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W:O:A 2008 - Statement

The 18th W:O:A is now part of our history and this year again 3 positive factors about our cult festival will stay in our minds:
- the best audience worldwide
- brilliant bands with great performances
- the sun is from Northern Germany!

We´d like to thank you for your support because without YOU we would not be what we are: One of the biggest Heavy Metal Festival worldwide!

Of course there have been problems this year because of the disastrous weather conditions whilst the assembling period, at the park- and campinggrounds as well as at the arrival which we will try to change next year. But altogether we all celebrated a brilliant Metal party.

Furthermore we´d like to take away your fear – W:O:A will not get any bigger... we´re at the limit! We will advance the logistic (f.e. entrance and exit to the Party Stage, accessibility of the festival area, etc. Furthermore there´ll still be the possibility to camp at your cars of course (that´s part of the W:O:A feeling) though we have to reserve our rights – in case of catchy conditions like this year - to change it.

Of course if you have had any stress and problems because of the short termed changes concerning the weather conditions we´d like to apologize. We hope that you understand this situation because without these arrangements W:O:A 2007 could not have taken place.

Watch out for 2008: Wacken Open Air, Faster-Harder-Louder! See you in Wacken - rain or shine! Now enjoy reading and see you next time! W:O:A 2007 - Thanks for your support!

The 18th W:O:A is over and we have celabrated the most peaceful Metal Party worldwide. 60.000 festival visitors from all over the world made W:O:A “Sold Out” before the festival started.

With all helpers, artists, guests, press people, inhabitants, etc. there have been 72.000 participants altogether.

We´d like to say „Thank You“ to all the metalheads who made this festival to what it is today. The biggest and most important Heavy Metal Party of the year.

Also we´d like to say „Thank You“ to all the media people for their support. 3.200 journalists and photographers from 41 nations reflect the unifying force of Heavy Metal. Thank you for your support and the good cooperation over the last 18 years.

To make W:O:A 2007 a safe and secure festival many hands were needed.

The disastrous weather conditions whilst the assembly process have demanded countless additional measures. To make the festival area accessible the basement had to be ablated. 5000 sqm fleece were laid out. 1500 tons of wooden chips have been spread on top of the fleece and the whole area was covered with 600 bales of straw. For the secure stand of our visitors on the festival area the basement has also been millinged and indued with heavy weight basement plates which are also used for tanks. To dry the camping grounds a helicopter flew over the camping grounds only in a height of 60 centimetres and blew the excess water away so that the areas were dry.

The precipitation of 350 litres per sqm again brought us some superlatives. The biggest motor tractor in europe, a 500 horse power tractor as well as 4 dredgers have been in continuous work. 21 artics with the material for the main stages had to be hauled through the sodded area. 350 tons of steel have been used for the assembling of the stages. 48 trucks with sound and lightmaterial have been delivered and 1 truck of pyrotechnics have been fired during the shows. For the coordination of the assembly process 20 jeeps have been in continuous work. 80 power sets produced the power requirement of a small town.

It took 350 people who worked all around the clock to enable the impossible. Out of a mud cavern a festival area raised! Under catchiest conditions 25 kilometres fence have been set and draped with 8000 tarpaulins. 450 water-flushed toilets in 5 shower camps and 1000 mobil toilets have been set up – more than at any other event in this dimension.

We´d like to say „Thank You“ to all of those who with their tireless assignment helped in the realisation of an outstanding festival. Also the cooperation with the local administrations, the police and fire brigade went very well without any complications. And of course we are very happy that there haven´t been serious incidents regarding the reports of the police and the the fire brigade. Wacken is, was and will be the most peaceful festival with fans from all over the world.

We´d also like to say a very big “Thank You” to all the fans and guests for their understanding with the weather conditional problems at the arrival.

Last but not least we´d like to say „Thank You“ to all the visitors of Wacken and the surrounding communities who kindly put us and all the metalheads up. And of course for their patience regarding the noise that they had to put up with during the difficult arrival.

The festival is the headliner and the bands play their “Best of Program...”

We´re looking forward to next year when it´s for the 19th time:
Faster - Harder - Louder
>> see you in Wacken 2008 - rain or shine
Thank you all Metalheads for your support

W:O:A 2008 - 31.07.-02.08.08 pre sale just begun

W:O:A 2007 is just over and all of us will keep it in mind till we grow old. From now on we start pre sale for W:O:A 2008. We´ll work out solutions for this years problems, like entrance to party stage, park and camping situation, masses at festival area and so on. So you can keep the faith that 2008 will become a smooth event for everybody. Also we reached already the limit of capacity!

THERE WILL BE NO MORE AUDIANCE THAN 2007!!!! So don´t worry about that. If there will be a SOLD OUT sign, than W:O:A is definetely SOLD OUT!

The following bands are already confirmed for 2008:
IRON MAIDEN [einzige Show in DEU 2008]
AVANTASIA [einzige Show in DEU 2008]
...and many more...

You can order your tickets at Metaltix ( ) , +49 (0)4627-18 38 38 for EUR 99,00 (incl. EUR 20,00 for Full Metal Service) plus pre sale EUR 10,00 .

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