For over a decade at the world’s largest outdoor metal festival, Wacken Open Air, independent metal bands from around the globe have been performing in front of thousands and competing against one another to be crowned champion of the world along with winning multiple prizes. Now, for the first time ever, Wacken Metal Battle is coming to the U.S. and will be hosting qualifying rounds in New York City, Boston, and Philadelphia (more may be announced). The national champion of those battles will perform at the 2017 festival taking place from August 3rd to 5th.
Submissions for Metal Battle USA end on December 2nd, at 11:59 p.m. EST. Band submissions can be made here.
How it works:
Each city will hold qualifying rounds plus city finals, selecting the top band to move forward to the national finals in New York City (date to be determined) with one being selected to perform at the 28th edition of Wacken Open Air. All bands will be judged during battle rounds by respected local music industry.
The finalists will be selected as follows by city:
-2 Finalists from Boston
-2 Finalists from Philadelphia
-2 Finalists from New York City
-National Final in New York City
Rock Hard \m/