Blaakyum from Lebanon, the winner band from the W:O:A (Wacken Open Air) Metal Battle in Middle East, rocked on Wednesday, 29th of July 2015 the W.E.T Stage in Wacken in front of the Wacken audience and the critical Metal Battle judges from 28 nations.
We are very proud to announce that Blaakyum is one of the top 5 in the world-wide battle behind the number 1 from Canada and number 2 from Israel. Number 4 goes to the UK and number 5 to Denmark. All five winner bands get money and equipment prizes and a video documentation from Deutsche Welle of their Wacken performance. Beside the honor of playing and being as VIP guest in Wacken. Congratulations and a big thank you to all participating bands, the organizers from the W:O:A Metal Battle, the local promoters and team members from govad MUSIC and govad’s partner Metal Bell Magazine Lebanon with Hussein Shehady.
Rock Era Magazine said in July ’15: Blaakyum’s performance at the W:O:A Metal Battle on July 29 will be almost miraculous. Imagine being a Metal band in a country with a crumbling economy, religious tensions, constraints on freedom of expression, the highest number of refugees per capita in the world, and continuous instability as extremism rises in the Middle East. To top it all, possessing the Lebanese nationality means grindingly complicated visa procedures that make foreign travel a fantasy for all but the lucky few.
No it was not only miraculous, it is just unbelievable and awesome and we are more than proud and happy!