Megadeth Share Footage From 2017 Wacken Open Air Performance

Earlier today (April 30), Megadeth streamed their set from the 2017 Wacken Open Air festival on YouTube. You can check that out below. In other news, the band have also released some new merch on their webstore with a portion of proceeds going towards their road crew.

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!”

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.

Judas Priest Get Inducted Into “Hall Of Heavy Metal History” At Wacken Open Air

Judas Priest were inducted into the Hall Of Heavy Metal History on August 2 during the Wacken Open Air festival in Germany. The band were honored right before they played in front of more than 75,000 people. The group commented:

“Judas Priest are thrilled and honored to accept induction into the Hall Of Heavy Metal History and be amongst so many of our friends. This also sends a great message of inclusion for the metal community around the world, and keeps us defending the metal faith together.”

Pat Gesualdo, founder/CEO of the Hall Of Heavy Metal History, added:

“We have made sure that Judas Priest finally gets the induction and respect they truly deserve. We thank them for the decades of hard work and dedication to heavy metal, an art form they helped establish.”

[via Blabbermouth]

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.


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.

Accept To Release New Album “The Rise of Chaos” In August

Accept have announced that they will be releasing their new album “The Rise of Chaos” on August 4. With this news, the band also revealed that they will be doing a special show at Wacken Open Air the night before the release. You can read more about all that below.

The band posted the following:

The new ACCEPT album (and a special Wacken Open Air show) is coming!

The new record is entitled “The Rise Of Chaos” and will be unleashed on August 4th, 2017. The 4th studio release through Nuclear Blast will continue the tradition of its three predecessors – “Blood Of The Nations”, “Stalingrad”, and “Blind Rage” – with grandeur and precision.

And if this wasn’t enough, we will celebrate the album’s live premiere exclusively on August 3rd, on the day before its release, as a part of a special show at Wacken Open Air, Germany. The set will consist of three parts:

Part 1 will bring fans a classic set, packed with new and old hits.

Part 2 will present another premiere: Wolf Hoffmann will be playing tracks from his solo album “Headbangers Symphony”, released in 2016, with the Czech National Symphony Orchestra for the very first time. On this record, Wolf has covered famous opuses by composers such as Beethoven, Vivaldi, and Mozart, in a metal guise.

And in Part 3, all elements can be seen and heard together: This will make the holy Wacken ground shake by sharing the stage with the orchestra, supported by a complex multimedia show.

This unique concert experience will take place on this year’s “Night To Remember” which makes it even more special. The “Night To Remember” is a celebrated, long-lasting Wacken tradition; for one night of the festival a selection of established bands will do something unique and special with their performance.