The largest festival in the world WACKEN OPEN AIR takes place in one of Germany’s smallest villages. The hospitable town of Wacken (north of Bremen and Hamburg and close to the Danish border) has been host to this annual mega-event since 1990. Because of their routine, the organization is better than that of any other metal festival we have ever been to and the same holds true for the extraordinary line up.
Over 5 stages of continuous music, performed by 140 metal bands and other attractive acts are presented from July 30 to August 1.
Tickets have been sold out for a long time already, but if you are fortunate to have acquired one than it’s now time to prepare what you want to go and see. Because the full program is just too much to attend.
Luckily, W:O:A has a festival app (which can be downloaded from Google Play and the App Store) with the full line up. The App lets you create your own shortlist of bands to go and see and gives all the necessary information one might need at the venue.
Of course, just like the previous years, Metalphoto will cover the festival. A few of our favorite acts are: At teh Gates, Cannibal Corpse, Death Angel, Obituary, Judas Priest, Kataklysm and Savatage. But we advise you not to miss acts like Blaas of Glory, Combichrist, Danko Jones, Samael, Shining, Trans Siberian Orchestra, My Dying Bride either. And of course do goa nad see the lesser known bands for many of those will become stars soon, once they have been introduced to the larger audience at this festival.
Hope to see you all in WACKEN!!
Dokk’em Open Air Metal festival 2015
by Jeanny Petrocchi
Dokk’em Open Air in Friesland (NL) celebrated their 10th anniversary this year from June 19-20. We already knew that Dokk’em always delivers, and we were not disappointed. It’s a wonderful festival with well known headliners, great ambience, awesome entertainments….you name it. Young and old were having so much fun this year again, it drips from our pictures!
Headliner on Friday was Candlemass and on Saturday My Dying Bride. But also other great bands made their performances that weekend such as our own dutchies, Legion of The Damned, God Dethroned, Herder, Baldrs Draumar, The Gentle Storm and many more.
Thanks to the bands that performed this year in the county of Fryslan, thanks to the organisation of Dokk’em, thanks to the metal fans, and a special thanks to all those volunteers that made this festival another succes. Up to another 10 years.
Check out our photoreport here for the highlights of Dokk’em Open Air 2015.
Lucky, Rijssen, February 15, 2015
Photoreport by Jeanny Petrocchi
On our way to Rijssen, where the Kick Ass Festival would take place, we came across a crowd of people dressed up to celebrate Carnival ( “Carnaval”) in the Dutch county of Overijssel. Several metalheads, however, decided to go and enjoy metal instead and to spupport their local bands. We can conclude that at this fine venue, Lucky, everyone celebrated their own Carnival with lots of laughter, good music and plenty of beer.
Klick here to see our photoreport of the following bands:
BLEEDING GODS, BRAIN CASKET, DEAD MANS WALK, DESTITUTION, DICTATED, DISTILLATOR, GRIM ORDEAL, PORTALL, POWERIZED23, ROTTEN CASKET, SISTERS OF SUFFOCATION, SLEDGEHAMMER NOSEJOB, , THE DUTCH DUKE, X-TINXION.
Hoogeveen (NL) September 5-6, 2014
By Jeanny Petrocchi
Last weekend we were at Occultfest , a small metal music festival held at the town of Hoogeveen, in the county of Drenthe, The Netherlands. This annual festival is being held for 12 years now, and it’s getting bigger and bigger every year. This year, however, there were not many visitors at the festival. Which was a a pity for we’ve seen performances of awesome local bands such as Grown Cold, Distillator, Ecocide, Legion of the damned, just to name a few. But still, as many of the visitors there, we had a blast on Saturday.
A big thank you goes to the visitors that made this festival happen, also a big thank you to the organisation of Occultfest and of course all the volunteers and the bands that delivered great performances.
Click here for our photoreport of Saturday of the follwoing bands: Misanthropia, Imapalement, Stonehwak, Vopo’s, Grown Cold, Sudden Annihilation, Ecocide, Neckbreak Nation, Distillator, Deadbeat and Legion of the Damned.
Essen, August 29-31, 2014
by: Jeanny Petrocchi
Turock, a venue where many great bands made their appearances over the years, had their annual 3 days open festival this year again. Turock Open Air metal festival 2014 was held in the city of Essen in front of the venue. Excellent bands such as Diablo Blvd, Morgoth, Cryptopsy, Vanderbuyst, Unearth, Shadows Fall, Jungle Rot, Sanctuary, Wolf (just to name a few) where invited to make a blast again of this festival.
It was a rainy day, but even the decision of mother nature, couldn’t manage to ruin this day for the visitors. The performances in combination with the great ambience at TOA were the sunshine of that day.
Turock O.A. 2014
Click herefor some impressions of the following bands, that played on Saturday : Jungle Rot, Shadows Fall, Unearth, Vanderbuyst and Exumer. Unfortunately we couldn’t make pictures of Cryptopsy and Morgoth because, as many others that day, your photographer was one of the victims of pickpockets.
Steenwijk, July 26th 2014, The Netherlands
by Jeanny Petrocchi
This 20th anniversary edition of Stonehenge would never have been possible without the enthusiasm of all the bands, volunteers and visitors.
Stonehenge has first been first organized, back in 1995, by a few guys who lived in the Dutch town of Steenwijk (Overijssel). And 20 years later this annual event is still on. It has always remained a small cozy festival at the venue of the cultural youth centre De Buze, originally with only one small stage. This year they managed to get a bigger stage outside. Thumbs up to the Stonehenge organization. Up to next year, hopefully at a fully renewed venue.
Bands that are already confirmed for 2015 are: Master, Taake, Izegrim, Dictated, Sabiendas, Broken Hope and Smothered making it an very interseting line up.
Burning Hatred, Katalepsy, Beheaded, Impaled Nazarene, Igorr, Eyeconoclast, Bliksem, Entrails, Sinister, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Immolation, Possessed and Obituary.
Wacken (DE), July 31- August 1 & 2, 2014
by Jeanny Petrocchi
Wacken Open Air 2014
Germany does not only have one of the best soccer team in the world, but it also has world’s biggest metal festival: Wacken Open Air
This year, on their 25th anniversary, Wacken offered the usual vast variety of metal. Over 100 bands performed at this huge, three days, festival. Among these bands were headliners such as Motorhead, King Diamond, Slayer, Arch Enemy, Behemoth, Emperor, Megadeth, Kreator, Sodom and Amon Amarth
which made their appearance on the Black Stage and True metal Stage. Also there were many other great bands that performed on the wet stage, headbanger stage and party stage.
We also have the results of the 10th edition of the International metal battle finals. The winner this year is In Mute from Spain. 2nd place Dirty Shirt from Rumania. 3rd place Huldre from Denmark. 4th place Evocation from China and 5th place Convivum from Sweden.
Check our photo report of some impressions at the Wacken village and several bands that performed at this annual event.
Bands that are already confirmed for 2015 are:
Transiberian Orchetstra – Savatage – Running Wild – In Flames – In Extremo – U.D.O. – Sabaton – Amorphis – Death Angel – Powerwolf – Ensiferum – Kataklysm – Cannibal Corpse – Sepultura – Thyrfing
Sad news for the ones that didn’t get a ticket yet: the Wacken 2015 tickets are already sold out for the 10th time in a row and in less than 24 hours!
Wacken Open Air 2014
Na jarenlang verwend te zijn met drie dagen van de beste metal op het Aardschok Podium moesten de metalheads op de Zwarte Cross het vorig jaar doen met een redelijk leuke Meltdown. Toch was de sfeer er … laten we zeggen… anders. In 2014 gooide De Feestfabriek het bij de Zwarte Cross over weer een andere boeg, namelijk met een intiem podium voor Underground Rock en een beetje Metal: The Roadhouse. Op zich geen slechte zaak, want de grote namen uit de metalwereld doen ons landje al vaak genoeg aan op andere podia. The Roadhouse is een intieme schuur (Barn) waar slechts een paar honderd man in passen. Er trad veel Nederlands talent op, te beginnen op vrijdagmiddag, waaronder de indruk wekkende Nijmeegse stoner-achtige rock band Navarone. Maar er waren ook veel Amerikaanse bands op bezoek. Zoals op vrijdagavond de alternatieve Country Punk Rockers Slim Cessna’s Autoclub uit Denver, die onze absolute favoriet was gevolgd door de New Yorkse punkband Dirty Fences en om middernacht stond als hoofdact hun stadgenoot Jon Spencer Blues Explosion op het podium, met alternatieve rock.
Op zaterdagavond was o.a. de Finse hardrockband Santa Cruz te zien en de Amerikaanse Red Fang uit Montana, maar ook het internationaal bekende Nederlandse trio De Wolff, bekend van o.a. PinkPop 2010. Dit blues trio trad overigens ook eerder die avond op op het Hoofdpodium; om die tijd concurreerden ze met The Pheromones in The Roadhouse. Voor ons geen moeilijke keuze, The Pheromones rockten meer naar onze smaak.
Op zondagmiddag speelde, na een warming up door o.a. het Nederlandse Traumahelikopter -die we helaas misten doordat de cross een te aantrekkelijk programma bood – en de enthousiasmerende Spaanse hardrockband 77, het razend populaire Eindhovense Peter Pan Speedrock, voor een volgepakte schuur. Het daarop volgende Utrechtse Birth of Joy (bekend van DWDD en PinkPop) boeide een uur lang met hun unieke sound van moderne psychelisch aandoende rock. Dit trio bestaat uit de energieke frontman vocalist en gitarist Kevin Stunnenberg, bijgestaan door organist, Gertjan Gutman, die bij tijd en wijle de sound van Ray Manzarek (Doors) feilloos weet op te roepen en drummer Bob Hogenelst . De grand finale was voor de Zweedse heavy rockband Truckfighters maar toen waren wij, na 3 dagen uiterst geslaagde festiviteiten, helaas de terugtocht al aangevangen.
Op de website van de Zwarte Cross staat nog het programma van The Roadhousee waar je ook naar muziekfragmenten van alle geprogrammeerde bands kunt luisteren.
17-18-19 July Neukirchen-Vluyn
by Jeanny Petrocchi
Last weekend we were at the Moshmore Hill for Dong Open Air.
When we arrived we were told that we can take a shuttle to the hill. After 2 hours waiting, we decided to climb the hill and carrying our backpack and cameras. We were very exhausted and almost dehydrated because it was 35 degrees. Therefore, because of these circumstances we’ve missed a few bands on Thursday. Besides the shuttle service, everything was well organized. It’s a cozy festival were you can eat well, and drink delicious Desperados. Because of two days of excessive warmth, the volunteers were spraying everyone with water to freshen up. There were firemen and Red cross volunteers at the premises to intervene in case of an accident or injuries.
Click HERE for a full photo report of the performing bands:
Thursday: MOTORJESUS and GRAVE DIGGER.
Friday: SKILTRON, THE SCALDING, KATALEPSY, GRAILKNIGHTS, MILKING THE GOATMACHINE, ANNIHILATOR.
There was a great after show on Friday from PAPPE OF DESTINY. They performed a great Rammstein playback show and ofcourse combined with fireworks.
Saturday: THE CRIMSON GHOSTS, MAAT, CONTRADICTION, NEGATOR, SATAN, HAIL OF BULLETS and ARCH ENEMY.
After the show we spoke to our colleagues from the press and several Arch enemy fans to hear what they think of the new singer Alissa White-Gluz. Well of the 30 people we have talked with, only 1 guy said that he was blown away. The other opinions were ‘’She’s ok. But she’s not Angela Gossow’’.
Personally I think she did a very good job. With time she will feel more comfortable on stage and dealing with a huge fan club will be a piece of cake for her. Vocals and stage presence were really great. It’s not easy to even or top a great female singer such as Angela Gossow. We think she will be soon there delivering as much as energy as the former singer of Arch Enemy but in her OWN way, no doubt about it. It’s just the beginning!
Last but not least a very special thanks for the entire crew of Dong Open air! Up to next year!
Saturday, September 20, 2014: Baroeg Open Air
Festivalterrein Zuiderpark, Rotterdam (NL)
Free Metal Festival
– Main Stage:
Bolt Thrower (UK old school death)
Clan Of Xymox (NL gothic / wave)
Amenra (BE sludge)
De Raggende Manne (NL rock / punk)
Elle Bandita (NL rock / alternative)
Naam (US stoner / psychedelic rock)
Black-Bone (NL classic rock / hardrock)
– Electronic Stage:
The DJ Producer (UK Crossbreed)
The Hard Way (NL breakcore / drum ‘n bass)
Memmaker (DK cyber / EBM)
This Morn’ Omina (BE tribal industrial)
FFF (NL breakcore / jungle – Popunie Live)
Ambassador 21 (BY digital hardcore)
Ecocide (NL old school death)
Illusionless (NL progressive / groove metal, winnaar Metal Battle)
Thin Pillow (NL psychedelic 60’s / 70’s rock, Metropool regio)
Checkout Metalpho’s report afterwards, with photo’s by Chérie and Jeanny !