After we had to announce the cancellation of Wacken Open Air 2020 we did not know what to expect. And then this happened:
„So sorry… But I would like to keep my ticket for the 2021 edition, so I can party twice as hard“
„2021 it is then, Rain, corona, or shine“
„Don’t worry about us! We metalheads are gonna be there for you be it this year, next or whenever“
Comments and Mails like these came in by thousands and thousands. Not only did you totally support the decision but you also lifted our spirits in a way words simply can’t describe.
So we’re following your suggestions here and offer two basic options for the refund
Should I Stay or should I Go?
That decision is totally up to you. If you prefer to get your money back or a voucher, we will of course reimburse your W:O:A 2020 Ticket, simple as that.
But you can also use the W:O:A 2020 ticket to buy a W:O:A 2021 ticket, and there are quite a number of reasons for doing so, if we may say so. Here are a few examples.
Yes, we are a major festival, but supporting new talent has been in the Wacken Open Air DNA ever since. What started with the „Wacken Evolution Tent“ (where we showcased lesser known artists back in the days) has now become the W:O:A Metal Battle. The worlds biggest competition for heavy newcomers gave the scene bands such as Battle Beast, who had their big break by winning the Metal Battle on the holy ground.
With the Wacken Foundation we have been helping hundreds of bands along their way. That starts with giving them something simple as a feedback on their newest music or offering them coaching from our network of professionals and ends with giving them loans for producing a new record, making a video or going on tour.
If you have ever been to Wacken or checked out one of our web pages, you probably have noticed, that doing something good has played a big role in our history as well. We’re actively supporting blood donations, bone marrow donations, inclusion, projects against homelessness and much more and feature these organizations on the festival site.
We can proudly say that all of these good things have been made possible by one thing only: your support. And we would absolutely love to continue giving something back to the scene in the future.
True, we are known for spectacular stage productions by some of the the biggest names in music here on the holy ground. But hundreds of different artists have been performing at Wacken Open Air each and every year and we take great pride in the fact that we can offer our visitors the biggest variety possible between Metal, Rock, Punk and the likes. Music connects on so many different levels, and we are quite sure that everyone of us has seen a band on a festival, not knowing what to expect and then being blown away completely. And as usual the line up for W:O:A 2021 will feature names that you may not have heard of yet, but will most likely end up as your new favorite band. Which is all part of the Wacken Experience.
Let’s face it: Things pretty much suck right now on so many levels. For everyone. But this will pass and we will all get through this, definitely. We can only talk about ourselves but we are already so much looking forward to see all of the W:O:A family again in 2021.
This alone gives us so much energy, because we simply want to celebrate the summer together with you again as soon as possible. So maybe trading your 2020 ticket for 2021 will also give you something to look forward to for the next summer, because remember: We will meet again in Wacken! And doing that with all your buddies who have also traded their tickets - who wouldn’t want that?
If you trade in your W:O:A 2020 ticket for 2021 not only do you have a guaranteed ticket for the next edition of W:O:A, but we also giving you the new ticket for the same price of the old one. Trying to get a 2021 ticket at a later time might be difficult and more expensive. So if you want to be on the safe side for W:O:A 2021: Go for our trade-in option.
And if you’re not sure yet if you can make it at the new date: No worries. We will install an official ticket exchange later, so you can re-sell your W:O:A 2021 ticket if you can not make it - that also minimizes your risk.
For us Wacken Open Air is not only a matter of the heart but also the best job in the world. And we’d like to keep it that way for the next decades, quite frankly. Also many businesses here in the village and all throughout northern Germany are closely connected with the festival by offering services for our visitors. Trading your tickets for 2021 will offer perspective to the people living and working in the area and also help keeping Wacken what it is - the centre of the Heavy Metal universe in a small village.
These are just a few reasons to trade in your tickets for W:O:A 2021. Plus we are already working hard to give you the first names who will be performing at the next edition.
So if you feel that trading in your tickets is the better option for you than to just get your refund, join us next year for what will quite possibly be the biggest and baddest party Wacken has ever seen. And we’ve seen a lot…
Thanks for your support,