Wacken Open Air cancels summer 2021 plans and announces 2022 festival
Germany’s annual Wacken Open Air, like some other international heavy metal festivals, is struggling to find the figurative ground to stage a comeback amid the pandemic. Wacken Open Air 2021, which until Tuesday (June 1) was yet to take place this summer, has now been postponed to August 2022.
Like other annual events that have awaited the health crisis, this means the Wacken Open Air will have taken a full two years off when the music festival finally returns. Wacken 2020 was naturally postponed to this year when the COVID-19 pandemic began. Now he has been postponed for another 12 months.
“It was with a heavy heart that we decided that the Wacken Open Air could not take place at the end of July of this year,” the festival revealed this week in a statement on its website. “We are therefore postponing the festival.”
The message continued: “This decision was anything but easy for us, also because we know that you are already in the middle of the preparations and planning. As are we too.… For the Wacken Open Air, however, the planned openings will unfortunately not be on time and, as always, the safety and health of everyone involved in the festival – fans, crew, artists and everyone in Wacken and the region – is a top priority. But at the same time, we are sure of one thing … we will all make the Holy Land tremble again and enjoy our common passion together. “
Wacken Open Air 2022 is scheduled for August 4-5, 2022 and will take place at the event’s regular playground in Wacken, Germany. A lineup for the rescheduled event has yet to be announced – bands such as Slipknot, Judas Priest and Amon Amarth have been initially nominated for the 2020 festival. Details on 2022 tickets and exchanges will be available soon.
For Wacken fans still looking for something to do in 2021, however, the festival revealed that, much like the previously announced download pilot, it is “currently working with authorities to explore an idea for a new event in. September 2021, to help the resumption of live music. Keep your fingers crossed for both of us so that the development continues to be positive. “
Get more information at wacken.com.
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