Next Year's Wacken Open Air Festival Sells Out in Record 12 Hours

75,000 tickets to the 26th Wacken Open Air were sold.

Ultimate Guitar

The 25th-anniversary edition of Wacken Open Air just ended 36 hours ago and the promoters are already able to confirm that next year's installment of the annual metal festival has sold out. It is the 10th year in a row that all tickets to Wacken have been snapped up. Within 12 hours, 75,000 tickets to the 26th Wacken Open Air were sold.

This marks the fastest sellout in Wacken's history and it beats the previous record, which was set last year.

"We are absolutely overwhelmed," said Thomas Jensen, one of the Wacken promoters. "Last year we were sold out in 48 hours. Now it only took 12 hours.

"We would like to thank all our fans for their amazing support and loyalty."

Described as "the biggest heavy metal festival in the world," this year's Wacken Open Air featured performances by over 100 acts, including Motorhead, Slayer, King Diamond and Megadeth.

The first Wacken Open Air event in 1990 drew less than 800 people, but it has since grown to become the biggest open-air festival of its kind.

Around 30 percent travel from other countries to the festival, which over recent years has been growing in popularity.

"Wacken 3D," a new feature documentary shot between July and August last year in stereoscopic 3D, gives audiences a chance to experience the festival in a most intimate way: the fans, the music and the unique atmosphere.

"I think this really is - I wouldn't say divine intervention - but to have this film out now, on the 25th anniversary of the festival, is, of course, a very lucky coincidence," Jensen told Euronews (via Blabbermouth). "It feels right. It's great to have a movie that talks about what these 25 years mean to us."

Wacken Open Air was the subject of the 2006 award-winning documentary "Full Metal Village" from Korean-born, Germany-based director Sung Hyung Cho, who looked at the sharp contrasts and strange connections between sleepy village life in Wacken and the annual long weekend of heavy metal madness.

First confirmed acts for Wacken Open Air 2015:

Trans-Siberian Orchestra
Running Wild
In Flames
In Extremo
U.D.O. (special orchestra show)
Amorphis (special "Tales From the Thousand Lakes" show)
Death Angel
Cannibal CorpseSepulturaThyrfing

12 comments sorted by best / new / date

    Before people begin overly celebrating, I'd like to remind folks of one word: Scalpers.
    Best festival on earth. The best crownd you can find. Every metal heads should go there one day...
    Hell yea, i got tickets, i took me 4 hours but it was worth it! WACKÖÖÖÖN!!
    Wait, wait, wait, already sold out, really? I was ****ing planning to take travel there and attend to that festival next year -.-
    You can still get tickets, they have forum for that. Just wait about a month there are hundreds of people who just buy those tickets even though they don't even know if they can attend.
    Like every year: "For those who haven´t bought a ticket yet there are the following option: Due to the masses of orders we assume that there will be several doublings and reversals for example due to missing payments after the deadline for paying is over. As soon as these reversed orders are filtered we will bring this small ticket contingent back on sale with a waiting list. This waiting list will be online soon and we will inform you in time when it will happen. Currently it is NOT POSSIBLE to enlist on the waiting list - neither via phone nor online." Taken directly from the Wacken site. But better get your ticket after the last festival day when they go on sale at midnight like I've done since last year (2 years ago it took around 2 weeks to sell out, last year 48 hours)
    It seems like after 10 years of selling out they would opt to rent more land and make the festival grounds bigger. I don't have the most vivid memory, but when I went 2 years ago I'm pretty sure there was plenty of space that wasn't being used. The demand is there so certainly they could up 75,000 tickets to at least 80-90k? Anyway, the lineup looks better than the past few years (although watching bands is only half the fun). I recommend anyone even remotely into metal to try and make it out to Wacken at some point in their lives. I'm not even big on concerts, but Wacken was the most surreal, atmospheric event I've ever been a part of. Now I just have to try to make it to Hellfest...
    The list just kept getting better as I read it. I can't wait to see videos of Ensiferum from this show... Sad it has to be videos though. And Trans Siberian kinda surprised me. I've seen them 3 times in an arena and they blew my mind. Be interested to see how they pull it off at Wacken.