Wacken Open Air will not go ahead this summer. The organisation announces they will cancel this year’s event. The German metal festival would have taken place from 30 July to 1 August 2020.
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Wacken Open Air did not have another choice. The German government had extended the country’s event ban until the end of August, giving the organisation no other option but to cancel.
The 2020 edition of the metal festival sold out as always. The organisation assures festivalgoers that they will reach out to everyone soon and explain all the options regarding already bought tickets.
Wacken Open Air 2020 was due to take place between 30 July and 1 August. Judas Priest, Slipknot and Amon Amarth were headlining. Additionally, Mercyful Fate, Dropkick Murphys, In Extremo and many more completed the line-up.
Across Europe, several festivals have already been cancelled because of the coronavirus. It is only a matter of time until more festivals will follow. While we may not be able to go to many festivals this summer, there are still shows to enjoy. Check out the Festival Concert series and our updated overview of artists’ live streams.
Wacken Open Air 2020
Wacken Open Air is one of the major metal festivals in Europe. It takes place in the village of Wacken in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. It first started as a small festival in 1990. But its popularity over the years increased so much that it is now the biggest metal festival in the world. It attracts around 80,000 metalheads every year and always sells out. In 2016, Wacken launched its own brewery.
- Location: Wacken, Germany.
- Date: 30 July–1 August 2020.
- Tickets: sold out.
- For more information, see the official website.