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The Moshville Times

Wacken 2020 Metal Battle open for entries

Time to tune those axes and get ready to attack with blast beats: The 17th edition of the worldwide biggest hard and heavy band contest, Wacken Metal Metal, will once again provide an arena for aspiring musicians in 2020.

As in previous years, 30 countries or regions will participate in the final round at the Wacken Open Air in 2020. In order to join the battle in Germany, bands have to apply and get invited to perform at their local Wacken Metal Battle competition first. The winners of their national finals will be given the chance to perform in Wacken.

Sascha Jahn comments:

The Wacken Metal Battle has proved to be a most fertile ground for fresh talent in the hard music scene and unites young bands from all around the globe in an exciting and friendly competition each year”, says the head of project. “Even the high number of 30 slots for bands at the Wacken Open Air finals is not enough to allow each participating country and region to send contestants every year. Furthermore, we are proud to announce two new participants with Australia and Chile in 2020. This means that unfortunately some countries have to take a break either voluntarily or determined by lot. We congratulate all countries that have been drawn for the 17th edition and are looking forward to welcome those back in 2021 that are now on a hiatus.

A full list of participants with contacts for band to apply can be found further below as well as general rules of application.

The 30 countries and regions participating in the Wacken Metal Battle 2020 are listed below in alphabetical order. For direct contact and applications to a specific country, please click on the name:

ArgentinaAustraliaBulgariaCaribbeanCaucasian RepublicsCentral AmericaChileDenmarkFaroe Islands/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=http://toni@thedamager.com&source=gmail&ust=1572472918534000&usg=AFQjCNFVIC1x5V7i5BIJ2c-Q-fyaFn-mnQ">Finland/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=http://info@fullmetalservice.com&source=gmail&ust=1572472918534000&usg=AFQjCNFkO2Ys2gk-0zuxSVqzfKCzURy2_g">Former Yugoslavian RepublicsFrance/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=http://loudsoundgr@hotmail.com&source=gmail&ust=1572472918534000&usg=AFQjCNGzD5sxaVIyh1hr4VdmSCh3I5KGsA">Greece/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=http://sascha.jahn@seaside-touring.com&source=gmail&ust=1572472918534000&usg=AFQjCNHwzTasvgOIfzM9c4sX_O3GJ0MTow">Germany/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=http://sutori.oliver@ovb.hu&source=gmail&ust=1572472918534000&usg=AFQjCNG5bM8bA12L9qXgHQ6kPWV__fYK0A">HungaryIndian Sub-ContinentIndonesia/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=http://metalbattleireland@gmail.com&source=gmail&ust=1572472918534000&usg=AFQjCNH8Cv0esds8VIo1NdhBRkSE7qQVPg">IrelandIsrael/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=http://metalbattlejapan@gmail.com&source=gmail&ust=1572472918534000&usg=AFQjCNHHcRJUkj5WhJiia_wFHedGWN6CAA">Japan/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=http://bottlaender@gmx.de&source=gmail&ust=1572472918534000&usg=AFQjCNH9hrCPYrb5GINNnVrn7tMVsKN0eA">LuxembourgNetherlandsMexicoPortugalRomaniaRussiaSweden/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=http://stefan@ddmusic.ch&source=gmail&ust=1572472918534000&usg=AFQjCNFmNT52PAL7_F5nRMTnWxiJUpU3YQ">SwitzerlandUkraineUSA

The following countries are on a hiatus in 2020:

Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Middle East, Norway, Poland, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Uruguay

The following rules apply to all bands that want to participate in the Wacken Metal Battle:

  • Only bands without a record deal or about to sign to a label in the near future may apply.
  • Bands need to be able to perform a 30 minute set of original material. Cover versions are not permitted.
  • Previous winners of national and international Wacken Metal Battles are excluded from applying again.
  • Bands that have already participated in a national Wacken Metal Battle but did not win may apply again.
  • Bands have to travel to the national and final event at their own expense.
  • Applications need to contain a demo with 3-4 songsband picture with photo-credit and info, and a contact address and should be send to the national promoters (contact through clicking at the name in the list pf participating countries above).

You can also find the rules at this link www.metal-battle.com/about or apply directly via the official websitewww.metal-battle.com/countries

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