Event information

Location: Germany, Wacken
Date: 01-04 August 2012
Website: wacken.com
Organizer: ICS Event Service

Tickets:

150
Buy at woafor.wacken.com
 
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The number 23 is to be found everywhere! Take a close look; not only is it the holy number of Discordianism, a song from Behemoth's album Thelema.6 and The Big Lebowski's favourite (and only) bowling lane, it is also the number of editions the Wacken Open Air has under its belt. And to celebrate this synchronicity the world's biggest metal festival has invited a whole slew of big names of the scene: legendary German hard rockers Scorpions will play their very last gig under German sky at the W:O:A 2012! Some go, others return: seminal industrial metal band Ministry just couldn't go cold turkey and are back to play a Best Of show with a side dish of their most recent output Relapse. Swedish power metal band HammerFall will celebrate their 15th Wacken anniversary - having played this festival for the first time in 1997 - with a special show, and so will heavy metallers U.D.O., whose eponymous frontman turned 60 earlier this year.

Other bands on the bill have already announced to bring some friends and special guests. Norwegian epic black metallers Dimmu Borgir, for instance, bring along an entire string orchestra. Moonspell are rather modest, bringing along "only" four cellists, three background vocalists and a percussionst for their acoustic show dubbed "Sombra". A special show has also been announced by Circle II Circle who will be joined by Chris Caffery to play the Savatage album The Wake of Magellan in its entirety. And while Amon Amarth will have to watch in awe as their neighbours Leaves' Eyes sail on stage with a Viking ship, Brazilian thrashers Sepultura will remind you of modern days again with their special guests, the industrial drumming ensemble Les Tambours du Bronx.

Don't care for either of these bands? Well, how about Opeth, Saxon, Volbeat, Machine Head, Cradle Of Filth, In Flames or one of the other 100+ bands then? Just scroll down for a complete listing of all the bands.

Wacken Open Air takes place 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.

The festival is officially sold out since November already, but some tour operators (e.g. Metal Train for Germany, Bock Tours for the Netherlands, Germany, Austria and Switzerland, Argon Events for the UK) still have some coach trip/festival ticket packages in store. More tour operators can be found here.

Another way to acquire your ticket would be the ticket exchange in the official forum which aims for eliminating the black marketing going on on eBay and other auctioning sites, 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 English) and here (in German).

Further readings:
Wacken 2011 Wacken 2010 Metal Train 2010 Wacken 2009 Wacken 2008 Wacken 2007

Who was there?

100% Nefarious (UAE)
100% corrupt
100% Promonex
100% Koen Smits (Belgium)
100% Undertaker_ (Argentina)
100% NLthrasher (The Netherlands)
100% neonxaos (Denmark)
100% In_tallica (Sweden)
100% infernall (Romania)
100% Born-2rise (Lebanon)
100% In Chaos (Norway)
100% Inshushinak (Norway)
100% Jack--- (Denmark)
100% Nattens (USA)
100% dark_mink (Spain)
100% Elektro-Hexer
100% hanfsud
100% Dewil Rituale (Bulgaria)
100% COBdeath666 (Portugal)
100% Anastasia (Finland)
100% Metal Defender (UK)
100% Fraja (Peru)
100% Miquele
100% Saltimbank021 (France)
100% SMAX (USA)
100% BaZaH (The Netherlands)
100% Ch3m1c4lThr4sh (The Netherlands)
100% Kvae (Norway)
100% DeathChrushed666 (Mexico)
100% rvrebane (Estonia)
100% Oriôn (Belgium)
100% Trust (Portugal)
100% lusitanium (UK)
100% Jvenned (Faroe Islands)
100% Melodeathmetal (The Netherlands)
100% Necrozika (Sweden)
100% Doomhammer
100% Aquad
100% Nunslayer (Iceland)
100% marialoseth (Norway)
100% JAS DANIEL'S (Switzerland)
100% Aelitha (Russia)
100% ANArhia (Romania)
100% 1886 (Australia)
100% jotaass (Portugal)
100% Rooste (Estonia)
100% Dunkelgeist (Spain)
100% strjw78
100% Bonesaw ()
100% MorphineChild (UAE)
100% Faithrys (Italy)
100% m@rtin (Belgium)
100% frederik333 (The Netherlands)
100% Jeotguy (The Netherlands)
100% randgridhaleth@gmail (Spain)
90% haku86 (Spain)
80% Gâsh (The Netherlands)
80% c.metallerstein
80% grecianearn (UK)
70% Paw!! (Indonesia)
70% zaid mousa (Jordan)
70% 666eAvil666 (Syria)
70% DeathRocker (Australia)
50% machinefucknhead (Australia)
50% Ozzy88 (Czech Republic)
10% AXA ()
10% Bwastem (Mexico)


DAY 1 (01.08)

Bullhead City Circus
11:00 - 11:20 Inquisitor
11:25 - 12:00 Victims Of Madness
12:05 - 12:25 Rust2Dust
12:30 - 13:30 Danko Jones (spoken word)
13:35 - 13:55 Fateful Finality
14:00 - 14:20 Ravenblood
14:25 - 14:45 Gothic
14:50 - 15:45 Wrestling
15:55 - 16:15 Midnight Priest
16:20 - 16:40 Electric Hellride
16:45 - 17:05 Lord Shades
17:10 - 17:30 Ease Of Disgust
17:35 - 17:55 Cold Snap
18:00 - 18:30 Gone Postal
18:35 - 18:55 Helmut
19:00 - 19:20 Devil's Note
19:25 - 19:45 Mindthreat
19:50 - 20:10 Shredhead
20:15 - 20:35 Hamferð
20:40 - 21:00 Rain Shatter
21:05 - 21:25 Zygnema
21:30 - 21:50 Epsilon
21:55 - 22:15 Opifex
22:20 - 22:40 Frantic Amber
22:45 - 23:05 Disquiet
23:10 - 23:30 Corpse Garden
23:35 - 23:55 Warpath
00:00 - 01:00 Mambo Kurt
01:00 - 03:00 Metal Karaoke
Wackinger Stage
12:00 - 13:00 Wacken Slam
19:00 - 19:45 Russkaja
20:15 - 21:00 Saor Patrol
21:30 - 22:15 Vogelfrey
22:45 - 23:30 Santiano
Beer Garden Stage
15:00 - 16:00 Volksmetal
17:00 - 18:00 Mambo Kurt
19:00 - 20:00 W:O:A Firefighters
21:00 - 23:00 Blechblosn
Camping Main Street
15:00 - 15:20 Blaas Of Glory


DAY 2 (02.08)

True Metal Stage
16:50 - 17:20 Jim Breuer
19:00 - 20:30 U.D.O.
22:30 - 00:00 Volbeat
Black Stage
16:00 - 16:45 Skyline
17:30 - 18:45 Sepultura
20:45 - 22:15 Saxon
Bullhead City Circus
11:00 - 12:00 Russkaja
12:10 - 13:10 Danko Jones (spoken word)
13:15 - 13:35 Faanefjell
13:40 - 14:15 Dead By April
14:20 - 14:40 Exuviated
14:45 - 15:20 Wölli & Die Band des Jahres
15:25 - 15:45 Hone Your Sense
15:50 - 16:35 Kellermensch
16:40 - 17:00 The Falling
17:05 - 17:50 Wrestling
17:55 - 18:15 Winterstorm
18:20 - 18:55 Amaranthe
19:00 - 19:20 Hammercult
19:25 - 20:00 Keule
20:05 - 20:40 Chthonic
20:45 - 21:30 Channel Zero
21:35 - 22:20 Unearth
22:25 - 23:10 Circle II Circle
23:15 - 00:00 Mono Inc.
00:00 - 03:00 Metal Karaoke
Wackinger Stage
12:00 - 13:00 Santiano
19:00 - 19:45 Saor Patrol
20:15 - 21:00 Vogelfrey
21:30 - 22:15 Panteón Rococó
22:45 - 23:45 Torfrock
Beer Garden Stage
11:00 - 11:30 Wacken Slam
12:00 - 13:00 Volksmetal
14:00 - 15:00 Mambo Kurt
16:00 - 18:00 Blechblosn
19:00 - 20:00 W:O:A Firefighters
21:00 - 22:00 Volxrock
Camping Main Street
12:00 - 12:20 Blaas Of Glory


DAY 3 (03.08)

True Metal Stage
12:15 - 13:15 Sacred Reich
14:45 - 15:45 Kamelot
17:15 - 18:15 The BossHoss
19:45 - 20:45 HammerFall
22:45 - 00:15 In Flames
02:00 - 03:00 D-A-D
Black Stage
11:00 - 12:00 Endstille
13:30 - 14:30 Sanctuary
16:00 - 17:00 Overkill
18:30 - 19:30 Opeth
21:00 - 22:30 Dimmu Borgir
00:30 - 01:45 In Extremo
Party Stage
11:00 - 12:00 Betontod
13:30 - 14:30 Oomph!
16:00 - 17:00 Broilers
18:30 - 19:30 Coroner
21:00 - 22:30 Leaves' Eyes
00:30 - 01:30 TBA
Bullhead City Circus
11:00 - 11:25 FDJ
11:30 - 12:00 Yaksa
12:05 - 12:35 Warbringer
12:40 - 13:10 Liquid Meat
13:15 - 13:45 Crimes Of Passion
13:50 - 14:50 Henry Rollins (spoken word)
14:55 - 15:30 Darkest Hour
15:35 - 16:10 The Black Dahlia Murder
16:15 - 16:50 Graveyard
16:55 - 17:40 Masters Of Comedy
17:45 - 18:20 Decapitated
18:25 - 19:25 Red Fang
19:45 - 20:20 D.R.I.
20:25 - 21:05 We Butter The Bread With Butter
21:10 - 21:55 Jim Breuer
22:00 - 22:40 Gehenna
22:45 - 23:30 Wrestling
23:35 - 00:25 Aura Noir
00:30 - 01:10 Kobra And The Lotus
01:15 - 02:05 Insomnium
02:10 - 03:00 Ghost Brigade
Wackinger Stage
12:00 - 13:00 Wacken Slam
19:00 - 19:45 Saor Patrol
20:15 - 21:00 Vogelfrey
21:30 - 22:00 Eisenherz
22:30 - 23:30 Russkaja
Beer Garden Stage
12:00 - 13:00 Santiano
16:00 - 17:00 Volksmetal
18:00 - 18:30 Blaas Of Glory
20:00 - 21:00 Mambo Kurt
22:00 - 23:00 Volxrock
Camping Main Street
12:00 - 12:20 Blaas Of Glory


DAY 4 (04.08)

True Metal Stage
13:00 - 13:45 Gamma Ray
15:00 - 16:00 Axel Rudi Pell
17:30 - 18:30 Testament
20:00 - 21:30 Scorpions
23:15 - 00:30 Machine Head
02:00 - 03:00 Surprise Act
Black Stage
12:00 - 12:45 Delain
14:00 - 14:45 Napalm Death
16:15 - 17:15 Six Feet Under
18:45 - 19:45 Cradle Of Filth
21:45 - 23:00 Amon Amarth
00:45 - 01:45 Ministry
Party Stage
12:00 - 12:45 Suffocated
14:00 - 14:45 Paradise Lost
16:00 - 17:15 Sick Of It All
18:45 - 19:45 Dark Funeral
21:45 - 23:00 Schandmaul
00:45 - 01:45 Watain
Bullhead City Circus
11:00 - 11:30 Agro
11:35 - 12:05 Eschenbach
12:10 - 12:40 Manticora
12:45 - 13:45 Henry Rollins (spoken word)
13:50 - 14:20 Manimals
14:25 - 15:00 Massacre
15:05 - 15:35 Weto
15:40 - 16:15 Kylesa
16:20 - 16:55 Electric Wizard
17:00 - 17:45 Masters Of Comedy
17:50 - 18:20 Megaherz
18:25 - 19:10 Wrestling
19:15 - 19:55 Moonspell
20:00 - 20:35 Sylosis
20:40 - 21:15 Nasum
21:20 - 21:55 Djerv
22:00 - 22:40 Warrior Soul
22:45 - 23:40 Suicide Silence
23:45 - 00:45 Dio Disciples
00:50 - 01:25 Riotgod
01:30 - 02:05 Winterfylleth
02:10 - 03:00 Leningrad Cowboys
Wackinger Stage
12:00 - 13:00 Santiano
19:00 - 19:45 Ingrimm
20:15 - 21:00 Vogelfrey
21:30 - 22:15 Russkaja
22:45 - 23:30 Diablo Swing Orchestra
Beer Garden Stage
11:00 - 12:00 Wacken Slam
13:00 - 14:00 W:O:A Firefighters
17:00 - 17:45 BugGirl
19:15 - 19:45 Blaas Of Glory
20:00 - 21:00 Mambo Kurt
22:00 - 23:00 Volxrock
Camping Main Street
12:00 - 12:20 Blaas Of Glory


News

 02.01.2012 - Wacken Open Air 2012 - New Bands Confirmed
 01.12.2011 - Wacken Open Air 2012 - Sold Out
 26.09.2011 - Machine Head - To Headline Wacken Open Air 2012
 15.09.2011 - Dimmu Borgir - Special Show With Orchestra Announced For Wacken Open Air 2012
 07.08.2011 - Wacken Open Air 2012 - First Bands Announced


Photo galleries

Wacken Open Air 2012 by Promonex (71 images)




 
Updated: 05.08.2012




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corrupt - 08.08.2011 at 13:16  
Already got the ticket. Metaltix was sold out of X-Mas tickets within 45 minutes.
Fire away Marcel
Marcel Hubregtse - 09.08.2011 at 15:06  
Written by corrupt on 08.08.2011 at 13:16

Already got the ticket. Metaltix was sold out of X-Mas tickets within 45 minutes.
Fire away Marcel


I already heard about it. And it just confirms my thoughts on the average metalhead
corrupt - 09.08.2011 at 16:52  
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 09.08.2011 at 15:06

Written by corrupt on 08.08.2011 at 13:16

Already got the ticket. Metaltix was sold out of X-Mas tickets within 45 minutes.
Fire away Marcel


I already heard about it. And it just confirms my thoughts on the average metalhead

Sexy and greedy? Seriously, we save 20 on each ticket. That's worth the half hour of F5'ing until the page loads
TheBigRossowski - 09.08.2011 at 21:11  
Written by corrupt on 09.08.2011 at 16:52

Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 09.08.2011 at 15:06

Written by corrupt on 08.08.2011 at 13:16

Already got the ticket. Metaltix was sold out of X-Mas tickets within 45 minutes.
Fire away Marcel


I already heard about it. And it just confirms my thoughts on the average metalhead

Sexy and greedy? Seriously, we save 20 on each ticket. That's worth the half hour of F5'ing until the page loads


Is that what you gotta do to purchase a ticket that fast?! Damn! I might go to the 25th Wacken just for fuck's sake. Then I want that gay ass "Satanmas Package" as well.

F5, you say... I'll have to write that one down...

Then again, I think lots of douchebags buy tickets real fast and then re-sell them on ebay. Fuckin' amateurs!
corrupt - 10.08.2011 at 09:56  
Written by TheBigRossowski on 09.08.2011 at 21:11
Is that what you gotta do to purchase a ticket that fast?! Damn! I might go to the 25th Wacken just for fuck's sake. Then I want that gay ass "Satanmas Package" as well.

F5, you say... I'll have to write that one down...

Then again, I think lots of douchebags buy tickets real fast and then re-sell them on ebay. Fuckin' amateurs!

The wacken people do a good job pursuing these people and initiating legal actions against them. It's illegal to re-sell the tickets. You can return them for a full refund or trade them in the official trade forum. But sell them on ebay and you'll most likely hear from the guys.
TheBigRossowski - 12.08.2011 at 12:47  
Written by corrupt on 10.08.2011 at 09:56

Written by TheBigRossowski on 09.08.2011 at 21:11
Is that what you gotta do to purchase a ticket that fast?! Damn! I might go to the 25th Wacken just for fuck's sake. Then I want that gay ass "Satanmas Package" as well.

F5, you say... I'll have to write that one down...

Then again, I think lots of douchebags buy tickets real fast and then re-sell them on ebay. Fuckin' amateurs!

The wacken people do a good job pursuing these people and initiating legal actions against them. It's illegal to re-sell the tickets. You can return them for a full refund or trade them in the official trade forum. But sell them on ebay and you'll most likely hear from the guys.


JUSTICE! I did not see my buddies die FACE DOWN IN THE MUCK, so that these fuckin' harlots, these fuckin' amateurs could...

Walter, I don't see the connection with Vietnam here, man...
kuvaton - 04.09.2011 at 01:52  
...And Justice For All...
Captain Obvious - 15.09.2011 at 10:49  
Got my ticket a few days ago! Can't wait for it!
Roro - 17.09.2011 at 00:09  
Year after year i made these wishes to go. and so i'll keep in my wishing this year and next one. and... who knows
Born-2rise - 22.09.2011 at 15:48  
150 euros for all 3 days? how much is a ticket for one day??
Valentin B - 22.09.2011 at 19:10  
Written by Born-2rise on 22.09.2011 at 15:48

150 euros for all 3 days? how much is a ticket for one day??

there are no one-day tickets.. imo it's a good thing at open air festivals as you don't need to get checked every time when going into the concert area, especially at fests which have quite a bit of visitors (75.000 for Wacken)
corrupt - 25.09.2011 at 18:40  
Getting better and better.
Born-2rise - 26.09.2011 at 13:06  
Around wat time does it usually get sold out??
Valentin B - 26.09.2011 at 13:39  
This is looking quite good, by then money will surely not be a problem anymore, so it's looking to be, just as 2010, another summer of Wackenrailing. (Wacken + Interrail )

i'm quite pumped that it features two of the definite highlights of my first Wacken (from 2009), Machine Head ("LET FREEDOM RING WITH A SHOTGUN BLAST!! headbang motherfuckers!!"), and Amon Amarth, so aside from kickass music, great memories are sure to come out of this too
Koen Smits - 07.11.2011 at 16:39  
Written by Born-2rise on 26.09.2011 at 13:06

Around wat time does it usually get sold out??


On the website they said they think it 'll be sold out before christmass this year.
55000 tickets were sold untill now, 20000 to go.
corrupt - 07.11.2011 at 21:42  
So much for the cap at 60.000 tickets we were promised after 2007.
Valentin B - 01.12.2011 at 09:37  
I seriously have no idea how the festival got sold out with so few band announcements. Even I don't feel like going anymore, seeing as i've already seen pretty much all the bands on the list, and most of them also played there in 2009. The only 2 bands i'm quite interested in are Machine Head and Scorpions.

It would make for a nice trip down memory lane though.
Inshushinak - 02.12.2011 at 14:39  
Hell yeah fuckin awesome bands til now lets see what more they can bring us til christmass
Valentin B - 17.12.2011 at 12:17  
Graveyard today.. finally another worthwhile band in the metal calendar.

As with past editions, I'm pretty sure that by sheer quantity of bands there will be some more good ones to be announced, right now the percentage of extremely safe bets is quite annoying (almost all the bands played there in 2009 and 2010, some variety please!). I think for the 2012 edition I finally understand the people who diss Wacken's lineup, but only after I myself have seen the bands in question once or twice like In Flames, Amon Amarth, Volbeat, UDO, Hammerfall.
Promonex - 20.12.2011 at 08:33  
Manticora! o__O
That one was unexpected. I still remember how I requested them in the Wacken forums like 6 years ago ^^
Troy Killjoy - 20.12.2011 at 08:37  
Written by Promonex on 20.12.2011 at 08:33
Manticora! o__O

I thought they split after changing their name. :s
Promonex - 20.12.2011 at 08:40  
Written by Troy Killjoy on 20.12.2011 at 08:37

Written by Promonex on 20.12.2011 at 08:33
Manticora! o__O

I thought they split after changing their name. :s

You mean from Fear Itself/Manticore to Manticora? Actually they released 7 albums after that.
Troy Killjoy - 20.12.2011 at 08:43  
Written by Promonex on 20.12.2011 at 08:40
You mean from Fear Itself/Manticore to Manticora? Actually they released 7 albums after that.

Hm. Maybe there's another band called Manticore that split. I dunno anymore.
corrupt - 20.12.2011 at 23:44  
Looks like next year will be a boring one for me. There are a few gems there but as it looks like now most of the other crap will just be, ... well, crap.
Valentin B - 21.12.2011 at 01:11  
Kamelot is the latest announcement. I hope they air-balloon-proof their show next year
Necrozika - 21.12.2011 at 09:46  
Does anybody have one ticket extra? i would like to buy it, since i couldn't it on time from metaltix...if you would like to sell pm me;)
Valentin B - 21.12.2011 at 13:34  
Written by Necrozika on 21.12.2011 at 09:46

Does anybody have one ticket extra? i would like to buy it, since i couldn't it on time from metaltix...if you would like to sell pm me;)

make sure to use the ticket exchange service in order to make sure it's not a fake, or buy from bock-tours or the metal train just to be safe
Necrozika - 21.12.2011 at 19:55  
Written by Valentin B on 21.12.2011 at 13:34

Written by Necrozika on 21.12.2011 at 09:46

Does anybody have one ticket extra? i would like to buy it, since i couldn't it on time from metaltix...if you would like to sell pm me;)

make sure to use the ticket exchange service in order to make sure it's not a fake, or buy from bock-tours or the metal train just to be safe


thanks. i found out that they still sell tickets on metal train...problem is that they don't send them to slovenia:(
Valentin B - 24.12.2011 at 01:11  
Triple S-confirmations today: Saxon, Sanctuary and Schandmaul.

i couldn't care less for Schandmaul, Saxon would be quite interesting, but Sanctuary (yes, Warrel Dane's old band) would be just awesome to see!
corrupt - 24.12.2011 at 10:59  
Sanctuary are too awesome. This is going to be legen... ...wait for it... ...dary!
Finally a really nice band.
Valentin B - 29.12.2011 at 16:05  
Okay I gotta say after all the december confirmations the line-up is looking quite good for me. I might just attend this (and no, i'm not just saying that, I actually have a budget planned for 2012, and attending Wacken is completely possible if i don't manage to score a job overseas).
corrupt - 20.01.2012 at 14:17  
Yaaaaaaahhh! ChthoniC! Awesome!



corrupt seal of approval!
Promonex - 20.01.2012 at 14:28  
Written by corrupt on 20.01.2012 at 14:17

Yaaaaaaahhh! ChthoniC! Awesome!



corrupt seal of approval!

QFT.
NLthrasher - 20.01.2012 at 16:07  
Yes Overkill! finally are worthy band again.
Boxcar Willy - 28.01.2012 at 01:01  
Wish I could go.
Super_Greg - 09.02.2012 at 07:42  
I'd be really interested to hear Henry Rollins rant
corrupt - 13.03.2012 at 12:12  
They decided to do away with the campground reservations. Apparently they couldn't find guards for it because all of them had their feelings hurt during the last years and don't want to do this anymore.

New confirmations in as well. Djerv, BugGirl, Blaas Of Glory and Russkaja. The latter two being frequent flyers. But now Djerv and Dimmu are on the same festival. If they don't bring Agnete Kjølsrud on stage for "Gateways", I'll be massively disappointed.
Valentin B - 13.03.2012 at 12:54  
Written by corrupt on 13.03.2012 at 12:12

They decided to do away with the campground reservations. Apparently they couldn't find guards for it because all of them had their feelings hurt during the last years and don't want to do this anymore.

I read the news article but couldn't understand really why the "guards" were so badly treated... maybe you have any idea why this happened?
corrupt - 13.03.2012 at 13:52  
Written by Valentin B on 13.03.2012 at 12:54

Written by corrupt on 13.03.2012 at 12:12

They decided to do away with the campground reservations. Apparently they couldn't find guards for it because all of them had their feelings hurt during the last years and don't want to do this anymore.

I read the news article but couldn't understand really why the "guards" were so badly treated... maybe you have any idea why this happened?

I do. It's a long story really. People were massively frustrated by the redundant rule saying they can only enter the reserved ground after wed 8am. We were among them last year and 2010. Arrived around 10pm on tuesday and had to wait 10 hours befor we could set up camp. So we snuck in behind them without headlights and set up in complete darkness. They didn't realize we were there until we were done and fired up the generator and stereo. Then for three years in a row we got in a big argument with them. Including them trying to tear down the tents. Last year some people from the facebook camp managed to get onto the ground before it was even guarded during in bright daylight on Tuesday. When the guards came they made the facebook campers leave and an agreement was made that the tents could stay as long as the people stayed away. Later that night the guards themselves broke that rule and started tearing down tents. That is clearly damaging of foreign goods and punishable by law in Germany.
So I really do understand the frustration with the people. It's hard enough to manage a group of 80 people to arrive in time and in the right numbers, much less have them all arrive after a specific time. Some of the people in our camp had to travel some 1000km to get there. Pretty much like you every year.
They also complained about the numbers being exaggerated and groups arriving in smaller numbers than announced and about groups using random space on the ground as opposed to the one they were assigned. We did the same last year as our ground was surrounded by other grounds and not accessible from one of the roads. Quite a bummer when you arrive with 30 cars and plan to leave Saturday night. So we were forced to camp at another location and carefully chose a spot that was not occupied by another camp. But the Wacken people don't care for that. They have a very narrow point of view and aren't open to reason at all. So I guess this was inevitable. Loosening these bullshit rules and taking another five minutes to layout the camps so that they're all car-accessible would have been admission of being wrong I guess.
Anyway, they said in that news post that they are open to suggestions. I sent them a long email representing my whole camp and explained the situation to them. Including ideas how to make the stuff simpler and easier for all parties. No response so far. We'll see. But this year could finally be my last one. Wacken is losing it's defining features. These things were what made the festival special. If they cut this out for pure arrogance, they are just another festival and there's no reason to go anymore. Especially not the bands.
Valentin B - 13.03.2012 at 17:37  
Written by corrupt on 13.03.2012 at 13:52

... These things were what made the festival special. If they cut this out for pure arrogance, they are just another festival and there's no reason to go anymore. Especially not the bands.

it was actually 2100 km by train when I came there in 2010..

anyway I see there are some organisational issues, but imo the best reason not to go to Wacken is to protest against the gargantuan commercial machine that is the "Wacken" or "WOA" brand..

You could strip naked and then buy every single piece of clothing you might need from the store with the Wacken logo on it, that aside from all the camping equipment you could possibly need, condoms, beer, jewelry, lighters, stickers, I'm pretty sure they're gonna make Wacken microwave ovens soon. That's not to discount all the "extra" attractions like the wrestling tent, the medieval village, sure, the food is amazing there, but it opens up a whole new side to Wacken, and it has little to do with the music (aside from the 7-8 folk bands that play there sometime). I predict that in a few years if the festival grows further they're gonna have a real Wackenland built, with the amazing Full Metal Rollercoaster and the Full Metal Haunted House featuring none other than the most scariest, faster, harder, louder and most METUHL of German Metal Royalty such as ze queen of metuhl, Doro, UDO, Onkel Tom, and of course that blond guy from Subway to Sally nobody cares about! all performing the anthem of this special 29th edition of Wacken: Full Metal Wheelchair!

It's mind-blowing how far these guys can extend the idea of a metal festival. If you look at the "Specials" menu in the WOA front page http://www.wacken.com/de/woa2012/ it would seem they put more work into marketing than getting the actual bands to play.

Imo this needs to stop and I'm happy to say that this year I'm not going to go to Wacken. I have money for the trip, but I will not be going because I don't want to be part of such a gargantuan marketing war machine that Wacken has become in the past 2 years, and they don't have a good enough line-up to back all this shit up (in 2010 and 2011 they did imo though). In this spirit, the song "We Are the Metalheads" (remember in 2009 when they had this as the Wacken-hymn?) is a monument of irony. Two of the lyrics from the song's breakdown are "Money indeed makes you blind, And you love to walk on a carpet of lies" - it almost seems she was talking directly to the WOA high management team here.

Seriously, Sweden Rock's festival ticket costs about double that of Wacken's, but at least they have a great line-up year after year (as well as lasting 5 days, as opposed to Wacken with just 4), and don't shove all this crap down everyone's throats.. all they got is Sweden Rock Magazine, Festival, and Cruise, and that's the end of their marketing scheme. Hellfest is even more stripped-down, my only complaint is that the bands can't be enjoyed to the full with just 40-minute, 1 hour or at the very most 90 minute shows (only for headliners), which is yet another issue with Wacken. So yeah, I'll save a few euros to get to France next year, they finally got me
corrupt - 14.03.2012 at 11:53  
Written by Valentin B on 13.03.2012 at 17:37
I hate Wacken

I know where you come from. It's not like we didn't have this discussion like 20 times before. But I'm emotionally attached to this festival. I know the smart thing would be to just say 'go fuck yourself' and stop attending the WOA. But I can't. We will never manage to get our group to move to another festival just like that. Wacken has always been Wacken for us. If we take the logical step and look out for another festival to go to, we'll probably split up into ten or more groups each year attending their own festivals for different tastes of music. I know it's naive to assume things will change back but that is what I'd like most. If Wacken could be today what it was back in 2003/04, that would be just perfect. Unfortunately, fetivals are like mediocre TV shows. At first they start good, have clever ideas and an interesting plot, then the producers realize that there's money in it and start to try and maximize the revenue. People generally hate that. But once the makers, of a TV show or a festival, succumb to dollar-vision, there's no going back. All charme gone, just like that. What you end up with is nine seasons of Scrubs, ten seasons of Friends, 7+ seasons of How I Met Your Mother and not even one of the amazing Firefly or other clever projects like Jericho.
It's the same with accounting guys and engineers by the way. We can do our best to build amazing products or write awesome software. There's always an accounting idiot somewhere above without too little understanding and too much arbitrament. The idiots pushing the money are the ones making decisions.
Valentin B - 14.03.2012 at 12:08  
Written by corrupt on 14.03.2012 at 11:53

...

I'm not saying I hate Wacken, it was (and still is, for a few months) the only open-air festival I've ever visited, and both times have been incredible experiences, I just hate the marketing side of it. and I get what you mean by a favorite festival, I think everyone has a favorite pub/club/etc. that turned mediocre at one point but keep coming back for the memories or stuff like that. I realize I may have come across as angry during the last post here, so to clear it up, by "having a shit line-up this year" all I'm saying is that they need to drop In Flames, Saxon and Amon Amarth and get some other bands that haven't played Wacken 3-4 times already..

We all know that is not going to happen and that next year there's gonna be Motorhead and Grave Digger among the headlining bands though :p
Promonex - 28.06.2012 at 16:44  
So, the schedules are online, now's the time to complain about clashes.

These suck for me:

Saxon vs. Channel Zero
Volbeat vs. Circle II Circle & Mono Inc.

Sanctuary vs. Oomph!
Coroner vs. DHG

Delain vs. Manticora
Dark Funeral vs. Moonspell
Ministry vs. Watain
corrupt - 28.06.2012 at 17:49  
I'm mostly pissed about ChthoniC in the craphead city fscking tent. All the suckers play the big stages, even ChthoniC did last time they played. But this time they make people leave the grounds at prime time and squeeze into that toilet of a tent.
Valentin B - 28.06.2012 at 18:28  
Any clue on what the Surprise Act may be?

My money is on Michael Schenker's Temple of Rock, which is not the same as Michael Schenker Group btw and is actually a very good live band I saw at Sweden Rock Festival (report coming soon! ). The guy will certainly be there for Scorpions' "last open air show in Germany" so basically I'm 90% sure it's gonna be them.
Promonex - 28.06.2012 at 19:10  
Written by corrupt on 28.06.2012 at 17:49

I'm mostly pissed about ChthoniC in the craphead city fscking tent. All the suckers play the big stages, even ChthoniC did last time they played. But this time they make people leave the grounds at prime time and squeeze into that toilet of a tent.

First time they played Wacken, they also played on the W.E.T. Stage. I believe this Bullhead City Circus will be an improvement, it seems to be a lot like the Temple/Altar stages at Hellfest. And Hellfest had Dimmu Borgir and Children of Bodom playing there.
Promonex - 28.06.2012 at 19:11  
Written by Valentin B on 28.06.2012 at 18:28

Any clue on what the Surprise Act may be?

My money is on Michael Schenker's Temple of Rock, which is not the same as Michael Schenker Group btw and is actually a very good live band I saw at Sweden Rock Festival (report coming soon! ). The guy will certainly be there for Scorpions' "last open air show in Germany" so basically I'm 90% sure it's gonna be them.

My money's on Subway To Sally...
Valentin B - 28.06.2012 at 19:26  
Written by Promonex on 28.06.2012 at 19:11

Written by Valentin B on 28.06.2012 at 18:28

Any clue on what the Surprise Act may be?

My money is on Michael Schenker's Temple of Rock, which is not the same as Michael Schenker Group btw and is actually a very good live band I saw at Sweden Rock Festival (report coming soon! ). The guy will certainly be there for Scorpions' "last open air show in Germany" so basically I'm 90% sure it's gonna be them.

My money's on Subway To Sally...

StS playing 3 times in 4 years, that would be redundant even for Wacken.

although wait, I just remembered Endstille is in that exact situation, so maybe it's not a far-fetched idea after all. they can get D-A-D on stage to play "It's After Dark" as the last song and have Doro, UDO, Tom, Chris Boltendahl, Tobias Sammett and that woman from Holy Moses as extremely special guests.
ChapuLviz - 29.06.2012 at 03:02  
Corpse Garden!!, from my country, Costa Rica!!...
corrupt - 29.06.2012 at 11:21  
Written by Promonex on 28.06.2012 at 19:10
First time they played Wacken, they also played on the W.E.T. Stage. I believe this Bullhead City Circus will be an improvement, it seems to be a lot like the Temple/Altar stages at Hellfest. And Hellfest had Dimmu Borgir and Children of Bodom playing there.

Who said who to what now? The WET stage at least is part of the big ground. There is enough overlap without having to spend half an hour moving in and out of the grounds. The number of safe bands has increased so much in recent years that I'm really looking forward to the small gems here and there. But I still do want to see the big names. And running around between the grounds isn't exactly the best way to do that

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