THE FADING, NERVECELL, VICTIMS OF MADNESS Confirmed For Germany's WACKEN OPEN AIR

THE FADING, NERVECELL, VICTIMS OF MADNESS, 5TH AVENUE, THE WALTONS, DRONE, BLOODWORK, RETROSPECT, BAI BANG, UK SUBS, TORMENT (anniversary show), RABENSCHREY and FEUERSCHWANZ have been confirmed for this year's Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place July 30 - August 1, 2009 in Wacken, Germany.

The festival billing is shaping up as follows:

5TH AVENUE
AIRBOURNE
AMON AMARTH
ANTHRAX
ASP
AXEL RUDI PELL
BAI BANG
BLOODWORK
BORKNAGAR
BRING ME THE HORIZON
BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE
CALLEJON
CATHEDRAL
D-A-D
DORO
DRAGONFORCE
DRONE
EINHERJER
ENDSTILLE
ENGEL
ENSLAVED
EPICA
ETHS
FEUERSCHWANZ
GAMMA RAY
GWAR
HAMMERFALL
HEAVEN AND HELL
IN EXTREMO
IN FLAMES
INSIDIOUS DISEASE
KAMPFAR
KINGDOM OF SORROW
KORPIKLAANI
LACUNA COIL
MACHINE HEAD
MAGO DE OZ
MAMBO KURT
MOTÖRHEAD
NAPALM DEATH
NERVECELL
NEVERMORE
ONKEL TOM
PAIN
RABENSCHREY
RAGE
RETROSPECT
RUNNING WILD
SARKE
SAXON
SCHANDMAUL
SUBWAY TO SALLY
TESTAMENT
THE BOSSHOSS
THE FADING
THE WALTONS
THIN LIZZY
TORMENT
TRACEDAWN
TRISTANIA
TROUBLE
TURISAS
UFO
UK SUBS
VICTIMS OF MADNESS
VOLBEAT
VREID
WALLS OF JERICHO
WHIPLASH

ICS Festival Service GmbH, which organizes the Wacken Open Air festival, has announced that all 70,000 tickets have already been sold for this year's event. "Never before [has] a festival of this size [been] sold out two times within one year," they write in a statement. "But we are not chasing after records — we 'only' want to create a great festival for you and are working on it since more than 20 years now and standing in responsibility and duty for the best fans in the world! We thank you all for your amazing support and loyalty!"

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In 2008, Wacken Open Air festival was honored with a Live Entertainment Award in the "Festival Of The Year" category. This award recognizes distinguished achievements in live entertainment and is given out by Live Entertainment Award (LEA) committee. The winners were announced on March 11, 2008.

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