Vikings vs. Zombie

Promotors Farewell Show
live at W : O : A 2022

Don´t be scared! At least once a year we go even faster, harder & louder.

Following the 30th anniversary show, our team is once again in creative action at this year's closing show of the legendary Wacken Open Air. To the specially composed soundtrack of Sascha Paeth's "Masters of Ceremony", we are once again designing the multiscreen mapping of the total of 11 video walls with 7 different signal sources. Directly afterwards, we were also responsible for the post-production of the final cut featuring all highlights of the show.

For the almost 9-minute multimedia performance under the artistic direction of Kai Swillus, this time more than 200 protagonists in elaborate Monster-, Zombie- & Viking outfits will be integrated on and in front of the two main stages to get the approximately 85,000 enthusiastic metalheads in the mood for the Viking motto for the upcoming 36th festival edition. The epic production, featuring a powerful-voiced live performance by Adrian Cowan, culminates in the announcement of the first wave of bands for 2023, including first major headliners such as Megadeth and Iron Maiden.

Billed as the "Promotors Farewell Show" in the festival running order, the unique spectacle also supports the official pre-sale launch the following evening. And this brings a new record result: Sold out after only 5 hours!

Show Credits
Conception: Kai Swillus
Soundtrack: Masters of Ceremony
Solo Guitar: Sascha Paeth
Vocals: Adrienne Cowan
Speaker: Jay Lansford
Sound effects: Masters of Ceremony, Event Service RS
Lighting design: Jerry Appelt
On-screen content (CGI, motion design, film footage): Event Service RS, Buntmetall
Coordination Vikings, Monsters, Zombies: Oliver Timmreck
Coordination live images: Stephan Liehr
Highlight video editing: Roland Schwaizer
Executive producer: WOA Festival GmbH

Watch the Show on YouTube

ICS Festival Service GmbH


  • "This is the most incredible thing I've seen in a long time!"

    Guy Dammit, comment on YouTube

  • "To hear the people scream when Maiden got announced still gives me as much goose bumps as it did standing in that crowd!"

    vMysterion, comment on YouTube

  • "Incredible Announcement Show!"

    Jan Flint, comment on YouTube

  • "What a fantastic evening, what an awesome experience to be part of that show - thanks to all that made it happen!"

    Thorsten Bischoff, comment on YouTube

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