Wacken heavy metal festival gets heads banging

Heavy metal fans have descended on a small town in Schleswig-Holstein for the 22nd annual Wacken Open Air. With Ozzy Osbourne, Motörhead and Judas Priest headlining, the three-day festival's 75,000 tickets have been sold out for months.

Wacken heavy metal festival gets heads banging
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Kicking off in earnest on Thursday, Wacken will rock fans from around the world through Saturday night with over 120 bands playing six stages. There’s also a movie field, as well as games and competitions in the festival “village.”

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Metal heads went crazy Thursday night as British legend Osbourne performed his solo material and a few Black Sabbath hits before spraying the crowd with foam during his set.

Despite this year’s motto “Louder than Hell,” the 1,800 inhabitants of Wacken remain firm supporters of the heavy metal festival, which was started by youths from the region back in 1990.

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