This year's edition of the Wacken Open Air festival in Wacken, Germany was full of extremes: 145 liters of rain per square meter in five days, knee-deep puddles of mud and over 160 hours of live metal from over 30 nations. Now there is another extreme: next year's edition of Wacken Open Air, which will take place August 4-6, 2016, is already sold out — marking the eleventh time in a row that all tickets to the event have been snapped up.
The first 45,000 tickets to Wacken Open Air 2016 were sold within two hours after the pre-sale started.
"It's been a rough week for the whole Wacken family," said Thomas Jensen, one of the promoters of the Wacken Open Air. "Maybe at other festivals people would have left. But everyone — fans, crew, residents — kept strong and moved together, since for all of us Wacken is more than just a music festival. Being sold out once again maybe is the biggest thank you we ever received."
Because of the enormous request and the high number of orders, the promoters assume that there will be some double bookings and cancelations because of missed due dates for payment. There will be an update as soon as all the orders are checked and tickets are still available.
The 75,000 metalheads that already have a ticket can look forward to the following bands performing at Wacken Open Air 2016:
AXEL RUDI PELL
LEGION OF THE DAMNED
HENRY ROLLINS (spoken word)
More acts for the 2016 edition of Wacken Open Air will be announced in September 2015 at the Hamburg Metal Dayz in Hamburger Markthalle.