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Keltic Nashville - Wacken Open Air - Netflix
Wacken Open Air (W:O:A) is a summer open-air heavy metal music festival. It takes place annually in the village of Wacken in Schleswig-Holstein, northern Germany, 80 kilometres (50 mi) northwest of Hamburg. The festival was first held in 1990 as a small event with about 800 visitors and six local German bands. W:O:A is usually held at the beginning of August and lasts four days. It is currently considered the biggest heavy-metal festival in the world. In 2011, the festival attracted 80,000 festival visitors and 6,000 personnel for a total of roughly 86,000 attendees. The festival traditionally ends on the first Sunday in August, and at midnight the following Monday tickets go on sale for the next year. Remarkably, all 75,000 tickets were sold out within 48 hours for 2014, 12 hours for 2015, and 23 hours for 2016, despite the fact that the lineup (with the exception of rumors or headliners) had not been announced. In 2017, the festival was sold out thirteen times in a row. The non-optional basic ticket price for all four days, including camping for a week, was €220 in 2017 and will be for 2018 as well. In 2017, over 170 bands were playing on eight stages. The international significance of the festival is shown by the attendees in recent years consisting of 30% foreigners, with up to 10% non-Europeans, from about 30-40 different countries all around the world. Many metal fans travel from half a world away just to stand in cow meadows before stages set in the middle of nowhere. In 2017, an official count confirmed visitors from over 80 different nations at the festival. A lot of metalheads, metal and hard rock bands worldwide are keen to make the journey to “The Mecca of Heavy Metal Culture” (Sam Dunn / Metal: A Headbanger's Journey ), “The Holy Land” (Wacken 3D - a 2014 movie shown in Germany, Switzerland, Austria, and Italy), “The Cathedral of Heavy Metal” (Paul O'Neill / Trans-Siberian Orchestra), or “The Summit of Heavy Metal” (Thomas Gabriel Fischer / Celtic Frost) at least once in their lifetime, just for the experience.
Keltic Nashville - Looks, clothing, styles and self-expressions - Netflix
Wacken crowds are famous for crazy appearances and self-expression. The well-known photo session by Pep Bonet, in his collection book we the republic of wacken, dealt with Wacken crowds in 180 pages and on 2 CDs. Shortly before, during, and after the festival, German nationwide newspapers and magazines, such as Der Spiegel or Süddeutsche Zeitung, compete for the funniest pictures of the annual W:O:A event, so that the entire country has something to laugh about. Therefore, Wacken is often compared with Burning Man festival in Nevada or Fusion Festival in Lärz, but just for Hard 'n Heavy fans. Although officially there is no dress code, in line with the metal subculture the crowd dresses in particular styles. Black is color of first choice, especially a T-shirt featuring a favorite band or a W:O:A T-shirt of the current or a previous year the wearer attended. Kutte with patches of favorite bands, leather, kilts, studs, spikes, and chains are also popular. A special Wacken fashion is Viking, day-after the apocalypse (e.g. Mad Max), or medieval looks. The rest is crazy free style reminding one a little of Carnival and even a non-conforming white tuxedo would be a possibility. Some visitors don't care about dressing at all. In the early years, the visitors were noticed for their long hair, piercings, and tattoos, but such is too common to be worth mentioning these days:
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