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25th August 2017

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Christmas is coming and with it, the loudest Christmas party in southern Germany will again rise.

Kreator, Doro, Max And Iggor Cavalera, Ross The Boss and Turisas have all been confirmed for Christmas Bash 2017 in Geiselwind on December 1st and 2nd.

Kreator, who recently stormed both Wacken and Bloodstock festivals, will headline the Friday 1st and on Saturday 2nd, Metalqueen Doro headlines with a rare old school set.

More bands are set to be announced in the run up to Christmas Bash 2017.

One big highlight is Ross The Boss' third stint in Europe this year. After being inducted into the Hall Of Heavy Metal History in January and receiving the Global Metal Ambassador Award on Wacken's main stage earlier this month, Ross and his band have been delighting crowds globally with their Manowar classics set and this now continues with what is sure to be a Christmas cracker.

Folk Metal heroes Turisas always put on an excellent and the current Christmas Bash 2017 line-up is completed by Brainstorm and Wolfheart.

Festival organizer Ruth Strohofer tells us:

"The Christmas Bash is supposed to be a festival by and for Metal fans. Whatever it is, we want to make it possible. And camping is and remains an essential part of this festival culture."

This year there are overnight packages of extra class. Indian tipis and wooden huts are available in the new Army Camp this year and these can be booked in advance. Each cottage can accommodate up to eight people an exclusive festival feast, the very first of it's type with breakfast of course included.

For sports enthusiasts, there is also archery, spear throwing and climbing to partake in before the evening "Bashen".




Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

If you are interested in going to Wacken 2018 and have questions, please fill out the form below and we will contact you with answers to all your enquiries. You are under no obligation whatsoever by filling this form out. We won't add you to any mailing lists or send you loads of spam - all we will do is help you get to Wacken as easily and inexpensively as possible.



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