Wacken Open Air 2020 reveals second batch of names

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Wacken Open Air announces new names for its next year’s edition including metalcore bands such as While She Sleeps and Kampfar. The German festival takes place between 30 July and 1 August 2020.

Beside artists mentioned above, Wacken Open Air will also host local power metal band Orden Ogan, as well as Dirkschneider. The German heavy metal singer is going to perform an exclusive concert to celebrate the 35th anniversary of his classic album “Metal Heart”. And that’s not all because the cult frontman will return to the stage with his main band U.D.O. They will once again join forces with the Musikkorps der Bundeswehr to perform their songs in a symphonic version.


It was previously confirmed that Judas Priest, who are celebrating 50 years of their metal career, will also perform at Wacken Open Air. Alongside English heavy metal band, Amon AmarthMercyful FateVenom and At The Gates were also confirmed.

While She Sleeps

While She Sleeps are an English metalcore band formed in 2006. The band released its debut album This Is the Six in 2012 and received mostly positive reviews from music critics at the time. Since then the band has released two more albums. The band consists mainly of heavily down-tuned guitars and screamed vocals occasionally also complimented by melodic guitar tones. While She Sleeps have also received the Best British Newcomer award at the Kerrang! Awards in 2012, while for some they are considered as one of the most promising metalcore bands of the last decade. In March 2019 the band will release its fourth album So What?. You can hear the first single from their upcoming album in the video above.

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.