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Wacken Open Air 2019

  • Wacken, Germany
  • 1-3 August 2019
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Heavy metal heaven

Wacken Open Air is the mecca of heavy metal and hard rock festivals, taking place in Wacken near Hamburg, Germany. 

The festival has risen from humble beginnings in 1990 to become the most prestigious heavy metal festival in Europe. Having spawned several documentaries about its history and cultural impact, the folklore surrounding Wacken Open Air contributes to its ongoing mythology which brings loyal metalheads through the gates year-on-year.

Being one of the last 'true' metal festivals the organisers unabashedly stick to their guns, continually hosting the biggest and best heavy metal and hard rock talent the world has to offer, deservedly winning the 'Best Major Festival' at 2018's European Festival Awards.

The Wacken Open Air experience is as sought after as the lineup, but with over 150 artists performing across 8 stages within 280 hectares, there's plenty of room for 80,000 devoted metalheads from 80 different nations to headbang till sunrise.


  • Sabaton
  • Slayer
  • Powerwolf
  • Parkway Drive
  • Anthrax
  • Bullet for My Valentine
  • Within Temptation
  • Opeth
  • Prophets of Rage
  • Airbourne


  • Airbourne
  • All Hail The Yeti
  • Avatar
  • Critical Mess
  • Crematory
  • Dark Funeral
  • Demons & Wizards
  • Eisbrecher
  • Equilibrium
  • Gernotshagen
  • Gloryhammer
  • Grave
  • Hamferð
  • HammerFall
  • Krokus
  • Life of Agony
  • Meshuggah
  • Michale Graves
  • Myrath
  • Of Mice & Men
  • Opeth
  • Parkway Drive
  • Powerwolf
  • Primordial
  • Queensrÿche
  • Rose Tattoo
  • Sabaton
  • Septicflesh
  • Sweet
  • Testament
  • The Adicts
  • The Night Flight Orchestra
  • The Vintage Caravan
  • Thy Art Is Murder
  • UFO
  • Versengold
  • Within Temptation
  • Acranius
  • Anthrax
  • Battle Beast
  • Beyond the Black
  • Black Stone Cherry
  • Bleed From Within
  • Body Count feat. Ice-T
  • Bullet for My Valentine
  • Cradle of Filth
  • Crisix
  • D-A-D
  • Delain
  • Die Happy
  • Die Kassierer
  • Downfall of Gaia
  • Eluveite
  • Emi Bulls
  • Evergrey
  • For I Am King
  • Frog Leap
  • Gama Bomb
  • Girlschool
  • Gloryful
  • Harpyie
  • Kärbholz
  • Lagerstein
  • Legion of the Damned
  • Manticora
  • Michale Graves
  • Nashville Pussy
  • Nasty
  • Necrophobic
  • Night in Gales
  • Prophets of Rage
  • Rage
  • Santiano
  • Skyclad
  • Slayer
  • SOiL
  • Subway to Sally
  • SuidAkrA
  • Tausend Löwen unter Feinden
  • TesseracT
  • The BossHoss
  • The Crown
  • The Sisters of Mercy
  • Torment
  • Tribulation
  • Vampire
  • Velvet Viper
  • Venom Inc.
  • Vltimas
  • Vogelfrey
  • Windhand
  • Witt

During the festival, the small town of Wacken submits itself to the heavy metal overlords, with stages, stalls, campground etc. spread out throughout a massive section of flat land. 


Hauptstraße 82, Wacken, 25596, Germany



The nearest airport is Hamburg Airport (HAM). Upon arrival take the S1 train to Hamburg-Altona(S) (37 minutes). Switch to the RE11018 train 1 stop to Itzehoe (43 minutes). From here take the 14 bus to Boll, Wacken (30 minutes). The 2 minute walk to the festival site will be clearly marked from here.


The nearest trian station is Itzehoe. From here take the 14 bus to Boll, Wacken (30 minutes). The 2 minute walk to the festival site will be clearly marked from here.

Alternatively, you can take the Metal Train which is an entire train dedicated to bringing metalheads to Wacken Open Air. Find out more information here.

And for the way home, the festival has set up special high speed trains to take you from Itzehoe to either Elmshorn or Hamburg on Sunday. Find out more information here.

As well, there is an around the clock shuttle between Itzehoe and the festival entrance which runs non stop. 

Yes, there is large festival campground which accommodates tents and RVs and camping is included in the price of the festival ticket. There are also luxury camping options. 

Wacken Open Air 2019

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