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29 Jul 2021 - 31 Jul 2021


17:00 - 23:55

Wacken Open Air – 29-31 july 2021 – Wacken (DE)

Dear Metalheads,

Wacken World Wide is coming to an end and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the many great moments you shared with us. All the insights into your very private mini-festivals entertained and moved us. We laughed and were amazed about your creativity. Thanks a lot!

As you know, traditionally on Saturday of the first weekend in August the first bands for the following year are announced – and even if the Wacken Open Air 2020 had to be cancelled, we don’t want to break with this tradition.

The first wave of the band is colourful in the truest, best and most metal sense of the word – starting with the legendary Judas Priest and their “50 Heavy Metal Years” show, the folk punk crew Dropkick Murphys and the reunited As I Lay Dying.

In addition, the black metal pioneers Venom and vocal sensation Tarja will be part of the show. You probably have noticed it: All of these five bands were already scheduled for Wacken Open Air 2020.

But of course there are also new ones! Hämatom will play their only festival show exclusively at our festival in 2021 and Lordi will bring their horror castle to the festival. Occult and dark stuff will be coming from Moonspell and Death SS, while Rose Tattoo will represent bluesy hard rock.


there are nine more reasons to look forward to Wacken Open Air 2021! Some of you have joined us for our announcement stream on Full Metal Gaming yesterday, but of course we want to share these good news with all of you. So, please welcome: SlipknotIn ExtremoSick Of It AllU.D.O.New Model ArmyFever 333Death AngelAt The Gates and Black Star Riders!

As you can see, most of these acts had already been announced for Wacken Open Air 2020. Which is why we are all the more excited for these shows, among them the highly anticipated Wacken debut of the masked US giants Slipknot.

Medieval rockers In Extremo will take their acclaimed new record „Kompass zur Sonne“ to the stage, while Sick Of It All will be a highlight for devotees of New York hardcore.

German metal veteran Udo Dirkschneider and his band U.D.O. team up with the music corps of the Bundeswehr for an epic show. Sweden’s At The Gates also have prepared something special and will celebrate their melodic death milestone „Slaughter Of The Soul“ live.

Legendary alternative rockers New Model Army, crossover sensation Fever 333 and Death Angel, masters of thrash, round up the package of returnees. In addition, Black Star Riders, official heirs to Thin Lizzy,are a completely new name in the billing.

Of course, there’s more to come – stay tuned!

See you in Wacken – Rain or Shine!

And now quickly back to the stream at Wacken-World-Wide.com and Magenta-Musik-360.de!


Dear Metalheads,

first of all we would like to thank you for your patience and support during these times.

We have used the past weeks to analyze, sort and solve all questions, suggestions and possible problems regarding the W:O:A 2020 and W:O:A 2021 tickets.

You will find all information here: https://www.wacken.com/en/tickets-shop/ticket-faq/


Today marks the end of our Mesoamerican theme, sadly earlier than we originally thought. Because from now on we are putting all our power into preparing Wacken Open Air 2021 which will take us into the world of horrors.

Like the Mesoamerican theme, our approach for the Wacken Open Air 2021 is not only an artwork for t-shirts, website and so on, but for the festival as a whole, creating a cosmos of contents and actions.

The classic horror movies of the old masters are a great inspiration to us – we will pay homage to them during the coming months amongst others

Metal and horror have always gone hand in hand – many metal bands transform the topics in music and artwork, create homages to movies and literature or go on stage as horror creatures. Artists like Rob Zombie are equally metal musicians and horror film directors. And it’s no coincidence that you’ll find many protagonists in horror movies wearing metal shirts.

Our first poster design for 2021 raises the mist just a little bit – quite intriguing, isn’t it?

Stay heavy and stay healthy,
your W:O:A – Team

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