Wacken Open Air has always been the place of choice for Special Shows of all varieties - bands celebrate their reunion or their farewell on the Holy Ground, they invite orchestras to join them or focus their entire set on specific records.
Our invitations to do something truly special is not limited to well-established bands. With the finale of our W:O:A Metal Battle we help promising newcomers on their first steps to the top.
In addition, we established themed days, uniting selected shows under one banner.
Demons & Wizards, the joint force of Hansi Kürsch (Blind Guardian) and Jon Schaffer (Iced Earth), will play only one German festival in 2019 - and they chose Wacken Open Air! Chances are good the this exclusive show will not only consist of songs off the first two Demons & Wizards records, but also new material.
There is no metal band contest is a better starting point for its participants: With our W:O:A Metal Battle we are looking for nothing less than the legends of tomorrow. The participating countries send their most promising newcomers to the grand finale in Wacken. For most of them the chance to play on our stages is reward enough, but of course we offer more!
In addition to glory and honour we have high-quality prices waiting for the bands who make it to the upper ranks. All of the musicians will have the chance to meet some of their inspirations, band managers, bookers, record labels and more experts on the metal business.
The success of this concept speaks for itself: Battle Beast, Hammercult or Auðn kickstarted their careers with the Metal Battle!