Wave Gotik Treffen 2024 ,Leipzig a full review, 16-20 may 2024

by photosindarkness

A Journey into the Heart of Goth, EBM, Postpunk, and Electronic Music

As a photographer, crafting words into a narrative isn’t my forte. My true art lies in capturing moments through the lens. However, the experience of my recent five-day trip was so vivid and unforgettable that I feel compelled to share it.

We embarked on our journey early in the morning, a trio of photographers, each representing our respective online magazines. By 3 p.m., we arrived in Leipzig, a city buzzing with anticipation. After checking into our hotel, we quickly secured our entrance tapes and headed straight to the first event of the festival: the EBM warm-up party at the iconic Felsenkeller.

The atmosphere in the hall was electric, filled with a sense of camaraderie and excitement. As the night unfolded, we were treated to a mix of new and familiar sounds. Fresh discoveries like HORSKH, NTRSN, and SIIE  BANG ELEKTRONIKA shared the stage with established acts such as NO SLEEP BY THE MACHINE and STURM CAFE.

Among these, the French industrial metal group HORSKH stood out the most. Their exhilarating beats and sharp guitar riffs resonated deeply, captivating the audience and leaving a lasting impression on me.

The festival had only just begun, but already it promised to be a mesmerizing exploration of gothic, EBM, postpunk, and electronic music. This was just the start of a journey that would be etched into my memory, not only through the photographs I captured but through the experiences and sounds that filled these five extraordinary days..

 Day 1



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Days 2 and 3: A Journey into Gothic, Post-Punk, and Deathrock

The anticipation was palpable as I embarked on a two-day odyssey through the dark, immersive world of gothic, post-punk, and deathrock. My curiosity was piqued by the legendary names of yesteryear—bands like Rose of Avalanche, Sex Gang Children, Theater of Hate, and Ausgang, whose music had remained a mystery to me. Equally compelling was the promise of newer acts such as Cemetery Girlz, Principe Valiente, Batboner, and Tragic Black.

The hallowed halls of Taubchental became my sanctuary, a space where these enigmatic sounds came to life. As the haunting melodies and driving rhythms filled the air, I was struck by the enduring vitality of this genre. Each performance revealed that the spirit of gothic music was not only alive but thriving, with both seasoned veterans and fresh faces commanding their devoted audiences with an undeniable fervor.

It was a revelation to witness the seamless blend of old and new, each group bringing their unique energy and presence to the stage. The experience reaffirmed that the gothic scene remains a powerful and dynamic force, resonating deeply with those who seek its dark embrace.


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Day 4 and 5: An Alternating Odyssey

The fourth and fifth days of Wave Gotik Treffen were a captivating blend of genres, seamlessly transitioning from electronic beats to post-punk rhythms, dark wave melodies, and even the primal sounds of Viking music. These days were a treasure trove of discoveries.

Day 4 Highlights: The Beauty of Gemina took the stage in the expansive Agra Hall, mesmerizing a large audience that had gathered early. Their performance set a high bar for the day. Later, we ventured to the intimate Moritzbastei to experience Neila Invo, whose dark wave sound, enhanced by Ash Code’s keyboards, created an enchanting atmosphere. The day concluded powerfully with performances by the legendary Cassandra Complex and the renowned Editors, leaving us exhilarated.

Day 5 Highlights: We began the final day immersed in the emerging post-punk darkwave scene, with bands like Lament, Topographies, and Social Station delivering captivating sets. Each band brought a fresh and distinct sound, showcasing the future of the genre.

Our next stop was the Schausspielhaus, where we were transported into the fierce and thrilling world of Viking war music by Eihwar. Their intense performance was a highlight of the festival. The grand finale of Wave Gotik Treffen was delivered by the German group Hope. Their music defied categorization, fluidly shifting between indie, post-rock, noise, and ambient/electronic. The ever-changing soundscape left a profound impression on us.

Farewell and Gratitude: Tuesday morning, we departed for home, our hearts full and our bodies tired. The festival had given us five days of exhilarating performances from both seasoned legends and exciting new bands.

A heartfelt thank you to the organizers for crafting such a vibrant and diverse experience. We eagerly await next year’s edition. Until then, farewell!


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