Since its birth back in the seventies, Heavy Metal has continuously grown in popularity. Branching into dozens of different sub-genres, it’s one of the most popular genres of music in the world. What better way is there to enjoy the lead-heavy riffage and galloping of drums, than in the open at one of the numerous heavy metal festivals? Luckily for all metal-heads, there is a number of such festivals scattered all over the globe. In this article, we will try to give you an overview of some of the world’s best metal festivals that you can visit this year. Let’s rock!
The Best Metal Festivals
One of the fan’s favourites is Wacken Open Air, held in the German village of Wacken. With almost 70 000 tickets already sold, it promises to be a thrilling experience! When you look at headliners, from Epica and Alestorm to Behemoth and Sepultura, you can be sure that there will be a plethora of great bands for every taste. Hellfest in France boasts an equally wide choice of bands, from the pro-metallers favourite, Steven Wilson, to household names. You will not hear about them if you spend your time at home in your sofa. So why not visit one of these spectacular festivals?
Why Do We Love Festivals?
Sitting here in our comfortable sofa – ironically covered with a rock (as in mountain rock) inspired IKEA Klippan sofa cover – one might wonder why we dream of crowded and intense festivals. The truth really is that we cannot give you a straight answer. You have to experience it yourself!
Belgium has Grasspop, Croatia has Metalfest, and if you travel to Slovenia, you can visit MetalDays. USA metalheads have Prog-Power and Ozzfest, and fans in India have Bangalore Open Air. So wherever in the world you might be, there is always a great festival to visit. There are many reasons to do so, but the biggest one is that festivals are more than just a chance to choose the band you want to hear. They are a chance to share the electric energy with fellow metal fans.