Johannesburg, South Africa: submissions for South African bands to participate in the 2017 Wacken Metal Battle have opened today. Local promoter, Emalyth, will be processing via a Google Form which can be found at this link.
Local heats will be taking place next year during the month of March. Whilst there will definitely be heats taking place in the major urban centers of Johannesburg and Cape Town, we’ve been told that other places might be included too.
“Heats will be determined based on submissions. If enough bands submit from your city, then we will have a heat there, but it’s safe to say there will definitely be heats in Johannesburg and Cape Town. Failing that, bands from other cities who enter should be prepared to travel to one of the two nearest to them in order to take part.” ~ Sashquita Northy (coordinator, Emalyth/Wacken Metal Battle)
A national finals to determine a South African representative for 2017 who will travel to the international leg of the competition in Germany will be hosted sometime during the month of April. All submitting bands must be prepared to travel to Gauteng during that month should they make it through to the national final.
The twenty-eight identified participant nations for 2017 include: Argentina, Belgium, Bulgaria, Central America, Estonia, Ex Yugoslavia Rep, Faroe Islands, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Latvia, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Uruguay and the USA. In 2016, South Africa stood against similar odds and were still able to produce a global victor with Cape Town’s Zombies Ate My Girlfriend. The winning band offered a few words to encourage entries for 2017:
“I would highly recommend taking part in the battle. Besides the obvious benefit of making it through to Wacken Open Air, there’s nothing like testing your determination when you’re up against thirty or so bands who all want what you want. I think the greatest thing we gained from this whole thing was self belief. We made it to the final in 2013 but didn’t go through. Went back to the drawing board, and three years later we’re now the reigning champions. Work hard, work smart, and anything is possible.’ ~ Adriano Rodrigues (guitar/writer, Zombies Ate My Girlfriend)
Previous bands to represent South Africa in Germany also include Johannesburg’s Red Helen (2014) and Cape Town’s Infanteria (2013). South Africa did not participate in 2015.
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