Jugglers, Knights, proud Vikings and emptied casks of beer – five thousand fans of music inspired by the middle ages – using everything from bagpipes to metal guitars – have celebrated a peaceful and massive party under skies clear and blue skies by day and star-studded at night from February 22nd to 24th.

The third edition of the Wacken Winter Nights took place in a seven thousand square metres inner area and was not just the most successful but also most international winter event in Wacken so far. Guests from at least thirty five countries travelled to the world’s most famous metal village, including visitors from the Americas, Israel, Japan, and Australia.

Head of project Helge Rudolph comments: ‘Some might think that it is a little bit crazy to have a festival in wintertime. The visible enjoyment and the positive feedback from the fans is proving us and our excellent cooperation partners from Panem et Circenses right. Our guests were once again amazing: On Saturday night, the final drop of our specially brewed festival beer was running through the tap – of course we had more supplies of a different brew waiting for action in the Wacken Brewery. Our merchandise department has also reported in as sold out. The excellent feedback from the bands also shows us that we are on the right path, but there is always room for improvement for the next edition, which will take place from February 14th to 16th in 2020. We will announce the first top acts for Wacken Winter Nights IV soon. Hopefully the weather will be as great next year as it was during all of this weekend. We hope to welcome you all again in 2020!’

Head of production Marc Loewe adds: ‘The excellent cooperation with the authorities has once again made a smooth operation possible – and we thank everone involved from the bottom of our hearts. We also thank our cooperation partner Panem et Circenses, all exhibitors and stall operators, all bands and artists, and especially all members of staff and crew that made this festival possible with their tireless and passionate work for our visitors. Thank you all!’