The world’s biggest heavy metal battle of the bands is coming to Australia for the first time ever and band submissions are now open.

The legendary Wacken Metal Battle will be 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.

Thirty years have passed since the creation of Wacken Open Air and now going into their fourth decade, the “holy land 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) will be bringing the competition across Australia next year in search of the greatest unsigned metal band Down Under and send them off to play Wacken Open Air 2020.

The regional heats will hit Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane, Sydney and twice 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 the world’s biggest 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.

Tasmanian bands have been urged to apply for Victorian heats, ACT bands have been urged to apply for the NSW heat, and bands from the Northern Territory have been urged to apply for the SA or WA heats.


Your band doesn’t have a deal and isn’t about to sign to a label in the near future.

Your band can easily play a 30-minute set consisting of your own songs.

You’re not a band that won former, which means the year before, Metal Battle heats.

Bands, that participated the years before, but didn’t win any of the regional heats may re-apply.

Bands that won national or international finals can’t participate anymore.


Send your application (demo CD with 3-4 songs, photo, band info and contact address) via