This weekend is the 26th annual Wacken Open Air heavy metal festival, the great “metal Woodstock” that occurs in the farm fields outside the tiny town of Wacken, Germany on the same weekend every year. If you read this blog regularly, or have been reading my Twitter recently, you no doubt know that I’ve been to the festival many times, starting in 2000, and while I’m not there this year Wacken Open Air is seldom far from my heart. In honor of the festival going on right now–which I’m watching from afar via social media and a dodgy, not-always-working live stream–I thought I would create a round-up of all the Wacken articles I’ve done on this blog, of which there are many. It’s no substitute for being there, but reliving the Wacken experience online can still be a lot of fun.

Here are all my past Wacken articles, broken down into categories.

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My Actual Eyewitness Wacken Experience

Although Iv’e been to Wacken 12 times, most of those trips occurred in the years before I started this blog. My last trip, however–and I mean “last” in probably both of its meanings–occurred last summer. Here is my “Wacken diary” from 2014:

The Last Wacken, Chapter I: Wine and Resolutions in Hamburg (August 6, 2014)

The Last Wacken, Chapter II: An Epic Norwegian Saga of Camp Supplies and Dusty Beer Gardens (August 7, 2014)

The Last Wacken, Chapter III: Dusty Sunset and a Stairway to Heaven (August 8, 2014)

The Last Wacken, Chapter IV: Lemmy Lives, Slayer Rocks, And We Receive a Startling Proposition (August 9, 2014)

The Last Wacken, Chapter V: Megadeth, Avantasia and (Almost) the End of an Era (August 10, 2014)

The Last Wacken, Chapter VI: All Good Things… (August 11, 2014)

“Where The Wind Withers Memory” A Photo Farewell to Wacken Open Air (August 12, 2014)

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Articles About Wacken Itself: Geography, History and What It’s Really Like

W:O:A has featured several times in my ongoing series on photos and geography, as well as stand-alone articles about the cultural gestalt of the festival and what it’s like to go there. These are some of my favorite articles on the subject because they’re more than just “I was there.”

Wacken in Winter: A Different View of Germany’s Heavy Metal Mecca (January 27, 2015)

The Beginning of a Legend: The Very First Wacken Open Air Festival (August 24, 2013)

Earth Panorama: The Wacken Open Air Biergarten, Wacken, Germany (May 17, 2014)

Earth Panorama: The Wacken Open Air Sky Bar, Wacken, Germany (July 23, 2014)

Mud, Beer and Metal: A Taste of Wacken Open Air Camp Life (July 24, 2014)

Heavy Metal Viticulture: Wine, Wacken and Song! (August 3, 2013)

Explore Wacken Open Air in 360 Degrees…On Your Computer! (July 24, 2013)

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Wishing I Was There

I’ve written a fair amount of articles that stem from an “I wish I was there” sort of vibe.  But even in these I try to find something substantive to stay, so they’re worth looking at.

My Strange Weekend: Wacken in Exile (August 5, 2012)

The Great Heavy Metal Ritual: Wacken 2015 is Almost Here (July 23, 2015)

Wishing I Was There: Wacken Open Air Begins Today (July 31, 2013)

Wacken Open Air: A Post-Mortem From Afar (August 4, 2013)

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Wacken-Related Performances and Media

I have often featured performances from Wacken festivals, and related to them, in “Metal for Friday” posts, as stand-alone articles, or reviews. Here is a sampling; I can’t guarantee I got them all.

Retro Metal DVD Review: “Armageddon Over Wacken 2003” (August 10, 2013)

Retro Metal: Edguy at Wacken Open Air, 2002 (June 25, 2013)

The Greatest Metal Set I’ve Ever Seen: Dio “Rainbow in the Dark,” Wacken 2004 (June 19, 2013)

Metal: Blind Guardian Does “The Bard Song,” Wacken Open Air 2011 (July 8, 2013)

A Little Metal for Tuesday: Doro Does “Für Immer” at Wacken 2004 (September 17, 2003)

Metal for Friday: Slayer “South of Heaven,” Live! (May 2, 2014)

Metal for Friday: Doro Pesch and Blaze Bayley sing Iron Maiden’s “Fear of the Dark” (May 30, 2014)

Metal for Friday: Nile, “Black Seeds of Vengeance,” Live at Wacken (June 27, 2014)

Metal for Friday: Avantasia “Reach Out For The Light” (August 8, 2014)

Metal for Friday: Grave Digger “Rebellion” Featuring Hansi Kürsch and Van Canto (September 19, 2014)

Metal for Friday: Blind Guardian “Nightfall” (February 6, 2015)

Metal for Friday: Helloween “March of Time” (March 27, 2015)

Metal for Friday: Mambo Kurt “The Final Countdown” (May 1, 2015)

Metal for Friday: Edguy “Tears of a Mandrake” (June 19, 2015)

It’s safe to say Wacken is a big part of my life, even if I’m not planning to go myself for a good long while. It’s also safe to say that I’ll continue to write and blog about the festival. I hope you’re along for the ride!

The photos in this article were all taken by me, are copyrighted and all rights are reserved, except for the left half of the header image (which is a public domain image).