No MetalDays in 2024: The open air festival in Slovenia focuses on MetalDays 2025 instead

Author Stefanie Nysand - 31.1.2024

When the Wacken Open Air in Northern Germany faced extreme rain last year, the open air festival MetalDays 2023, which was taking place at the same time in Slovenia, fared no better: Heavy rainfall led to “severe floods on the local roads, many landslides and other threatening things.” In the end, a state of emergency was declared and the rest of the festival had to be cancelled. Although everything initially looked as if the 2024 edition of MetalDays would go ahead as planned, including several band confirmations, the organisers are now surprisingly announcing a break for 2024. The financial consequences of the past year also play a role in this decision, although not exclusively, as explained in the official statement:

“It is with a mix of emotions that we share this news: MetalDays will not be held in 2024. Unfortunately, due to the challenges we’ve encountered, we’ve had to make the tough decision not to proceed with the festival this year. After extensive discussions, we have made the difficult decission to postpone MetalDays 2024 and instead shift our focus to MetalDays 2025, scheduled to take place from July 27th to August 2nd, 2025. While this decision was not made lightly, we believe it is the most reasonable and in the best interest of everyone involved. As you know, we have openly shared the challenges faced by MetalDays, along with many other festivals, over the past year. MetalDays 2023 encountered unprecedented difficulties due to severe flooding, leading to the cancellation of the last two festival days. The aftermath, coupled with the financial setbacks, has made it challenging for us to deliver the experience you all deserve. At MetalDays, our mission from the very beginning has been to organize the best possible event. We set the bar very high, and you, our dear visitors, as well as the bands, agents, crew, and partners, do not deserve anything less. Given the circumstances, taking a break and redirecting our efforts to ensure a stellar next edition feels like the right step forward. Rather than rushing into another planning cycle with financial challenges, we see this as an opportunity to take a hiatus, regroup, and dedicate ourselves to ensuring the success of the next edition. We wish you all nothing but the best and express our gratitude once again for all your support at every MetalDays edition. Keep your eyes on our socials and website for updates. Our paths will cross again soon.”

– MetalDays

Tickets purchased for MetalDays 2024 will be valid for MetalDays’ 2025 edition, and ticket holders will be contacted via email. MetalDays 2024 ticket holders are also entitled to visit the open air festival GoatHell 2024 in Croatia free of charge.