GER, Wacken - Wacken Open Air 2010


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
 

Headliners


DAY 1 (04.08)

W.E.T. Stage

Victims Of Madness 12:00 - 12:30
Void Creation (Metal Battle Austria) 12:50 - 13:15
No Dawn (Metal Battle Norway) 13:35 - 14:00
Snakebite (Metal Battle UK) 14:20 - 14:45
Raging Mob (Metal Battle China) 15:05 - 15:30
Dymytry (Metal Battle Czech Republic) 15:50 - 16:15
By The Patient (Metal Battle Denmark) 16:35 - 17:00
Forever Storm (Metal Battle Ex-Yugoslavia) 17:20 - 17:45
Metal Battle Finland 18:05 - 18:30
Frontal (Metal Battle France) 18:50 - 19:15
Vice (Metal Battle Germany) 19:35 - 20:00
Total Riot (Metal Battle Greece) 20:20 - 20:45
Wistaria (Metal Battle Iceland) 21:05 - 21:30
Missing In Action (Metal Battle Israel) 21:50 - 22:15
Penthagon (Metal Battle Italy) 22:35 - 23:00
Soul Stealer (Metal Battle Lithuania) 23:20 - 23:45
Mambo Kurt 00:00 - 01:00

Wackinger Stage

Lord Of The Lost 18:00 - 19:00
Fiddler's Green 20:00 - 21:00
Red Hot Chili Pipers 22:00 - 23:00

Beergarden Stage

W:O:A Firefighters 20:00 - 21:00
Mambo Kurt 22:00 - 23:00

Red Bull Bus

Rock Rotten's 9mm Assi Rock'n'Roll 13:30 - 14:15

DAY 2 (05.08)

True Metal Stage

Alice Cooper 17:30 - 19:00
Iron Maiden 21:30 - 23:30

Black Stage

Skyline 16:00 - 16:45
Metal Hammer Awards 16:50 - 17:25
Mötley Crüe 19:30 - 21:00

W.E.T. Stage

Orcus O Dis (Metal Battle Mexico) 12:00 - 12:25
Seven Ends (Metal Battle Netherlands) 12:45 - 13:10
Demolished (Metal Battle Belgium) 13:30 - 13:55
The Sixpounder (Metal Battle Poland) 14:15 - 14:40
Prayers Of Sanity (Metal Battle Portugal) 15:00 - 15:25
Altar (Metal Battle Romania) 15:45 - 16:10
Vita Imana (Metal Battle Spain) 16:30 - 16:55
Katana (Metal Battle Sweden) 17:15 - 17:40
Hathors (Metal Battle Switzerland) 18:00 - 18:25
Cangaço (Metal Battle Brazil) 18:45 - 19:10
Black Out Beauty (Metal Battle Luxembourg) 19:30 - 19:55
Ghost Brigade 20:15 - 21:00
Macbeth [GER] (Metal Masters Winner) 21:20 - 21:50
Crysys 22:10 - 22:40
Gojira 23:00 - 23:45

Wackinger Stage

Svartsot 17:00 - 18:00
Torfrock 19:00 - 20:00
Hanggai 21:00 - 22:00

Beergarden Stage

Mambo Kurt 18:00 - 19:00
W:O:A Firefighters 20:00 - 21:00

Red Bull Bus

Secret Show 13:30 - 14:15

DAY 3 (06.08)

True Metal Stage

Amorphis 11:45 - 12:45
Ill Niño 14:15 - 15:15
The BossHoss 16:45 - 17:45
Kamelot 19:15 - 20:15
Grave Digger 21:45 - 23:00
Anvil 00:45 - 01:45

Black Stage

Dew-Scented 11:00 - 11:40
Orphaned Land 13:00 - 14:00
Die Apokalyptischen Reiter 15:30 - 16:30
Endstille 18:00 - 19:00
Arch Enemy 20:30 - 21:30
Slayer 23:15 - 00:30
Cantus Buranus 02:00 - 03:00

Party Stage

End Of Green 11:00 - 11:40
Job For A Cowboy 13:00 - 14:00
Voivod 15:30 - 16:30
Frei.Wild 18:00 - 19:00
Tarja 20:30 - 21:30
1349 23:15 - 00:15
Atrocity 02:00 - 03:00

W.E.T. Stage

Brutus 11:00 - 11:30
Dead Means Nothing 11:55 - 12:25
Suicidal Angels 12:50 - 13:20
Astral Doors 13:45 - 14:15
Hackneyed 14:40 - 15:10
Mad Max 15:35 - 16:05
The Other 16:30 - 17:00
Eternal Legacy 17:25 - 18:00
Evile 18:25 - 18:55
Lizzy Borden 19:20 - 19:55
Broilers 20:25 - 21:10
Holy Grail 21:40 - 22:10
Secrets Of The Moon 22:40 - 23:25
Ihsahn 23:55 - 00:40
Imperium Dekadenz 01:10 - 01:40
Raven 02:10 - 02:55

Wackinger Stage

Schelmish 18:00 - 19:00
Letzte Instanz 20:00 - 21:00
Equilibrium 22:00 - 23:00

Beergarden Stage

Hells Belles 18:00 - 19:00
Fanfara Kalashnikov 20:00 - 21:00
Mambo Kurt 22:00 - 23:00

DAY 4 (07.08)

True Metal Stage

Caliban 13:15 - 14:15
Overkill 15:45 - 16:45
W.A.S.P. 18:15 - 19:15
Edguy 20:45 - 21:45
Soulfly 23:15 - 00:15
U.D.O. 01:35 - 02:50

Black Stage

Ektomorf 12:00 - 13:00
Unleashed 14:30 - 15:30
Lock Up 17:00 - 18:00
Cannibal Corpse 19:30 - 20:30
Immortal 22:00 - 23:00
Fear Factory 00:30 - 01:30

Party Stage

Smoke Blow 12:00 - 13:00
Kampfar 14:30 - 15:30
Delain 17:00 - 18:00
Stratovarius 19:30 - 20:30
Candlemass 22:00 - 23:00
Tiamat 00:30 - 01:30

W.E.T. Stage

Nightmare 12:00 - 12:30
The New Black 12:55 - 13:25
Degradead 13:50 - 14:20
Crucified Barbara 14:45 - 15:15
Skanners 15:40 - 16:10
Die Kassierer 16:35 - 17:20
Metsatöll 17:45 - 18:15
Varg 18:40 - 19:10
Debauchery 19:35 - 20:05
Sólstafir 20:25 - 21:10
Lake Of Tears 21:35 - 22:20
Rotting Christ 22:45 - 23:15
Despised Icon 23:40 - 00:15
Killing Machine 00:45 - 01:30
The Devil's Blood 02:00 - 02:45

Wackinger Stage

The Keltics 18:00 - 19:00
Týr 20:00 - 21:00
Orden Ogan 22:00 - 23:00

Beergarden Stage

W:O:A Firefighters 12:00 - 13:00
Fanfara Kalashnikov 19:00 - 20:00
Hells Belles 21:00 - 22:00
Mambo Kurt 22:30 - 23:30

Who was there?

Promonex 100%
corrupt 100%
Valentin B (Belgium) 100%
buki of steel (Croatia) 100%
Infurnace (The Netherlands) 100%
Maxx666 (USA) 100%
Aylee_Bodom (Spain) 100%
DanielViking (Finland) 100%
Hexx (Estonia) 100%
LeDruide (France) 100%
Skyum (Denmark) 100%
Jack--- (Denmark) 100%
In Chaos (Norway) 100%
Enigma (Portugal) 100%
Arsen (Armenia) 100%
Marcelo Hissa (Brazil) 100%
Gâsh (The Netherlands) 100%
arsene (Iran) 100%
hanfsud 100%
Misanthrope (UAE) 100%
Dewil Rituale (Bulgaria) 100%
COBdeath666 (Portugal) 100%
Saltimbank021 (France) 100%
Fraja (Peru) 100%
Brodd (Denmark) 100%
Miquele 100%
thrasher_93 (Cyprus) 100%
Satyr (Montenegro) 100%
Tapyoh (Finland) 100%
stefan86 (Sweden) 100%
sempai (Latvia) 100%
valeria (UK) 100%
Trust (Portugal) 100%
Grumble (The Netherlands) 100%
Oriôn (Belgium) 100%
Moocher (France) 100%
JaimeeFotzeBetrunken (New Zealand) 100%
Izarus (Denmark) 100%
Oroandien (Czech Republic) 100%
Buried Dreamer (Brazil) 100%
MikeD (Israel) 100%
Necrozika (Sweden) 100%
Mi4U (France) 100%
Usurpus (UK) 100%
Doomhammer 100%
davidog (Israel) 100%
Talrin 100%
Arcadius667 (Ireland) 100%
ruby_anathema (Turkey) 100%
AprilEthereal (USA) 100%
mephisto_loh (Mexico) 100%
iblis (Turkey) 100%
antubis (Bulgaria) 100%
vip (France) 100%
Fjorten (Denmark) 100%
jtwrs (Spain) 100%
Nachtblueter 100%
zmya (Croatia) 100%
Hugo (Slovak Republic) 100%
huntlus (Estonia) 100%
Dunkelgeist (Spain) 100%
Vihtori Raivoisa (Finland) 100%
Sautherom (Mexico) 100%
Wolfhead'sTree (USA) 100%
Princeps (The Netherlands) 100%
benjaminzzz 100%
JuliusForgeron (France) 100%
Vincent M (Israel) 100%
funnelweb (Turkey) 100%
Tinuviel (Canada) 100%
nihil (Turkey) 100%
deathspell omega (The Netherlands) 100%
Aelitha (Russia) 100%
ANArhia (Romania) 100%
anaavila (Portugal) 100%
Sword_of_Dawn 100%
toxxxicmetalhead (USA) 100%
infernall (Romania) 90%
Suisaidfet (Indonesia) 90%
Brave Sir Robbo (UK) 80%
kott 80%
thunder_lord (UK) 80%
omermetalol (Israel) 80%
mel (Turkey) 80%
Lola 8 (Croatia) 80%
Metalpii (Switzerland) 80%
Fabiana Thoresen (Brazil) 70%
iluvatar1 (Israel) 70%
Sludge Cowboy (Greece) 60%
bacho_dato (Georgia) 60%
kaoskrew (UK) 50%
Elegy (Belgium) 50%
enanox (Uruguay) 50%
Den Gode Hr. Kim (UK) 50%
RimV (Australia) 50%
Yomyael (Vatican) 50%
Nefarious (UAE) 40%
In_tallica (Sweden) 10%
Dr.TeM (Syria) 10%
+ Funeral X + (Iran) 10%

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17.12.2009 - 17:54
Baz Anderson
Well I enjoyed Mötley Crüe this year.
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17.12.2009 - 17:59
Valentin B
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Written by Baz Anderson on 17.12.2009 at 17:54

Well I enjoyed Mötley Crüe this year.

i heard the vocals suck really hard(on CD they're decent i guess) when MC plays was that the case?
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17.12.2009 - 18:01
Baz Anderson
Written by Valentin B on 17.12.2009 at 17:59

i heard the vocals suck really hard(on CD they're decent i guess) when MC plays was that the case?

They weren't perfect, but who is live?
It wasn't anything so bad to grab my attention... you're supposed to be enjoying the music, not analysing whether the guy is singing it exactly to the album version or not.
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18.12.2009 - 03:18
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Next band: Amorphis. Only they fucked the question up. The album is called "Skyforger" and not "Scyforger". But hey...
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18.12.2009 - 05:25
Promonex
Cathemeral
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 17.12.2009 at 17:39

Wacken the best line-up thus far? You gotta be kidding me. That's oonly the case if you're into German bands, or to be more specific... into Euro Flower Power bands. Way too many of those there already, the good bands up to now don't outweigh those at all imo

Considering it's a Wacken lineup it's quite a good lineup actually. If they had presented this as their anniversary lineup, nobody would have complained. They already got the likes of Maiden and Crüe, Immortal, Corpse, W.A.S.P., the 30th anniversary show of Grave Digger and Arch Enemy. Last year at this point they had close to no confirmations, mostly trendy bands on the billing and only (ab)used the name of the brand "Wacken" as selling point. I don't think you can make much of a mistake buying your tic for Wacken 2010 if you enjoyed Wacken 2009 already.
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18.12.2009 - 15:00
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Slayer announced
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18.12.2009 - 15:16
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Written by Guest on 18.12.2009 at 15:00

Slayer announced

HOLY COW!
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18.12.2009 - 16:23
Valentin B
Iconoclast
[insert other festival than Wacken] just got owned.


my guess is that the guys at Wacken realized that Hellfest, Sonisphere and Graspop are rapidly catching up with their ticket sales and that their #1 spot in the field of metal festivals isn't as secure as it was 3-4 years ago, so now they want to compete more aggressively with them.
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18.12.2009 - 16:45
Promonex
Cathemeral
Meh. Slayer. Why can't they confirm some more crappy bands? I don't have anything to complain about anymore
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18.12.2009 - 17:09
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
Written by Promonex on 18.12.2009 at 16:45

Meh. Slayer. Why can't they confirm some more crappy bands? I don't have anything to complain about anymore


Slayer is a good live band, but once again a band everyone has seen a million of times. SO another boring addition.
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18.12.2009 - 17:13
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
Written by Valentin B on 18.12.2009 at 16:23

[insert other festival than Wacken] just got owned.


my guess is that the guys at Wacken realized that Hellfest, Sonisphere and Graspop are rapidly catching up with their ticket sales and that their #1 spot in the field of metal festivals isn't as secure as it was 3-4 years ago, so now they want to compete more aggressively with them.


How the hell did other festivals get ownde by Wacken booking Slayer? Slayer is a band that has played all the festivals loads of times already and almost all metallers have at least seen a couple of times. So once again, like I just said, another immensely boring addition. Still Wacken's line-up is immensely dire cause it holds no surprises whatsoever. Wacken is becomeing more boring by the year and more predictable, and as safe as fuck. Not a festival where you can discover anything new... oh wait Metallers don't want to discover anything new, they just want the same established boring bands over and over and over again.
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18.12.2009 - 17:18
Valentin B
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Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 18.12.2009 at 17:13

Written by Valentin B on 18.12.2009 at 16:23

[insert other festival than Wacken] just got owned.


my guess is that the guys at Wacken realized that Hellfest, Sonisphere and Graspop are rapidly catching up with their ticket sales and that their #1 spot in the field of metal festivals isn't as secure as it was 3-4 years ago, so now they want to compete more aggressively with them.


How the hell did other festivals get ownde by Wacken booking Slayer? Slayer is a band that has played all the festivals loads of times already and almost all metallers have at least seen a couple of times. So once again, like I just said, another immensely boring addition. Still Wacken's line-up is immensely dire cause it holds no surprises whatsoever. Wacken is becomeing more boring by the year and more predictable, and as safe as fuck. Not a festival where you can discover anything new... oh wait Metallers don't want to discover anything new, they just want the same established boring bands over and over and over again.

man, i should just post a standard "imo, " right before every post i forgot to add that it's from my point of view.. in the lineup for next year i haven't seen anything on the bill and having many high-ranking bands(IN MY PREFERENCE TOP!!) play is what i got a hard-on from.

so... LET THE HATIN BEGIN because i don't care
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18.12.2009 - 17:36
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
Written by Valentin B on 18.12.2009 at 17:18

man, i should just post a standard "imo, " right before every post i forgot to add that it's from my point of view.. in the lineup for next year i haven't seen anything on the bill and having many high-ranking bands(IN MY PREFERENCE TOP!!) play is what i got a hard-on from.

so... LET THE HATIN BEGIN because i don't care


I can understand you being happy with it seeing you haven't seen that many bands, yet.
My post wasn'tdirected at you but at alll those people that have been to numerous festivals and concerts.
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18.12.2009 - 17:42
Valentin B
Iconoclast
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 18.12.2009 at 17:36

Written by Valentin B on 18.12.2009 at 17:18

man, i should just post a standard "imo, " right before every post i forgot to add that it's from my point of view.. in the lineup for next year i haven't seen anything on the bill and having many high-ranking bands(IN MY PREFERENCE TOP!!) play is what i got a hard-on from.

so... LET THE HATIN BEGIN because i don't care


I can understand you being happy with it seeing you haven't seen that many bands, yet.
My post wasn'tdirected at you but at alll those people that have been to numerous festivals and concerts.

yeah, i'm very much a newcomer when it comes to bands seen
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18.12.2009 - 18:00
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The only thing that's bugging me now, is which band will be announced on the 24th... To headline alongside Slayer and Maiden... Priest ? Metallica ? Or maybe a band brought back from the dead ? Strange strange strange
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18.12.2009 - 18:02
Overlord_PT
SLAYER!!! fuck yeah!!! mm/
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18.12.2009 - 18:14
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Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 18.12.2009 at 17:36

Written by Valentin B on 18.12.2009 at 17:18

man, i should just post a standard "imo, " right before every post i forgot to add that it's from my point of view.. in the lineup for next year i haven't seen anything on the bill and having many high-ranking bands(IN MY PREFERENCE TOP!!) play is what i got a hard-on from.

so... LET THE HATIN BEGIN because i don't care


I can understand you being happy with it seeing you haven't seen that many bands, yet.
My post wasn'tdirected at you but at alll those people that have been to numerous festivals and concerts.

Maybe you're misconceiving things. I've been a metal fan for the last ten years and have been to numerous concerts and festivals and have never yet managed to see slayer. Also I'm kinda counting on the big festivals to bring the bands to me that I otherwise wouldn't pay money for or that don't tour that often if at all. So Slayer in Wacken is perfect for me. I've always wanted to see them but never enough to buy concert tickets. Maybe you have different expectations when it comes to what a festival should do for you, but from my experience, the biggest surprises in a lineup pass you by unnoticed because you only realize what a great band you missed there months or years later. On Wacken '05 (I think, could also have been '06) I saw a way too boring show by Soilwork while on the other stage Opeth were unleashing their fire upon another few thousand people. Man was I disappointed when I got into Opeth a few years later.
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18.12.2009 - 18:19
Valentin B
Iconoclast
Written by Guest on 18.12.2009 at 18:00

The only thing that's bugging me now, is which band will be announced on the 24th... To headline alongside Slayer and Maiden... Priest ? Metallica ? Or maybe a band brought back from the dead ? Strange strange strange

Priest will likely concentrate on producing/performing the Nostradamus special show(if they still have that in mind, their website doesn't yield anything), Metallica is far too expensive..

i'd say it's gonna be a co-headliner on the day with Motley Crue, i guess some other relatively well-known band, my money is on the following: Blind Guardian, Children of Bodom, Megadeth, Iced Earth(yes pleeaassee ), Helloween, Cradle of Filth, Anthrax, Dio, Scorpions(yes pleeeasse ), Alice Cooper, Queensryche, Therion..

i know, way too many "monsters" in my enumeration but if they're making such a fuss about the 24th announcement it must be worth it right?
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18.12.2009 - 18:24
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
MOtley Crue headlining? That is hilarious. Yes, I know they did at Hellfest last year as well and it was a disgrace. Cuase it was clear that that day heaven & Hell should have been the headliners due to status (although Heaven & Hell's performance was mediocre, but still infitely superior to Motley Crue's)

A headliner should be a BIG band and Motley Crue wer only big in the US and England. And Motley Cure nowadays aren't anything near the size in popularity they once were.
Megadeth have every right to be headliner of Motley Crue. Way mor epopular than Crue
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18.12.2009 - 18:24
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Written by Valentin B on 18.12.2009 at 18:19

Written by Guest on 18.12.2009 at 18:00

The only thing that's bugging me now, is which band will be announced on the 24th... To headline alongside Slayer and Maiden... Priest ? Metallica ? Or maybe a band brought back from the dead ? Strange strange strange

Priest will likely concentrate on producing/performing the Nostradamus special show(if they still have that in mind, their website doesn't yield anything), Metallica is far too expensive..

i'd say it's gonna be a co-headliner on the day with Motley Crue, i guess some other relatively well-known band, my money is on the following: Blind Guardian, Children of Bodom, Megadeth, Iced Earth(yes pleeaassee ), Helloween, Cradle of Filth, Anthrax, Dio, Scorpions(yes pleeeasse ), Alice Cooper, Queensryche, Therion..

i know, way too many "monsters" in my enumeration but if they're making such a fuss about the 24th announcement it must be worth it right?


Hm Dio is unlikely now that he's sick... Scorpions played in 2006 and I fell asleep while standing in the 17th row... Children have been there wayyyyyy too many times in the past years... I'm not a huge fan of Cradle, but the other bands can come whenever they like but don't get your hopes too high, I bet it will be some nonsense band for the 24th...
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18.12.2009 - 18:27
Valentin B
Iconoclast
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 18.12.2009 at 18:24

MOtley Crue headlining? That is hilarious. Yes, I know they did at Hellfest last year as well and it was a disgrace. Cuase it was clear that that day heaven & Hell should have been the headliners due to status (although Heaven & Hell's performance was mediocre, but still infitely superior to Motley Crue's)

A headliner should be a BIG band and Motley Crue wer only big in the US and England. And Motley Cure nowadays aren't anything near the size in popularity they once were.
Megadeth have every right to be headliner of Motley Crue. Way mor epopular than Crue

well, they said exactly this: "now it is time to announce another topact, Motley Crue!"

i don't know if "topact" means "headliner" for them, but that's my supposition.
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18.12.2009 - 18:32
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Written by Valentin B on 18.12.2009 at 18:27

Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 18.12.2009 at 18:24

MOtley Crue headlining? That is hilarious. Yes, I know they did at Hellfest last year as well and it was a disgrace. Cuase it was clear that that day heaven & Hell should have been the headliners due to status (although Heaven & Hell's performance was mediocre, but still infitely superior to Motley Crue's)

A headliner should be a BIG band and Motley Crue wer only big in the US and England. And Motley Cure nowadays aren't anything near the size in popularity they once were.
Megadeth have every right to be headliner of Motley Crue. Way mor epopular than Crue

well, they said exactly this: "now it is time to announce another topact, Motley Crue!"

i don't know if "topact" means "headliner" for them, but that's my supposition.

Forget it, Crue won't headline shit They will play at 11 when everyone is still asleep
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18.12.2009 - 18:34
Thryce
Retired Staff
Written by Valentin B on 18.12.2009 at 16:23

my guess is that the guys at Wacken realized that Hellfest, Sonisphere and Graspop are rapidly catching up with their ticket sales and that their #1 spot in the field of metal festivals isn't as secure as it was 3-4 years ago, so now they want to compete more aggressively with them.

Wacken don't need to compete... at all. From an economic point of view, their position is as safe as can be. They still have the biggest market share and are still the #1 player in the market... no matter what. Everybody knows Wacken, tells about Wacken, and does everything that is humanly possible to go to Wacken. To be there. Wacken is a very strong brand name. The fact they don't even need to line up something remotely adventurous and still sell out all tickets about 200 days before the opening of the festival, is the ultimate proof of that.

In fact, the biggest mistake Wacken could make is competing aggressively. Besides, announcing the addition of Slayer, Iron Maiden, Mötley Crüe, Primal Fear and whatnot is not even close to behaving aggressively. They just do what people expect them to do: announce safe, established names that are relatively well-known to almost everybody.

And I really don't see any reason why Wacken should change that strategy. Besides, nowadays there are a lot of alternative, albeit smaller events where people can discover the lesser-known gems (like Roadburn, which also sold out pretty fast).
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18.12.2009 - 18:42
Valentin B
Iconoclast
Written by Thryce on 18.12.2009 at 18:34

And I really don't see any reason why Wacken should change that strategy. Besides, nowadays there are a lot of alternative, albeit smaller events where people can discover the lesser-known gems (like Roadburn, which also sold out pretty fast).

shit, you're right. i was thinking about Sonisphere trying to take over but then i remembered they don't have open-air festivals(as in, with a campsite and stuff)
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18.12.2009 - 18:43
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
Written by Thryce on 18.12.2009 at 18:34

(like Roadburn, which also sold out pretty fast).


Hell, of course that sold out fast. Only 2600 tickets abvailable and many one-off reunions and special shows. SO that's no surprise. This year it sold out in 28 minutes (that was the three-day Thursday, Friday, Saturday ticket, and thank god NO day tickets available) and the Afterburner on Sunday sold out in 8 minutes (only 500-600 can attend that)
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19.12.2009 - 15:20
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Kampfar will be announced tomorrow
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19.12.2009 - 15:20
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Alice Cooper announced
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19.12.2009 - 16:23
Promonex
Cathemeral
Written by corrupt on 18.12.2009 at 18:14

Maybe you're misconceiving things. I've been a metal fan for the last ten years and have been to numerous concerts and festivals and have never yet managed to see slayer. Also I'm kinda counting on the big festivals to bring the bands to me that I otherwise wouldn't pay money for or that don't tour that often if at all. So Slayer in Wacken is perfect for me. I've always wanted to see them but never enough to buy concert tickets.

Yeah, same here. I've always deemed a Slayer ticket to be too expensive in relation to my interest in them. So I've only seen them once and that was because I got the ticket for free. So I'm definitely fine with them at Wacken.
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19.12.2009 - 21:02
Valentin B
Iconoclast
Alice Cooper? interesting.. i hope they'll put on a great show
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20.12.2009 - 02:39
Promonex
Cathemeral
Lake of Tears are going to be the next confirmation. And a pretty interesting one, too.
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