Overkill and Annihilator for Wacken Open Air 2020

Wacken Open Air

Wacken Open Air has confirmed two more names for its 31st edition next year. The American thrash metal band Overkill and Annihilator will be joining the rest of the bands at the festival next summer.

Last month Wacken Open Air confirmed before the end of its 30th anniversary edition the first bands for next year. The announcement confirmed that Judas Priest will be headlining the festival with a special show for the 50th anniversary of the band. Moreover, Amon AmarthMercyful FateVenom and At The Gates were also confirmed.

Now, Overkill and Annihilator will be also joining these acts as well as U.D.O, While She Sleeps and many more, who were confirmed last week.

You can see the full announcement below:


Overkill are an American thrash metal band from New Jersey formed in 1980. The band’s debut album Feel the Fire came out in 1985. Since then, Overkill released eighteen more albums and are considered one of the hardest working bands of thrash metal. The band rose to fame from mid-to-late 1980s, along with the “big four” (Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer and Anthrax) as well as Exodus and Testament. Although the band’s music lacked variety compared to other metal bands of this genre, Overkill maintained its unique sound unwaveringly throughout its career. Nowadays, the band is also viewed as one of the most important thrash bands from the East Coast, while their sound has influenced the genre of thrash metal. Their latest album The Wings of War was released in February 2019.

Wacken Open Air 2020

Wacken Open Air is one of the major metal festivals in Europe. It takes place in the village of Wacken in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. Wacken first started as a small festival in 1990, but its popularity over the years increased so much that it is now considered the biggest metal festival in the world. It attracts around 80,000 metalheads every year and is always sold out. In 2016, Wacken launched its own brewery.