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Thomas Jensen

ICS Festival Service (Wacken)

Thomas Jensen was born on 07th of July 1966 in Itzehoe, Steinburg, Germany. After graduation Thomas Jensen completed an apprenticeship as a wholesale and export merchant, then studied business at the Christian Albrechts University in Kiel, Germany. 

In his time off he played the bass guitar in the band Skyline and organized concerts for his band. Back then heavy Metal already was his favorite music genre. 

Around 1990 Thomas Jensen and his friends from Wacken had the idea to organize their own hard rock and heavy metal festival. The result was the first Wacken Open Air in August 1990 which took place in the “Kuhle” and was attended by approximately 800 guests. 

1991 Thomas Jensen and his friend Holger Hübner founded the company „Stoned Castle Rock“ which was the firm behind the Wacken Open Air. Next to the festival „Stoned Castle Rock“ also organized concerts around Schleswig-Holstein, Northern Germany. 

In 1996 Thomas Jensen and Holger Hübner took over the Wacken Open Air as the two sole promoters of the Wacken Open Air. 

1999 ICS GmbH was founded. The firm leads a network of several different companies: 

First of all, there is the ICS Festival Service GmbH (founded in 2006) which main task is to plan and organize concerts and events such as the Wacken Open Air. Thomas Jensen is the CEO of ICS Festival Service. 

Furthermore companies such as Metaltix (a ticketing and merchandise firm) and Seaside Touring (booking firm) and a record label, a music publisher and a management firm belong to the ICS network. 

Thomas Jensen employs about 40 permanent staff members. ICS Festival Service is one of the biggest employer in Schleswig-Holstein in August with around 3000 employees.