Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Wacken Open Air Festival is postponed once again. The world's largest heavy metal festival, planned for the end of July, will not be able to take place as scheduled. So we will have to wait until the summer of 2022 to enjoy the new edition of Wacken Open Air.

Thomas Jensen, boss and founder of the festival, said: "We bleed our hearts! All visitors, musicians and the entire crew have put all their hopes on being able to celebrate together again in Wacken already this year in July, but we have no other choice but to wait a little longer. Health and safety have priority, there are no two opinions."

His partner and co-founder Holger Hübner added: "Even if we were able to hold the festival, many people would still not be able to arrive as planned due to travel restrictions. We are an international festival with people travelling to Wacken from over 80 nations. A Wacken Open Air, that's a festival for the whole world and for that we need open borders without quarantines plus we need safety for all people involved — especially for the people living in the Wacken region."

The organizers would like to express their gratitude to the patient fans as well as to the authorities, politicians and other people involved who have worked hard to make the festival possible at the end of July.

Hübner said: "The phased plan is an important step in the right direction and will allow many in our long-suffering industry to finally bring culture back to the stages this summer. Unfortunately, the openings come too late for our festival, but we are nevertheless very happy about the productive exchange in the districts and throughout the state. Everyone involved has pulled together."