Hi, everyone! Thought I'd share my little Wacken story as it's been progressing so far... Not only will this be my first Wacken, I was originally planning to go with a friend. He's already been to the holy metal mecca, so he knows the basics and could show me around. Also, we're both hardcore metal fiends, so I knew we'd have an awesome time! Well, we went to buy the tickets ON THE VERY DAY they sold out! I just happened to check the Wacken web site one last time, before going off to the bank, you know, just to be sure... and saw 'Thanks for your support'! What?!! Some freaking out and panic followed. Fortunately, we were able to buy 2 (rather extravagantly priced) tickets from a fellow on eBay. Our plans continued to evolve, until that fateful day when my friend said, 'well, about that... I don't think I can go'. He'd changed his mind! Shocked, I decided to put my ticket up for sale on eBay. I still had to book the time off work, get flight tickets, etc. Maybe I should forego the whole experience, I thought. Fortunately, I came to my senses. I don't need him -- I'm going alone!! You guys are full of excellent advice here. Hopefully I will remember at least some of it SO, if you see a tall, blonde Canadian girl wandering about the Wacken grounds, bier in hand and looking rather lost... come and say hi!