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Preview: 31st Wave-Gotik-Treffen

The legendary Wave-Gotik-Treffen is taking place this year for the 31st time at about 40 venues spread all over the city; catering to all sub-genres of dark music: Gothic; EBM; Industrial; Dark Ambient; Neofolk; Synth Pop, Goth Metal, Post Punk and many more.

May 17th to 20th, 2024
Location: Leipzig, eastern Germany, at the agra-Messepark, Markkleeberg; for information on the city you may check the official city website .

Details at the Festival website

31st Wave-Gotik-Treffen: dark-romantic celebrations every year at Whitsun in Leipzig – Germany
In 1992, two very young Goth boys 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 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 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 historical vaults of the Moritzbastei, in the splendid 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.

The following 154 artists have already confirmed their performances at the 31st WGT (as of April 3):
12 Illusions (D) – Abu Nein (S) – Agent Side Grinder (S) – Agnis (PL) – Agonoize (D) – Almara (D) – Amduscia (MEX) – Andi Sex Gang (GB) solo – Angels & Agony (NL) – Anneke Van Giersbergen (NL) Heavy Strings – Årabrot (N) – Artwork/Belladonna (D) – Ashbury Heights (S) – Aska (IS) – Ausgang (GB) – Automelodi (CDN) – Backworld (USA) – Banane Metalik (F) – Barnacle Boi (USA) – Basscalate (D) – Batboner (N) – Blackbook (CH) – Blitzkid (USA) – Bloodsucking Zombies From Outer Space (A) – Bon Harris (GB) “Songs from the lemon tree” – Brigade Enzephalon (D) – Brothel (USA) – Camerata Mediolanense (I) – CASHFORGOLD (USA) – Chain Of Flowers (GB) – Christian Death (USA) – Circuit Preacher (USA) exclusive European premiere – Clout Blued (D) – Cumulo Nimbus (D) – Dalriada (H) – Dancing Plague (USA) – Dead Astronauts (USA) European premiere – Death Loves Veronica (USA) European premiere – Deloraine (CZ) – Derniere Volonte (F) – Deus Vult (D) – Die Habenichtse (D) – Die Kammer (A/D) – Dive (B) – Dorsetshire (D) Farewell-Show – Echoberyl (F) – Eihwar (F) – Emmon (S) – Enemy Inside (D) – Esplendor Geometrico (E) – Extize (D/F) – Fixmer & McCarthy (F/GB) – Flawless Issues (D) – Frozen Plasma (D) – Gast (D) – Gossenpoeten (D) – Gothminister (N) – Haunt Me (USA) European premiere – Hope (D) – In Strict Confidence (D) – Irdorath (BY) – Keep Of Kalessin (N) – Klez.e (D) – Klutae (DK) – Knight$ (GB) – Kollaps (AUS) – Kontravoid (CDN) – Ladytron (GB) exclusive show in Germany in 2024 – Lament (D) – Lili Refrain (I) – Lisieux (F) – Maerzfeld (D) – Martial Canterel (USA) – Martin Dupont (F) – Maschinenkrieger KR 52 (D) – Massiv In Mensch (D) – Megaherz (D) – Mia Morgan (D) – Mila Mar (D) – Miranda Sex Garden (GB) – Model Collapse (D) live premiere – MorphiuM (E) – Mr. Irish Bastard (D) – Neila Invo (I) – Nemuer (CZ) – Night Club (USA) – Nils Keppel (D) – Nitzer Ebb (GB) – Nürnberg (BY) – Omnimar (RUS) – Orphx (CDN) – Ostara (AUS) – Other Day (D) – Plantec (F) – Plastikstrom (D) – Position Parallele (F) – Primordial (IRL) – Principe Valiente (S) – Psyclon Nine (USA) – Public Memory (USA) – Reaper (D) exclusive reunion show – Rendez-Vous (F) – Rosa Anschütz (D) – Rose Of Avalanche (GB) – Rroyce (D) – Safi (D) – Saint City Orchestra (CH) – Schattenmann (D) – Schwarzer Engel (D) – SDH (Semoitics Department of Heteronyms) (E) – Sex Gang Children (GB) – Sextile (USA) – She Hates Emotions (D) – Sidewalks and Skeletons (GB) – Sierra (F) – Sirenia (N) – Skeler (AUS) – Social Station (USA) – Soviet Soviet (I) – Sowulo (NL) – Spiritual Front (I) – Statiqbloom (USA) – Stoneman (CH) – Strikkland (S) – Suono (D) – Tanzwut (D) – The Beauty Of Gemina (CH) – The Bellwether Syndicate (USA) – The Cassandra Complex (GB) – The Cemetary Girlz (F) – The Feelgod McClouds (D) – The Foreign Resort (DK) – The Secret French Postcards (S) live premiere – Theatre Of Hate (GB) – This Morn Omina (B) – Tiamat (S) Clouds & WildhoneySet – Topographies (USA) – Tourdeforce (I) – Tragic Black (USA) – Traumatin (D) – Twin Noir (D) – Twins In Fear (UA/CH) – Two Witches (FIN) – Umbra Et Imago (D – Vanaheim (NL) – Vanguard (S) – Veljanov (D) – Walt Disco (GB) – X-RX (D) – Xeno & Oaklander (USA) – Years Of Denial (F) – Zombeast (USA) ) reunion show / European premiere – Zombiesuckers (S) – Zweite Jugend (D)

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

– Tickets: 4-Day-Tickets for all events within the 31st Wave-Gotik-Treffen Whitsun 2024 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. sightseeingtours).
– Camping: For camping you need a special ticket called Obsorgekarte (available for 40,- €) that allows you to stay at the TreffenCampground (agra-fairground) from May16 to 21.
– 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 the festival website 

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

start photo: WGT website 2023 gallery / Klick Schmidt

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