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Wacken Open Air

July 29 to 31, 2021

Experience three days filled with a packed programme, world-class live music and much more at one of the biggest metal festivals in the world in the tranquil town of Wacken. In 2020 Marduk, The Spirit and many more will perform on the festival stages.

The world is a village. No community brings this phrase to the point more strongly than the 1,800 souls behind the mailboxes of postal code 25596. At the beginning of August, 85,000 metal fans from all over the world make a pilgrimage to the village not far from Itzehoe, in front of the stages of real world stars such as Slayer, Metallica or Rage Against The Machine. It's only logical that everyone is involved: "Including the helpers, we'll be just under 100,000 at the beginning of August, which makes 55 guests for every Wackener. If one of them fails, the other one already has 110 visitors, it's that easy," says festival founder Thomas Jensen.

The 2021 programme

This year again you can expect some of the biggest rock and metal stars of all time. These include Slipknot, Sodom, Marduk and Gluecifer. In addition to the classical concerts, you will also be offered specials - for example the Special Frühshoppen Show by J.B.O or the 40th anniversary of Grave Digger. You can also look forward to a varied supporting programme with spoken word shows, action-packed events and lots of parties. A trip to the village of Wacken is also definitely worth a visit. Browse through merch rarities or treat yourself to a refreshment in the local outdoor pool.

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Short & Sweet

  • When July 29 to 31, 2021
  • Where Wacken
  • First year 1990
  • Admission From 220 euros
  • No. of visitors 85,000
  • Music style Heavy metal
  • Nowhere but here Mad-Max figures dancing to the brass band music of the Wacken Firefighters.

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