Wacken Festival 2020 cancelled, next Metal Battle Middle East in 2022
Due to the current situation regarding the Covid-19 virus the German government has decided to forbid all festivals until end of August 2020. Thus the Wacken Festival, the world biggest rock and metal festival, is also affected.
As the Metal Battle is part of the Wacken Festival it is also postponed. Those countries which have been choosen to be part of the Metal Battle 2020 will now be part of the Metal Battle 2021. Those countries which have already choosen a winner band for 2020, those bands will be now take part in the final Battle in 2021.
Unfortunately this means for the Metal Battle in Middle East, who have a break in 2020, that we will also have no Metal Battle in 2021. We will be back - inshallah - in 2022.
Here is the official message from the Wacken Festival:
yesterday, the German government decided that due to the Coronavirus pandemic, no mass gatherings will be allowed until August, 31st 2020. We are facing an unprecented situation in our 30 years: It is with heavy hearts that we have to announce that there will be no Wacken Open Air this year.
Our whole team has been working intensively on the festival these last months and the more all of us are bitterly disappointed that we are not allowed to celebrate a Wacken Open Air with you. This administrative order affects us heavily and we will need some time to process the bad news.
Nevertheless, we support the decision of the German government in this difficult situation for the whole world. Your health and safety have always been and always will be our top priority. We as promoters are therefore bound to take an even greater responsibility and have to follow the instructions of the experts.
Concerning Wacken Open Air 2021 and options for your already bought tickets we will reach out to you asap but ask for a little bit of patience whilst we work through this. We thank you for your trust during times which are unparalleled for all of us.
Stay healthy - In Metal We Trust!
Your W:O:A Team