I have been working hard on the video below as part of my work with SushiCat Productions. It’s very much inspired by my time at Wave Gotik Treffen (particularly in the Sixtina Absinthe bar!) Yes, Absinthe still inspires those dark and tormented souls… to do something very silly!
So the count down has begun in earnest! In 6 days the 21st annual Wave Gotik Treffen will begin. Four days of 209 of Gothic, Metal and Industrial bands, clubs, talks, art, theatre and events.
As ever the schedule is packed! Details of the programme can be found on the Official Wave Gotik Treffen site, iPhone or android app (Be aware: both apps are apparently clunky to use!) or my personal recommendation of NecroWebs PDF planner and Google Map (also see my guide to WGT recommended Places in Leipzig).
Here’s my picks from this years schedule:
On Thursday (24th May), as ever there is Sadgoth’s pre-WGT Meeting at the Bayerischer Bahnhof. Kicking off the festival with this yearly pub/restaurant is great to meet up with people particularly if you are a festival first timer.
Over the entire festival the Stasi Museum Runde Ecke is running an exhibition entitled: “When The Cemetery Was My Living Room” – The Gothic Scene In The DDR and access to this seems to be free for WGT wristband holders (else €3). Goths, like many other youth cultures were persecuted by the Communist regime in Eastern Germany so this exhibit should be interesting. The museum is running several scheduled guided tours through the exhibit as well. See the Official Programme for further details.
On Friday (25th May) from 3pm is the Victorian Picnic, again this year at the Clara-Zetkin-Park (by the lake near the Parkbühne venue). This is a great place to see/be seen with fabulous, often home-made Victorian, Steampunk, Medieval and Lolita fashions.
On Saturday (26th May) the Agra is the place to be with Grendel (6pm), Aesthetic Perfection (8:30pm) and Combichrist (11:10pm) all performing there. Also on is the brilliant British electro-industrial band Global Citizen at the Moritzbastei at 8:30pm.
On Sunday (27th May) the mourning halls of the Südfriedhof (South Cemetery) is open to the public for free from 10am-4pm. The cemetery is one of the largest in Germany.
Final day on Monday (28th May) bands at Agra are demonic Mexicans Amduscia (7:50pm) and the band you definitely don’t want to be in the front row for (they have promised “loads of blood” on their Facebook page!) Germany’s own Agonoize at 10:30pm.
Monday at Darkflower should be awesome (if you can get in) with the finale party from Out Of Line Electrostorm. Star DJs are listed as Lola Angst and Erk from Hocico/Rabia Sorda playing tunes from 8pm – 6am.
See you there!!!
So the sheer number of Alternative Festivals this year, coupled with a malfunctioning camera (which has now been replaced by a phone!) means that it was impossible to report on Waregem, M’era Luna Festival, Infest and Dark Mills Festival.
So instead, here are a list of festivals, performances I saw, brief ratings and some pictures and videos I took. I have seen more bands recently including The Birthday Massacre, Luxury Stranger and Bitter Ruin and that I think it’s unlikely I’ll review at this point so please visit MissJade’s YouTube Channel to see videos from these gigs!
Waregem Gothic Festival – Belgium, Waregem 16th, 17th and 18th July
Friday 16th July:
- Funker Vogt - 3/5
- Umbra Et Imago - 1/5
- Covenant - 4.5/5
Saturday 17th July
- Anne Marie Hurst - 2/5
- Front Line Assembly - 3.5/5
- Skinny Puppy - 5/5
Sunday 18th July
- Vic Anselmo - 5/5
- The Eden House – 4.5/5
- Alien Sex Fiend – 1.5/5
- VNV Nation – 5/5
Festival Highlight: VNV Nation
Best ‘Unknown by MissJade before the festival': Vic Anselmo
Special Mention: Covenant (for being massively off their heads on stage!)
M’era Luna Festival – Germany, Hildesheim 7th & 8th August
Saturday 7th August
- Angelspit – 5/5
- Brendan Perry – 1/5
- Stolen Babies – 3/5
- Laibach – 1.5/5
- Rotersand – 5/5
- Nitzer Ebb – 3/5
- Unheilig – 3.5/5
- Sisters of Mercy – 4/5
Sunday 8th August
- Hanzel & Gretyl – 3/5
- Zeraphine – 3.5/5
- Skinny Puppy - 4/5
- Placebo – 5/5
Festival Highlight: Placebo
Best ‘Unknown by MissJade before the festival': Stolen Babies
Special Mention: Hanzel & Gretyl (for performing their crazy slightly non-PC German jokes in Germany)
Infest – UK, Bradford 27th, 28th and 29th August
Friday 27th August
- De Vision – 2/5
Saturday 28th August
- Agonise – 2/5
- [x]-Rx – 4.5/5
- Rotersand – 5/5
Sunday 29th August
- Patenbrigade: Wolf – 4/5
- Nachtmahr – 3/5
- Project Pitchfork – 3.5/5
Festival Highlight: Rotersand
Best ‘Unknown by MissJade before the festival': [x]-Rx
Special Mention: Nachtmahr (for being hilarious by saying that they had made the woman put the cat in the wheelie bin!)
Dark Mills Festival – Merton Abby Mills, London Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th September (only 4th attended).
Saturday 4th September
- Rome Burns – 4/5
- Diva Suicide – 4/5
- Maleficent – 2/5
- Vic Anselmo – 5/5
- Beautiful Deadly Children – 2/5
Festival Highlight: Vic Anselmo
Who I also had my picture taken with!
Best ‘Unknown by MissJade before the festival': Diva Suicide
Special Mention: Rome Burns (for being lovely people!)