Wacken Open Air festival is an open-air heavy metal music festival held annually in the village of Wacken, eighty kilometers northwest of Hamburg. This festival is usually held at the beginning of August and lasts for four days.
The W:O:A festival was first held in 1990 as a small music event with only a few hundred visitors and only 6 local German bands. This festival is usually held at the beginning of August and lasts for four days.
Wacken Open Air is the biggest heavy-metal festival in the world. With tens of thousands of loyal fans annually, WOA continues to stay true to its roots and growing each year since it began in 1990.
75,000 metal-heads attend the event each year to see more than 150 bands over eight distinct stages on amazing 280 hectares during the festival.
The festival usually ends on the first Sunday in August and the following Monday tickets go on sale for next year’s event. Usually, there are 75,000 tickets available for purchase each year and they sold out in just a couple of days.
For some visitors, the festival is the highlight of their year and the place they desire to be all the time. That is why one of the festival nicknames “The Holy Land” comes from.
During the festival, the village becomes an attraction for those who have no tickets or simply don’t love metal or hard rock music at all, but just enjoy watching thousands of metal-heads from the sidelines.