Wacken Open Air Live on the Internet

Jul 25th, 2008

- Plus Full Exposure on the Screen


Wacken.com is transmitting the legendary festival on Rockalarm.com together with Tempodome for four whole days, live on the internet – tickets available from eventim.de

Bremen/Hamburg/Wacken – From July 30 to August 2, the north-German village of Wacken will become the focus of attention for all metal fans worldwide. The event, which recently sold out, is expecting 65,000 fans to rock to their hearts’ content at the festival. Anyone who hasn’t been able to get hold of a ticket need not worry, because the festival is to be transmitted live on the internet.

Three companies are joining forces for this broadcasting first. CTS Eventim AG, the European market leader in the field of ticketing and live entertainment, is providing the virtual tickets for the live stream and handling the payment side of things. Tempodome.com, a specialist in interactive live streaming, will be responsible for the actual transmission of the mega open air event on the internet. And Rockalarm.com, the portal for all fans of hard rock music, will present the stream on its website.

For fans, the route to the festival is easy-peasy: tickets will be offered for Friday, Saturday or Sunday of the festival at http://www.eventim.de/eve/wacken – at graded prices. Thursday costs 4.90 euro, Friday 6.90 euro and Saturday 7.90 euro. Hardcore metal fans can get the whole event by buying a three-day virtual pass for 14.90 euro and can then sit back and enjoy the 20 or so bands streamed on their screen and get this: the warm-up concerts on Wednesday will be presented, too!

Like the 65,000 lucky fans physically present at the festival, internet viewers will be treated to quite an event. Nightwish are the headliners of the festival stream, while the performances by Sonata Arctica, Corvus Corax, Axxis, Krypteria and Lordi are anticipated with great excitement.

“The Wacken Open Air has enjoyed a special place among music festivals worldwide for many years and is unique, not just as a magnet for all metal fans. I am thrilled that the organisers are now branching out into new paths on the internet, giving everyone the opportunity to experience Wacken live,” said Malte Blumenthal, Vice President New Media at CTS Eventim AG and Managing Director of Tempodome.com.

“There is nothing worse than our fans having to miss the event,” explains Holger Hübner, shareholder and Managing Director with ICS Festival Service GmbH, the organisers of the Wacken event. “We are looking forward with anticipation to the first live stream on www.rockalarm.com and hope that many metal fans around the world will, over the three days, celebrate the hardest virtual metal party ever with us! Let’s rock!”

Current Program (Updates daily at www.rockalarm.com)

Thursday (16:00 bis 22:00)
Mustasch (Aufzeichnung)
Avenged Sevenfold
Leaves Eyes (Aufzeichnung)

Friday (11:00 am to 3:00 am)
Mortal Sin
Primordial (Aufzeichnung)
Sonata Arctica
Sabaton (Aufzeichnung)
Children of Bodom
Corvus Corax
The Haunted (Aufzeichnung)

Saturday (11:00 am to 3:00 am)
3 inches of blood
Holy Moses
Stone Gods
At the Gates (Aufzeichnung)