Everything that the festival staff and crew manages to pull off in such a refined manner, is built from scratch from the capital that pools in from the fans who buy their tickets about a year in advance. Apart from gathering the highest numbers and figures in terms of moshpits, headbangers, body surfers and campers, the festival just keeps getting bigger and better every other year, as the number of attendees keeps increasing in thousands. And still, the question remained. Can fans alone make a festival happen anywhere away from Germany? Can a community that speaks for itself, do for itself? These were the questions Bangalore Open Air‘s staff and crew sorted out to answer by initiating a crowdfunding project this year.
Wacken Open Air keeps setting new records just to break them the coming year. This year, the Full Metal Cruise II was sold out within two hours! How was the moment for your team?
You have seen generations of metal fans attend the festival. What journey has the whole metal music subculture travelled in these 25 years? Has it always been smooth?
After 6 years of break, Wacken Open Air has revived the W:O:A Roadshow. Is the festival’s 25th Anniversary and this revival a mere co-incidence or was this year specifically chosen to complement the celebration?
The festival has been a go for the past 24 years. This year there will also be a group metalheads who will be coming to Wacken for the 25th time. What have you got to say about the dedication and devotion of these fans in particular?
As for the metalheads who are coming for the 25th time: That is just amazing. To know that they grew with us and supported us, also in difficult times. It’s a good feeling.
What are the three toughest tasks that you have to deal with before, during and after the festival?
Even during your busy schedule during the festival, you take time off from your work to come to the field, talk to fans and even enjoy some performances as a part of the crowd. What drives you to do that?
One of all the elements that make Wacken Open Air the biggest metal festival across the globe, is the amount of effort put over the interaction and maintenance of transparency between the average fan and the core team workers. How difficult is it to find the right people for the job and be assured of their commitment to the festival?
With less than 100 days left for the festival to happen, what are some of the most awaited moments for you?
SuidAkrA were the first international band ever to tour six different cities across India as a part of Wacken Metal Battle India. According to what you have observed so far, was this tour successful enough to be able to send out a positive cue for other bands to come tour Indian cities?
Bangalore Open Air sorted for crowd-funding this year. What have you got to say about the ignorance of corporates and fans alike who did not take up the responsibility of funding the festival?
According to you, what are the most important yet bitter lessons that metalheads who are a part of the Indian metal scene learn if Bangalore Open Air 2014 does not happen?
Thank you so much for taking out time to talk to us. We wish you guys all the best with your future endeavours with Wacken Open Air! Is there any message you’d like to leave for metalheads in India?