Wave Gotik Treffen 2023 – ElectroWelt Preview

The 30th Wave-Gotik-Treffen 2023 will take place from 26th May 2023 until 29th May 2023 in Leipzig/Germany. Official Information and ElectroWelt Preview of the festival can be found here...

♦ The 30th Wave-Gotik-Treffen 2023 will take place from 26th May 2023 until 29th May 2023 in Leipzig/Germany.


♦ WAVE – GOTIK – TREFFEN 2023 Festival Preview – by Fotini G. aka Malice F.

WAVE – GOTIK – TREFFEN 2023: 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 30th consecutive year. There is not a single fan of the new & dark/ EBM/ Industrial/ Gothic scene that hasn’t heard of and furthermore hasn’t dreamt of visiting it, at least once.
From May 26 th to May 29 th, again more than 20,000 Goths from all over the world are expected to come together again in Leipzig to celebrate the Wave-Gotik-Treffen as THE international gathering of the dark family.

30 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 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 more than a quarter-century…

All over the city, there will be more than 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 Post Punk.

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 40 venues spread throughout Leipzig, for instance in the vaults of the Moritzbastei, in the splendid cupola hall of the Volkspalast, in the neo-gothic church Heilandskirche 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 operas, chamber music, choral and organ concerts.

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. People in historic clothing will gather for a Victorian Picnic in a park. 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 Leipzig’s museums is free for WGT-guests.

The inhabitants of Leipzig have become familiar with the Treffen over 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.
Cheap and entertaining accommodation is available at the huge Treffen camping
ground. To enter, you need a special ticket (called Obsorgekarte), Public transport in
the city is free for all WGT-guests from Friday morning until noontime Tuesday.

– Camping:
For camping you need a special ticket called Obsorgekarte (available for 30, – €) that
allows you to stay at the Treffen- Campground (agra-fairground) from May26th to
May 29th.

– Parking:
For car parking at the Treffen-area (agra) you have to purchase a parking vignette for
15,- € (including advance sale charges). Parking at the Treffen-area (agra-
Messepark) is definitely not possible without a parking vignette.
All tickets can be ordered via http://www.wave-gotik-treffen.de/english/

4-Day-Tickets for all events within the 30 th Wave-Gotik-Treffen Whitsun 2023 are
available for 170, – € each in advance ticket sale. The Treffen-Event-Ticket includes
the free usage of all public transport within Zone 110 of the MDV (Mitteldeutscher Verkehrverbund), this includes all trams, buses and S-Bahn lines except special lines
e.g. sightseeing tours).

All tickets can be ordered via: www.wave-gotik-treffen.com

We will all meet again at this year’s 30 th Wave – Gotik – Treffen in Leipzig!
Goths from all over the world celebrate their gathering in a peacefully relaxed manner, turning Leipzig into a diverse wave of black.

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

Leipzig, eastern Germany, at about 40 venues spread all over the city; camping site
and main venue at the edge of town at the agra-Messepark, Markkleeberg; for
information on the city you may check http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leipzig or the
official city website www.leipzig.de/int/en.

– Music styles:
All sub-genres of dark music: Gothic; EBM; Industrial; Ambient; Neofolk; Synthpop,
Goth-Metal, Post Punk etc.

– Websites:

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

WGT-Guide – useful app to download at Google Play, iTunes or Amazon

– Photos of the last years:

Phone: 0049-341-2120862 / Email: info@wave-gotik-treffen.de

The following 153 artists have currently confirmed their performances at
the 30 th WGT (as of April 25):

Confirmed Artists:


Wave Gotik Treffen Festival Official Homepage


Official Information: 17 April 2023:

Dear Treffen visitors, due to technical reasons the printing of the WGT tickets will be delayed. This means that the start of the mailing of the tickets will unfortunately be postponed to the last week of April. We will then make every effort to send out the orders quickly and ask for your understanding and a little patience until then – Your WGT organisers.