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Wacken Open Air – The Greatest Metal Festival in the World

Wacken Open Air, the biggest metal music festival in the world, will take place between 4-7th of August, in Germany. The town is situated 50 km from Hamburg, and visitors can go to the festival by car. You can go as well by Metal Travel Bus from Hamburg, but with a prior booking. Access in the metal festival area is allowed on 4th of August, at 0.00 and the other zones belonging to Wacken Open Air Festival will open on Wednesday, at 8 o’clock, 10 and 11 (Headbanger’s Ballroom). Teenagers under 16 will not be allowed to come alone to the concert and the ones who are 18 must leave the area before midnight.

Wacken Open Air Metal Music Festival, Germany
Wacken Open Air Metal Music Festival, Germany
Underaged must have a parent agreement with them, where an adult takes the responsability for them. The greatest Metal Music Festival in the World, Wacken Open Air, is at its 21st edition and it will entertain its 70.000 fans with famous artists like Iron Maiden, Alice Cooper, Slayer, Arch Enemy, Amorphis, Anvil, Candlemass, Cannibal Corpse, Corvus Corax, Immortal, Kamelot, Lake of Tears, Nightmare, OverKill, Soulfly, Stratovarius, Tarja, Tyr, U.D.O., W.A.S.P. and many others. Taking into account that tickets for the festival were sold 200 days before the event and there will be many music enthusiasts, there are also many security restrictions, such as – knives or any sharp items, screwers, glass objects.
Metal Music Fans at Wacken Open Air Festival, Germany
Metal Music Fans at Wacken Open Air Festival, Germany


If you want to buy something to drink, then you can get yourself a beer or any alcoholic drink from there.You can use showers for 2,50 euro. Just next to the showers, there are towels available. There will be 8 supermarkets selling sandwiches, plastic knives and forks, the festival beer, Wacken Beer. The ticket price includes also the so-called Full Metal Bag, that contains, among others: headphones, pen, raincoat and a condom. But who wants to get one, has to hurry up because there is a limited number.

Wacken Open Air Stages
Wacken Open Air Stages

The access with recording cameras is strictly forbidden, as well as with bracelets that have more than 1,5 cm pricks. The ones that want to test their vocal skills can go to the Karaoke area, which is open during night, too, after the concerts from Headbangers-Ballroom. The Wacken Open Air Rock Music Festival had its first edition in 1990, with just few music bands performing.

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