Along with every other festival, Wacken Open Air 2020, with its 75,000 festival visitors from over 80 nations, will not take place this Summer. However, this year the organizers and long-term partner Telekom are bringing a completely new Wacken experience as revolutionary digital festival directly to the fans‘ homes: Wacken is coming home with the biggest mixed reality metal show of all times!

The first edition of the digital streaming festival Wacken World Wide will take place in the originally scheduled festival period from July 29 to August 1, 2020 and is shaped completely independently of the actual W:O:A festival. This special event is live and available for free online and via app on, MagentaMusik 360 and MagentaTV.

“It is a huge pleasure for us to finally be able to unveil the news today. The entire team has worked with great ambition and motivation over the past few weeks and months to implement the new Wacken World Wide concept in order to put together an overall package never seen before!” says the W:O:A festival co-founder Thomas Jensen.

Holger Hübner states: “After the cancellation of this year’s festival season, the new format is a ray of hope that allows us to celebrate with our loyal fans, partners and artists in an unprecedented way,” adds the W:O:A festival co-founder. “We look forward to your feedback and reactions and can’t wait to bring Wacken around the world!”

Immersive technology connects artists and fans worldwide. Artists play live, are filmed in real-time with precise camera tracking and integrated directly into the virtual set. The innovative XR-technology brings the stage to life. The LED back wall, LED floor, and fan interaction create an authentic stage feeling for artists and fans alike. Active hands-on programs and other exciting interactions keep fans close to the artists and virtually in front of the stage so they become part of this authentic live experience. For the perfect festival look WWW merchandise, original festival wristbands and special souvenir-tickets can be found on

More info on Wacken World Wide is coming soon.


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