The legendary Wacken Metal Battle—the world’s largest heavy metal battle-of-the-bands—is making its triumphant debut in the great southern land, giving unsigned Australian metal acts the opportunity to battle it out for a spot at the world’s largest and greatest heavy metal festival: Wacken Open Air. 30 years have passed since the creation of Wacken Open Air and now going into its fourth decade, the holy grail of heavy metal has chosen Australia as its newest inclusion into the ranks of their fabled battle-of-the-bands.

Wacken Open Air and national promoter Bailey Graham (Founder, Pinnacle Music Group) has brought the competition to Australia in search of the greatest unsigned metal band Down Under to send them off to play Wacken Open Air 2020. The regional heats commenced in Perth followed by Adelaide and Brisbane with Sydney next on the list and the final two events happening in Melbourne.

The process is simple: eight bands are chosen per regional heat to compete. The winner of every regional heat is given a slot to perform at the grand final in Melbourne at the iconic Max Watts House of Music. The winner of the grand final is given a slot at Wacken Open Air in front of tens of thousands of passionate metalheads.

Winners are decided by a judging panel of some of Australia’s most prolific industry figures—label heads, journalists, promoters and other influential Australian heavy metal figures.

Event dates and ticket information can be found via the official Wacken Metal Battle Australia Facebook page.

Find more information here.

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