As the 2012 Wacken Open Air festival winds down in Germany, the 2013 lineup is already being announced band by band.

The 24th Wacken Open Air festival is scheduled for Aug. 1-3, 2013. As the lineup starts to take shape, several rock and metal highlights are popping up. Anthrax, who just wrapped up Mayhem Fest, will play the massive festival in addition to the legendary Deep Purple and Sabaton.

The leading ladies of metal will have a strong presence as well with Nightwish, Arch Enemy and Doro all on the bill.

Wacken Open Air is held annually in Wacken, located in northern Germany. Each year more than 70,000 metal and rock fans descend on the small town. The festival started out as a outlet for local German bands but has since morphed into one of the largest and most anticipated festivals in Europe each year at the beginning of August.

The 2012 lineup boasted over 70 bands from all genres of rock and metal from Machine Head to the Scorpions to Watain so fans can expect the 2013 lineup to be just as diverse.

Watch the Official Trailer for Wacken Open Air 2013


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