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Wacken Open Air

World famous Metal-Festival

Experience four days of packed programs, world-class live music and much more at one of the biggest metal festivals in the world in the tranquil village of Wacken. 2024 the Scorpions, Amon Amarth, Blind Guardian, In Extrim and many more perform on the festival stages.

The world is a village. No community sums up this phrase better than the 1,800 souls behind the mailboxes of postal code 25596. 85,000 metal fans from all over the world make the pilgrimage to the village not far from Itzehoe at the beginning of August, in front of the stages of real world greats like Slayer, Metallica or Rage Against The Machine. It's only logical that everyone pitches in: "Including the helpers, we'll be just under 100,000 at the beginning of August, which means 55 guests for every person in Wacken. If one fails, the other already has 110 visitors, the calculation is as simple as that," says festival founder Thomas Jensen.

The program 2024

After the Wacken Open-Air finally took place again in 2022, there is a change since 2023: the party in Wacken will no longer take place over three days, but over four! In addition, the organizers promise again a "fantastic supporting program" with spoken word shows, action-packed events and lots of partying. And if you want to refresh yourself, take a detour to the village of Wacken and jump into the outdoor pool.

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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