Wacken Open Air 2019: The Essential Playlist

Wacken Open Air 2019: The Essential Playlist

Wacken Open Air 2020

Wacken Open Air 2020

Wacken, Germany


One of the enduring pillars of heavy-metal music festivals, Wacken Open Air returns once again this August, currently donning the crown of the world's biggest heavy-metal gathering.

Establishing its own mythology over its near 30-year history, tickets sell out almost immediately prompting even elderly metalheads to escape the confines of their care homes to muck in the action.

It's the lineup - alongside the vast hectares of fields in which to headbang, crowd-surf, and defiantly direct the devil horns up to the heavens - which warrants the pilgrimage to northern Germany; a compound of all things metal, rock, and punk, there's in excess of one hundred and fifty artists playing across its eight stages.

Whilst we couldn't offer each and every band some airplay on our playlist, we made some choice picks that'll appease Wacken's heavy metal overlords.


Wacken Open Air 2019 takes place on 1-3 August in Wacken, Germany. Tickets are now SOLD OUT, but ticket holders can still purchase travel options on our shop, and take a look at our guide for further info.

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