APOCALYPSE ORCHESTRA play medieval doom metal. Founded 2013 in Sweden by Mikael Lindstrom and Erik Larsson who were inspired by their love of medieval folk music and doom has meanwhile grown to 5 band members. Their songs tell of flagellants, plague doctors, tales of hell, the meaninglessness of war and of suffering; they are all chapters in the bands grimoire. The quintet’s debut album, The End Is Nigh, was recorded in late 2016 and brought the band a lot of attention and fans. Currently they are already playing lots of club shows and European festivals and their music video, The Garden of Earthly Delights, reached more than 3 million views within a very short time. We are looking forward to welcome this rising star of the medieval and metal Olympus for the first time at Wacken Winter Nights!


Russia is the homeland of Arkona. The folk- and pagan metal heroes were founded on 2002 und have released 8 studio albums so far. After gaining a big reputation in eastern Europe in the first years they also managed the breakthrough in the rest of Europe after signing with Napalm Records which released their album "Goi, Rode, Goi". Since then they played festivals like Ragnarök Festival, 70.000 tons of Metal and lots of more festival and club shows. Recently they finished a tour together with Korpiklaani with lots of sold out shows. Next year we can also finally welcome them for the first time at Wacken Winter Nights!


Bannkreis is the new acoustic folk project of Subway to Sally's Eric Fish and the young talented vocalist Johanna Krins who both first met on a concert in 2012. With Ingo Hampf, Simon Michael Schmitt and Bodenski (also part of Subway to Sally) 3 more talented composers, arrangers, producers, lyricists and musicians joined the band and Bannkreis was finally born. The band combines traditional singer-songwriter art with acoustic and folk elements.


from Mexico will celebrate their debut at Wacken Winter Nights! The band combines pre-hispanic music with folk metal and has already gained a lot of fame in South America. This year the played at W:O:A for the first time and now they will show their amazing mixture of folk, tribal and metal for the first time at Wacken Winter Nights!


Comes Vagantes
A pack of medieval minstrels who have been playing the markets, festivals and celebrations of this earth for more than two decades,. Their bagpipes and drums should go down really well with the Wacken Winter Nights ...


The Pressgëng secures the trade routes and more often than not will be found with a happy song on the lips. But only after when the pirates were done, of course. These Boys truly are Ambassadors of Joy.


Wildfroyllein Carola and Hytti form the duo Hyttis together, hailing from „near the land of the eastern Frisians“, as they say. The two like to play bag-pipe tunes and dances with origins from different countries. Some familiar, others less well-known.


Dragol tells dark tales. The two musicians Runa and Vhandill immerse themselves again and again deep in the world of myths and legends, while while captivating the audience with their stories.

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The nine members counting folk metal band from Winterthur in Switzerland has already managed to belong amongst the spearhead of the whole movement since their founding in 2002. Meanwhile the band has already released 7 albums which were able to gain many high chart entries. Everybody who likes folk also knows hits like Inis Mona, Thousandfold or Rebirth and Eluveitie also is an inherit part of the European club- and festival landscape. In March 2014 the band managed it to get the Swiss Music Award for BEST LIVE ACT as first metal band ever. We are looking forward to finally welcome the band here at Wacken Winter Nights in 2019!


Ereb Altor
A few years ago they were an absolute insider tip but Ereb Altor from Sweden have since then gathered a big fellowship with their mixture of Epic-, Viking- and Pagan Metal. In the beginning Ereb Altor was a side-project of Isolde members Crister Olsson and Daniel Bryntse but so far the band has already released 5 albums. Some would even say the band is the true successor of Bathory and if you give the band a try you will hear by yourself that this project inherits a lot of Quorthons spirit. Melancholy and hardness meet atmosphere and epics!


knows how to open the gates into a mystical otherworld. With the combination of many medieval instruments, drums, archaic beats and enchanting multi-layered male and female vocals, they reached an outstanding position throughout any musical genres. Their CD "Von den Elben" reached platinum status, their latest two CDs went into the Top Ten of the German Album charts and they were two times nominated for the biggest German Music Prize the "Echo".
Since 2003 FAUN played more than 850 concerts around the world and are well known for their unique and enchanting stage appearance.


have become one of the most famous medieval acts in Germany and beyond. Founded in 2004 the band celebrated their 15th anniversary with success: In 2018 their current album METHÄMMER entered the top 10 of the German billboard charts. Fun as self therapy – It works! In 2019 Feuerschwanz will play for the first time at Wacken Winter Nights!


The 5 northmen from the westcoast of Schleswig-Holsteins are conquering the stages since 2014 with nobody to stop them! The band combines regional folklore with rock sounds and folk influences. With their upcoming album which is set to release in 2019 they are planning to conquer even more stages. In February they will join Wacken Winter Nights for the second time and will welcome all of you at the Warm Up Party on Thursday at the Wackinger tavern!


With GRIMNER from Sweden we get another band from the viking- / medieval metal corner. This year the band already celebrates its 10th anniversary. So far they have released 3 EP's and 4 albums. Their most recent album called „Vanadrottning“ was released this year in February and received tons of good reviews. With this new album and their 10th anniversary the band is now starting a big tour across Europe including lots of club and festival appearances. We are really looking forward to welcome them for the very first time at Wacken Winter Nights 2019!


is a German "Prost-Mittelalter-Party-Rock" band which translated means vaguely "Cheers-Medieval-Party-Rock". An impish tribute to the already existing „Medieval-Rock genre“. The band plays their hymns on bagpipes, shawms and electric guitars. The band is on stage since 2015 and still in their first year, Haggefugg conquered stages allover Germany and since then played also with wellknown acts like In Extremo or Russkaja. In 2016 they released their first album "Metgefühl". Grab a drink, moist your throat and come along for a party, worth celebrating!


Since their founding in 2011 in Bad Oyenhausen (Germany) the folk / medieval metal band Harpyie have played tons of shows in Germany, Austria and Switzerland and have meanwhile released 5 albums.
Their lyrics are about mythical and historical events as well as the human nature and are shrouded in a medieval soundscape. After their Wacken Winter Nights debut in 2017 we are looking forward to welcome them back in 2019!


With Heilung we will bring you a real phenomenon of the pagan scene to Wacken. In the last year the band was justifiably hyped across Europe!
Heilung (which means healing in German) is the german tattoo artist Kai Uwe Faust, the Norwegian vocalist Maria Franz and the Danish multi-instrumentalist Chrsitopher Juul (the last two are also known from their project Euzen). The band itself describes their style as amplified history. With hypnotic rhythms and dark melodies they transport the listeners to a long forgotten time and only leave open mouths and astonished faces behind. It's not for nothing that in 2017 they were nominated as best live act in several European countries.


With HELSOTT we get reinforcements from overseas! The US pagan death metal band from southern California was founded in 2010. They played lots of shows in the US together with bands like Heidevolk, Tyr, Trollfest and Arkona for example. On October 12, 2018 their new album "Slaves and Gods" will be released and in 2019 they will tour across Europe and give their debut at Wacken Winter Nights!


Holly Loose
HOLLY LOOSE can't get enough of Wacken Winter Nights! In 2017 he had his first appearance with an musical lection of Edgar Ellen poe stories followed by the 2018 gig with his main band LETZTE INSTANZ. In 2019 he will return with his solo project for a unique acoustic set at the village church. The upcoming debut album "Melancholia" will be released on November 11th, 2018 and according to the band it will be "the saddest album in German language worldwide" and be performed as an acoustic set at Wacken Winter Nights 2019!


HULDRE is a rising star at the European metal scene. In their home country Denmark they already belong to the spearhead of the local metal scene and also abroad they gathered lots of fans with their spectacular musical symbiosis of Nordic folk music and metal since their founding in 2010. German Metal Hammer even highlights the band as "heroes of tomorrow”. So far the band has released 2 albums and played countless successful club- and festival shows across Europe. In 2019 they will finally give their live debut at Wacken Winter Nights!


Balancing between modern metal and sounds of cello, bagpipes and flutes from bygone eras, Incantatems music goes straight to the heart. Their own compositions are complemented by traditional and lyrical works from different epochs.


The legendary folk metal band from Lahti in Finland was born in 2003 and since then they belong to the spearhead of the worldwide folk metal scene. Since their debut „Spirit Of The Forest“ the band was celebrated across Europe and beyond and hits like Vodka, Tequila, Keep on Galloping, Rauta or Beer Beer shall not be missed on any good folk party. Meanwhile they have released 9 studio albums, countless festival and club shows and they recently finished a very successful tour with lots of sold out shows. We are proud to welcome them for the first time at Wacken Winter Nights!


Folk music, honest and authentic - that's what MacKabe & Kanaka have on theit agenda . Once those jack-tars have gone to saltwater mode, it is about time for massive singalongs.


With their epic heathen metal the band which was founded in 1995 has already climbed the metal Olympus. Finnish folklore which is heavily influenced by the northern mythology and mixed with hard metal riffs and grim dark melodies earned the band the status they possess today. Besides a few demos from the early days Moonsorrow have already released 8 full studio albums so far. In 2016 the current album „Jumalten aika“ directly impacted on #1 in the finish billboard charts and also in Germany, Switzerland and Austria they entered the top 50. We are proud to finally welcome them at Wacken Winter Nights!


Saltatio Mortis
None less than Saltatio Mortis will join us again! The band which name translated means "Dance of the Dead" was founded in 2000 and since then they have experienced a meteoric rise. Their last two albums each hit the German billboard charts on #1 and they also broke all boundaries at the festival landscape. In 2018 Saltatio Mortis can proudly claim the title of being one of the most important medieval bands of our time. We are proud to welcome them back to Wacken Winter Nights!


The symphonic metal band from Tirol (Austria) was founded on 2001 and has so far released 2 demos and 6 albums. Their recent album Lionheart was released in 2017. In the same year they had their first appearance at Wacken Winter Nights and we are glad to welcome them back to the Winter realm!


We are more than happy to welcome SKALDENMET, one of the best new Viking Metal bands from Germany to the Wacken Winter Nights ! The Hamburg band has just released their debut album "Blood of Kvasir" - so this is going to be a party!


Officially founded in 2004 in Argentina, SKILTRON is one of the leading Folk Metal bands from South America, now based in Europe.
Their music can be described as a mixture of folk, power and medieval metal within the 14 years since their founding they have so far released one demo and 5 full length albums.
During this time they have constantly earned recognition within the Folk- and Metal scene and played shows at Bloodstock, Wacken Open Air, Dong Open Air, Hörnerfest and many more! We are looking forward to welcome them for the first time at Wacken Winter Nights!
If you haven’t heard of them by now then check out their song "The Taste of Victory" from their current album "Legacy of Blood"


The Dread Crew of Oddwood
No Wacken Winter Nights without Pirates! This pirate band comes from California and they describe their style as "heavy mahagony" since they mix up pirate folk with metal and only use acoustic instruments. The band has already released 4 albums and did a lot of shows. Amongst others they were part of the pirate fest tour with Alestorm and Swashbuckle in 2015. Now we can welcome them for the first time at Wacken Winter Nights!


The O'reillys and the Paddyhats
THE O’REILLYS AND THE PADDYHATS will bring us Irish Folk Punk at it’s best! Their highest priority? Good mood! The 7 musicians from Gevelsberg in Germany were founded in 2011 and have released 3 albums so far. Their most recent album „Sign of The Fighter“ was released in 2017. In all the years since they were founded they toured across Europe from whether it be from Spain to Russia and also played a very successful show at Wacken Open Air 2016. Now they will have their debut at Wacken Winter Nights in 2019!


More minstrels are joining us with Trollfaust. This medieval band which is equipped with bagpipes, drums and other medievals instruments is always appareled in black leather costumes. The band has released 2 albums so far which are called Entfesselung (2012) and Totenkult (2018) and this will be their first Wacken Winter Nights appearance and we are looking forward to see them live on stage!


Trolls, Trolls, Trolls - We like Trolls! After Finntroll in 2018 and the already announced Trollfaust from Germany for 2019 we can now confirm that Norwegian Trollfest will also join the Winter Hordes. The band was founded in 2004 and conceived as a fun project in the beginning but quickly became the main project of all involved musicians. With their very own definition of Folk Metal and more than a bit of humor the band has gathered a huge fanbase. So far they have released 7 albums.


The Finish Battle Metal band (how they describe themselves) will once more wear their black-red warpaint and will raid Wacken for the first time in Winter! Founded in 1997 the band has so far released 4 albums - the last one in 2013. The name Turisas comes from the nordic god of war and in their lyrics the band is referring to old myths and long forgotten battles with a sound somewhere between folk and viking metal.


The pact of outlaws that was founded in 2004 in Hamburg will join us for the second time. The medieval folk rockers have released their fourth album "In Ekstase" in 2017 and have played countless club- and festival shows across Europe since their founding. We are looking forward to welcome them for the second time to the Winter Realms!


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