W:O:A 2017 Preview


The 28th Wacken Open Air will take place between August 3rd and 5th, 2017. The show is sold out for the 10th time in a row (if my memory serves) and it will host amazing bands again. You can read below our preview and comments for our personal highlights. Please remember: There are 150+ bands and these here are just a few – mainly the headliners. The complete list of billing bands are here: http://www.wacken.com/en/bands/bands-billing/.

As regards the facilities, W:O:A has totally taken it to the next level with the newly set-up drainage system and the unique beer pipeline. Wacken is famous for its rain and mud but with the installation of the new drainage system less water accumulation is expected in the Infield area. The beerpipeline, which cost € 1m, will help the ground stay even by way of eliminating the need for beer trucks rolling into the festival area. It is also expected to minimize the beer queues and waiting time.

The long list of great bands and the newly introduced infrastructural developments are the reasons why you should be there this year again. See you at Wacken. Rain or Shine!

If Wacken is a game, Accept definitely has the home advantage as the pioneers of German Heavy Metal. They destroyed the stage in 2014 and I am expecting a similar show this year as well. The W:O:A website announces the band with the note “Very Special Show”, which will feature an orchestra. I am expecting a night to remember with Accept classics combined some songs from their upcoming album “The Rise of Chaos”.



What can one say about him? He was there when nobody else was and he’s still kicking ass. I watched them years ago in Istanbul and the show he put up on that relatively small stage makes me wonder what he will do at Wacken. Only one way to find out…



The Vikings are always a highlight of the festivals and they are always fun to watch. Expect a decent stage show, inflatable hammers held high, and much cycling headbang.


It’s a nice coincidence that I’ve been growing my beard.



The one man army is back in Wacken after two years. The last show was doused in mud but it was still fun. They don’t have any new releases, either, but a band like Annihilator has enough songs to play complete different setlists many times over (Please play Sonic Homicide this time!!!).



Aura Noir is old-school as old-school goes. Still without compromise, the trio will serve us the well-known speed/black/trash from decades ago.



Batushka is a god-sent. Their single work “Litourgiya” came out in 2015, out of nowhere, and simply blew everyone away. Their heavy Orthodox chanting induced musical structure or crowded and ritualistic stage presence should not trick you; Batushka is extremely fine black metal underneath. And what a fine specimen of Polish extreme metal. The simple prospect of seeing them live makes me ecstatic like a 10 year old.



If you are tired of all the concerts ans stuff, you can go on a spiritual journey with Candlemass. Personally, I have not had the chance to watch them and I am looking forward to their ritual.


Omg omg heart heart heart



This is an exceptional band. Their crowded, bagpipe and heavy percussion playing and heavily costumed stage presence and trademark stunning medieval music is sure to amaze the audience.



Only German Show

I just have to lay back, read the name again over and over to digest the fact that I will, finally, see Emperor on stage. Ihsahn may have put Emperor to rest to follow a solo career, but he is also such a nice guy to still do live shows. I have missed every chance to see them live but 2017 will be it.



Another band which I have waited for years to watch live. It makes you feel so bad that such a great band has been so underrated throughout their career. I am sure they will put up a show worthy of them – and us.



Honestly, I have just discovered them with their latest album Sword Songs, and it really grew on me. They play heavy doom metal with pagan/viking themes. I am looking forward to their show.



Kadavar is as huge a success as Ghost in terms of their instant popularity. Both bands display musical  similarity although Ghost is on the dark side. Kadavar will show us the ways of the light side with their minimalist setup, catchy tunes and embracing sincerity. May the force be with us!



The Teutonic Lords are back with another fist of fury called Gods of Violence and they will spread it all across Wacken under the leadership of Mighty Mille Petrozza. Expect the classics, the new stuff from the new album, crowdsurfing, moshpits and walls of death.



Not much has been left unsaid about (The True) Mayhem, one of the bands (if not the band) to set the standards of the second-wave (or Norwegian) black metal. Unlike the majority of the extreme metal bands though, the early Mayhem had severe difficulty in dissociating fantasy from reality, resulting in the infamous early 90’s that saw Dead’s suicide, concert incidents and the single album that changed it all, “De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas”. The first ten years containing several demo’s, an EP, a live album and the aforementioned studio album, largely acclaimed as the classic era of Mayhem was brought to an end by the murder of Euronymous. Founding bassist Necrobutcher, long-time drummer Hellhammer and vocalist Attila still pursue Mayhem, still with ever-changing line-ups (with the total number of musicians nearing 20). Leaving the cult where it was, probably rightly so, the new band ventured into much experimental pastures, receiving both harsh criticism (Grand Declaration of War) and acclaim (Ordo ad Chao). And now they are touring to play that masterpiece De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas in its entirety, with no less than 3 (ok maybe 2) actual musicians present. An experience of a lifetime, especially for those who missed all that in the early 90’s. Still, it will be interesting to see the new Mayhem play the old one.



Probably following the man for more than 20 years now so I guess I should be ready for a live presence. I may be wrong.



Seen them in Istanbul. Jumped a lot. Hurt my right knee in the process. No regrets. Will do again.



Post-Youthanasia Megadeth has been receiving ever so falling praise and we saw a constant shift in line-up, leaving Dave Mustaine, who Megadeth was all about honestly. David Ellefson and his sweet basslines have returned and 2016’s Dystopia is a glimmer of hope that Megadeth is back. Maybe more wrinkly and pot-bellied, but Mustaine and his friends are as fierce and artistic as ever, dead-cert to offer us another feast in classical thrash metal.



Perhaps the band that brought the sweetest doom-infused death metal moments to our ears, Morbid Angel has consistently produced fabulous albums. Except “Illud…” which was played by another band with the same name, but with extremely less talent and creativity. The band saw some 20+ musicians come and go, with Trey Azagtoth leading through the whopping 34 years of activity. And it is his insane vision and artistic mastery that sustained the sound of Morbid Angel that we all know and love. Sadly, long-serving musicians Erik Rutan and David Vincent are gone now. Maybe even sadder, one of the fastest death metal drummers Pete “Commando” Sandoval was also recently forced to leave due to health issues. WOA 2017 will see the 3rd front man helm of Steve Tucker, along with new recruits in drums and guitars, accompanying Trey Azagtoth.



I am a sucker for old bands and as a result, the inventors of grindcore are in my focus – and so should be in yours, too. I watched them in W:O:A 2007 and had the chance to meet Barney, who was a really cool guy. Still full of energy, they are bound to destroy the stage with their blastbeats, aggression and unintelligible lyrics.



Possessed is the founder of death metal genre both with their sound and their track named “Death Metal”. Make no mistake, I am talking about 1985! I had the glorious chance to watch them 10 years ago at W:O:A 2007 and also met Jeff Becerra! He is the real deal. He is probably the most energetic and most humble frontman ever! This show is an absolute must. No matter which genre you listen to, make sure you add them to your own running order to watch the day-1 of death metal.



The former Manowar guitarist Ross the Boss has a Manowar setlist which will make up for a Manowar show at W:O:A. Remove colored clothing, ready your leathers and raise your fists high!



Another band reminding me of W:O:A 2007. An absolute must-see for die-hard thrashers.



Warrel Dane! Probably better known as the awesome singer for Nevermore is actually back in his old band. Decent heavy, groove, prog metal from US.



Tankard is your number one go-to band if you just wanna drink and listen to matching music. The Frankfurter Kings of Beer has their new album out and I am sure they will deliver a show to remember.



Büyükşehir Çalışıyor! / Wacken Under Construction

infield_baustelle_1Wacken Open Air her sene evsahipliği yaptığı efsanevi gruplarla dünyanın en büyük metal festivali. Wacken deyince ilk akla gelen birkaç şey süper gruplar, biletlerin anında tükenmesi ve tabi ki yağmur/çamur. Bu son ikili artık Wackenın alameti farikası olmuş durumda. Öyle ki Wacken’ın resmi videolarında ve fotoğraflarında bile çamur içinde yuvarlanan metalciler önemli yer tutuyor. Yağmur/çamurdan keyif alan çok metalci olduğu gibi kaçamadığı için mecburen zevk almaya çalışanlar da var. Fotoğraflar ve videolar eğlenceli olsa da davulun sesi uzaktan hoş gelir prensibi gereği, o çaamurun içinde üç gün geçirmek hiç de kolay ve keyifli değil. Zaten metal sevdasından başka bir şey bu rezilliğe katlanmamızı sağlayamazdı herhalde.

Wacken Open Air yönetimi bu çamur olayına bir dur demeyi düşünmüş ve kolları sıvayıp koca festival alanına (Infield) drenaj sistemi kurma işine girmiş. Amaç alanda yağmur sonrası bataklık ve gölet oluşumunu engellemek. Drenaj sistemi sadece borular ve kanallardan değil aynı zamanda bitkilerden de oluşuyor. Normal çim festival alanı için uygun olmadığı için Infield’a toprağı daha iyi havalandıran ve geçirgenliği arttıran yonca ve hardal tohumu ekilecek. Devasa bir bütçe gerektirdiği belli olan bu çalışma ile daha kuru bir alanda metalimizi icra edebileceğiz. Emeği geçenlere teşekkür ediyoruz. Aşağıda resmi bültenin Türkçesini bulabilirsiniz:


Normalde “Holy Wacken Land” olarak bilinen dünyanın en büyük festivaline ev sahipliği yapan Infield bölgesi bu sonbaharda ay yüzeyine dönmüş durumda. Alanda geniş çaplı drenaj ve özel işlem çalışmaları sürüyor. 

Wacken, 3 Kasım 2016 – Son iki yıldır Wacken Open Air yağmur ve çamura teslim olmuş durumdaydı. Su düzgün bir şekilde akamıyor ve alttaki toprağı pütürlü hale getiriyordu. Organizatör Holger Hübner konuyu “son birkaç yılda “Holy Wacken Land” ve ziyaretçilerimizden beklentilerimizin sınırına ulaşmış durumdaydık” şeklinde açıklıyor.  Bu yüzden şirket kapsamlı bir onarım süreci için yatırım yapmaya karar verdi.

İlk onarım aşamasında alan kazıldı ve düzeltildi. Son yıllarda zeminde oluşan stres sebebiyle ortaya çıkan çukurluk ve yükseklikler çok sayıda kepçe, traktör ve buldozer kullanılarak giderildi. Su bu çukur bölgelerde toplanıyor ve tahliye olamıyordu.

İkinci aşamada ise mevcut drenaj sistemi genişletildi ve geliştirildi. Bu amaçla, tüm alanın yüzey suyunu emecek geniş kuru drenli (yağmur suyunu yer altında toplayan bir tampon) bir kanal inşa edildi. Su, bu sayede zemine etkin bir biçimde işleyebilecek. Bu alanın da dolması durumunda, tahliye sisteminin kapasitesini artıran başka bir geniş su deposu bulunmakta. Su deposunun taşması durumunda ise su doğrudan Kiel Kanalı’na aktarılabilecek.

Üçüncü aşama alanın ekilmesi ile ilgili. Deneyimler, normal çimlerin uzun vadede bir festivalin gerekliliklerine ayak uyduramayacağını göstermiştir. Bu nedenle, çimenlerin yanında yonca ve hardal tohumlarının ekilmesine karar verildi. Hardal bitkilerinin derin kökleri iyi havalandırılmış bir toprak sağlar ve sıkışmış toprağı parçalayıp doğal bir drenaj olarak işlevi görür. Ancak, Infield’ın diğer alanlarına ekim yapılmadı ve festival alanını ve kanalları emniyet altına almak için çakıllarla sabitlendi.

Altyapı çalışmaları videoları:


Tüm altyapı çalışmalarının etkisi Wacken Open Air 2017’de kendisini gösterecek. W:O:A® biletleri http://www.metaltix.com ve Metaltix-hotline +49 4827-999 666 66’dan temin edilebilir. Normal üç günlük bilet fiyatı masraflar dahil (artı kargo ve sistem ücreti) 220 €.

Detaylı bilgi için http://www.wacken.com

English Version

infield_baustelle_3Wacken Open Air is the biggest metal festival in the world with the amazing bands they host every year. Wacken immediately reminds one of superb bands, instantly sold-out tickets and of course rain/mud. This duo is probably the trademark of the festival so much so that metalheads rolling in the mud have a good share in the official photos and videos of W:O:A. While Some of those metalheads truly enjoy rain/mud, others simply have to put up with it since there is no other way. The photos and videos of mud seem fun but when you experience it first hand in the field you come to realize that spending three days in that mud is neither easy nor as much fun as it seems. I guess it van be no other than our love for metal to bear those conditions.

Wacken management has decided to stop the mud and took up a massive construction to install a drainage system in the vast festival area, i.e. Infield. The goal is to prevent the formation of ponds and bogs in the field after the rain. The drainage system will not only consist of canals and pipes but also plants. The Infield will be planted with clover and mustard seeds as they allow the soil to be better aerated than grass by increasing its permeability. This work, which obviously requires a huge budget will allow us metalheads to have fun on a drier ground. Thanks to everyone in this project for their efforts. Below is the official bulletin on the construction:


It is known as the “Holy Wacken Land”, but during this autumn the infield in Wacken, where the world’s biggest heavy metal festival takes place, looked like a moonscape. Large Infrastructure measures for drainage and securing the area required special treatment. 

Wacken, 2016, November 3rd During the last two years the Wacken Open Air was drawn by rain and mud. The water could not flow off properly and made the subsoil gritty. “Over the last few years, we have reached the limits of what we can expect from our “Holy Wacken Land” and the visitors,” says organizer Holger Hübner. For this reason, the company invested in comprehensive construction measures.

The first construction phase consisted of excavations and straightening of the area.  Several   excavators,   tractors   and   bulldozers   were   used   to   remove   sinks   and elevations which had deformed the ground due to the stresses of recent years. So the water had accumulated in the sinks and could not drain off.

In the second phase of the conversion, the already existing drainage was expanded and conceptually improved.  For  this  purpose,  a  canal  with  large  blind  drain  (an underground  buffer  store  for  rainwater)  has  been  built  which  can  absorb  the surface  water  of  the  entire  site.  There, the water can selectively and effectively seep away in the ground. If this area is also filled up, there is another large water storage, which increases the capacity of the disposal system. In case of an overflow of this water storage, the water can be directed directly into the Kiel Canal.

The third phase is concerned with the planting of the field. Experience has shown that  normal  grass  cannot  stand  the  requirements  of  a  festival  in  the  long  term. Therefore  the  decision  was  made  to  plant  clover  and  mustard  seed  next  to  field grass. The deep roots of the mustard plants ensure a well aerated soil and break down  soil  compaction  –  and  it  works  as  a  natural  drainage.  Other areas of the infield, however, were no longer planted, but fixed with gravel to secure the festival ground and the channels of supply.

Podcast about the infrastructural measures:

All the infrastructural measures will show their effects during the Wacken Open Air 2017. Tickets for the W:O:A® are exclusively available at http://www.metaltix.com and the Metaltix-hotline +49 4827-999 666 66. The regular 3-day-ticket costs 220 € incl. fees (plus shipping + system fee).

More information at http://www.wacken.com




Wacken Metal Battle yeniden açıldı ve tüm dünyadan gruplar 2017 metal etkinliği için başvuru yapabilirler.

Wacken, Ekim 21, 2016 – Büyük ve gürültülü bir kitle önünde çalmak, dünyanın en büyük metal festivalinde eğlenmek. Tüm dünyadaki grupların rüyası. Yakında rüyalarınız gerçek olacak. Yeni Wacken Metal Battle geldi çattı.  Gruplar başvurularını gönderip bu büyük yarışmaya katılabilirler.

Yarışmaya katılmak isteyen gruplar için koşullar: Grubun bir albümünün ya da konser anlaşmasının olmaması ve yakın gelecekte bir şirket ile anlaşacak durumda olmaması. Ayrıca katılımcıların kendi şarkılarından oluşan 30 dakikalık bir seti rahatlıkla çalabilecek durumda olması ve yarışmaya daha önceki yıllarda katılmamış olması.

Wacken Metal Battle proje lideri Sascha Jahn’ın açıklamasına göre, “başvurular National Metal Battle Department adresine gönderilmeli. Başvurularda, 3-4 şarkılık bir demo CD’si, bir fotoğraf, grup bilgisi ve iletişim adresi yer almalı”. Jahn ayrıca “katılan tüm gruplar http://www.metal-battle.tv adlı YouTube kanalının bir parçası olma ve kendilerini ve müziğini dünyaya tanıtma şansı yakalayacaklar” diye ekliyor. Ülke promotörlerinin listesine www.metal-battle.com/contact/ adresinden ulaşabilirsiniz.

Wacken Metal Battle, metal gruplarını yeraltından çıkartan uluslararası bir müzik yarışmasıdır.  Yaklaşık 30 farklı ülke Wacken Open Air’da büyük finalde birbiri ile yarışmaktadır. Şu anda çok iyi bilinen bazı Metal Battle birincileri: Drone, Torture Squad, Battle Beast ve Hammercult. Hepsi kariyerlerini Wacken Metal Battle’da başlattılar.


The Wacken Metal Battle is starting again and bands from all over the world have the chance to apply for the metal rumble in 2017.

Wacken, October 21, 2016 – Playing in front of a large cheering crowd, having fun on the stage of the biggest Heavy Metal festival in the world. That is the dream of many metal bands from all over the world. Their dream might come true, soon. The next round of Wacken Metal Battle is upon us.  Bands now have the chance to hand in their applications and participate in this worldwide contest.

There are several conditions to meet if bands are interested in being part of the competition: The band isn’t allowed to have a record or booking deal and isn’t about to sign to a label in the near future. Also the participants have to be able to easily play a 30 minute set consisting of their own songs and have not started in the competition the years before. 

“The applications needed to be sent to the address of the National Metal Battle Department. It should contain a demo CD with 3-4 songs, a photo, a band info and contact address”, says Sascha Jahn, the project leader of Wacken Metal Battle and adds:  “All participating bands have the chance to be part of the YouTube Channel http://www.metal-battle.tv and therefore have the chance to present themselves and their music to a bigger audience worldwide”, says Jahn. A list of all country promoters can be found on www.metal-battle.com/contact/

The Wacken Metal Battle is an international music contest for uprising metal bands from the underground. Around 30 different countries compete against each other at the grand finale at the Wacken Open Air. Some of the winners of the Metal Battle are now well known bands, such as: Drone, Torture Squad, Battle Beast and Hammercult. They all started their career at the Wacken Metal Battle.

W:O:A 2016’yı Nasıl Kaçırdık / How We Missed W:O:A 2016

Tam Başlık:
W:O:A 2016’yı Nasıl Kaçırdık Yahut: Mevsim Bahar Olunca

Full Title:
The Tragic Tale of How We Missed W:O:A 2016 or: Listen to Skáphe

2015’e geri sar…

1 Ağustos, gece: W:O:A 2015’in son gecesi. Benim ilk, Volkan’ın dördüncü deneyimi. Tamamen bitiğiz. Doğa şartlarına karşı mücadele etkisini gösteriyor. Bacaklar bitkin, boyun tutuk, kulaklar çınlıyor ve genel bir “batarya bitmek üzere” halindeyiz. Mantıklı olan eve dönmek ve bir daha dönmemek olurdu. Ama biz çoktan 2016 için planlar yapıyorduk.

Ağustos sonu – Eylül: Ministry? Oooo. Triptykon? Vaaay. Iron Maiden? Evet! 1349? Aaaa. Ihsahn? Vayamk. Testament? Mutluluk gözyaşları.


Mayısa kadar: Doğru düzgün bir çadır gerek. Şimdi 3 kişiyiz doğru düzgün 2 çadır gerek. Balıkçı çizmeleri. Erken varmamız gerek.

Mayıs: Şimdi 2 kişiyiz. 1 doğru düzgün çadır gerek.

Haziran: Kankacım acele etmemiz gerek. Uçak biletleri, vize falan.  Running order’ı incelemeye başla. Bakalım, Ihsahn mı, Blind Guardian mı? Ahahahaha…

Haziran sonu: Vizem geldi. Hala resmi VIP basın akreditasyonunu bekliyoruz. Uçak biletleri için geç kalmaya ve sabırsızlanmaya başladık. Tatilde bile mail kontrol ediyoruz. Volkan bir geceliğine ziyaretime geldi. Yine yolculuk planı yapamadık. Muhteşem ötesi harika sayfam winterwhenyoufreeze.wordpress.com için röportaj tasarlıyorum. Hatta müzik turizmi üzerine bir de makale planı var.

15 Temmuz (gündüz): Sonunda son planı son haline getirip bilet almaya çalışıyoruz, biletler de sayfa her hata verdiğinde biraz daha pahalı hale geliyor. Sonunda Berlin’e 2 bilet alabildik. Berlin – Hamburg arası yolculuğu planlıyoruz. Dönüş biletlerini almayı erteledik.

15 Temmuz (gece): Askeri darbe girişimi. İlk kişisel ve ulusal tehdit korkusunun ardından ikinci bir korkuya kapılıyoruz. Wacken’ı kaçırabiliriz. Üzgün surat. Ama Volkan umudunu koruyor.

18 Temmuz Pazartesi: İkinci bir emre kadar kamu personeli için genel yurtdışı çıkış yasağı. Korku şiddetleniyor. Tüm idari izinler iptal edildi ve izinliler geri çağrıldı. Korkunç gerçekle yüzleşiyorum. Volkan umudunu koruyor.

Temmuz sonu: Durumda değişiklik yok. Volkan umudunu kaybetmeyi reddediyor.

29 Temmuz: Biletlerin iptal ve iadesi için başvuruyoruz. Havayolu kamu personeli olduğumuza dair belge istiyor. Volkan’ın hala umudu var.

1 Ağustos: Uçuştan 1 gün önce. Havayolu iade yaptı. Volkan hala direniyor.

6 ağustos: W:O:A 2016’nın son günü. Düğündeyim. Gelin ve damadın “evet” dediği anlarda Triptykon çalıyor (hayııııııırrr!!!!!). Ben Ankara’nın bağlarını dinliyorum. Volkan umudunu kaybetti.

8 Ağustos: Mayhem? Muhteşem. Candlemass? Oooo. Kreator? Neden olmasın?

Çadır gerek.

Rewind to 2015…

Night, August 1st: Last day of W:O:A 2015. My first, Volkan’s 4th experience. Completely drenched. Struggling against the elements took its toll. Legs weary, neck stiff, ears ringing and in a total “battery critically low” state. Rational thing would be head back home, never to come back. But already we were planning for 2016.

Late August – September: Ministry? Oooh. Triptykon? Whoa. Iron Maiden? Fuck yes. 1349? Aaah. Ihsahn? Wow. Testament? (Trail of) Tears of joy.


Up to around May: We need a decent tent. Now we are 3. We need 2 decent tents. Fishing boots. We need to arrive early.

May: Now we are 2. We need 1 decent tent.

June: Dude we need to hurry. Plane tickets and visa and stuff. Start checking the running order. Hmmm… Ihsahn or Blind Guardian? Ahahahaha…

Late June: My visa arrives. Still waiting for the official VIP Press accreditation. Getting a little late and impatient for the plane tickets. Even during the holidays checking mail. Volkan visits for an overnight and we still can’t plan the travel. I’m planning on interviews for my amazingly awesome black metal blog winterwhenyoufreeze.wordpress.com. Even a tentative article on music tourism.

July 15th (day): We finally finalise the final plan and try to buy tickets, which get bit and bit more expensive each time the site gives an error. Finally buy two tickets to Berlin. Start planning transportation from Berlin to Hamburg. Postpone buying the return tickets.

July 15th (night): Military coup attempt! After the initial fear of personal and national security, the late fear sinks in. We might miss WOA 2016. Sad faces. But Volkan keeps his hopes up.

July 18th Monday: Total ban on international travel for civil servants until further notice. Fear intensifies. All administrative leaves cancelled & those on leave recalled. I start to come to terms with the grim reality. Volkan keeps his hopes up.

Late July: No change on the situation. Volkan refuses to give up hope.

July 29th: We apply for the refund of plane tickets. Airline requests certificate of being a civil servant. Volkan still has hope.

August 1st: One day before the intended flight. Airline refunds. Volkan is hanging on.

August 6th: Last day of W:O:A 2016. I am at a wedding. The bride & groom say “yes” as Triptykon is playing (Noooooo!!!). Volkan gives up.

August 8th: Mayhem? Sweet. Candlemass? Oooh. Kreator? Yes.

We need a tent.

W:O:A 2016 Basın Bülteni / Press Release

W:O:A 2016’nın ardından organizasyon bir basın bülteni hazırlayıp medya ortaklarına dağıttı. O basın bülteninin Türkçesini ve orijinal İngilizcesini aşağıda bulabilirsiniz:

The promoters have prepared and distributed a press release to the media partners following W:O:A 2016. You can find the release in Turkish and English below:

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Yılın en iyi metal partisi sona erdi! Wacken’ın yeşil tarlaları ve çevresi 27. kez Heavy Metal’in merkez üssü oldu.

It’s done – the best metal party of the year! For the 27th time the green fields and land around Wacken turned into the epicenter of Heavy Metal.

7 Ağustos 2016, Wacken –  54°01’41″N, 9°22’12″ E  –  tam bu koordinatlarda son üç gündür kesintisiz canlı metal sarsıntısı yaşandı. Wacken Open Air, 27. yıldönümünü harika konserler, sıra dışı bir program ve 75000 çılgın metalci ile kutladı. Bomba sanatçılar birbiri ardına sahne aldı: Perşembe günü “Unutulmaz Gece” ile Hard Rock’ın babalarına saygı duruşunda bulunuldu. Foreigner ve Whitesnake, metalcileri son durağı Iron Maiden olan bir zaman yolculuğuna çıkardı. İngiliz Heavy Metal efsanesi “The Book of Souls” Dünya turnesini Wacken’da noktaladı. Bu etkinlik sadece Wacken’daki değil, canlı yayın ile tüm dünyadaki metalcilerle birlikte kutlandı.  550.000 izleyici ile Alman festival sektöründe yeni bir canlı yayın rekoru kırılmış oldu.

Wacken, 2016, August 7th – 54°01`41″N, 9°22`12″ O – at these exact coordinates there have been constant live-metal-tremble during the last three days. The Wacken Open Air celebrated its 27th anniversary with great shows, an exclusive program and 75,000 reveling metalheads. At this party one highlight was followed by the other: The “Night to Remember” on Thursday payed a homage to the prime fathers of Hard Rock. Foreigner and Whitesnake took the metalheads on a journey through time which was ended by the one and only Iron Maiden. The British Heavy Metal legend finished their “The Book of Souls” world tour in Wacken. An event, which was not only celebrated with the Wacken metalheads but with the whole world via live stream. With more than 550,000 viewers, a new streaming record in the German festival sector was set up.

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Wacken’ın dünyadaki yeri yeni değil. Fakat Wacken Open Air Perşembe günü bir adım daha ileri gitti ve Saxon’un klasik “The Eagle Has Landed”ında kameralı ve W:O:A® logolu bir balon stratosfere gönderildi. Wacken artık evrende – Metalin kesinlikle sınırı yok!

Apropos: The fact that world is at home in Wacken is nothing new. But the Wacken Open Air went a step further on Thursday. During Saxon’s classic “The Eagle has Landed,” a weather balloon rose up to the stratosphere with a camera and the W:O:A® logo. Wacken in the universe – Metal clearly has no limits!

Cuma ve Cumartesi günleri de Blind Guardian, Steel Panther,  Twisted  Sister, Ministry,  Arch  Enemy gibi bombalarla devam edip metal rüyalarını gerçekleştirdi.

More Highlights kept coming on Friday and Saturday as bands like Blind Guardian, Steel Panther, Twisted Sister, Ministry, Arch Enemy and many more made metal-dreams come true.

Efsaneler asla ölmez: Lemmy Kilmister ve Ronnie James Dio W:O:A® 2016’daydı.

Legends never die: Lemmy Kilmister and Ronnie James Dio at the W:O:A® 2016

Festival bu sene iki efsanevi metal kahramanını çok özel bir şekilde andı. Organizatör, Aralık 2015’te hayata gözlerini yuman Motörhead frontman’i için 15 dakikalık bir duygusal video ve sahne animasyonu sundu. Festivalin sonunda, Cumartesi günü Dio Disciples’a sahnede çok özel biri eşlik etti. Efsanevi Ronnie James Dio hologram olarak sahneye geri döndü.

The festival remembered the two legendary metal heroes in a very special way this year.  The promoter dedicated an emotional 15 minute video and stage animation to the frontman of Motörhead who passed away in December 2015. At the end of the festival at Saturday Dio Disciples had a really special joining them on stage. The legendary Ronnie James Dio was resurrected to live as a hologram. 

Organizatörler ve yetkililer festivalden memnun kaldılar. Thomas Jensen’in açıklamaları şu şekilde: “Sonuçta müthiş bir zaman geçirdik. Hava koşulları nedeniyle bazı küçük sorunlar yaşasak da ortam harikaydı. Metalciler çok iyi zaman geçirdiler ve festivalin tadını çıkardılar. Kendimi tekrar etmiş gibi olsam da kesinlikle dünyadaki en iyi fanlara sahibiz.”

The promoter as well as the authorities are satisfied with the festival: “All in all we had a fantastic time”, said Thomas Jensen, one of the two promoters. “Even though we had a few problems due to the weather, the atmosphere was outstanding. The metalheads had a great time and just made the best of it.  I might repeat myself but we definitely have the best fans in the world.”

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28. Wacken Open Air – 03 Ağustos – 05. Ağustos 2017

6 Ağustos’taki basın toplantısında organizatör Wacken Open Air 2017’de yer alacak olan ilk grupları açıkladı: Amon Amarth, Avantasia, Kreator, Mayhem, Saltatio Mortis, Paradise Lost, Heaven Shall Burn, Lacuna Coil, Powerwolf, Candlemass, Sonata Arctica ve Hämatom. Ön satışlar Pazar’ı Pazartesi’ye bağlayan gece başlıyor. X-Mas bileti tüm masraflar dahil (artı kargo ve sistem ücreti) 210€. Ayrıca ücretsiz bir W:O:A X-Mas tişörtü hediyeli. Normal 3 günlük kombine biletler masraflar dahil 220 € (artı kargo ve sistem ücreti). Biletler www.metaltix.com adresinden alınabilir.

At the press conference on August 6th, the promoter published the first bands who will play at the Wacken Open Air 2017: Amon Amarth, Avantasia, Kreator, Mayhem, Saltatio Mortis, Paradise Lost,   Heaven Shall Burn, Lacuna Coil, Powerwolf, Candlemass, Sonata Arctica and Hämatom.  The pre-sale starts in the night from Sunday to Monday at midnight. The X-Mas ticket is available for 210€ including fees (plus shipping and system fee). It includes a free W:O:A X-Mas shirt. The regular 3-Day-All-In-ticket costs 2200€ including fees (plus shipping and system fee).. Tickets are exclusively available at http://www.metaltix.com.

Wacken Open Air 2017 fragmanını aşağıda izleyebilirsiniz. Detaylı bilgi için www.wacken.com.

You can watch the trailer for the Wacken Open Air 2017 here. More information at http://www.wacken.com. 


W:O:A 2016 Güvenlik Önlemleri / Security Measures

Almanya’daki saldırılardan sonra W:O:A festival alanına çanta sokulmasını yasakladı. Festivale gidecek olanların eşyalarını buna göre hazırlamalarında fayda var. Wacken Open Air web sitesinden yapılan açıklama şu şekilde:

Sevgili Metalciler,

Mevcut olayların ışığında, festival yöneticileri ve güvenlik yetkilileri güvenlik maksadıyla etkinlik alanına tüm çanta ve sırt çantalarının sokulmasının yasaklanmasına karar vermiştir. Full Metal Bag’ler de yasak kapsamındadır. Etkinlik alanı, Wackinger Village, Wacken Center, Wacken Plaza, Metal Market, Beer Garden ve Infield’dan oluşmaktadır. (Detaylar için Holy Wacken Land haritasına bakınız.)

Bel çantaları ve Full Metal Bag’den çıkan katlanabilir su mataraları için bir engel yoktur.

Çantalarınızı ve değerli eşyalarınızı A ve B girişlerinin yanında bulunacak olan emanet kamyonlarına bırakabilirsiniz. Lütfen tüm çantalarınıza ve sırt çantalarınıza isminizi ve cep telefonu numaranızı yazın.

Anlayışınıza güveniyoruz. Bu önlemler genel güvenliğe hizmet etmektedir. 

Muhteşem ve yağmursuz bir W:O:A’yı iple çekiyoruz. Sizi tekrar görmek için sabırsızlanıyoruz!

Thomas Hess (etkinlik yöneticisi event) & W:O:A Ekibi 

Following the attacks in Germany, W:O:A has banned the backpacks to be taken to the festival ground. The festival goers are advised to pack their stuff accordingly. Here’s the news from Wacken Open Air website:

Dear Metalheads,

In the light of current events, the festival operators and the safety authorities have decided to ban all backpacks and bagsfrom the event area, due to security concerns. This includes also the Full Metal Bags. The event area consists of the Wackinger Village, Wacken Center, Wacken Plaza, Metal Market, Beer Garden and the Infield. (See the Holy Wacken Land map here.)

Belt bags and the known foldable water bottle from the Full Metal Bag are still allowed.

You can leave your bags and valuables in the Safe Deposit Trucks next to the entries A and B. Please mark all bags and backpacks with your mobile number and your name.

We trust in your understanding. This measure serves the general security.

We’re looking forward to an awesome and rain free W:O:A – we can’t wait to welcome you back!

Thomas Hess (event manager) & the W:O:A Crew

Kaynak / Source: http://www.wacken.com/en/news/news/news-detail/safety-notes-backpacks-and-bags/