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WAVE – GOTIK – TREFFEN 2016: dark-romantic celebrations every year at Whitsun in Leipzig - Germany

Festival Preview - by Malice F.

The biggest worldwide music -and not only- gothic festival is back for the 25th consecutive year. There is not a single fan of the new & dark Wave/ EBM/ Industrial/ Neofolk /Gothic/ Post Punk scene that hasn’t heard of and furthermore hasn’t dreamt of visiting it, at least once.

From May 13th to 16th, again more than 20,000 Goths from all over the world are expected to come together again in Leipzig, Eastern Germany to celebrate the Wave-Gotik-Treffen as THE international gathering of the dark family.

25 years ago, two Gothic people from Leipzig had an unusual idea: They didn’t want to create yet another dark music festival, but rather a supra-regional gathering of like-minded fellows for relaxed meeting, chatting and celebrating. When in 1992 the 1st Wave-Gotik-Treffen took place in 1992 at the edge of Leipzig with about 2,000 visitors and just a handful of bands, it is unlikely that anyone imagined that within a few years the WGT would become the largest meeting of Gothic people in the world, taking possession of a whole city every year at Whitsun.

Now, the WGT exists a quarter of a century! To start this 25th WGT properly, there will be a grand opening party already on Thursday, May 12th, starting at 8.00 p.m. It will take place at AbenteuerReich Belantis - an amusement park in the south of Leipzig. DJs will be inviting all WGT guests to dance at various locations on the area, among them veterans of the early days of Leipzig’s dark scene like the founders of WGT, Michael Brunner and Sandro Standhaft as DJ-team Moonchild. All fairground rides of the large amusement park can be used until midnight.

All over the city, there will be about 200 bands performing, projects and single artists covering the whole wide range of Gothic music: from Electro-Pop to Goth-Metal, from EBM to Neofolk, from medieval music to Industrial. Apart from famous bands of the scene, you are invited for new discoveries with several less-known real underground bands or artists from the edge of the Gothic music universe. The concerts and events take place at more than 50 venues spread throughout Leipzig, for instance in the vaults of the Moritzbastei, in the splendid neo-antique cupola hall of the Volkspalast, and in the historical public bath Stadtbad, as well as in large concert halls. The WGT program will also include beautiful classical music again, such as Wagner operas, Mozart’s Requiem as ballet, chamber music, organ concerts and Brams Stoker’s Dracula as musical.

From its beginning the Wave-Gotik-Treffen has been much more than a music festival: its guests may step back to the romantic atmosphere of ancient times at the medieval market place at the Pagan Village (Heidnisches Dorf). We will present authors reading and unusual theatre; cinematic performances will take place as well as a big live action role play. People in historic clothing will gather in the park for a Victorian Picnic, accompanied by live chamber music. For four days a large hall at the AGRA -Messepark will be transformed into the biggest Gothic-wares marketplace in the world. In numerous clubs DJs from all over the world will invite you to dance until dawn. There will also be a large fetish party where entrance is only possible by following a strict voluptuous dress code. A stroll through the winding passages of city centre of Leipzig with its historical buildings of the Renaissance, Baroque and Jugendstil (Art Nouveau) eras is especially worthwhile for art and culture lovers: the entrance to several of Leipzigs museums is free for WGT-guests.

Furthermore, the Stadtgeschichtliches Museum of Leipzig (Museum for town history) presents an exhibition about the 25 years of WGT, this eerily beautiful part of Leipzig's history, as well as about the scene with its dubious reputation to the public.

Extravagant fashion, multi-faceted music genres, spectacular accessories and most of all fascinating people will be the main focus of the dazzlingly black show. Visitors and organizers will tell about their experiences and adventures around the WGT and about their self-conception of being goth. Guided tours in English will be offered on WGT Saturday and Sunday.

The city of Leipzig and its’ inhabitants are extremely friendly, as well as familiar with the Festival and its’ visitors. Οver the last two decades - there are no longer any prejudices and the gothic guests are very welcome here. The most fascinating aspect of the Wave-Gotik-Treffen is surely its unique magic atmosphere that covers the whole city. More than 20.000 Goths from all over the world celebrate their gathering in a peacefully relaxed manner, turning Leipzig into a diverse wave of black.

Cheap and entertaining accommodation is available at the huge Treffen camping ground. To enter, you need a special ticket (called Obsorgekarte), which includes also the extensive WGT-program-book. Public transport in the city is free for all WGT-guests from Friday morning until noontime Tuesday.

For camping you need a special ticket called Obsorgekarte available for 25,- € (including advance sale charge). It provides the following service-package:

• Camping at the Treffen-Campground (agra-fairground)

• “Pfingstbote” (“Whitsun-herald”) – the extensive Treffen program book

Parking: For car parking at the Treffen-area you have to purchase a parking vignette for 15,- € (including advance sale charges).

Parking at the Treffen-area (agra-fairground) is definitely not possible without a parking vignette.

Tickets: 4-Day-Tickets for all events within the 24th Wave-Gotik-Treffen Whitsun 2015 are available for 99,- € each in advance ticket sale (including advance sale charges). The Treffen-Event-Ticket includes free using of public transport (tram, city-busses, regional trains, suburban trains within the zone 110 of MDV) from May 22nd 8.00 a.m. to May 26th, 12.00 p.m. / noontime (except for special routes).

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We will all meet at this year’s 25th Wave – Gotik – Treffen in Leipzig!

This year too about twenty thousand Goths are coming home: to the Wave-Gotik-Treffen!

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- Photos of the last years:

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For information on the city you may check or the official city website

If you are travelling to the WGT for the first time, you can find lots of useful information for planning your trip on:

The following 100 artists have already confirmed their performances at the 25th WGT (as at February 29th):

Funker Vogt (D) – Exclusive German Show 2017 , Bleib Modern (D) , Tanzwut (D) , Sylvgheist Maëlström (F) , Erdling (D) , Klimt1918 (I) , Die Selektion (D) , Nachtblut (D) , Novakill (AUS) , Equilibrium (D)Aesthetic Perfection (USA) - Amnistia (D) - And Also The Trees (GB) - Artwork (D) 30th anniversary show - Aurelio Voltaire (USA) – Autumnal (E) - Backworld (USA) - Bestial Mouths (USA) - Bifröst (A) - Biomekkanik (S) - Blitzmaschine (D) - Chainreactor (D) - Christ Vs. Warhol (USA) - Christine Plays Viola (I) - Cinema Strange (USA) worldwide exclusive show in 2016 - Coppelius (D) - Crematory (D) 25th anniversary show - Cult Club (D) - Culture Kultür (E) - Dark Fortress (D) - Darkhaus (D/USA) - Darkher (GB) - Das Ich (D) - Dernière Volonté (F) - Destin Fragile (S) - Deutsch Nepal (S) - Diary Of Dreams (D) - Die Krupps (D) - Die Wilde Jagd (D) - Dirk Ivens (B) presents the best of The Klinik, Dive, Blok 57 and Absolute Body Control - Estampie (D) - Gernotshagen (D) - Girls Under Glass (D) 80s original lineup - Golden Apes (D) - Gothminister (N) -Grausame Töchter (D) - Hante. (F) - Har Belex (E) - Haujobb (D) - In The Nursery (GB) 35th anniversary show - Irdorath (BY) - James Rays Gangwar (GB) - Kari Rueslåtten (N) - Kauan (RUS) - Kirsten Morrison (GB) - Kommando (D) - Krayenzeit (D) - Kuroshio (FIN) - Kyoll (D) - Lament (D) - Last Leaf Down (CH) - Leather Strip (DK) - Leaves' Eyes (D/N) Viking show - Legend (IS) - Lene Lovich Band (USA) – Machinista (S) - Maschinenkrieger KR52 vs. DISRAPTOR (D) - Mesh (GB) - Näo (F) - Nekromantix (DK) - Neuroticfish (D) - Nordvargr (S) - Nullvektor (D) - Other Day (D) - Peter Yates (GB) - Position Parallèle (F) - Psilocybe Larvae (RUS) - Reaper (D) - Saeldes Sanc & Ernst Horn (D) - Sange De Muerdago (E) - Schöngeist (D) - Schwarzer Engel (D) - Siechtum (D) exclusive reunion show - Signal Aout 42 (B) - Sigue Sigue Sputnik (GB) - Skálmöld (IS) - Solar Fake (D) - Somatic Responses (GB) - Sonar (B) - Suicide Commando (B) - Sunset Wings (RUS) - Supersimmetria (D) - Tanz Ohne Musik (RO) - The Deadfly Ensemble (USA) - The Fright (D) - The House Of Usher (D) - The Protagonist (S) - The Underground Youth (GB) - The Visit (CDN) - Thorofon (D) 25th anniversary show - Tragic Black (USA) - Treha Sektori (F) - Triarii (D) - Unzucht (D) - Valhall (S) - Velvet Acid Christ (USA) - Winter Severity Index (I) - Winterkälte (D) 25th anniversary show - Xeno & Oaklander (USA) - XTR Human (D) -


For more information about the confirmed artists, there is a list of their official webpages here:

On the WGT website, you can enroll for a newsletter which quickly informs you about the latest program updates.


WGT special tips

Apart from famous bands of the scene, the coming WGT program will again include several hidden treasures whose names are maybe not known to everybody, but which will surely perform outstanding concerts. So before visiting the WGT, it’s worthwhile to take a closer look into the program and listen to some sample tracks of the artists you don’t know. Here are some hints on a few less known, yet interesting bands and artists which will play at the WGT 2016:



Electro, EBM | Leipzig

Although they're about to release their fifth album, "Dawn", a bit more publicity couldn't hurt the sympathetic Leipzig boys from Amnistia. Their sound draws from admiration of the EBM greats from Front 242 to Skinny Puppy, but is in no way out-dated.

 Bestial Mouths

Minimal Synth, Industrial | USA

A violent electronic thunderstorm rhythm rumbles in from L.A. with an idiosyncratic voice reminiscent of both Diamanda Galás and Lydia Lunch. Perhaps not the easiest to grasp on first listen, but in the end very gripping and gloomy as the night without the insincere ballast of clichés.



Alternative, Doom | Leipzig

Those who get goosebumps from Chelsea Wolfe's raven-black oeuvre should lend an ear to this new discovery from the Prophecy label. Sinister, sluggish Doom with exceptional female vocals makes you lust for the forthcoming debut album. In any case absolutely impressive live.



Minimal Synth | France

Last year, the WGT presented the bustling Parisian Hélène de Thoury's other current project, Minuit Machine, with great success. This year her no less interesting solo project "Hante." takes its turn after recently releasing its second LP. Hélène's supply of ideas seems inexhaustible and she produces one hit after another. Hats off to so much talent. The sound of "Hante." travels through familiar climes, another spectacular concert with supercooled danceable Synth-Wave and heartbreaking melodies awaits us.


Har Belex

Neofolk | Spain

There comes a point at which the shoemaker can't bear to look upon his own last, and begins a new life as a shepherd. The electronic musicians Manix S. (Pail) and Salva Maine (Culture Kultür) apparently tired of the synthesizers after many years and exchanged them

unceremoniously for acoustic guitars. Thus, they are probably the first Neofolk band with such a musical background. Of course they're not reinventing the folkloric wheel, but they provide quite solid fare for fans of the genre.


James Rays Gangwar

Gothic Rock | Great Britain

He was the voice of the Sisters of Mercy side-project "The Sisterhood" that forms an indisputable cornerstone of any solid Goth-Rock record collection with its only album, "Gift". In 2016, 10 years since his last live performances and with far too little attention given to his own projects, he comes out of nowhere back to the WGT for an exclusive concert.


Kari Rueslåtten

Ethereal, Folk, Pop | Norway

In the early 90's, with her band The 3rd And The Mortal, she established the foundation for almost all well-known "female fronted" Metal bands from Nightwish to The Gathering. In 1995, however, she dropped out to pursue a solo career more focused on Norwegian folklore. An exception woman with an exceptional voice.



Post Rock, Doom Metal| Russia

Great mix of Post -Rock, Doom Metal and Folk. Those who are even remotely excited about My Dying Bride or Dead Can Dance should give this a listen.



Indie, Wave | Germany

Sebastian Söllner, singer of Lament, along with his band has a now 20-year eventful journey behind them: from small newcomer band from Bad Lausick via various WGT performances in the nineties through to a win at MTV Rookie Contest 2008 from which 700 competitors came away empty-handed. After various internal and personal crises the end of the band seemed likely - however in 2014 they had their comeback and this year they are to finally returning to the WGT-stage. Not only friends of The Cure should take this opportunity - these guys are highly motivated



Elektro, Alternative | Iceland

Singer Krummi Björgvinsson, successful in his home country in various hardcore and country rock bands, founded Legend as a side project. Their mix of alternative rock and synthpop shows once again that Icelandic bands really don't give a damn about genre conventions and labels, they just do their thing - and as often happens, in this case it's damn good.



Post Rock, IDM | France

They were here before in 2012 and won over many fans with their impressive live mix of punchy Post Rock paired with all kinds of melodic IDM tinkering. Thereafter, this French band unfortunately fell quiet, but this year they blew us away with their new material, which seems a bit more guitar driven.


Peter Yates

Indie Rock | Great Britain

According the Gothic-Rock history book, this young man was the guitarist and a quasi-founding member (1983-1991) and therefore instrumental to the first three albums of a band called "Fields Of The Nephilim", which means that he played the riffs on "Wail of Sumer", "Love Under Will"and of the other incomparable pearls. After his first appearance at the WGT as a band member of Evi Vine in 2015, he returns this year with his solo material.


Position Parallèle

Minimal Synth | France

Geoffroy D. is best known as the head of the Military-Pop band Dernière Volonté, which will also make a WGT appearance this year. After a significant development from album to album from raw martial, early recorded work to pop dance numbers, he now lives out his passion for sugary minimum / synthpop with an undiluted flair for memorable melodies in this side project which has already produced two albums. Dance guarantee!


Sunset Wings

Folk, Neoclassic | Russia

Founded in 2006 in Kaliningrad, they've so far released 4 albums of the finest romantic East-European oriented Folk. A sound recommendation, not only for friends of similar bands such as Neutral, Romowe Rikoito or Moon Far Away.


Tanz Ohne Musik

Minimal Synth, Industrial | Romania

Ice cold electronics, sometimes psychedelic, sometimes danceable. The Romanian Angst Pop response to November Növelet delighted audiences with their 2013 album "Between Our Body Shapes", which bears the high quality standard of cult label Galakthorrö without a problem. No one had noticed the seven (!) previously released albums -- no wonder, with a circulation of 20.


The Underground Youth

Indie, Psychedelic Rock | Great Britain

This is the sound of the feeling of waking after a wild party early at 5 a.m. with your head on the floor and your legs on the sofa. It's still dark outside, the last people are headed home, and everything is spinning slightly, but there's still a smile on your face. Compulsory for fans of The Jesus And Mary Chain, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Slowdive or The Blue Angel Lounge.


The Visit

Neoclassic | Canada

In 2012 Raphael Weinroth-Browne performed at WGT with his main band, Musk Ox. This year he returns, accompanied by Heather Sita Black, with his current project The Visit. Virtuoso cello meets enraptured female vocals, simply enchanting.


Treha Sektori

Dark Ambient, Industrial | France

Very interesting French Dark-Ambient project on the cutting edge Cyclic Law label.


 Winter Severity Index

Wave, Post Punk | Italy

The Cure, New Order, The Chameleons, The Sound, Joy Division - surely that's what stands on the record shelves of these Italians. Simona Ferrucci garnishes this mix with her afflicted, fragile voice. For melting away!



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