Preview: Wave-Gotik-Treffen June 2nd to 5th, 2017

This summer is going to turn Leipzig into a black city again: When Wave-Gotik-Treffen is opening its doors, thousands of Gothic fans from all over the world are coming out to celebrate this four day festival which is held at various locations all over Leipzig.

26th Wave-Gotik-Treffen stands for dark-romantic celebrations every year at Whitsun in Leipzig – Germany.

Twenty-five 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 2nd to 5th, 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 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 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.

4-Day-Tickets for all events within the 26th Wave-Gotik-Treffen Whitsun 2017 are available for 120,- € 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 June 2nd, 8.00 a.m. to June 6th, 12.00 p.m. / noontime (except for special routes).

For camping you need a special ticket called Obsorgekarte (available for 25,- €) that allows you to stay at the Treffen- Campground (agra-fairground) from June 1st to 6th.

The following 63 artists have already confirmed their performances at the 26th WGT (as of February 7):
Aeon Sable (D) – Ah! Kosmos (TR) – Amanda Palmer & Edward Ka-Spel (USA/NL) world premiere – Angels & Agony (NL) – Annwn (D) – Autodafeh (S) – Azar Swan (USA) – B-Movie (GB) – Besides (PL) – BFG (GB) – Black Nail Cabaret (H) – Chemical Sweet Kid (F) – Corde Oblique (I) – Cryo (S) – Cuelebre (E) – Da-Sein (E) world premiere – Der Blaue Reiter (E) – Desperate Journalist (GB) – Eden (AUS) european premiere – Eisfabrik (D) – Esben And The Witch (GB) – Hautville (I) – Hørd (F) – Hexperos (I) – Ianva (I) – Illuminate (D) – In the Woods… (N) – Iszoloscope (CDN) – Jarboe (USA) exclusive acoustic show – Klangstabil (D) – Landscape Body Machine (CDN) – Larrnakh (H) – Lebanon Hanover (GB) – Lucifer’s Aid (S) – Masquerade (FIN) – Mlada Fronta (F) – Moon Far Away (RUS) – Nikolas Schreck (USA) – Noisuf-X (D) – Nox Interna (D) – Ohm (CDN) – Peter Bjärgö (S) – Peter Heppner (D) – Pouppée Fabrikk (S) – Principia Audiomatica (HR) – Red Mecca (S) – Rotersand (D) – S.P.O.C.K (S) – Saigon Blue Rain (F) – She Past Away (TR) – Shireen (NL) – Sixth June (SRB) – Skinny Puppy (CDN) exclusive German show 2017 – Soviet Soviet (I) – Sylvaine (N) – The Agnes Circle (GB) – The Devil And The Universe (A) – The Mission (GB) – Vain Warr (USA) ex-Blacklist – Virgin In Veil (FIN) – VNV Nation (IRL/GB) – Whispering Sons (B) – Wires & Lights (D) –


12 February 2017