 3) so they can attend the world’s biggest metal festival, Wacken Open Air in Germany. After it was discovered that they were missing, the nursing home contacted the police and they were found at 3 a.m. Police then escorted them home in a taxi and a patrol car. This year’s festival featured Judas Priest, Danzig, Hatebreed, In Flames, Arch Enemy, and way more.

Behemoth, Samael, Etc. Added To 2018 Wacken Open Air

More bands have been added to the 2018 Wacken Open Air festival. The event will take place August 2-4 in Wacken, Germany, and the updated lineup includes: Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild, Dimmu Borgir, Behemoth, In Extremo, Arch Enemy, Vince Neil, Samael, Doro, Children Of Bodom, Dirk Schneider, Amorphis, Sepultura, Amaranthe, Epica, Firewind, Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Walking Dead On Broadway, and Bannkreis.

Arch Enemy, Bullet For My Valentine, Etc. To Be Featured On Upcoming 2016 Wacken Open Air Live Blu-Ray/DVD

A new Blu-Ray/CD/DVD featuring the 2016 edition of the Wacken Open Air festival is set to be released on August 11. The release, which is titled “Live At Wacken 2016: 27 Years Faster : Harder : Louder,“ will be available as two CD and two disc DVD/Blu-ray sets. 30 artists will be fetured including: Arch Enemy, Bullet For My Valentine, Borknager, Barb Wire Dolls, Triptykon, Saxon, Metal Church, Phil Campbell And The Bastard Sons, Steel Panther, etc.

Judas Priest, In Flames, Cradle Of Filth, Etc. To Be Featured On Upcoming 2015 Wacken Open Air Live Blu-Ray/DVD

A new Blu-Ray/CD/DVD featuring the 2015 edition of the Wacken Open Air festival is set to be released on August 26. The release, which is titled “Wacken 2015 – 26 Years Louder Than Hell,“. be available on 2 DVD/2 CD DVD Digipack, on 2 Blu-Ray/2 CD BR-Digipack, on Standard Digital Audio (35 tracks), and on Longform Video.

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Track Listing:

DVD 1/Blu-ray 1:

01. Judas Priest – “Painkiller”
02. In Flames – “Paralyzed”
03. In Flames – “Everything’s Gone”
04. Amorphis – “My Kantele”
05. Amorphis – “Magic And Mayhem”
06. Running Wild – “Under Jolly Roger”
07. Running Wild – “Riding The Storm”
08. Beyond The Black – “Rage Before The Storm”
09. Beyond The Black – “Songs Of Love And Death”
10. Architects Of Chaoz – “Horsemen”
11. Armored Saint – “Left Hook From Right Field”
12. Annihilator – “Creepin’ Again”
13. Annihilator – “Alison Hell”
14. Death Angel – “Voracious Soul”
15. Death Angel – “Buried Alive”
16. Exumer – “Possessed By Fire”
17. Burgerkill – “Under The Scars”
18. Sabaton – “To Hell And Back”
19. Sabaton – “Night Witches”
20. Danko Jones – “The Twisting Knife”
21. Danko Jones – “Full Of Regret”
22. Uli Jon Roth – “Dark Lady”
23. Uli Jon Roth – “Virgin Killer”
24. The Poodles – “Night Of Passion”
25. Europe – “War Of Kings”
26. Europe – “The Second Day”

DVD 2/Blu-ray 2:

01. Biohazard – “How It Is”
02. Biohazard – “Punishment”
03. Kataklysm – “As I Slither”
04. Kataklysm – “To Reign Again”
05. Cannibal Corpse – “Scourge Of Iron”
06. Cannibal Corpse – “Evisceration Plague”
07. Cradle Of Filth – “Burn In A Burial Gown”
08. Cradle Of Filth – “Cruelty Brought Thee Orchids”
09. Anaal Nathrakh – “Idol”
10. Skindred – “Kill The Power”
11. Skindred – “Proceed With Caution”
12. Oomph! – “Augen Auf”
13. Oomph! – “Gott Ist Ein Popstar”
14. Santiano – “Gott Muss Ein Seemann Sein”
15. Santiano – “Lieder Der Freiheit”
16. In Extremo – “Himmel Und Hölle”
17. In Extremo – “Feuertaufe”
18. Kärbholz – “Ich Hör Mir Beim Leben Zu”
19. Godsized – “Welcome To Hell”
20. The Answer – “Raise A Little Hell”
21. My Dying Bride – “Turn Loose The Swans”
22. Mantar – “Into The Golden Abyss”
23. Savage Machine – “Prisoners Of War” (Metal Battle)
24. Blaakyum – “Baal Adon” (Metal Battle)
25. Metaprism – “Reload” (Metal Battle)
26. Walkways – “Half The Man I Am” (Metal Battle)
27. Vesperia – “Iron Saga” (Metal Battle)

CD 1:

01. Judas Priest – “Painkiller”
02. In Flames – “Paralyzed”
03. Amorphis – “My Kantele”
04. Running Wild – “Under Jolly Roger”
05. Beyond The Black – “Rage Before The Storm”
06. Architects Of Chaoz – “Horsemen”
07. Armored Saint – “Left Hook From Right Field”
08. Annihilator – “Alison Hell”
09. Death Angel – “Buried Alive”
10. Exumer – “Possessed By Fire”
11. Burgerkill – “Under The Scars”
12. Sabaton – “To Hell And Back”
13. Danko Jones – “Full Of Regret”
14. Uli Jon Roth – “Virgin Killer”
15. The Poodles – “Night Of Passion”
16. Europe – “War Of Kings”

CD 2:

01. Biohazard – “How It Is”
02. Kataklysm – “To Reign Again”
03. Cannibal Corpse – “Evisceration Plague”
04. Cradle Of Filth – “Burn In A Burial Gown”
05. Anaal Nathrakh – “Idol”
06. Skindred – “Proceed With Caution”
07. Oomph! – “Gott Ist Ein Popstar”
08. Santiano – “Gott Muss Ein Seemann Sein”
09. In Extremo – “Himmel Und Hölle”
10. Kärbholz – “Ich Hör Mir Beim Leben Zu”
11. Godsized – “Welcome To Hell”
12. The Answer – “Raise A Little Hell”
13. My Dying Bride – “Turn Loose The Swans”
14. Mantar – “Into The Golden Abyss”
15. Savage Machine – “Prisoners Of War” (Metal Battle)
16. Blaakyum – “Baal Adon” (Metal Battle)
17. Metaprism – “Reload” (Metal Battle)
18. Walkways – “Half The Man I Am” (Metal Battle)
19. Vesperia – “Iron Saga” (Metal Battle)