I first heard of Wacken Open Air way back 2010. One lazy afternoon, I was glued to this German TV network when I was about to flip to another channel then suddenly: I heard that very familiar soaring of Bruce Dickinson's voice. He is nonetheless, Iron Maiden's hyper frontman. Being a metalhead by blood, I hastily jumped back to that channel. Lo and behold! It was indeed Le Bruce while jumping here and there without showing any signs of atelectasis. I thought to myself, he was like that back in the 80s and still, he did not change.
Wacken Open Air is an annual heavy metal music festival held in a small farming town of Wacken in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. It is reportedly the world's biggest gathering of metalheads.
Now one would think that this gathering would cause a riot. Indeed, yes. But a different kind of riot. In fact, W:O:A gatherings are peaceful, believe it or not. It was kind of funny actually while watching that show featuring last year's W:O:A - one scene showed the crowd of metalheads praising and singing along to the local band (composed of senior citizens) of Wacken, singing traditional/folks songs. The owner of the farm where the open air is held annually is highly respected and idolized. If he did not approve of letting the organizers use his farm for the event, W:O:A should had been nothing but a myth.
Naturally, I want to go there and be a part of it. Why? Simple. First, I'm a metalhead myself. And second, I think that by being there, I would not be such an outcast anymore (in terms of music tastes). In this modern-day world where the likes of Bieber supposedly rule, I can breathe easy there with my brothers and sisters. There, the word "rock" is untainted by the claws of commercialism. (It's always sad when people start talking about Popstar A and Popstar B and then I would butt in, "I recommend Rammstein". Silence would always ensue, their stares so shallow. They thought they had just seen Evil Agent A.)
Live rock! Note: W:O:A 2011's already sold out. Not my luck. Anyway, 2012 is not so far away.