Wacken Open Air confirms 53 new bands at Easter
Wacken Open Air is keeping the Easter bunny busy by putting a wide range of musical eggs into the baskets of their fans. The largest metal festival on this planet has announced 53 new bands for its 30th anniversary edition. Among established acts like British Heavy Metal heroes SAXON, Swedish death metal pioneers UNLEASHED, Norway’s KVELERTAK, this run includes many bands that will find particular favour with Germany’s prolific “Medieval rock and metal” scene such as FIDDLER’S GREEN, CORVUS CORAX family-friendly project “Der Fluch des Drachen” (“The Curse of the Dragon”), and COPPELIUS among others.
The promoters of the Wacken Open comment: “We are particularly proud that this round of Easter eggs contains many newcomers and young hopefuls”, says Holger Hübner. “We have always seen the importance of aiding young talents on their way to the top of the metal scene. As we are offering a wide range of acts from folk rock to death metal in this announcement, we hope that everyone finds some great ‘eggs’ to their liking.”
Among the new bands are: Fiddler’s Green, Paddy and the Rats, Ragnaröek, Saor, Tanzwut
The 2018 edition of the Wacken Open Air has been chosen as the winner in the category of “best major festival” by the prestigious European Festival Awards in Groningen, the Netherlands by a combination of online voting and an expert jury consisting of promoters, booking agents, journalists, and other business professionals.
The Wacken Open Air 2018 had already received the Helga!-Award for “best festival” by the German event industry, which determines the winner through online voting in September of last year.
The promoters of the Wacken Open Air commented „We are delighted and also proud to have been awarded as ‘best major festival’ by the renowned European Festival Awards”, says Thomas Jensen. „We gratefully thank all our staff, service providers, as well as associates and especially our fans and the bands that provide us with valuable feedback and help us to improve the festival each year. Of course, our gratitude also extends to everybody who voted for the Wacken Open Air as well as to the jury for recognising our efforts in this way.“
On further news, the Wacken Open Air has announced 71 new bands from all genres of hard music for its 30th anniversary edition that will take place from the 1st until the 3rd of August 2019. All 75.000 tickets for the festival were sold out after only 4 days of pre-sales.
Legendary American thrash icons Slayer will perform their final German festival show at Wacken as one of the many highlights, which also include an appearance of Body Count (fronted by rapper and actor Ice-T) as well as an exclusive show in Germany by Rage joined by the Lingua Mortis Orchester, and furthermore Gothic pioneers Sisters of Mercy as well as United States Crossover-Supergroup Prophets of Rage formed by members of Rage Against the Machine, Public Enemy, and Cypress Hill.
among the confirmed bands are: Fiddler’s Green, Mr. Hurley & Die Pulveraffen, Paddy and the Rats, Ragnaröek, Reliquiae, Saor, Skald, Tanzwut, Euveitie, Equilibirum, Gernotshagen, Harpyie, Lagerstein, Myrath, Skyclad, Subway to Sally, Suidakra, Versengold, Vogelfrey and Primordial.