Wacken Metal Battle USA: Submissions Now Open to Unsigned Bands!
For the third year in a row, the Wacken Open Air festival in Germany — now in its 30th year! — is offering the opportunity for unsigned bands from the states to perform at one of the most legendary metal festivals in existence. Bands will square off in qualifying rounds in cities across the nation and one national champion will be invited to make the trip across the pond for the festival, set to take place August 1st through 3rd, 2019 in Wacken, Germany. The 2019 line up for Wacken Open Air includes Sabaton, Parkway Drive, Demons & Wizards, Powerwolf, Airbourne, Rose Tattoo, Within Temptation, Meshuggah and many more. Details here.
Applications are now open for unsigned bands interested in participating in the 2019 battles: you can do that right here and read the full set of rules here. Applications end December 2, 2018 at 11:59PM PST, so make sure you get your shit together in time! Battles will be held in Los Angeles, San Diego, Phoenix, Dallas, Houston, Austin, Corpus Christi, Atlanta, Tampa Bay, Orlando, New York City and Chicago with more to be announced.