Promoters of the biggest metal festival, Wacken Open Air, decided to postpone this years’ shows, because of COVID-19.
Thomas Jensen, boss and founder of the festival, commented: “We bleed our hearts! All visitors, musicians and the entire crew have put all their hopes on being able to celebrate together again in Wacken already this year in July, but we have no other choice but to wait a little longer. Health and safety have priority, there are no two opinions.”
His partner and co-founder Holger Hübner adds: “Even if we were able to hold the festival, many people would still not be able to arrive as planned due to travel restrictions. We are an international festival with people travelling to Wacken from over 80 nations. A Wacken Open Air, that’s a festival for the whole world and for that we need open borders without quarantines plus we need safety for all people involved — especially for the people living in the Wacken region.”
Ticket holder can exchange to 2022 or request a payout. Sabrina Schmidt from the ticketing team says: “Last year, well over 90% of fans opted to exchange to the following year and we are confident that we can continue to rely on the loyalty and trust of our fans. Those who want to support us additionally can also get some new fan gear during the process, which is only available as part of this exchange.”