Wacken Open Air Germany

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The festival is currently considered the biggest heavy metal festival in the world.
Thu Aug 04, 2022 - Sat Aug 06, 2022
Wacken Schleswig-Holstein 25596
Years active
Founded by
Thomas Jensen, Holger Hübner, Andreas Göser and Jörg Jensen.
  • Full Metal Village, directed by Cho Sung-Hyung (2007).
  • 25 Years Louder Than Hell - The W:O:A Documentary, directed by Sara Kelly-Husain (2015).
  • Metal: A Headbanger's Journey (2005),  and Global Metal (2007), directed by Sam Dunn.

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Arts & Acts

9 stage(s)
European Festival Awards
  • Best Major Festival - 2018

Accommodation & Facilities

  • campervan
  • caravan/trailer
  • on site rentals
  • tent
  • atm atm
  • cashless cashless
  • disabled friendly disabled friendly
  • first aid first aid
  • food & drinks food & drinks
  • info points info points
  • merch stand merch stand
  • security security
  • toilets toilets
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Wacken is known around the world as one of the most successful and longest running hard rock and metal festivals. This is a collection of tunes from bands who have played the gig over it's history. It should be noted that these aren't performances from the actual festival but just tunes from the bands that have been there. Thus we get a good spread of the hard music spectrum, from the black/death of Dimmu Borgir to the more thrash leanings of Overkill and Sodom right through to the traditional metal of Savatage, Metal Church and Rage. Hard rock is also represented as we get tracks from DAD, Doro and there is also power metal such as Hammerfall and Primal Fear.
Directors Scot McFadyen and Sam Dunn set out to discover how the West's most maligned musical genre -- heavy metal -- has affected cultures beyond Europe and North America as metal fan and anthropologist Sam Dunn embarks on a whirlwind journey through Asia, South America and the Middle East exploring the underbelly of the world's emerging extreme music scenes, from Indonesian death metal to Chinese black metal and Iranian thrash metal. Global Metal reveals a worldwide community of metalheads who aren't just absorbing metal from the West -- they're transforming it, creating a new form of cultural expression in societies dominated by conflict, corruption and mass-consumerism.
Sam Dunn, a 30-year old anthropologist, decided to study the plight of a different culture, one he has been a part of since he was a 12-year-old: the culture of heavy metal. Sam sets out on a global journey to find out why this music has been consistently stereotyped, dismissed and condemned and yet is loved so passionately by its millions of fans. Along the way, Sam explores metals obsession with some of life's most provocative subjects - sexuality, religion, violence and death - and discovers some things about the culture that even he can't defend. Shot on location in the UK, Germany, Norway, Canada and the US, this documentary is the first of its kind. It is both a defense of a long-misunderstood art form and a window for the outsider into the spectacle that is heavy metal.
WACKEN OPEN AIR has never simply been a ‘festival’…it has, for over a quarter of a century, been a lifestyle, event and community rivaling those seen at the likes of Glastonbury in the UK and Burning Man in the US. As the festival’s founders Thomas Jensen and Holgar Hübner always said, Wacken is about the music and the lifestyle, and it is that noble simplicity of aim that has seen the festival sell-out to 85,000 people within hours of the tickets going on sale every year. And now, UDR Records is proud to present a comprehensive view of both the Wacken festival and culture via 25 Years Louder Than Hell – The W:O:A Documentary, a film directed by Sara Kelly-Husain and produced by Christine Stephan for Nice Productions. Utilizing deep, archival footage, live action film and hand-held camera montages, 25 Years Louder Than Hell…weaves together the full story of this cultural phenomenon from its humble beginnings in one small village field to the consistently sold-out, 85,000 plus music megacity it has become. Featuring interviews with the likes of Lemmy from Motörhead, Slayer’s Kerry King, Biff Byford of Saxon and Nergal of Behemoth, 25 Years Louder Than Hell…also speaks with fans from across the globe to further explain the enormous cultural phenomenon which Wacken Open Air has grown into.