The 10th wedding anniversary is the ‘tin’ anniversary. Tin is a metal. This means the only appropriate way of celebrating is to do something totally metal. So the Cantankerous Drummer husband and I brought tickets to Wacken Open Air 2019.
If you don’t know what Wacken is, then you’re probably not into metal, which is totally fine. But basically – Wacken is metal mecca, a pilgramage site for heshers, bogans, metallers, and rockers around the world. It’s the largest and one of the longest-running metal festivals in the world, and it holds a special place in many metalheads’ hearts, including ours.
Every year, 75,000 metalheads descend upon the picturesque farming village of Wacken in Northern Germany, where we camp in a muddy field and watch 150 bands take the stage over a three-day festival. There’s a beer garden, a medieval market, and a whole host of other awesome activities to keep you occupied and very, very drunk.
The lineup is always a mixture of metal subgenres, so you can see classic metal acts like Iron Maiden alongside extreme black and death metal, and there’s always amazing medieval and folk bands as well. Eight bands on this year’s lineup have been announced so far, but I am most excited about the Demons & Wizards show (only festival date in 2019, playing songs from a new album OMG), Powerwolf (I just got into them in a BIG way), Sabaton, Within Temptation, and Krokus (Play Some Krokus!)
We’ve been to Wacken two previous times – once in 2009, as part of our epic metal adventure across Europe and the Middle East. That was technically our honeymoon. We went again in 2011 because Blind Guardian was headlining and we loved the place so much.
We haven’t been able to do much travelling since then because we’ve been building our home. But now that’s finished and our 10th wedding anniversary is coming up, it’s time to return to one of our favourite places in the world.
While we’re in Europe, we’re also going to be travelling through the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Romania with some amazing friends (I am so excited you have no idea) and then heading to England and Wales for three weeks after the festival for lots of castles and trains and more friends and cemeteries and TANK PAINTBALL. (I am going to win).
I might be a wee bit excited. Maybe. Can’t confirm.
I’ve written about some of our previous trips and some tips for first-time festival-goers, if you were interested.
What is a Wacken?
Wacken Open Air 2011: Meerkats, Toilet Quiz Show, and dolphins in the mosh pit
Wacken Open Air 2011: every band I saw at Wacken, reviewed.
Renting a campervan for Wacken
The Unofficial Wacken Gear List
The Wacken Heavy Metal German Phrasebook
Top ten 2-word Wacken band reviews
Wacken is awesome and you should totally come! Although you should decide quickly because 60,000 tickets have already been sold.