Event information

Location: Germany, Wacken (Festivalgelände)
Date: 04-07 August 2010
Website: wacken.com
Organizer: ICS Event Service

Tickets:

130
Buy at www.metal-train.de


Wacken Open Air 2009 was a huge disappointment for many metal fans. In 2008 the world's biggest heavy metal festival has booked Iron Maiden as headliners and has raised the bar a bit too high for its own good. In 2009, the 20th anniversary of this legendary festival, a lot of bands appeared which have played in the years before already, but no uber headliner a la Iron Maiden to justify the high ticket price. Many people blamed the W:O:A to rely on its name only as the 20th edition was sold out eight months prior to the festival. In 2010 however the Wacken Open Air proves all these critics wrong...

Iron Maiden are back again! And this time they aren't the uber headliners of 2008, but only primus inter pares ("first among equals"): thrash titans Slayer, glam metal monsters Mötley Crüe and the father of shock rock Alice Cooper are also confirmed as headliners for the 21st edition. And as always there are a few special performances: Grave Digger celebrate their 30th anniversary by performing the entire "Tunes of War" album, a show which will also feature some special guests, while Swedish gothic metal pioneers Tiamat will be performing their legendary "Wildhoney" album, 20 years after the band Treblinka mutated into the Tiamat we know today. But even if you don't care for either of these bands, Wacken once again offers a wide array of metal styles for almost everyone: black metal with Immortal and 1349, death metal with Cannibal Corpse and grindcore supergroup Lock Up, power metal with Kamelot and Stratovarius, heavy metal with U.D.O. and W.A.S.P., modern metal with Fear Factory and Soulfly, etc. etc. etc.. All in all a whopping 122 acts will perform on five stages over a period of four days.

Wacken Open Air takes plays in - surprise! - Wacken in Northern Germany, a small village with merely 2,000 inhabitants on 361 days of the year. The town is located 10 km north of Itzehoe and 50 km northwest of Hamburg. There will be shuttle buses from the festival site to the train station in Itzehoe as well as to the airports in Berlin, Hamburg, Bremen and Lübeck. For more info on getting there and away check the festival page here.

Certainly not the cheapest, but probably the most fun way to get to and from Wacken has to be the Metal Train. The "railway to hell" equals one huge party of 850 metalheads in one train with 16 wagons, which includes two dedicated disco wagons. Check the website for the schedule and prices.

The festival is officially sold out since April. Most tour operators (e.g. Metal Train for Germany, Bock Tours for the Netherlands, Germany, Austria or Switzerland, Argon Events for the UK) still have tickets in stock though.

Another way to acquire your ticket would be the ticket exchange in the official forum which aims for eliminating the black marketing going on eBay and reducing the risk of acquiring fake tickets. In this exchange the Wacken staff supervises the ticket prices and acts as trust which means that the seller sends the ticket(s) to the staff who verifies the authenticity of the ticket(s) and reports it to the buyer. After the buyer has transferred the money to the seller, the Wacken staff will pass on the ticket(s) to the buyer. More information on this model can be found here (in German).

Further readings:
Wacken 2009 review
Wacken 2008 review
Wacken 2007 review

Who was there?

100% corrupt
100% Valentin B (Poland)
100% Promonex
100% buki of steel (Croatia)
100% Infurnace (The Netherlands)
100% Woutjinho (The Netherlands)
100% Maxx666 (USA)
100% Aylee_Bodom (Spain)
100% DanielViking (Finland)
100% Hexx (Estonia)
100% LeDruide (France)
100% In Chaos (Norway)
100% Skyum (Denmark)
100% Jack--- (Denmark)
100% Enigma (Portugal)
100% Arsen (Armenia)
100% Gâsh (The Netherlands)
100% Marcelo Hissa (Brazil)
100% arsene (Iran)
100% Misanthrope (UAE)
100% hanfsud
100% Dewil Rituale (Bulgaria)
100% COBdeath666 (Portugal)
100% Brodd (Denmark)
100% Fraja (Peru)
100% Miquele
100% Saltimbank021 (France)
100% Satyr (Montenegro)
100% thrasher_93 (Cyprus)
100% sempai (Latvia)
100% Trust (Portugal)
100% Oriôn (Belgium)
100% Grumble (The Netherlands)
100% Tapyoh (Finland)
100% valeria (UK)
100% Moocher (France)
100% Buried Dreamer (Brazil)
100% Izarus (Denmark)
100% Oroandien (Czech Republic)
100% JaimeeFotzeBetrunken (New Zealand)
100% MikeD (Israel)
100% Arcadius667 (Ireland)
100% Talrin
100% Usurpus (UK)
100% Mi4U (France)
100% Necrozika (Sweden)
100% davidog (Israel)
100% AprilEthereal (USA)
100% Doomhammer
100% jtwrs (Spain)
100% iblis (Turkey)
100% mephisto_loh (Mexico)
100% vip (France)
100% Fjorten (Denmark)
100% ruby_anathema (Turkey)
100% antubis (Bulgaria)
100% Wolfhead'sTree (USA)
100% Hugo (Slovak Republic)
100% Vihtori Raivoisa (Finland)
100% JuliusForgeron (France)
100% Dunkelgeist (Spain)
100% deathspell omega (The Netherlands)
100% Aelitha (Russia)
100% meh...
100% zmya (Croatia)
100% Vincent M (Israel)
100% ANArhia (Romania)
100% funnelweb (Turkey)
100% huntlus (Estonia)
100% benjaminzzz
100% Tinuviel (Canada)
100% nihil (Turkey)
100% Nachtblueter
100% Princeps (The Netherlands)
100% Sautherom (Mexico)
100% toxxxicmetalhead (USA)
100% anaavila (Portugal)
90% infernall (Romania)
90% Suisaidfet (Indonesia)
80% Brave Sir Robbo (UK)
80% kott
80% thunder_lord (UK)
80% mel (Turkey)
80% Lola 8 (Croatia)
80% omermetalol (Israel)
80% Metalpii (Switzerland)
70% Fabiana Thoresen (Brazil)
70% iluvatar1 (Israel)
60% Sludge Cowboy (Greece)
60% bacho_dato (Georgia)
50% kaoskrew (UK)
50% Elegy (Belgium)
50% Krachyon
50% enanox (Uruguay)
50% Den Gode Hr. Kim (Denmark)
50% RimV (Australia)
50% croninsdisease (USA)
50% Yomyael (Vatican)
40% Nefarious (UAE)
10% In_tallica (Sweden)
10% Dr.TeM (Syria)
10% + Funeral X + (Iran)


DAY 1 (04.08)

W.E.T. Stage
12:00 - 12:30 Victims Of Madness
12:50 - 13:15 Void Creation (Metal Battle Austria)
13:35 - 14:00 No Dawn (Metal Battle Norway)
14:20 - 14:45 Snakebite (Metal Battle UK)
15:05 - 15:30 Raging Mob (Metal Battle China)
15:50 - 16:15 Dymytry (Metal Battle Czech Republic)
16:35 - 17:00 By The Patient (Metal Battle Denmark)
17:20 - 17:45 Forever Storm (Metal Battle Ex-Yugoslavia)
18:05 - 18:30 Metal Battle Finland
18:50 - 19:15 Frontal (Metal Battle France)
19:35 - 20:00 Vice (Metal Battle Germany)
20:20 - 20:45 Total Riot (Metal Battle Greece)
21:05 - 21:30 Wistaria (Metal Battle Iceland)
21:50 - 22:15 Missing In Action (Metal Battle Israel)
22:35 - 23:00 Penthagon (Metal Battle Italy)
23:20 - 23:45 Soul Stealer (Metal Battle Lithuania)
00:00 - 01:00 Mambo Kurt
Wackinger Stage
18:00 - 19:00 Lord Of The Lost
20:00 - 21:00 Fiddler's Green
22:00 - 23:00 Red Hot Chili Pipers
Beergarden Stage
20:00 - 21:00 W:O:A Firefighters
22:00 - 23:00 Mambo Kurt
Red Bull Bus
13:30 - 14:15 Rock Rotten's 9mm Assi Rock'n'Roll


DAY 2 (05.08)

True Metal Stage
17:30 - 19:00 Alice Cooper
21:30 - 23:30 Iron Maiden
Black Stage
16:00 - 16:45 Skyline
16:50 - 17:25 Metal Hammer Awards
19:30 - 21:00 Mötley Crüe
W.E.T. Stage
12:00 - 12:25 Orcus O Dis (Metal Battle Mexico)
12:45 - 13:10 Seven Ends (Metal Battle Netherlands)
13:30 - 13:55 Demolished (Metal Battle Belgium)
14:15 - 14:40 The Sixpounder (Metal Battle Poland)
15:00 - 15:25 Prayers Of Sanity (Metal Battle Portugal)
15:45 - 16:10 Altar (Metal Battle Romania)
16:30 - 16:55 Vita Imana (Metal Battle Spain)
17:15 - 17:40 Katana (Metal Battle Sweden)
18:00 - 18:25 Hathors (Metal Battle Switzerland)
18:45 - 19:10 Cangaço (Metal Battle Brazil)
19:30 - 19:55 Black Out Beauty (Metal Battle Luxembourg)
20:15 - 21:00 Ghost Brigade
21:20 - 21:50 Macbeth [GER] (Metal Masters Winner)
22:10 - 22:40 Crysys
23:00 - 23:45 Gojira
Wackinger Stage
17:00 - 18:00 Svartsot
19:00 - 20:00 Torfrock
21:00 - 22:00 Hanggai
Beergarden Stage
18:00 - 19:00 Mambo Kurt
20:00 - 21:00 W:O:A Firefighters
Red Bull Bus
13:30 - 14:15 Secret Show


DAY 3 (06.08)

True Metal Stage
11:45 - 12:45 Amorphis
14:15 - 15:15 Ill Niño
16:45 - 17:45 The BossHoss
19:15 - 20:15 Kamelot
21:45 - 23:00 Grave Digger
00:45 - 01:45 Anvil
Black Stage
11:00 - 11:40 Dew-Scented
13:00 - 14:00 Orphaned Land
15:30 - 16:30 Die Apokalyptischen Reiter
18:00 - 19:00 Endstille
20:30 - 21:30 Arch Enemy
23:15 - 00:30 Slayer
02:00 - 03:00 Cantus Buranus
Party Stage
11:00 - 11:40 End Of Green
13:00 - 14:00 Job For A Cowboy
15:30 - 16:30 Voivod
18:00 - 19:00 Frei.Wild
20:30 - 21:30 Tarja
23:15 - 00:15 1349
02:00 - 03:00 Atrocity
W.E.T. Stage
11:00 - 11:30 Brutus
11:55 - 12:25 Dead Means Nothing
12:50 - 13:20 Suicidal Angels
13:45 - 14:15 Astral Doors
14:40 - 15:10 Hackneyed
15:35 - 16:05 Mad Max
16:30 - 17:00 The Other
17:25 - 18:00 Eternal Legacy
18:25 - 18:55 Evile
19:20 - 19:55 Lizzy Borden
20:25 - 21:10 Broilers
21:40 - 22:10 Holy Grail
22:40 - 23:25 Secrets Of The Moon
23:55 - 00:40 Ihsahn
01:10 - 01:40 Imperium Dekadenz
02:10 - 02:55 Raven
Wackinger Stage
18:00 - 19:00 Schelmish
20:00 - 21:00 Letzte Instanz
22:00 - 23:00 Equilibrium
Beergarden Stage
18:00 - 19:00 Hells Belles
20:00 - 21:00 Fanfara Kalashnikov
22:00 - 23:00 Mambo Kurt


DAY 4 (07.08)

True Metal Stage
13:15 - 14:15 Caliban
15:45 - 16:45 Overkill
18:15 - 19:15 W.A.S.P.
20:45 - 21:45 Edguy
23:15 - 00:15 Soulfly
01:35 - 02:50 U.D.O.
Black Stage
12:00 - 13:00 Ektomorf
14:30 - 15:30 Unleashed
17:00 - 18:00 Lock Up
19:30 - 20:30 Cannibal Corpse
22:00 - 23:00 Immortal
00:30 - 01:30 Fear Factory
Party Stage
12:00 - 13:00 Smoke Blow
14:30 - 15:30 Kampfar
17:00 - 18:00 Delain
19:30 - 20:30 Stratovarius
22:00 - 23:00 Candlemass
00:30 - 01:30 Tiamat
W.E.T. Stage
12:00 - 12:30 Nightmare
12:55 - 13:25 The New Black
13:50 - 14:20 Degradead
14:45 - 15:15 Crucified Barbara
15:40 - 16:10 Skanners
16:35 - 17:20 Die Kassierer
17:45 - 18:15 Metsatöll
18:40 - 19:10 Varg
19:35 - 20:05 Debauchery
20:25 - 21:10 Sólstafir
21:35 - 22:20 Lake Of Tears
22:45 - 23:15 Rotting Christ
23:40 - 00:15 Despised Icon
00:45 - 01:30 Killing Machine
02:00 - 02:45 The Devil's Blood
Wackinger Stage
18:00 - 19:00 The Keltics
20:00 - 21:00 Týr
22:00 - 23:00 Orden Ogan
Beergarden Stage
12:00 - 13:00 W:O:A Firefighters
19:00 - 20:00 Fanfara Kalashnikov
21:00 - 22:00 Hells Belles
22:30 - 23:30 Mambo Kurt


News

 21.04.2010 - Wacken - Vote For Unknown Band To Play At Wacken


Reviews

 Wacken Open Air - Wacken, Germany, 5th August 2010 by Promonex
 Wacken Open Air - Wacken, Germany, 6th August 2010 by Promonex
 Wacken Open Air - Wacken, Germany, 7th August 2010 by Promonex
 The Railway to Hell - A Prologue to Wacken by Promonex


Photo galleries

Wacken Open Air 2010 - Day 3 by Promonex (124 images)
Wacken Open Air 2010 - Day 2 by Promonex (146 images)
Wacken Open Air 2010 - Day 1 & Miscellaneous (NSFW!) by Promonex (55 images)
Metal Train 2010 by Promonex (120 images)




 
Updated: 28.07.2010




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Valentin B - 01.08.2010 at 20:15  
Written by buki of steel on 01.08.2010 at 19:19

Ok
if i arrive till then i will attednd this meeting!

i take it you've already started drinking?
corrupt - 03.08.2010 at 13:53  
Today's the day for me. I'm off to Holy Wacken Land. See you guys tomorrow night.
Promonex - 08.08.2010 at 22:28  
Whooo, it's been fun!

Hey Vale, where the hellfest have you been all of a sudden on Saturday night?
Valentin B - 09.08.2010 at 14:24  
Written by Promonex on 08.08.2010 at 22:28

Whooo, it's been fun!

Hey Vale, where the hellfest have you been all of a sudden on Saturday night?

you mean right after UDO? i went to take a shower haha. i thought you'd still be around but then i remembered you wanted to leave your tent there so it made sense that you left. anyway it was great fun, i'm in Prague right now so i can't stay around too much.
corrupt - 09.08.2010 at 14:59  
Great festival. Definitely one of my best so far. Although I'm still pissed that they decided to check press people on the last day. I had to throw away two bottles of water because of those fuckers.
Marcel Hubregtse - 09.08.2010 at 15:11  
Btw, what's this I heard from people attending... people were denied access to the mainstages because it was too full. Nice goign wacken... so you sell more tickets than your main field can hold people? If such a thing had happened to me I would have been livid. You pay the full price for a ticket and you get denied to see the main acts?
That means one thing... overselling.
Promonex - 09.08.2010 at 15:42  
Yep, just like in 2008 people were queueing at the central entrance during Maiden, but didn't seem overly fed up with the fact that they were denied access. Ironically at the side entrance people were just waved through.
Marcel Hubregtse - 09.08.2010 at 15:44  
Written by Promonex on 09.08.2010 at 15:42

Yep, just like in 2008 people were queueing at the central entrance during Maiden, but didn't seem overly fed up with the fact that they were denied access. Ironically at the side entrance people were just waved through.


Those people probably knew Maiden was gonna suck? Hahahaha. But seriously. I would be totally pissed off. Having paid good money for a ticket and then being denied access.
Well, it's clear what wacken should do for the 2011 eiditon... Sell less tickets.
Promonex - 09.08.2010 at 15:47  
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 09.08.2010 at 15:44

Written by Promonex on 09.08.2010 at 15:42

Yep, just like in 2008 people were queueing at the central entrance during Maiden, but didn't seem overly fed up with the fact that they were denied access. Ironically at the side entrance people were just waved through.


Those people probably knew Maiden was gonna suck? Hahahaha. But seriously. I would be totally pissed off. Having paid good money for a ticket and then being denied access.
Well, it's clear what wacken should do for the 2011 eiditon... Sell less tickets.


And not get Maiden again
Marcel Hubregtse - 09.08.2010 at 15:50  
Written by Promonex on 09.08.2010 at 15:47


And not get Maiden again


But now you get Avantasia instead. I think I would settle for a subpar Iron Maiden over Avantasia any day hahahah
Promonex - 09.08.2010 at 15:59  
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 09.08.2010 at 15:50

Written by Promonex on 09.08.2010 at 15:47


And not get Maiden again


But now you get Avantasia instead. I think I would settle for a subpar Iron Maiden over Avantasia any day hahahah


Not if it comes to crowd attendance. Thursday was just terrible. Friday and Saturday were decent, it wasn't too hard to get from A to B and it wasn't too hard to get fairly close to the stage, even during the headliners. This might have also been due to the great weather, so unlike in the previous years all the ground was dry and you could move freely in the festival area. So I wouldn't speak of overselling if it hadn't been for Thursday.
Marcel Hubregtse - 09.08.2010 at 16:14  
Written by Promonex on 09.08.2010 at 15:59

So I wouldn't speak of overselling if it hadn't been for Thursday.


Then what would you call denying people access?
Promonex - 09.08.2010 at 16:44  
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 09.08.2010 at 16:14

Written by Promonex on 09.08.2010 at 15:59

So I wouldn't speak of overselling if it hadn't been for Thursday.


Then what would you call denying people access?


Too many people wanted to see Maiden. If Maiden wasn't there (or any other band of the same league like Metallica or AC/DC), there wouldn't have been a problem. So as I said, it was overselling due to Thursday, but on Friday and Saturday everything went smoothly. It's not the area that is too small for the audience, but Maiden who are too big for the area.
Marcel Hubregtse - 09.08.2010 at 16:47  
Written by Promonex on 09.08.2010 at 16:44


Too many people wanted to see Maiden. If Maiden wasn't there (or any other band of the same league like Metallica or AC/DC), there wouldn't have been a problem. So as I said, it was overselling due to Thursday, but on Friday and Saturday everything went smoothly. It's not the area that is too small for the audience, but Maiden who are too big for the area.


What I mean is that you should never sell more tickets than the number of people that can go on to the main ground. Because like with Maiden, the situation might arise that EVERYONE wants to see the headliner. And that should ALWAYS be possible. Hence they oversold. No matter how the crowd was spread during the other days.

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