The biggest metal festival of 2023 has revealed almost all the bands that will perform in the Wacken grounds. The acts are as follows (in alphabetical order):

  1. Abbath
  2. Alestorm
  3. Amaranthe
  4. Amorphis
  5. Angus McSix
  6. Antrhax (40th Anniversary Show)
  7. Baest
  8. Battle Beast
  9. Be’lakor (first time at Wacken)
  10. Beartooth (first time at Wacken)
  11. Beyond The Black
  12. Bloodbath
  13. Burning Witches
  14. Caliban
  15. Carpathian Forest
  16. Defleshed
  17. Deicide (first time at Wacken – special Legion Show)
  18. Delain
  19. Depressive Age (first time at Wacken)
  20. Dog Eat Dog
  21. Doro (40th Anniversary Show)
  22. Drain (first time at Wacken)
  23. Dropkick Murphys (first time at Wacken)
  24. Dust Bolt
  25. Dying Fetus
  26. Employed To Serve (first time at Wacken)
  27. Enemy Inside (first time at Wacken)
  28. Ensiferum
  29. Evergrey
  30. Faun
  31. Ferocious Dog (first time at Wacken)
  32. Get The Shot (first time at Wacken)
  33. Ghostkid (first time at Wacken)
  34. Heaven Shall Burn
  35. Heriot (first time at Wacken)
  36. Holy Moses (last German open-air show)
  37. Imminence
  38. Immolation
  39. Iron Maiden
  40. J.B.O. (Special Frühshoppen show)
  41. Jag Panzer
  42. Jinjer
  43. Kärbholz
  44. Kataklysm
  45. Killswitch Engage
  46. Koldbrann
  47. Konvent (first time at Wacken)
  48. Kreator
  49. Legion Of The Damned
  50. Lord Of The Lost
  51. Masterplan (20th Anniversary Show)
  52. Megadeth
  53. Nervosa (first time at Wacken)
  54. Nestor (first time at Wacken)
  55. Pennywise (first time at Wacken)
  56. Pentagram (50th Anniversary show)
  57. Rauhbein
  58. Schandmaul (25th Anniversary show)
  59. Skalmöld
  60. Sólstafir
  61. Takida (first time at Wacken)
  62. The Real McKenzies (first time at Wacken)
  63. Trivium
  64. Two Steps From Hell (first time at Wacken – first festival show ever)
  65. Universum 25 (first time at Wacken)
  66. Uriah Heep
  67. VV – Ville Valo (first time at Wacken)
  68. Wardruna (first time at Wacken)
  69. Warkings
  70. While She Sleeps
  71. Whoredom Rife

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I think the list speaks for itself. This edition is impossible to miss! The festival is currently sold out, but you can register here to the waiting list if more tickets are released. Some tickets will be cancelled because of outstanding payments, and we will raffle them among all metalheads who sign up for the waiting list. The registration is, of course, free of charge and without obligation.

If you want to buy o sell a ticket, you can do so by checking out the Wacken Ticketcenter here. The ticket market will open in time before the festival.

Benedetta Baldin

Hi! My name is Benedetta, I’m 29 and I live in Northern Italy. My passion has always been music: I started taking guitar lessons when I was 6. Now I work as a sales representative, but in my free time I interview talented people, I spread the word about my favorite band (MoonSun), and I go to concerts or travel around Europe. I am a huge collector of anything Tolkien-related, autographs, merchandise, and CDs. I am quite an original person and don’t mind being the voice outside of the choir (even though I play in the church’s choir!).