The men behind Wacken Open Air
New panelists are Thomas Jensen and Thomas Kreidner, co-director and head of bookings of Wacken Open Air, respectively. This insanely popular metal festival started as a wild idea of Thomas and his friend Holger Hübner, and has grown from 6 bands/800 visitors in 1990 to 158 bands/84.500 visitors in 2015. Jensen and Hübner have built a flourishing company on Wacken’s success: ICS Network. They are active in many fields, amongst which metal festivals like Full Metal Cruise, Wacken Roadshow, Full Metal Mountain, Wacken Winter Nights, the yet to be realised Full Metal Ibiza and conference Hamburg Metal Dayz during the Reeperbahn festival. As of 2009, the non-profit Wacken Foundation is supporting ambitious bands and even festivals in their development. Besides booking for Wacken, Thomas Kreidner is working for Seaside Touring, an international booking and touring company in ICS Network. Rock and metal bands that have been contracted by Seaside Touring are Doro, Endstille, Prong, Morgoth, Saxon, Devil Driver, Iced Earth and Annihilator, next to newcomer bands like Djerv, Tenside, Steak Number Eight and Dunderbeist.