Wacken Open Air Festival’s 2020 edition canceled due to Coronavirus pandemic
The bad news for the music concert industry continue as the prestigious and long-standing Wacken Open Air Festival that was supposed to take place in Germany from July 30, 2020 to August 1, 2020 has been officially canceled.
Wacken Open Air‘s 2020 line-up included Judas Priest as one of the headliners along with such Sleaze Roxx favourites as Danko Jones, Dirkschneider, Kissin’ Dynamite, L.A. Guns, Loudness, The Wildhearts, Thundermother and U.D.O..
The following message was posted on Wacken Open Air‘s Facebook page earlier today (with slight edits):
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”