- Date: June 7th to 10th, 2019
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 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leipzig or
the official city website www.leipzig.de/int/en.
Wave-Gotik-Treffen: dark-romantic celebrations every year at Whitsun in Leipzig - Germany
Twenty-seven 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…from June 7th to 10th
, again more than 20,000 Gothics from all over the world are expected to come together again in Leipzig to celebrate Wave-Gotik-Treffen as THE international gathering of the dark family. 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.
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.
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. Gothics from all over the world celebrate their gathering in a peacefully relaxed manner, turning Leipzig into a diverse wave of black.
Once a year about twenty thousand Gothics come home: to the Wave-Gotik-Treffen.
The following 160 artists have already confirmed their performances at the 28
th WGT (as of April 26):
A Slice Of Life (B) - A Spell Inside (D) - Absurd Minds (D) - Agonoize (D) - Alien Vampires (GB) - Am Not (GB) - And The Golden Choir (D) -Arhai (GB) - Artwork/Belladonna (D) - Ashram (I) - Automelodi (CDN) - Autumn (USA) first European show - Banane Metalik (F) - Bannkreis (D)- Battle Scream (D) - Bragolin (NL) - Camerata Mediolanense (I) - Carach Angren (NL) - Cat Rapes Dog (S) exclusive German reunion show -Cervello Elettronico (USA) - Christian Death (USA) - Christine Owman (S) - Cold Showers (USA) - Coph Nia (S) - Coppelius (D) - Cradle Of Filth(GB) - Creux Lies (USA) - Cubanate (GB) - Darkcell (AUS) - Darkher (GB) - Das Ich (D) - Dear Deer (F) - Double Echo (GB) - Dystopian Society(I) - Edo Notarloberti (I) - Eggvn (MEX) - Empathy Test (GB) - Empirion (GB) - Erik Cohen (D) - Escape With Romeo (D) - Evi Vine (GB) - Faun(D) - Fehlfarben (D) perform "Monarchie und Alltag" - Fliehende Stürme (D) - Forced To Mode (D) - Freakangel (EST) - Freunde Der Italienischen Oper (D) - Friends Of Gas (D) - Fuchsteufelswild (D) - Ganaim (D) - Geometric Vision (I) - Gitane Demone Quartet (USA) -Goethes Erben (D) - Golden Apes (D) 20th anniversary show feat. STEVE HEWITT (LOVE AMONGST RUIN, ex-PLACEBO) - Grausame Töchter (D) - Ground Nero (B) - Hackedepiciotto (D/USA) - Hämatom (D) - Hante. (F) - Haujobb (D) - Hell Boulevard (CH) - Hell-O-Matic (D) -Helrunar (D) - Henric De La Cour (S) - In Strict Confidence (D) - In2TheSound (GB/D) Mike Dudley & The Convent play The Sound - Inkubus Sukkubus (GB) - Intent:Outtake (D) - Janus (D) - Job Karma (PL) - Jonathan Bree (NZ) - Jungstötter (D) - Karies (D) - Kellermensch (DK) -Killus (E) - King Dude (USA) full-band show - Knasterbart (D) - Kontravoid (CDN) - Kælan Mikla (ISL) - La Scaltra (D) - Laura Carbone (D) -Lene Lovich Band (GB) exclusive German festival show celebrating the 40th anniversary of the album "Stateless" - Light Asylum (USA) - Logic& Olivia (D) - London After Midnight (USA) - Lord Of The Lost (D) - Luigi Rubino (I) - M.I.N.E (D) - Machinista (S) - Maerzfeld (D) - Megaherz (D)
- Meta Meat (F) - Michael Cashmore & Shaltmira (GB/LT) - Mila Mar (D) - Murder At The Registry (D) exclusive 30th anniversary show -
Nachtmahr (AT) - Near Earth Orbit (D) - New Model Army (GB) - Nitzer Ebb (GB) - October Burns Black (GB) - Omnimar (RUS) - Orange Sector(D) - OUL (D) - Parade Ground (B) - Patenbrigade:Wolff (D) - Phasenmensch + ICD-10 (D) - Pleasure Symbols (AUS) - Priest (S) - Psyche(CDN) - Rhys Fulber (CDN) - S.K.E.T. (D) - Sad Lovers And Giants (GB) - Saeldes Sanc (D) - Sally Dige (DK/CDN) - Sanguis Et Cinis (D)exclusive 20th anniversary reunion show - Scarlet Dorn (D) - Schandmaul (D) - Schattenmann (D) - Schwarzer Engel (D) - Seadrake (S/ZA/D) -Sebastian Fitzek (D) reading "Der Insasse" - Selofan (GR) - Shadow Project 1334 (USA) First show of EVA O, WILLIAM FAITH and STEVYN GREY in 27 years - She Pleasures Herself (P) - Solar Fake (D) - Soman (D) - Sono (D) - Sonorus7 (D) - St. Michael Front (D) - Still Corners(USA) - Synthattack (D) - System Noire (D) - Tamaryn (USA) - Tangerine Dream (D) - Tanzwut (D) - Tempers (USA) - The Adicts (GB) - The Bellwether Syndicate (USA) - The Cassandra Complex (GB) - The Creepshow (CDN) - The Foreign Resort (DK) - The Lust Syndicate (I) - The Moon And The Nightspirit (H) - The O'Reillys & The Paddyhats (D) - The Soft Moon (USA) - UK Decay (GB) - Unto Ashes (USA) feat. MICHAEL POPP (QNTAL, ESTAMPIE) - Urze De Lume (F) - Velvet Acid Christ (USA) - Void Vision (USA) - Vowws (AUS) - Welicoruss (RUS) -Welle:Erdball (D) - White Lies (GB) - Winterkälte (D) - Witt (D) - Wolfheart (FIN) - X-RX (D) - XIV Dark Centuries (D) - Zweite Jugend (D)
For more information about the confirmed artists, there is a list of their official webpages here: