Festivals are a little hit and miss right now. Unfortunately Wacken Open Air has fallen into the "miss" category and will now take place between August 4 and 6, 2022.
"We bleed our hearts!" said Thomas Jensen, boss and founder of the festival. "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."
"Even if we were able to hold the festival, many people would still not be able to arrive as planned due to travel restrictions," added co-founder Holger Hübner. "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 exchanges for the 2022 iteration are expected to happen in the middle of June, according to ticketing team member Sabrina Schmidt.
"As before, we will offer our visitors a choice: They can exchange to 2022 or request a payout. 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."
More information is expected soon.