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Wacken 2022: First Bands Announced

  • Axl Rosenberg

Having been forced to postpone Wacken Open Air for the second year in a row, festival organizers have now turned their attention to next year’s edition of the event.

The first handful of bands have been announced, and unsurprisingly, it’s already an impressive line-up:

  • Judas Priest
  • Limp Bizkit
  • In Extremo (25th anniversary show)
  • Rose Tattoo
  • Lacuna Coil
  • GWAR
  • Death Angel
  • Phil Campbell and the Bastard Sons
  • Thundermother
  • All Hail the Yeti
  • Auðn
  • Wolves In the Throne Room
  • Crypta

Limp Bizkit are the standout name on that list — not because they’re amazing or whatever, but because they seem like they’re by far the least-trve band in the mix. Will Fred Durst and company be warmly received by that crowd? I obviously don’t know better than the people who book Wacken, but man, they feel out of place here.

The rest of the bill thus far is stellar, though. Like, I can’t think of a legitimate diss against any of them. Rose Tattoo is… um… old? That’s the best I got.

Additionally, the following additional bands are set for Wacken Wednesday, the festival pre-show (separate ticket required):

  • Avantasia
  • Gloryhammer
  • Brothers of Metal
  • Varang Nord

So unless something goes hideously, insanely awry between now and next summer, it sounds like Wacken will be back with a bang.

Wacken 2022 is set for August 4-6 (of 2022, duh).

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