There's genuinely no other festival quite like Germany's Wacken Open Air; the festivals' 80,000 capacity easily sells out in a matter of minutes, despite not having even announced one artist who will play that year. Not many festivals have this allure, drawing in metal-heads from every crevice of the globe, but with thirty years of illustrious history behind it Wacken Open Air has established it's own unique mythology in the pantheon of heavy metal music festivals.
Up until Christmas, Wacken Open Air intend to announce over 80 artists on the bill in true Christmas calendar fashion, gifting the treat of new artists each day; Grave Digger, Mister Misery, Fields Of Nephilim, Michael Monroe, Rectal Smegma, Suicidal Angels, and Rotting Christ have all been announced this week with plenty more names to come over the next month.
Stay tuned to see which other heavy rock, heavy metal, goth, doom, black metal and grindcore artists will step on to Wacken's hallowed ground come July next year.
For a sense of the head-banging, beer-swilling, crowd-surfing debauchery in-store, take a look at the trailer for the 2019 edition below:
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