Pole Sitting 2017

Hear ye, hear ye! As in previous years, we give you the opportunity to take a seat on one of the wooden thrones, which allow you a wide view over the area of the Wacken Open Air at a height of 2.5 meters.



You shall sit tight for six hours, to receive a reward. Every two hours you are granted a 10-minute break, in which you are allowed to leave your place. During the rest of the time, you can listen to the performances on the main stages. Wednesday and Thursday, everyone who did their time, will get a VIP upgrade. The participants of Friday and Saturday will get a € 75 voucher for the official Wacken Shop.



The pole sitting will go down from Wednesday, August 2nd, until Saturday, August 5th. The “sitting periods” are every day from 10:00-16:00 and 16:30-22:30.

If you want to place your buttocks on one of the poles, you just need to send an e-mail to polesitting@wacken.com, which includes following information:


· Your full name

· Your W:O:A-Ticketnumber

· Day and time, you would prefer to sit on a pole


We try to consider your preferred times as much as possible. Registration opens at June 14th. Since we just have 32 seats to assign, it is “first come, first served”.


For spontaneous people, we also have a pole on which you can sit for 10 minutes for a small donation, to enjoy the view and take pictures. For this is no registration needed.



For each pole a company took a partnership and donates € 10 to the Wacken Foundation for every hour, somebody sat on the pole. The donations are used to support hard rock and heavy metal bands. Across from the pole sitting you find the Wacken Foundation Camp, where you can get information about the Foundation and participate in various activities.


We wish every participant lots of fun!



Wacken Wall is back!

IT’S BACK! - The Wacken Wall has a brand new look and with a new website, it is now even easier to find out about the stones and  how to order. Your name in silver engravings on the Wacken Wall -  Suitable as a birthday present, to remember a  great festival or as a wedding present. A perpetuation on the Wackenwall is always a good idea.

On http://wackenwall.de/ you can now order the stones. The next order period starts now. If you prefer to buy the stone as a gift, you can do so with the myBrick card. For this you get a voucher card with a personalized code that the recipient must simply enter on the website. There he can then engrave his own stone according to his wishes. The myBrick-Cards will be available at the Wacken Open Air at the Wacken Foundation booth.

We are partnering with the British company Briconomics, which donates a portion of the income from the brick sales. We would like to say a heartfelt thank you and look forward to continue this project.

Please note,  that  the stones ordered from now can unfortunately not be attached to the Wall in time for the festival.


Review Rock Hard Festival 2017

The rock hard festival 2017 took place this time from 2 to 4 June and the Wacken Foundation was again in Gelsenkirchen for the fourth time. This year we had a new booth, right next to the wristbandcorner and this resulted in every visitor having to pass us. So our booth was always well attended and there were many interesting conversations about our work.
We were especially pleased that our new curator Jörg Düsedau visited us. In addition, there were a lot of sponsored bands at the booth, including PY from Sic Zone, Sleeveless Guilt, Mount Atlas, Nailed to Obscurity and Boris from Noise Forest.
Thanks to the companies Artworx, Musikmeyer, Marshall Amplification for your great support and to Boris von Lofft https://www.mylofft.de/ and Miriam and Torsten von Dr. Music Promotion, the promoters of Jesus Chrüsler Supercar for the kind donations.
Lastly, special thanks go to Manni and his crew and to our two volunteers, Nina and Maik.
We are already looking forward to the Rock Hard Festival 2018



Die Wacken Foundation auf dem Strongmanrun und der Kieler Woche

In the coming week, we will have two events at once. On the Fishermen's Strongmanrun in Wacken on Saturday, June 17, many crazy men and women will fight through 10 or 20 kilometers of mud. We will also be there with a stand and cheer for the participants. Come and visit us at the Kuhle in Wacken.The Kieler Woche also starts on June 17th and runs until June 25th. Alongside with a great program we are also present with a booth in the Wacken area of the Radio Bob Rockcamp and will be collecting  donations for our young rock and metal bands.We are looking forward to seeing you at both events!



Aftermath Metal Battle Semifinale Nord Germany

On Friday, May 19, five bands played at the German semifinale North of the Wacken Metal Battle. The Wacken Foundation was there, too with a booth and a giveaway ruffle. The participating bands Sunchair and Soulbound had already been supported  by the Wacken Foundation before. Both bands were so nice and donated CDs and Merch for the raffle this evening.

With 180 sold tickets the Marx in the Markthalle Hamburg was very crowded and the all the guests and provided a great atmosphere. In the end, detractor could stand against the
Competition. They will now play the national final at Dong Open Air 2017 one of the popular slots at the Metal Battle final at Wacken Open Air 2017.
We congratulate all participating bands and wish good luck at the Dong Open Air.




As in previous years, we are going on festival tour again and will be travelling across the country. We already got the first two trips, Full Metal Mountain II and Full Metal Cruise V, over with and soon the traditional festival summer will begin. We are looking forward to an eventful time and to meet lots of old friends and make new acquaintances. These are our dates of this year’s tour:


2nd-4th June     -     Rock Hard, Gelsenkirchen
13th-15th July     -     Dong Open Air, Neukirchen-Vluyn
22nd July     -     Rock das Ding, Balge
3rd-5th Aug.     -     W:O:A, Wacken
19th Aug.     -     Elb-Riot, Hamburg
25th-26th Aug.     -     Reload Festival, Sulingen
22nd-23rd Sep.     -     Hamburg Metal Dayz, Hamburg
10th-11th Nov.     -     Bremer Metal Festival, Bremen

We are looking forward to a great tour and a hopefully sunny festival summer.



Festivaltour 2017 - Wacken Foundation at Full Metal Cruise V

Also in 2017, the Full Metal Cruise was again part of our festival tour. Our booth on the ship was enthusiastically accepted. This time Martin from the TUI supported us at the booth.  He was available for inquiries and distributed some gifts to the first 500 guests.

The raffle was a very successful with a total of € 10,140 and an additional € 73.45 donation. The amount will be divided between the Wacken Foundation and Verein Ankerland. Ankerland is an association sponsored by TUI, which deals with traumatized children and their parents.

You can find more information about Ankerland here: ankerland.de

The booth was again well visited this year, including by the band Dog Eat Dog.




We just came back from Full Metal Mountain II and directly started with our preparations for the Full Metal Cruise V, taking place 20th to 25th April. From Mallorca to Gibraltar to Malaga and back we are on board with our booth, to answer your questions about the Wacken Foundation and to host our tombola. We have tons of good stuff in our kitbag. Becks, Jägermeister and Red Bull sponsored some prizes and we also have some packages of supported bands with us again. The main prizes are guest list places for the W:O:A, the Elbriot, the Reload, die Hamburg Metal Dayz and the Wacken Winter Nights 2018.

You can buy your lots at our booth during the cruise. 50% of the proceeds will go to a good cause, chosen by the TUI Cruise, the other half will benefit the Foundation.

Please note that you are only allowed to participate if you are 18 years or older.

Thanks to all the sponsors!

Metalheads, see you on sea!


Short and sweet – report about Full Metal Mountain II

About a week ago we came back from Full Metal Mountain II – exhausted, but happy. After one week with 20°C, good music and great people, we can look at good results and a successful opening of our festival tour. Besides the visitors of the festival, some bands stopped by at our booth as well, e.g. Pampatut and a part of Saltatio Mortis. When it comes to the monetary aspects, FMM II was a success as well. Just with the wheel of fortune, we generated about € 470. Our “Snowbola” even fetched € 1,660, of which 50% are given to the Jugendfeuerwehr of Tröpolach. Besides the main prizes you could also win packages of supported Bands, amongst others a CD plus t-shirt of The Fright, Slaughterra, AlleHackbar, Aphyxion and  Helldorados, as well as CD-packages including albums of Sleeper’s Guilt, Mindpatrol, Apallic, Call oft he Sirens and Rampart.

Thanks a lot again to the bands and all other sponsors of the tombola and our festival tour, like Becks, Jägermeister, Red Bull and the Wacken Open Air.




It’s time again: Full Metal Mountain II in Tröpolach, Austria is about to start. At the same time it is the kick-off of our FESTIVALTOUR 2017. Of course, we are not coming empty handed – we are bringing an extraordinary tombola and our wheel of fortune.

You can win prizes of Becks, Jägermeister and RedBull. EMP, the W:O:A and a bunch of our supported bands came up with loads of stuff as well for the whole festival tour. We also have an acoustic guitar signed by Saltatio Mortis for you and you have the chance to win the much-loved beanbag sponsored by jag-shop! On top of the mountain we have some guest lists places for the Hamburg Metal Dayz, the Reload, the Elbriot as well as the W:O:A and the next Wacken Winter Nights in stock.

A huge THANKS to all the sponsors for their generous support!

You can buy your lot at our booth at the Q2 or near the Mountain Stage. The lottery drawing of the main prizes will be on Friday, March 13, 17:00 h at the FMM Plaza.

Please note that you are only allowed to participate if you are 18 years or older.

We’re looking forward to see you! Good luck to all of you and a snowy ski week!


Reload Festival Band Contest - use your chance!

You want to rock the festival season 2017 with your band? Then apply now for this year's contest of the Reload Festival! The application deadline is 9th of April. On the 29th of  April the audience in the JoZZ Sulingen decides which of the five participating bands will get the last free slot on the main stage of the festival.

Five bands are selected by the jury of the Reload Festival, which is now looking forward to your applications! Please send it to reload_contest@online.de. The following should include:


• An individual justification for participation in the competition

• The Internet address of your own homepage and / or your own Facebook page

• The Internet address for an application on YouTube or similar portals


Important: You do not have a record contract yet.

More information about the band contest can be found at: http://reload-festival.de/category/news

The Wacken Foundation wishes you good luck!



Jörg Düsedau – Wacken Foundation wants to welcome their new curator!


After many years as a curator at the Wacken Foundation, Thomas Ritter now will leave the foundation's curatorship. We would like to thank you very much for the great cooperation and wish Mr. Ritter all the best on his further journey.


As a new curator we would like to welcome Jörg Düsedau to the Foundation. Jörg is an old Hamburg metal bunny and a managing director at Dragon Productions GmbH. As early as the beginning of the 90s he toured with Blind Guardian and Gamma Ray, as well as making Volbeat what they are today. Since 2014, he has been Managing Director and co-owner of Dragon Productions while still working on his own music. He will be working as a new curator for the Wacken Foundation. Together with the other curators, they sighted and discussed the funding proposals and gave the Executive Board a recommendation on the decision on the applications.

Welcome to the Wacken Foundation Team!



Thanks a lot to Triebwerk e.V. and Forgotten North

On Saturday the Akademie für Gesundheits- und Sozialberufe (AGS)/Triebwerk e. V. (academy for health care and social professions) visited us at the Wacken Winter Nights. The reason was the handing over of the collected donations during the action painting at the W:O:A 2016. Also Forgotten North took part in the action painting in 2016. They auctioned their painting during one of their concerts in favour of the Wacken Foundation and brought the proceeds to our booth on Friday. Really great. Thank you all so much for your effort!