20 Years of Wacken: Part Four – Time to Celebrate (2005-2009)

The past five years has marked a lead-up to something that the creators of Wacken Open Air had probably hoped to see, but never thought they would: the festival's twentieth birthday. And despite some grumblings among the fans about the delay on announcing line-ups, and other problems that have been thrown in the organisers' way, this major event is set to kick off in about five days time.

By Goatlady and LeticiaS

As I Lay Dying's Nick Hipa talks about 'This Is Who We Are'

After watching As I Lay Dying's This is who we are DVD pack, it made me wonder whether I would gain anything new by merely interviewing these guys. But interview them I did – specifically, I spoke with guitarist Nick Hipa – all about the DVD, its creation, and more.


20 Years of Wacken: Part Three - Beyond the Music (2000-2004)

While this is supposed to be about the festival in the first half of the second decade, we both felt that it would get old just writing about the bands who played. Take a look inside and discover all of the extra-curricular activities on offer at this mega festival.

20 Years of Wacken Open Air: Part Two - the End of the First Decade (1995-1999)

The rise of Wacken Open Air metal festival from almost nothing in 1990 to a reasonable festival five years later, heralded the beginnings of something really big. That 'really big thing' played out over the next five years of the festival, during which time it became known as the biggest outdoor metal festival in the world.

20 Years of Wacken Open Air: Part One - the First Five Years (1990-1994)

2009 sees the Wacken Open Air metal festival celebrate its 20th year. This article is the first in a series of four features that trace W:O:A's history and significance as the Mecca of metal festivals.