The 2018 edition of the Wacken Open Air has been chosen as the winner in the category of “best major festival” by the prestigious European Festival Awards in Groningen, the Netherlands by a combination of online voting and an expert jury consisting of promoters, booking agents, journalists, and other business professionals.
The Wacken Open Air 2018 had already received the Helga!-Award for “best festival” by the German event industry, which determines the winner through online voting in September of last year.
The promoters of the Wacken Open Air commented
„We are delighted and also proud to have been awarded as ‘best major festival’ by the renowned European Festival Awards“,
says Thomas Jensen.
„We gratefully thank all our staff, service providers, as well as associates and especially our fans and the bands that provide us with valuable feedback and help us to improve the festival each year. Of course, our gratitude also extends to everybody who voted for the Wacken Open Air as well as to the jury for recognising our efforts in this way.“
On further news, the Wacken Open Air has announced 71 new bands from all genres of hard music for its 30th anniversary edition that will take place from the 1st until the 3rd of August 2019. All 75.000 tickets for the festival were sold out after only 4 days of pre-sales.
Legendary American thrash icons Slayer will perform their final German festival show at Wacken as one of the many highlights, which also include an appearance of Body Count (fronted by rapper and actor Ice-T) as well as an exclusive show in Germany by Rage joined by the Lingua Mortis Orchester, and furthermore Gothic pioneers Sisters of Mercy as well as United States Crossover-Supergroup Prophets of Rage formed by members of Rage Against the Machine, Public Enemy, and Cypress Hill. A list of all recently and previously confirmed bands can be found below.
All new entries on the 2019 billing are listed in alphabetical order here:
1000 Löwen unter Feinden, Acranius, All Hail the Yeti, Anthrax, Battle Beast, Beyond the Black, Black Stone Cherry, Bleed from Within, Body Count, Bullet for My Valentine, Cradle of Filth, Crematory, Crisix, D-A-D, Delain, Die Happy, Die Kassierer, Downfall of Gaia, Eluveitie, Emil Bulls, Equilibirum, Evergrey, For I Am King, Frog Leap, Gama Bomb, Gernotshagen, Girlschool, Gloryful, Gloryhammer, Grave, Hämatom, Harpyie, Jinjer, Joachim Witt, Kaizaa, Kärbholz, Lagerstein, Legion of the Damned, Manticora, Michale Graves, Myrath, Nashville Pussy, Nasty, Necrophobic, Night in Gales, Of Mice and Men, Prophets of Rage, Rage & Lingua Mortis Orchestra, Santiano, Septicflesh, Sisters of Mercy, Skyclad, Slayer, Soil, Subway to Sally, Suidakra, Tesseract, Testament, The Boss Hoss, The Crown, The Vintage Caravan, Torment, Tribulation, UFO, Vampire, Velvet Viper, Venom Inc., Versengold, Vltimas, Vogelfrey, Windhand
Previously announced acts are listed in alphabetical order below:
Airbourne, Avatar, Critical Mess, Dark Funeral, Demons & Wizards, Eisbrecher, Hamferð, Hammerfall, Krokus, Life of Agony, Meshuggah, Opeth,
The official festival trailer for the Wacken Open Air 2019 is available at the link below:
For more information, please go to: www.wacken.com
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