Thursday, 4 May 2017

Wave Gotik Treffen - The Preview June 2017

The gathering of 2017s Wave Gotik Treffen, is but a month away. Time to get the fascinators out and the boots polished!

Already 145 artists are confirmed. The main acts sweep from the echoes of Victory of VNV Nation to the cabaret dish dash of Amanda Palmer. From Nordic cold caves of Cryo, to the Whispers in the Shadow, the patrons have their music served nor À la carte.

The festival has been in existence for now more than a quarter of a century.  June 2nd to 5th, again more than 20,000 Goths from all over the world are expected to come together in communion over Leipzig to celebrate Wave-Gotik-Treffen as the international dark gathering over Whitsun.

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 EBM to Neofolk, from medieval music to Post Punk. Apart from famous bands of the scene, new discoveries with several less-known underground bands from the edge of the Gothic universe participate, the festival is for typical headliners, however encompassing the complete trinity of the Gothic subculture, that is never in one place, is.
145 artists are already confirmed

To discover the wide range of genres this year, explore the attached playlist.

2017 Discoveries

Some bands not so well known, but something to watch out for this year when you gander at the festival card:

Lucifer's Aid
EBM | Sweden
The Progress Productions label (home of Kite, Hendric De La Cour, Agent Side Grinder, etc.) serves Old-School-EBM from a new Swedish project from Nordic wasteland.

Industrial, Angstpop | Spain
Another stage premiere of a band from the industrial cult label "Galakthorrö". Gloomy reduced analogue electronics. Variance; from danceable to destructive, an alien female voice expells notes in Polish and English.

Moon Far Away
Neofolk | Russia
Appearing for the second time at the WGT the ensemble draws inspiration from the old north Russian folklore and creates an entranced mood through the ritual-like costumes and masks. 

Pagan Folk, Medieval | Spain
A new, sympathetic ensemble from Valencia, named after a giant winged snake from northern Spanish mythology. 

Postrock, Shoegaze, Black Metal | France
With her current album "Wistful" the Norwegian multi-instrumentalist steers stylistically toward the so-called "Blackgaze", which was recently created by bands such as Alcest. In contrast to her studio work, at WGT she will appear with a full band, in contrast to her studio work.

Neoklassik, Ethereal | Germany
Ethereal, wafting chamber-folk, carried by the heavenly voice of Sabine Hornung, who leads a large ensemble of classical musicians.

TheWGT Basics //2017 

The Ticket

The ticket covers all events within WGT, at 120€. Your fine coin covers you for the Thursday to Monday and free public transport throughout the festival in Leipzig, from June 2nd to June 6th.


The cheapest way to get four walls and a hot shower is through the WGT Forum. Leipzig residents with a free room or whole apartment advertise their free space and have a wide range of sizes and prices, overall very affordable. 


Want to be the party animal in a tent who is all terrain experienced with makeup, mud, sweat and met. Well this is the ticket for you aka tent site ticket. It not only acts as your pitch in the black earth, but also as a grand shortcut from the Agra to the Heidnisches Dorf, it also includes the annual Pfingftbote book of the annual engagement. A very nice memory.
Cost 25€ from the 1st to 6th of June.

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-Messepark) is definitely not possible without a parking vignette.

If you are as disorganised as a bat in the sunlight, then start praying to this beautiful piece of coded architecture, it could save you from an A4 paper disaster, if the old parchment ain’t goanna cut it for thou.

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Dominic Lynch aka DJ LX-E

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