Wacken Winter Nights IV – 10 more acts are reinforcing the Line-Up!

07/04/2019 created by WWN-Helge

Dear Winterheads,

shut 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 undtil the 16th of February 2020.

So we don't want to keep you in suspense any longer and do now reveal which bands will be added to the Line-Up:

HEIDEVOLK - 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 tol melt the Ice Palace with their brutal show.

BORKNAGAR - 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.

TÝR - Based in Tórshavn, the capital of the Faroe Islands, TÝR have been causing quirte a stirr 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 release 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.

DARTAGNAN - 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.

WINTERFYLLETH – 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.

SUIDAKRA – 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 artis Chris Verwimp.

YE BANISHED PRIVATEERS – Every 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.

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.

DER ELFEN-THRON VON THORSAGON - 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.

FAIRYTALE – 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.

But even now the Line-Up isn by far not complete and we are already working on the next bands so stay tuned!

Tickets for Wacken Winter Nights IV can be ordered at Metaltix!

Wacken Winter Nights IV
14. – 16.- Februar 2020
With (in alphabetical order): Baldrs Draumar, Borknagar, Comes Vagantes, Corvus Corax, D’Artagnan, Der Elfenthron von Thorsagon, Einherjer, Fairytale, Heidevolk, Hexvessel, Lindy-Fay Hella, Metsatöll, Nytt Land, Primordial, Reliquiae, Schandmaul, Suidakra, Tyr, Winterfylleth, Ye Banished Privateers and many more!

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