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25th May 2017


The running order for this year's Wacken Open Air has now been revealed and the 2017 festival is right up there with the very best from year's gone by.

It's only seventy days until Wacken 2017 and today we can present the first version of the running order. The running order is not cast in stone yet; small changes can happen. The first version is right here, below.

This is what the Wacken organisers said about this first version of the 2017 running order:

"Let's start with the beer garden. The heavy blues band Shawn James & The Shapeshifters, the Livekaraoke Rockstarz and the rockabilly supergroup The Head Cat will play here. As you may know, Lemmy was part of the Head Cat group until he died, to act out his love for classical rock'n'roll.

"The band will also play a show in the Bullhead City Circus. But back to the beer garden. The superb AC/DC tribute band Stinger and the Chinese Folk Metal band Tengger Cavalry. The band will travel from Beijing to Wacken.

"The industrial band Tainia doesn't need to travel so far; they are coming from northern Germany and will play at the Wasteland Stage. This stage will also feature Rampart from Bulgaria and the alternative Metal newcomers Null Positiv.

"Our Wackinger Stage gets more acts too. The Austrian alpencore heroes Tuxedoo, the pagan folk band Waldkauz and the Celtic folk rock band The Dolmen will rock here. Another addition here is Heimataerde who combines medieval instruments with dark electro elements. And it seems that Powerwolf have increased the size of their pack: Wolfheart will give you some melodic Death Metal at the Wackinger Stage, while Wolfchant are preparing a fine Pagan Metal show.

"Henry Rollins returns with his spoken word show once more and the minstrels from Wirrwahr will perform as walking acts again.

"No question: THE Wacken veterans will be back too. Skyline will again be the opening act for the Night To Remember.

"The Bullhead City Circus gets some new names too. The British hard rock band Wild Lies will play here and also our community band Victims Of Madness.

"Last but not least: TV Smith will get support by the Die Toten Hosen drummer Vom Ritchie and becomes TV Smith & Vom Ritchie.

"W:O:A 2017 – 03.08. - 05.08 with Volbeat, Accept, Alice Cooper, Ross The Boss, Megadeth, Amon Amarth, Marilyn Manson, Avantasia, Kreator, Status Quo, Emperor, Morbid Angel, Heaven Shall Burn, Mayhem, Paradise Lost, Rage, Trivium, Napalm Death, Annihilator and over 100 additional bands."

Here's the current running order in full. Click the images for a larger version.

Wednesday 2nd August


Thursday 3rd August


Friday 4th August


Saturday 5th August





Just after finishing their latest extensive European tour, Accept have confirmed that they are immediately back in the studio working on their latest album, their fifteenth overall and fourth with frontman Mark Tornillo.

The album will be titled 'The Rise Of Chaos' and will be unleashed on August 4th 2017. It's also the German pioneers' fourth studio release through Nuclear Blast Records.

Accept will celebrate the album's live premiere exclusively on August 3rd, the day before its release, as a part of a special show at Wacken Open Air, Germany. The set will consist of three parts:

Part 1 will bring fans a classic Accept set, packed with new and old hits.

Part 2 will present another premiere: Wolf Hoffmann will be playing tracks from his solo album 'Headbangers Symphony', released in 2016, with the Czech National Symphony Orchestra for the very first time. On this record, Wolf has covered famous opuses by composers such as Beethoven, Vivaldi, and Mozart, in a Metal guise.

And in Part 3, all elements can be seen and heard together: Accept will make the holy Wacken ground shake by sharing the stage with the orchestra, supported by a complex multimedia show.

This unique concert experience will take place on this year's 'Night To Remember' which makes it even more special. The 'Night To Remember' is a celebrated, long-lasting Wacken tradition; for one night of the festival a selection of established bands will do something unique and special with their performance.

Wolf Hoffmann told us:

"It's always impressive to see how bands take this evening seriously and how much love the artists and the organising team put into their work to get a varied result. It's a great tradition which underlines and documents the top-notch level of the international rock community like nothing else. We also want to present something that Accept has never done before and we hope we can give something really special to the fans."

Thomas Jensen, organiser of Wacken Open Air, told us:

"Accept have been and are still a very important part of Germany's Heavy Metal scene. We're really looking forward to having them with us once more. With this epic concept, the Thursday evening will be one to remember for sure."




Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

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