First acts for Wacken Open Air 2011 confirmed Avantasia, Apocalyptica, Blind Guardian, Suicidal Tendencies Avantasia, Apocalyptica, Blind Guardian and Suicidal Tendencies are confirmed for the Wacken Open Air 2011 festival The 21st edition of Wacken Open Air (WOA) festival in Germany is hardly finished but the organization has already announced the first acts for next year's installment: Avantasia, Apocalyptica, Blind Guardian (Frederik Ehmke), and Suicidal Tendencies (Eric Moore II). The next Wacken Open Air festival is held from August 4 to 8, 2011 as usual at the tiny northern German town of Wacken.

Avantasia is the solo project of Tobias Sammet, who crowds the great names of the rock and heavy metal scene together for every new album, including drum greats such as Eric Singer, Felix Bohnke and Alex Holzwarth. The Wacken gig will be the only Avantasia festival show worldwide in 2011.

The Blind Guardian performance at WOA will be their only show in Germany in 2011.

Held from August 5 to 7, 2010, this year's WOA edition attracted some 75,000 festivalgoers and went without a hitch. Comments the festival organization:
"We are happy to say that this year’s festival has again been a big peaceful and, first of all, safe party."

Wacken Open Air 2010 in numbers:

  • Visitors: 75,000
  • festival area: 200 hectare
  • positioned and tarp-equipped site fence: 35 km
  • mobile toilettes: 450
  • flush lavatories: 7 units à 64 toilets
  • 8 megawatts electric power capacity (matches the daily consumption of a provincial town)
  • 4 km of cable (this saves about 68 diesel aggregates)
  • in addition to the normal electricity 65 diesel aggregates were required
  • 6 km flexible cable were laid, 280 breaker boxes were positioned
  • 65 articulated trucks with stage equipment (2,275 t)
  • 6 articulated trucks with audio engineering
  • 18 articulated trucks with light engineering
  • 107 bands (ca 1,000 persons)
  • daily 200 policemen plus 200 firefighters and 200 paramedics

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