The promoters of Wacken Open Air, the world’s largest heavy metal festival, have announced today that due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the edition planned for the end of July will not be able to take place as scheduled.
The 31st edition of the cult festival will therefore take place in August 2022, from 04.08. to 06.08.
“We bleed our hearts! All visitors, musicians and the entire crew have put all their hopes on being able to celebrate together again in Wacken already this year in July, but we have no other choice but to wait a little longer. Health and safety have priority, there are no two opinions”, Thomas Jensen, boss and founder of the festival explained.
The organisers would like to express their gratitude to the patient fans as well as to the authorities, politicians and other people involved who have worked hard to make the festival possible at the end of July. “The phased plan is an important step in the right direction and will allow many in our long-suffering industry to finally bring culture back to the stages this summer. Unfortunately, the openings come too late for our festival, but we are nevertheless very happy about the productive exchange in the districts and throughout the state. Everyone involved has pulled together.” Hübner reports on teamwork.