Johannesburg, South Africa: Germany’s Wacken Open Air is truly a global festivity and since 2013, we’ve been getting a small taste of it here in South Africa. A series of eight events will determine a South African representative to attend the international Heavy Metal live band competition for which the finals are hosted at Wacken Open Air, bringing together the top pick of bands from thirty nations from around the globe.
South African participation in the Wacken Metal Battle began in 2013 and saw Cape Town Thrash Metal band Infanteria travel to Germany to represent the nation’s metal scene. In 2014, Johannesburg’s masters of Progressive Metalcore, Red Helen, were bestowed the honour.
Infanteria documented their trip here, and Red Helen below.
The coming events will commence from next Saturday, 23 April, beginning in the coastal city of Durban and including Cape Town, Stellenbosch, Johannesburg, and Pretoria in the coming weeks before the finals hosted in Johannesburg on 28 May. We’ve included all dates, participants, and links to the official facebook event pages here:
Durban, The Winston, 23 April:
Minority For The Masses
The Fateful Dawn
Hope is for Heroes
Cape Town, ROAR, 28 April:
Red Tape Rebellion
Cape Town, The Rabbit Hole, 29 April:
A Price On The King’s Head
Zombies ate my girlfriend
The Alpha Sequence
The Fallen Prophets
Stellenbosch, Aandklas, 30 April:
Subject To Slaughter
Thread of Omen
Johannesburg, Rumours Lounge, 05 May:
Aimed at You
Johannesburg, Sundowners, 06 May:
Bombs And Issues
Pretoria, Wolmer Bush Lounge, 07 May:
FINALS – Johannesburg, Rumours Lounge, 28 May: