Jul 18th, 2008

Since 1997 the W:O:A promotes German and international metal newcomers each year on the W.E.T. Stage (Wacken Evolution Tent). Moreover, since 2004 we offer artists / bands the chance to participate in the biggest metal fight of their lives – the W:O:A Metal Battle. This contest is held worldwide – already in 17 countries – and the final takes place in Wacken. The glorious winners can look forward to not only win recognition but to also enter the honourable halls of Wacken Records and to record their first studio album.

The Metal Battle, taking place for the 4th time this year, is a noncommercial event which is solely intended to offer a platform for talented bands. This will not change in the future – it will be invested further instead of making money out of it.

But that is not enough! Wacken plans to formalise this promotion by launching a unique foundation. The aim of this foundation is to promote young bands and artists of the rock and metal scene. The bands will receive help in the form of training as well as financially (eg scholarships, reimbursement of travel costs etc.) and will be supported during concerts and tours. Hard and heavy fans and their families who are in dire straits will also be backed up

Young bands liven up the metal scene and reshape it. This is why they should be promoted a great deal better in the future. And you can be part of this!

For the first time the so-called „Wacken Wall“ will be build after this years W:O:A. Become part of the unbelievable Wacken history and order your „Wacken Stone“ with a personal engraving directly on the festival grounds. Such a stone is also a perfect gift for your family or friends!


The money raised through the sale of stones and various other campaigns will completely be used as a donation for the launch of the „Wacken Foundation“. For this purpose a special bank account has been set up under notorial supervision:

Account No.:          121 271 167
Bank:                       Nord-Ostsee-Sparkasse
Sort Code:              217 500 00
IBAN-No.:                DE65217500000121271167
BIC/Swift-Code:    HSHNDEH1SLG
Notary Manfred Lack


On below-mentioned website you will shortly be able to view the running total of the Wacken Foundation.

No matter if you are metalheads, sponsors, bands or companies in the music industry – you can all help to lay the cornerstone for something big. Besides, material donations (instruments, stage tech etc.), advertising partners for the Metal Battle website, and bands as well as venues for benefit concerts are always needed.

More information at and foundation@wacken.comThis e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .