Wave-Gotik-Treffen: 20 years of dark-romantic celebrations in Leipzig – Germany
Twenty 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 in 1992 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 Withsun.
Now the WGT celebrates its 20th annual occurrence. From June 9th to 13th 20,000 Gothics from all over the world are expected to come together
again in Leipzig to celebrate the Wave-Gotik-Treffen as THE international gathering of the dark family. To celebrate the 20th WGT adequately,
there will be a grand opening show on Thursday night (June 9th) featuring most of the bands that played at the 1st WGT in 1992, among them
the veterans of Gothic rock Love Like Blood with their final show and only concert since 1999.
All over the city there will be about 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 Industrial. The concerts and events take place at more than 30 venues
spread throughout Leipzig, for instance in the vaults of the Moritzbastei, in the splendid neo-antique cupola hall of the Pantheon (the former
Volkspalast), in the green round of the open-air Parkbühne, as well as in large concert halls. Traditionally, the crazy Gothic concerts are
contrasted by including some beautiful classical music in the program as well. We have even booked Leipzig’s Opera House for a ballet
evening accompanied by Mozart choirs and for Richard Strauss’ dramatic opera Elektra.
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, the pagan village. We will have authors reading, unusual theatre and cinematic performances will
take place as well as a big live action role play. One of Leipzig’s most beautiful cafes with an outstanding historical interior will be the daily
setting of an opulent brunch meal accompanied by live chamber music. People in historic clothing will gather in the park for a Victorian
Picnic. For four days a large hall on at the agra-Messepark will turn into the biggest Gothic-wares marketplace in the world.
In countless 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 eras is especially worthwhile for art lovers: entrance to the huge fine arts museum with
its important collection of painting, graphic art and sculpture is again 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) which includes also the extensive WGT-program-book. 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.
We would be happy to welcome you in Leipzig too. Celebrate the 20th anniversary of your Treffen with us!
See you in the City of Goth! The Treffen-Team
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June 9th to 13th, 2011
Leipzig, eastern Germany (at about 40 venues, spread all over the city); camping site and main venue at the edge of town at the „agra-Messepark“ Markkleeberg; for information on the city you may check http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leipzig or the official city website
If you travel to the WGT for the first time, you can find lots of useful information for planning your trip on: www.sadgoth.com
– Music styles:
All sub-genres of dark music: Gothic; EBM; Industrial; Ambient; Neofolk; Synthpop, Goth-Metal etc.
– Advance ticket sale:
5-day ticket for all events within the 20th Wave-Gotik-Treffen Whitsun 2011 for 81,- Euro in advance ticket sale (including advance sale
charges), available via „Ticket Order“ at www.wave-gotik-treffen.de.
Possible with Obsorge ticket, limited up to 9999 tickets for 25,- Euro (includes advance sale charges), contains the following service-package:
· Camping at the Treffen-Campground (agra-fairground)
· “Pfingstbote” (“Whitsun-herald”) – the WGT program book
· Small gift
Please note: Entrance to and use of the campground is impossible without an Obsorge ticket. The Obsorge ticket is only valid in connection
with the WGT-Event-Ticket.
For car parking at the main venue of the Treffen-area you have to purchase a Parking Vignette for 15,- Euro (includes advance sale charges).
Please note: Parking at the Treffen-area (agra-Messepark) is definitely impossible without a Parking Vignette.
– Expected number of visitors:
vPhone: 0049-341-2120862 / Email: email@example.com
– Photos of the last years:
See „Photogallery“ on our website
Currently there are 130 bands and artists confirmed (status of March 15th):
13th Monkey (D) – 18 Summers (D) – A Flock Of Seagulls (GB) – Absurd Minds (D) – Age Of Heaven (D) – Agent Side Grinder (S) – Agrezzior (S) – Alkonost (RUS) – Ally The Fiddle (D) – Alter Der Ruine (USA) – Analog Angel (GB) – Anathema (GB) – Arian 1 (PE) – Artwork & Gäste (D) 20th anniversary show – Assemblage 23 (USA) – Aun (CDN) – Backworld (USA) – Balzac (J) – Barren Earth (FIN) – Beati Mortui (FIN) – Black Tape For A Blue Girl (USA) – Blacklist (USA) – Blind Passenger (D) – Bloodsucking Zombies From Outer Space (A) – C.3.3. (GB) co-founder of TEST DEPT. – Camouflage (D) – Cawatana (H) – Chris & Cosey (GB) – Chthonic (RC) – Cinema Strange (USA) – Clock DVA (GB) first live show since 1994 – Coppelius (D) – Crib45 (FIN) – Crimfall (FIN) – Cryo (S) – Das Ich (D) – Das Präparat (D) – Deine Lakaien (D) – Destroid (D) – Devil’s Whorehouse (S) – Die Braut (RCH) – Die Vorboten (D) – Diorama (D) – Dive (B) – Dornenreich (A) – E.D.O. – Ethereal Dark Orchestra (I) world premiere – Egida Aurea (I) – Eluveitie (CH) – Empyrium (D) world premiere – Eraldo Bernocchi (I) – ESC (P) – Estampie (D) – Eviamara (D) – Eyes Shut Tight (D) – Faderhead (D) – Faun (D) – Feeding Fingers (USA) – Feindflug (D) – Fields Of The Nephilim (GB) – File Not Found (D) – Finsterforst (D) – Front 242 (B) – Gernotshagen (D) – Giardini Di Mirò (I) – Girls Under Glass (D) 25th anniversary with special guests – Gothika (J) – Gothminister (N) – Helevorn (E) – Helheim (N) – Henke spielt Goethes Erben (D) – Herzfeind (D) – Hocico (MEX) – Homo Futura (D) – House Of Dolls(IRL) – Ikon (AUS) – In The Nursery (GB) – Inade (D) – Inertia (GB) – Infrawarrior feat. Monica Richards (USA) – Killing Joke (GB) – Kyoll (D) – Lacrimas Profundere (D) – Lake Of Tears (S) – Larrnakh (H) – Les Discrets (F) world premiere – Love Is Colder Than Death (D) – Love Like Blood (D) first and only live show since 1999! – Lustmord (USA) – Mani Deum (GR) – Marita Schreck (D) – Mark Benecke (D) – Mediaeval Baebes (GB) – Megaherz (D) – Menschdefekt (S) – Mephisto Walz (USA) – Midnight Caine (S) – Militia (B) – Mind In A Box (A) – Moonsorrow (FIN) – Nachtwindheim (D) – Narsilion (E) – Nehl Aëlin (F) – Neon Kross (USA) – Neun Welten (D) – Nim Vind (USA) – Nitzer Ebb (GB) – Noisex (D) 20th anniversary show – Nordarr (D) – Nosferatu (GB) – Obscenity Trial (D) – October Tide (S) – Orchis (GB) – OWLS (GB/I) world premiere – P:HON (D) – Performance (GB) – Plastic Noise Experience (D) – Pouppée Fabrikk (S) – Prager Handgriff (D) – Quellenthal (D) – Rabenschrey (D) – Raggedy Angry (CDN) – Raison D’être (S) – Recoil (GB) – Red Lorry Yellow Lorry (GB) – Resist (GB) – Rezurex (USA) – Rome (L) – Sarah Jezebel Deva (GB) – She’s All That (D) – Sieben (GB) – Soman (D) – Sophia (S) / Karjalan Sissit (S) – Soul In Isolation (D) – Spiritual Front (I) – Squishy Squid (A) – Sweet William (D) – Tactical Sekt (USA) – Temple Of Twilight (D) – Terminal Choice (D) – The Anti Group / TAGC (GB) – The Beauty Of Gemina (CH) – The Cemetary Girlz (F) – The Cold (D) – The Damned (GB) – The Eternal Afflict (D) – The Foreshadowing (I) – The Green Man (I) – The Hiram Key (GB) – The Holy Hack Jacks (D) – The Last Days Of Jesus (SK) – The Legendary Pink Dots (NL) – The March Violets (GB) – The Moon And The Nightspirit (H) – The Other (D) – The Pain Machinery (S) – The Storm (DK) – The Twins (D) – Tiamat (S) – Tides From Nebula (PL) – Tony Wakeford (GB) – Trobar De Morte (E) – Tying Tiffany (I) – Umbra Et Imago (D) – Uni_Form (P) – Vinterland (S) world premiere – Visions (CDN) – Vlad In Tears (I) – Vreid (N) – Vroudenspil (D) – Wolfenmond (D) – X-Divide (D) – XMH (NL) – Zackenflanke (D) – Zombiesuckers (S) –
Grand opening concert (Thursday, 20011-06-09, show starts at 6PM AGRA-Halle 2):
To celebrate the 20th anniversary adequately, there will be a grand opening show featuring most of the bands that had played at the 1st WGT
in 1992: AGE OF HEAVEN, SWEET WILLIAM, THE ETERNAL AFFLICT, DAS ICH, HENKE performs songs of GOETHES ERBEN and the exclusive and
final performance of LOVE LIKE BLOOD (first and only live show since 1999!)