How To Survive: Wacken Open Air
It’s pretty safe to say that Wacken Open Air gets pretty crazy, by “pretty crazy”, we mean that it’s balls-to-the-walls mental. 70,000 Metalheads loaded up on thousands and thousands of litres of beer with As I Lay Dying going off with their face-melting guitar solos, with about 25 people shoving you around in a mosh pit or a wall of death.
That’s not even taking into account the amount of sludge and mud you will encounter everywhere you go in the camping grounds. However, none of these things should distract you from the spectacle and the once-in-a-lifetime experience that is Wacken Open Air.
With all of that in mind, here are 5 things you should keep in mind while attending the metal pilgrimage of Wacken:
1. Carry Ear Plugs
Believe it or not, these could be the most important article you will pack for the festival. The thing is, there are no night-time regulations at the campsite, that means the party doesn’t stop at Wacken. Many groups tend to bring diesel generators to power up their gigantic amp and speaker sets and continue to blast music through the night until morning.
So if you’re looking to get some sleep so you can catch your favourite band playing at the main stage, pack some ear plugs, those can save your life.
2. Garbage bags for the bathroom
If you’re a veteran of the music festival scene, you know what we’re talking about. Everyone who’s been to a music festival knows that just show up at a festival without a garbage or two. Despite the sludge, most of the sanitary installations remain amazingly clean, all thanks to the campsite cleaning personnel.
However, the shower spaces are rather small, so if you’re looking to carry along with you fresh clothes so you can change, you need to have a trusty garbage bag for your clothes in order to keep them dry.
3. A water canister
Having a water bottle or a canister can work wonders for you at the festival. Walking from one installation to another for long distances is quite a task just by itself but couple it with the fact that the entire way will be covered with mud and sledge. You’ll be incredibly relieved when you have your own water canister around.
Also, the campsite can get pretty messy due to the aforementioned mud, hence, washing and rinsing your hands every now and then gets pretty routine, so have your personal supply of water.
4. Styrofoam box with ice
Given that the campsite has no electricity supply, there is no other way of cooling your beers and other drinks other than the good ol’ styrofoam box filled with ice.
The box is capable of keeping your bevvy cold for nearly 72 hours.
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5. Forget All Expensive Shoes
Mud, Sledge and Wacken make a better love story than Twilight. Wearing your designer Nike’s and Gucci at Wacken is a cardinal sin and a very stupid move.
Rubber and gum boots that can honestly look great if you know your way around with clothes. Apart from being incredibly cool looking in their own way, they serve the useful purpose of keeping your feet dry for the 3 days you’re going to be at Wacken.