The 27th of April 2019 will see nine of South Africa’s finest heavy metal bands go head to head at Rumours Rock City for a chance to represent our country against thirty other nations to take home some great prizes in the annual global Wacken Metal Battle, in Hamburg, Germany.

The finalists competing on the evening battled it out against forty-six other bands in regional finals that took place from January to March 2019 across the country. The Wacken Metal Battle South Africa team is excited to give one of these local bands the opportunity of a lifetime – airfare and tickets to the biggest metal festival in the world where they will perform to a potential 85 000 people.

This year’s South African final is set to be one of the top heavy metal events of the year, and an annual gathering of South African metalheads both locally and abroad.

The finalists are:
Riddlebreak (Pretoria)
BLEEDING SPAWN (Mpumalanga)
Human Nebula (Pretoria)
Forsaking Fate (East London)
KOI (Johannesburg)
Facing the Gallows (Johannesburg)
Thread of Omen (Cape Town)
The Fallen Prophets (Cape Town)
Your Cynical Sanity (Durban)

Doors open at 14:30, with the show kicking off at 16:00. We have two very special guest bands opening and closing the event as well as a large alternative merch and craft market. Entrance to the event is R120. All the profits for each regional heat as well as the final go towards the travel costs of the 2019 Wacken Metal Battle South Africa representatives, and so we hope to see as much support from South African music lovers as possible.