Johannesburg Metal Band Heads to Wacken Festival

AGRO's second time out to world's biggest metal-fest.

By David Williams
Tuesday, 03 April 2012 15:49

AGRO will be gracing the stage at this year's sold-out Wacken Open Air festival alongside prestigious acts such as the Scorpions, Machine Head and In Flames.

It will be the second time that the band has played the world's largest Metal festival, but it will be their first with the current line-up. AGRO coincidently launched in the same year as Wacken's - 1990. The band regard themselves as a non-stereotypical thrash act featuring members Cliff Crabb on vocals, Wez Hitchin on drums, Allan Lancaster and John Morrow on guitars, Katherine Morrow on violin and Robbie Riebler on bass. A new studio album and the possibility of some online EPs are in the pipeline scheduled for later this year.

John Morrow explains how AGRO got the gig: "Rob [bassist] has been in constant contact with the organisers of Wacken since the beginning of last year. Sending updated press kits, sound bites, demos and all other related information and keeping them constantly aware of us.

"Apart from keeping up with the progress of our new line-up and all the effort that we have been putting into touring, gigs and marketing they also believe that this South African band AGRO had something unique to offer to their festival; And they gave us the green light late last year."

AGRO last played Wacken in 2000, supporting acts like Venom, Iced Earth, Twisted Sister, Gamma Ray and Hypocrisy.

Wacken Open Air (W:O:A) takes place from the 2nd to the 4th of August 2012. The festival has been running since 1990 and takes place annually in the small town of Wacken in Schleswig-Holstein; northern Germany, attracting approximately 80, 000 concert-goers.

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