Festival Preview: Wacken Open Air 2013 (Part II)

It’s only two weeks now till metalheads from all over the world will gather in a tiny village in Northern Germany. Yes, you are reading this right – only 14 days left! In 14 days, people will have already set up their tents and should have drunk huge amounts of alcohol ready to headbang their heads off in front of the True Metal Stage, the Black Stage and the Party Stage or in the Bullhead City Circus tent. Many will also be going back in time to the Middle Ages in the Wackinger Village and loads will just be having fun with their metal brothers and sisters on the camp site.

Wacken 2013

To the displeasure of many, legends Motörhead had to cancel their appearance due to Lemmy’s doctor’s orders to rest. Here’s what Lemmy had to say: “I’d like to thank everyone who wish me well, it was a tough decision for me as I don’t like to disappoint the fans especially in times where economy is bad and people spent their money to see us. But sometimes you can’t do anything else than following doctor’s orders, but be sure we will be back and kick everybody’s ass.”

Let’s all wish Lemmy a good rest and hope that they’re back at the (un)Holy Land next year – for the festival’s 25th Anniversary! But now, let’s concentrate on this year’s edition and a few of the bands which will be rocking the stages.

After going through various reformations and splits, Thunder are back kicking ass on stages all over the place and the Black Stage at Wacken is no exception. Having recently toured with Whitesnake and Journey in the UK and performed at various festivals including Download and Sweden Rock, they will definitely be in top form to deliver their hard rocking tunes like “Dirty Love” and “She’s So Fine”.

Thunder are playing the Black Stage on Thursday 1st August at 18:30

Some people and bands do not need an introduction. Having been around since the 60s and shocking audiences all over the world since then, legendary Alice Cooper is bringing his shock rock stage show to Wacken once again this year. It is a must for every fan of heavy music to witness this show at least once in their lifetime. The man is already 65 years old and he still doesn’t give a sign of giving up.

Check out the Black Stage on Saturday 3rd August at 21:00 to witness decapitations, hangings and Alice’s nightmare!

Unsurprisingly, there are more legends at this year’s Wacken. However, it might come as surprising to many that it is a 90s hard rock / “alternative” act Ugly Kid Joe, who have reformed in recent years and released a new full-length titled Stairway to Hell. So if you wanna listen to some new tunes as well as some classic hits such as “Cats in the Cradle”, “Everything About You” which was used in the film Wayne’s World, this is a show not to miss!

The band will be performing at the Party Stage on Friday 2nd August at 16:00

Hailing from Sweden, Mustasch will bring their groovy hard rock tunes to Wacken once again this year. Formed in 1998 and released seven albums (Sounds Like Hell, Looks Like Heaven being their latest one), toured all over the place with bands such as Motörhead, Rose Tattoo and Volbeat, the band is ready to kick your groovy ass at the (un)Holy Land! Expect riffs and headbangable tunes only!

Mustasch are playing the Headbangers Stage on Friday 2nd August at 18:00

The mighty Scottish pirates from Alestorm also return to Wacken this year! Having gained success all over the world through their catchy tunes and insanely hilarious lyrics and stage shows, the boys from Alestorm will no doubt please many, if not everyone, attending this festival.

Catch Alestorm at the Party Stage on Saturday 3rd August at 13:15

The Dutch Legion of the Damned are bringing their thrashing death metal to Wacken’s stages. The band is with no doubt in top form as they are destroying stages all over Europe this summer. Their latest release is a split with the mighty Kreator and recently the band has moved home from Massacre Records to Napalm Records. Their new album Ravenous Plague is expected to be released this year!

Don’t miss Legion of the Damned’s exclusive pyro show at the Headbangers Stage on Friday 2nd August at 19:35

For more things Wacken, head over to the official website. See you in Wacken, Rain or Shine!

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I started this website in 2011 because I always had a burning passion of sharing music and keeping people informed about what's going on in the metal and rock worlds. If I am not sitting in a dark room in front of a computer, listening to some obscure music (or Whitesnake), then I am usually found at a concert or a festival interviewing bands (or drinking beer).

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