W:O:A 2007 - Statement

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  1. Wacken-News

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    Dear Metalheadz!

    The 18th W:O:A is now part of our history and this year again 3 positive factors about our cult festival will stay in our minds:

    - the best audience worldwide
    - brilliant bands with great performances
    - the sun is from Northern Germany!

    We´d like to thank you for your support because without YOU we would not be what we are:

    One of the biggest Heavy Metal Festival worldwide!

    Of course there have been problems this year because of the disastrous weather conditions whilst the assembling period, at the park- and campinggrounds as well as at the arrival which we will try to change next year. But altogether we all celebrated a brilliant Metal party.

    Furthermore we´d like to take away your fear – W:O:A will not get any bigger...we´re at the limit! We will advance the logistic (f.e. entrance and exit to the Party Stage, accessibility of the festival area, etc. Furthermore there´ll still be the possibility to camp at your cars of course (that´s part of the W:O:A feeling) though we have to reserve our rights – in case of catchy conditions like this year - to change it.

    Of course if you have had any stress and problems because of the short termed changes concerning the weather conditions we´d like to apologize. We hope that you understand this situation because without these arrangements W:O:A 2007 could not have taken place.

    Watch out for 2008: Wacken Open Air, Faster-Harder-Louder!
    See you in Wacken - rain or shine!

    Now enjoy reading and see you next time!

    Yours,

    W:O:A Team


    W:O:A 2007 - Thanks for your support!

    The 18th W:O:A is over and we have celabrated the most peaceful Metal Party worldwide. 60.000 festival visitors from all over the world made W:O:A “Sold Out” before the festival started.

    With all helpers, artists, guests, press people, inhabitants, etc. there have been 72.000 participants altogether.

    We´d like to say „Thank You“ to all the metalheads who made this festival to what it is today. The biggest and most important Heavy Metal Party of the year.

    Also we´d like to say „Thank You“ to all the media people for their support. 3.200 journalists and photographers from 41 nations reflect the unifying force of Heavy Metal. Thank you for your support and the good cooperation over the last 18 years.

    To make W:O:A 2007 a safe and secure festival many hands were needed.

    The disastrous weather conditions whilst the assembly process have demanded countless additional measures. To make the festival area accessible the basement had to be ablated. 5000 sqm fleece were laid out. 1500 tons of wooden chips have been spread on top of the fleece and the whole area was covered with 600 bales of straw. For the secure stand of our visitors on the festival area the basement has also been millinged and indued with heavy weight basement plates which are also used for tanks. To dry the camping grounds a helicopter flew over the camping grounds only in a height of 60 centimetres and blew the excess water away so that the areas were dry.

    The precipitation of 350 litres per sqm again brought us some superlatives. The biggest motor tractor in europe, a 500 horse power tractor as well as 4 dredgers have been in continuous work. 21 artics with the material for the main stages had to be hauled through the sodded area. 350 tons of steel have been used for the assembling of the stages. 48 trucks with sound and lightmaterial have been delivered and 1 truck of pyrotechnics have been fired during the shows.
    For the coordination of the assembly process 20 jeeps have been in continuous work. 80 power sets produced the power requirement of a small town.

    It took 350 people who worked all around the clock to enable the impossible. Out of a mud cavern a festival area raised!
    Under catchiest conditions 25 kilometres fence have been set and draped with 8000 tarpaulins. 450 water-flushed toilets in 5 shower camps and 1000 mobil toilets have been set up – more than at any other event in this dimension.

    We´d like to say „Thank You“ to all of those who with their tireless assignment helped in the realisation of an outstanding festival. Also the cooperation with the local administrations, the police and fire brigade went very well without any complications. And of course we are very happy that there haven´t been serious incidents regarding the reports of the police and the the fire brigade. Wacken is, was and will be the most peaceful festival with fans from all over the world.

    We´d also like to say a very big “Thank You” to all the fans and guests for their understanding with the weather conditional problems at the arrival.

    Last but not least we´d like to say „Thank You“ to all the visitors of Wacken and the surrounding communities who kindly put us and all the metalheads up. And of course for their patience regarding the noise that they had to put up with during the difficult arrival.


    The festival is the headliner and the bands play their “Best of Program...”

    We´re looking forward to next year when it´s for the 19th time:

    Faster - Harder - Louder

    >> see you in Wacken 2008 - rain or shine

    Weiterlesen...
     
  2. exhibit_666

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    Glad to hear they have reached a limit, the thought of more people would just be too cramped. Camping spots were already really cramped. It will be good to organize a new entrance for the party stage to reduce the queuing, competing with the clashing act on the black stage.

    I was very happy with the organisation this year. It was cool to see how much effort went into making the place suitable for camping as I also attended hellfest which was basically a huge pile of mud, with appalling organisation and complete disrespect for fans.

    In my opinion bands such as Moonsorrow, Turisas, Belphegor & 1349 really needed and deserved main stage slots as the tent was much to small causing me to miss Moonsorrow and Belphegor.

    The sound could have been better at times, but you learn to expect this.

    All in all a brilliant event, with great atmosphere. Definately the best metal fest ever.

    P.S. Please don't announce any emo bands for 2008.
     
  3. Spindelta

    Spindelta W:O:A Metalhead

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    I agree that the organisation was mostly excellent, despite the lack of English announcements when a band got cancelled or moved - I had no idea where Amorphis were going, and I still have no idea why Vital Remains didn't play.

    The tent was bigger, but the side entrance makes it fill up on one side. The trick was to go to the back, then walk 'round. There was plenty of room whilst Moonsorrow played. Also the bar in there was bigger than anywhere else, so it was easy to get served quickly. :D

    I hear from many people that the camping was cramped, but I lucked in and got a great spot on the Thursday, very close to the festival area.

    So long as the line up is good next year (more black and death metal, please) I will return. Also, I agree with exhibit_666, don't encourage the trend kids, no trend bands please. Wacken can easily sell out with metal bands only.
     
  4. palemoonshadow

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    I thought the organisation was mostly good. I like the new position of the party stage, and I am extremely grateful of all of the hard work that was put into making the campgrounds possible to camp on after the horrible weather.

    I am still not sure about the WET stage though. On the Thursday night, I deliberately went in early to watch Gutbucket so that I could get a good spot for Tyr, one of the bands I was most looking forward to, only for some people turning up late to push in from the side and cause chaos whilst I was trying to enjoy them. :( A band as popular is this should have definitely been on a bigger stage, and I personally think that entrance to the WET stage should be limited to the rear of the venue to prevent the mad crush of latecomers. My girlfriend was knocked over in this and I saw a significantly worrying number of paramedics coming in to treat people. The way I see it, if you are too late to get into the tent for a band, then you shouldn't ruin it for others, but go and see another band or have a beer. I did learn a lesson from the experience though, and enjoyed Turisas from the far rear corner on the Saturday. There was plenty of room there. :p It is a bit annoying that bands such as Tyr, Turisas and Moonsorrow were confined to the tent whilst crap like Dir En Grey were playing the main stage, but that is slightly down to personal taste I guess.

    Other than that experience it was a great festival though. I'll be back for sure next year :)
     
  5. violent jmann

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    Turisas should have been on a bigger stage, it was too crowded in the tent.
     
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    Mjollnir W:O:A Metalhead

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    All in all Wacken was great.

    I must admit though that I was REALLY pissed off that the Forum Camp got moved and that I ended up with a camping place in U!!!!

    All of these new and upcoming bands like Turisas, Týr and Moonsorrow... Sure, they're all good bands. But I found it rediculous that Enslaved did not play on the Black Stage.

    Enslaved have been playing Metal for a really long time and though I'm not sure about their new Post-Black Metal, it was still great to see them perform some old stuff.

    People don't need crap bands like Therion and Dir En Grey on the main stages...


    I hope to make the trip again in the future.
     
  7. Spindelta

    Spindelta W:O:A Metalhead

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    For sure, I was over the moon at two songs from Frost. :D It was a shame that Enslaved couldnt make the main stage, especially considering some of the bands that got up there.
     
  8. mental_mercury

    mental_mercury W:O:A Metalmaster

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    Agreed!
     

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