It is festival season and this weekend, we were at Wave Gotik Treffen in Leipzig, Germany for you. Four days of festival that is spread out all across Leipzig. Even museums and such participate in the festival. This way all visitors of WGT get free entry to museums and even the opera to learn about culture and history during the day and party at night. A beautiful thought and a great way to spend the daytime. There are also readings and cultural gatherings all over, so there will be no minute of boredom with all these options and places to go.
But let’s stick to the music, shall we? We opened tonight with Poupee Fabrikk at Agra. Agra is a huge area with the festival’s camping space, the medieval market and village and a huge venue with quite some shops, too.
Since 1987, Sweden’s Pouppee Fabrikk has never been about perfection or being nice. They play EBM – physical music that makes you want to get up and move. No compromise, no polish: 100% primitive electronic with attitude.
The band entered the stage pf the crowded Agra, and the audience went wild. They danced and moved along to the electronic sounds of Pouppee Fabrikk. Some fans even sang along to the music.
The tall and tattooed singer had a dark voice with which he sometimes shouted, sometimes sung. The music was rough and edgy but still absolutely catchy. The audience loved it.
During the last song the singer was shouting his lungs out. He was talking to the audience in-between songs, animating the audience to go along more and telling them stories. Pouppee Fabric played for about one hour.
The band even came back for an encore of two songs. What an amazing show of these guys.
Up next was the UK band Devilment with Dani Filth from Cradle of Filth.
Devilment is a British heavy metal band originally formed in late 2011. The band experienced problems finding a stable vocalist until Dani Filth from the extreme metal band Cradle of Filth joined. They released their first studio album, “The Great And Secret Show”, on 3 November 2014.
The band was playing loud metal music. The singer shouted and growled along to the music. Sometimes he ended a verse with a high pitched scream. The rough riffs were accompanied by strong kicking on the drums and keyboards. The female keyboard player sang some backup vocals here and there, and sometimes even a part of the verses or choruses.
The singer Dani Filth was talking to the audience here and there, telling them some stories and surely animating them to make some more noise. The audience loved it and raged along to the loud and heavy music.
Devilment played for about one hour before they cleared the stage for the last band of the night.
The midnight special was Amanda Palmer (Dresden Dolls) and Edward Ka-Spel (Legendary Pink Dots). These names were promising an interesting performance.
Amanda Palmer is the singer of the Dresden Dolls, and Edward Ka-Spel of the Legendary Pink Dots. These two got together, writing songs and creating music. Successfully. And tonight, they were performing here at WGT.
The duo had a violin player along to complete the sound. As the band entered the stage, the audience was eager to see them perform. Curious and excited.
Unfortunately, the band encountered technical difficulties. The sustain pedal of Amanda’s piano was not working. It turned out to be the piano, that caused the error so the band was trying to find another band with a piano to borrow it for the show.
The violin player was playing a few notes to kill the time, but the wait was to be longer. The band was trying to find something to get through the time until they had found a new piano. During these times of waiting, the band decided to play a song for which they would not need a piano. So Amanda was singing only, while the other two were playing the song.
Then they finally found a piano and could begin the show. The song were absolutely theatric. The light was dim and the mood was dark, perfectly fitting to the songs. The show was impressive and unique. And it lasted for more than one hour.
The audience was watching closely, impressed by the performance. What a great start!