WACKEN WINTER NIGHTS – new bands announced for 2020

Close the gates and send guards to the walls! Anglo-Saxon warriors, elves, pirates, vikings, and even musketeers in the shape of 10 new bands are happily invading the billing of Wacken Winter Nights IV, which will take place fom the 14th until the 16th of February 2020.

The 10 new arrivals are listed here in alphabetical order: BORKNAGAR (NO), COMES VAGANTES (DE), DARTAGNAN (DE), DER ELFEN-THRON VON THORSAGON (DE),FAIRYTALE (DE), HEIDEVOLK (NL), TÝR (FO), SUIDAKRA (DE), WINTERFYLLETH (UK), and YE BANISHED PRIVATEERS (SE). A short biography for each new band can be found further below in this press release. 

Helge Rudolph states: “With this announcement, we are now expanding next year’s festival billing to 20 bands”, explains the project manager of Wacken Winter Nights. “As in previous years, we are aiming for a balanced mix of folk, medieval, Viking, and pagan metal and rock. This musical bandwidth reflects the philosophy behind our festival, which is based on an ambience created by medieval fantasy worlds. In order to make it easier for the fans to plan their holidays and travels, we aim to present our full program already by the end of the summer.”

Press materials such as poster, videos, and a wide selection of current and archive pictures are being provided at this link:

A first video trailer for Wacken Winter Nights IV has been released today and may be freely published: (Music: BORKNAGAR “Winter Thrice”)

A  flashback trailer from the Wacken Winter Nights III can be viewed at the link below:

Pre-sales for Wacken Winter Nights tickets (14th to 16th of Febrary 2020) have already started.

Ticket Link

Ticket Price
89€ Early Bird Ticket (sold out!)
99€ for a regular 3 day pass
Optionally an exclusive t-shirt may be added to the order for 14,99€


The iconic band from Bergen has long been one of the pioneers of the pagan metal that emerged from black metal scene. The Norwegians were founded in 1996 by mastermind Øystein G. Brun and started as a kind of blackened “supergroup” including members of ENSLAVED, GORGOROTH, and ULVER. In their more than 20-year history, BORKNAGAR have torn down many stylistic boundaries and moved back and forth between folk, black and avant-garde metal. After VINTERSORG frontman Andreas Hedlung had to leave the band for health reasons, Simen Hestnæs aka ICS Vortex (ARCTURUS, ex-DIMMU BORGIR) returned to his place at the microphone – supported by keyboarder Lars Nedland (SOLEFALD). Currently, the Norwegians are preparing for the release of their 11th studio album “True North” this autumn. We are glad to welcome BORKNAGAR for the first time at Wacken Winter Nights – and not just due to the fact that they mention the word “winter” in several of their song titles.

COMES VAGANTES We gladly count COMES VAGANTES towards our inventory at the “Mystic Woods” and the “Old Village” at Wacken Winter Nights. Well, almost – this colorful horde of medieval minstrels has been populating the medieval markets, festivals, and any kind of celebration on this planet with bagpipes and drums for more than two decades. We are delighted to welcome these favourites of the crowds once again.

Following Alexandre Dumas’ famous motto of the musketeers “One for All and All for One”, the Franconians DARTAGNAN are returning to Wacken Winter Nights with their brand new album “In jener Nacht” (“In that Night”) tucked into their rapier-belts. Their popular brand of “musketeer rock” has managed to score high in the German album charts with every release and already garnered gold for the trio’s debut “Seit an Seit” (“Side by Side”). DARTAGNAN  are more than ready to return to our festival with cloak and dagger.

This musical adventure translates as “The Elven Throne of Thorsagon” and combines elements taken from musicals and rock operas with sounds ranging from mystic folk to metal. The masterminds behind this family friendly play is the mystic folk ensemble FAIRYTALE, which has already acompanied renowned acts such as BLACKMORE’S NIGHT. For all those, who happened to enjoy “Der Fluch des Drachen” (“The Curse of the Dragon”) from CORVUS CORAX at Wacken Winter Nights in 2018, this will be the right stuff spun from fairytales – no pun intended.  

The two female musicians behind the fantastical DER ELFEN-THRON VON THORSAGON will also present their own band at Wacken Winter Nights. FAIRYTALE was founded by songwriter and virtuous guitarist Oliver Oppermann in 2014 and has already toured with such acts as THE ORDEAL. Once violinist Berit Coenders and singer Laura Isabel Biastoch joined in 2014, they quickly became the face of the band. FAIRYTALE combine old Irish tales and modern fantasy in their concerts.

Founded in Arnhem, the Netherlands in 2002, HEIDEVOLK came, saw and conquered the stages around the globe with their catchy mix of folk and pagan metal. By now, the Dutch have released 6 acclaimed albums, of which the latest “Vuur Van Verzet” came out in 2018. HEIDEVOLK will be performing at Wacken Winter Nights 2020 for the first time and we expect them to melt the Ice Palace with their brutal show.

Hailing from the ancient city of Monheim along the River Rhine, SUIDAKRA were founded in 1994 by guitarist Arkadius Antonik, who used an ananym of his name to replace the original monicker GLORIFICATION. The Celtic folk metal act has released the staggering number of 13 albums since then and is also known for their complex lyrical concepts that are based on the ideas and texts of the Belgian artist Chris Verwimp.


Based in Tórshavn, the capital of the Faroe Islands, TÝR have been causing quite a stir since their founding in 1998. The act from the “Sheep Islands” initially put their focus on a distinctly locals brand of folk metal, which drew inspiration from the famous chain dances that have roots dating as far back as the middle ages. By now, TÝR have released 8 studio albums and expanded their musical palette to include proressive heavy metal. The Viking metal heroes with bring fan favourite classics as well as tracks from the current release “Hel” to their first appearance at Wacken Winter Nights.

Without any doubt, WINTERFYLLETH have been firmly occupying the throne of English pagan metal for the last decade. The Mancunians are famous for their harsh and at the same time intoxicating soundscapes. Therefore it came as a big surprise for many when  WINTERFYLLETH released a strictly acoustic album with “The Hallowing of Heirdom” in 2018, which a Metal Hammer critic described as “the best English folk recording since decades”. As a special musical treat, WINTERFYLLETH will perform “The Hallowing of Heirdom” in the Wacken Village Church with guest-musicians for the full ecperience. We are especially proud to be able to present this exclusive accoustic delicacy at Wacken Winter Nights. 

Ever since their first show appearance at Wacken Winter Nights three years ago, the many followers of YE BANISHED PRIVATEERS have vehemently demanded a return of the Swedish pirates. The “long” wait has finally come to an end: The dozen or so pirates, with whom the changing ensemble of around 30 members arrives for each show, YE BANISHED PRIVATEERS will again set sails for Wacken to weave seafaring yarns and sing gruff shantys for all landlubbers. 

As previously announced, SCHANDMAUL and CORVUS CORAX, top acts from the so-calledGerman medieval rock scene, have already been confirmed as headliners.

About Wacken Winter Nights
Heroic warriors and proud ministrels – the Wacken Winter Nights founded in 2017 are not just a miniature version of the world famous Wacken Open Air. The unique concept of this festival combines medieval reenactment with fantasy, folk, pagan and viking rock and metal, and much more. Visitors can stroll through the picturesque festival village where traditional craftsmen display their skills and offer their handmade goods at the market or they may enjoy fine medieval treats, of which many are produced organically. At the third edition of the festival in 2019, more than 40 bands performed at a total of 6 locations, including two special acoustic shows in the village church of Wacken, were delivering musical entertainment at its best.

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