2014-08-04 13:49:37 - Wacken in Europe’s biggest Heavy Metal festival. I am taking pictures and have done a interview with one of the bands.
W.O.A. / Wacken – Open – air
Yesterday to the 21st time the world-biggest Heavy – Metal – began festival in small, contemplative soul village of Wacken in 7000, in the circle stone castle in Schleswig Holstein.
Mecca for everybody Heavy-Metal fans, because also this year again known tape appear like Iron maidens, in Extremo and legendary Alice Cooper. Some hundred visitors is already since beginning of the week on the camping place of the area and enjoys the time and the prejoy in the circle immediately minded. For months 75000 maps for this worldwide known festival are sold off already.
Wacken is again in the state of emergency and everybody enjoys it. One cannot ward off the impression that it concerns here
an annually taking place "family meeting" of the Heavy metalworkers. Black dressed, peaceful people every age, from all four corners of the earth, until there to Australia, meet. The Sprachenvielfalt it is huge, still there are hardly notification problems. From all sides there sounds the battle-cry W A C K E N!!! and every knows what is meant with it. Pure joy of life and fun on four festival days. Very fast one can be stuck on from this unique atmosphere in the village and on the festival area and succumbs, finally, himself to the "Wackenvirus".
So also Sven from Husum who has specially taken vacation to work about one week in Wacken, together with many other assistants, than Traffic-Controler. In the normal life he works as a heating engineer. Four years ago he was demanded by a colleague whether he did not feel like co-operating on the Wacken Open air. Sven accepted and since then he is present. And it is not the only one …
On Wednesday, the first main journey day, many villagers sat in her front gardens with coffee and cake or grill sausage and saw, friendly smiling and greeting, to the activity along the high street to. Other inhabitants have put up a beer tent in her front gardens again or have also established an impromptu supermarket. There is everything to shop what a Metal – fan needs for the time of his stay. Everything can be acquired by the tent, above the folding camp table – and chair, the solar cream up to single roles of toilet paper there – and of course beer in rough amounts. If it concerns, nevertheless, here the "basic food" of every metalworker.
All these things must be also transported of course and the way to the tent can be very long. Not seldom it lasts up to one hour on this gigantic, several hectares including area, until the aim is achieved. But luckily there are the so-called "box express trains", consisting of a sort of Kettcar with follower. With it something can be transported. A good possibility for Felix, Patrick, Hauke and how all the other children and youngsters are called to improve her pocket money. A transport journey costs 5 euros and the business booms, because beer palettes and water bottles hard weigh. Not to forget, the charcoal, the grill meat and the small sausages which are laid from time to time on the brought grill.
Sometimes it is also enough to open a tin of ravioli, and to consume this coldly. In addition still a wobbly disc of toast – and ready are breakfast, midday sen and dinner. The life is nice, easy and uncomplicated, at least on these four festival days. To lend expression to this joy of life, resounded by new one of the "Wackenruf" from several hundred throats.
Wacken fascinates everybody, with rain or sunshine. This will be with certainty also in the future in such a way if annually 75000 Metal fans appear to the world-biggest family meeting.
My photos and Interviews are on:
A livestream is available here: concert.arte.tv/de/wacken?gclid=Cj0KEQjwmPKeBRCj4bOro6nBitABEiQA ..
Festival in Numbers
- Size of the festival area: 220ha
- Size of the Festival Infield: 42.000qm
- Visitors: 75.000
- Hoarding: 40km
- Toilets 800
- 310 units of flushing toilets
- 250 urinals
- 150 rental toilets
- 6 handicapped accessible toilet container
- 4 handicapped accessible shower container
- 448 shower container
- 420 washing areas
- 40 drinking water area
- ca. 3.500 cubic meter garbage per day
- the power is 12 Megawatt (which constitutes the demand of little town with 70.000
- with regard to ecological aspects 4km of power cable were installed. Like this the use of 98 diesel generator sets is reduced
- in addition 40 diesel generator sets are needed
- 6 km flexible power lines are necessary and 280 distribution boxes are built
- 100 Food and gastronomy booths
- 300 Non-Food booths
- Beer sales: A lot
- 1.500 trucks with material
- 65 trailer trucks of stage material ( 1.000 t )
- 8 trailer trucks of sound technique
- 27 trailer truck of light technique
- building of stages: 7 days
- reduction of stages: 4 days
- 5 km of mobile heavy duty street
- 450 Container units
- 250 tents & pagodas
- all in all 5.000 employees
- 18 electricians
- 40 Site-Crew
- 15 persons responsible for water supply
- 800 security and guards
- 180 cleaning personal
- 70 construction hands
- 200 police men daily
- 200 firefighters daily
- 200 paramedics daily
- 4 emergency doctors
- 50 representatives of administrations
- 120 Bands ( ca. 1.300 Persons ) on seven stages
- 16 trucks
- 12 all terrain vehicle
- 22 forklifts
- 15 shuttle cars
- 20 Quad bikes
- 20 scooter
- 20 bikes
History – 25 Years of W:O:A
1990 - 6 bands and 800 fans – the first Wacken Open Air in the legandary „Kuhle“
1991 - Gypsy Kyss is the first US-band playing at Wacken!
1992 - Saxon – the first big headliner!
1993 - Doro and Fates Warning advertise the festival — promoters are broke!
1994 - A fresh start with famous farmer Trede and 4.500 fans!
1995 - A „Crashkurs Metal“ for public authorities, parties and the church. The Line Up this year includes Tiamat, Morgo th, D:A:D, Angra und Pretty Maids!
1996 - Böhsen Onkelz cause the first traffic jam in Wacken
1997 - The festival ground gets bigger and it is moved out of the „Kuhle
1998 - A second main stage and a great line-up.
1999 - Wacken’s 10th anniversary! Premiere of the festival anthem “W:O:A“ and „Harder Faster Louder“
2000 - Dee Snider is in Wacken and bands are playing on Thursday for the first time
2001 - Saxon‘s »Eagle« and Motörhead‘s »Bomber« are back on stage!
2002 - A heavy storm almost causes the cancellation of the festival, but the “Holy Land” fights back.
2003 - A screen shows the program of the main stages for the first time
2004 - Böhse Onkelz, Motörhead, Saxon and Doro celebrate the 15th anniversary
2005 - Heavy rain turns the infield into mud. The first Metal Battle carried out.
2006 - The Scorpions visit Wacken for the first time and play a special history show. Harry Metal begins his podcast, Sung-Hyung Cho makes the award-winning documentation “Full Metal Village“
2007 - Because of traffic metalheads have a barbeque on the motorway.
2008 - Finally: Iron Maiden plays in Wacken! The festival is Sold out in December.
2009 - Doro presents the Wacken anthem »We are the Metalheads« some new attractions are: the Bullhead City and the Wackinger Village.
2010 - Fantastic Line-up with Iron Maiden, Alice Cooper, Mötley Crüe, Slayer and Co.
2011 - Judas Priest and Ozzy Osbourne hit the stage. The promoters try an experiment: the German comedian Bülent Ceylan performs
2012 - The City Circus tent opens for the first time.
2013 - Great weather and Rammstein plays a gigantic show
2014 - W:O:A celebrates its 25th anniversary!