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25th anniversary of Wave-Gotik-Treffen: dark-romantic celebrations that take part every year at Whitsun in Leipzig - Germany. Twenty-four 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 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 was unlikely to imagine 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. Now, the WGT exists for a quarter-century…from May 13th to 16th again more than 20,000 Gothics from all over the world are expected to come together again in Leipzig to celebrate the jubilee of Wave-Gotik-Treffen as the international gathering of the dark family. To start this 25th WGT properly, there will be a grand opening party already on Thursday, May 12th, starting at 8.00 p.m. It will take place at AbenteuerReich Belantis - an amusement park in the south of Leipzig. DJs will be inviting to dance at various locations on the area, among them veterans of the early days of Leipzig’s dark scene like the founders of WGT, Michael Brunner and Sandro Standhaft as DJ-team Moonchild. All fairground rides of the large amusement park can be used until midnight.

The Stadtgeschichtliches Museum of Leipzig (Museum for town history) presents an exhibition about 25 years of WGT, this eerily beautiful part of Leipzig's history, as well as about the scene with its dubious reputation to the public. Extravagant fashion, multi-faceted music genres, spectacular accessories and most of all fascinating people will be the main focus of the dazzlingly black show. Visitors and organisers will tell about their experiences and adventures around the WGT and about their self-conception of being goth. Guided tours in English will be offered on WGT Saturday and Sunday.

Confirmed bands:
Abney Park (USA) exclusive German show 2016 - Aesthetic Perfection (USA) - Amber Asylum (USA) - Amnistia (D) - Ancient Methods (D) - And Also The Trees (GB) - Angelic Foe (S) - Argyle & Goolsby & The Roving Midnight (USA) - Artwork (D) 30th anniversary show - Aurelio Voltaire (USA) - Autumnal (E) - Axel Thielmann (D) - Árnica (E) - Backworld (USA) - Balzac (J) - Banane Metalik (F) - Bestial Mouths (USA) - Bifröst (A) - Biomekkanik (S) - Black Moon Secret (D) - Blitzmaschine (D) - Capella Fidicinia (D) - Chainreactor (D) - Chor und Jugendchor Der Oper Leipzig (D) - Chor, Ballett Und Orchester Der Musikalischen Komödie Leipzig (D) - Christ Vs. Warhol (USA) - Christine Plays Viola (I) - Cinema Strange (USA) worldwide exclusive show in 2016 - Claudia Gräf (D) - Clemens-Peter Wachenschwanz (D) - Coppelius (D) - Crematory (D) 25th anniversary show - Cult Club (D) - Culture Kultür (E) - Cultus Ferox (D) - Dark Fortress (D) - Darkhaus (D/USA) - Darkher (GB) - Das Ich (D) - Dernière Volonté (F) - Destin Fragile (S) - Deutsch Nepal (S) - Diary Of Dreams (D) - Die Krupps (D) - Die Wilde Jagd (D) - Diodati (D) - Dirk Ivens (B) presents the best of The Klinik, Dive, Blok 57 and Absolute Body Control - Dornenreich (A) with two different sets - Drangsal (D) - Endless Asylum (E) - Enslaved (N) - Eric Fish And Friends (D) - Estampie (D) 30th anniversary show - Faun (D) - Frank Herrmann (D) - Gernotshagen (D) - Gewandhausorchester (D) - Girls Under Glass (D) 80s original lineup - Golden Apes (D) - Gothminister (N) - Grausame Töchter (D) - Hante. (F) - Har Belex (E) - Harpyie (D) - Haujobb (D) - Hearts Of Black Science (S) - Hubertus Schmidt (D) - In The Nursery (GB) 35th anniversary show - Irdorath (BY) - Irfan (BG) - James Rays Gangwar (GB) - Jessica93 (F) - Joachim Witt (D) - Kari Rueslåtten (N) - Kauan (RUS) - Kirsten Morrison (GB) - Kommando (D) - Korpiklaani (FIN) - Krayenzeit (D) - Kuroshio (FIN) - Kyoll (D) - Lacrimosa (CH) - Lament (D) - Last Leaf Down (CH) - Leather Strip (DK) - Leaves' Eyes (D/N) Viking show - Legend (IS) - Leipziger Ballett (D) - Lene Lovich Band (USA) - Lord Of The Lost (D) - Machinista (S) - Marko Meyer (D) - Maschinenkrieger KR52 vs. DISRAPTOR (D) - Männerchor Leipzig-Nord (D) - Mesh (GB) - Michael Brunner (D) - Midgards Boten (D) - My Dying Bride (GB) - Näo (F) - Nekromantix (DK) - Neuroticfish (D) - Nordvargr (S) - Nullvektor (D) - One I Cinema (D) - Orange Sector (D) - Other Day (D) - Patenbrigade Wolff (D) - Peter Murphy (GB) 'Mr. Moonlight show' presenting the best of Bauhaus - Peter Yates (GB) - Pink Turns Blue (D) - Plastic Noise Experience (D) - Position Parallèle (F) - Pride And Fall (N) exclusive German show 2016 - Project Pitchfork (D) 25th anniversary show - Psilocybe Larvae (RUS) - Reaper (D) - Roger Rotor (CH) - Ruined Conflict (USA) - Saeldes Sanc & Ernst Horn (D) - Sandro Standhaft (D) - Sangre De Muerdago (E) - Schöngeist (D) - Schwarzer Engel (D) - Siechtum (D) exclusive reunion show - Signal Aout 42 (B) - Sigue Sigue Sputnik (GB) - Skálmöld (IS) - Solar Fake (D) - Somatic Responses (GB) - Sonar (B) - Suicide Commando (B) - Sunset Wings (RUS) - Supersimmetria (D) - Tanz Ohne Musik (RO) - Te/DIS (D) world premiere - The Aerdt (D) - The Angina Pectoris (D) first show in 15 years - The Deadfly Ensemble (USA) - The Fright (D) - The House Of Usher (D) - The Legendary Pink Dots (NL) - The Protagonist (S) - The Underground Youth (GB) - The Visit (CDN) - Theaterpack (D) - Thorofon (D) 25th anniversary show - Tilo Augsten (D) - Tragic Black (USA) - Treha Sektori (F) - Triarii (D) - Trollfest (N) - Ultranoire (H) - Unzucht (D) - Valhall (S) - Velvet Acid Christ (USA) - Versengold (D) - Winter Severity Index (I) - Winterkälte (D) 25th anniversary show - Xeno & Oaklander (USA) - XTR Human (D)

For more information about the confirmed artists, there is a list of their official webpages here: http://www.wave-gotik-treffen.de/forumwgt3/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=23278
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Author: Dobermann
Translator: Dobermann
Source: wave-gotik-treffen.de / 2016-04-25 / Events

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