Twenty-seven 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. Here is the listing of bands for 2019 and some previews of some of the lesser known bands worthy of a view!
Apart from famous bands of the scene, the 2019 WGT program will again include several hidden treasures whose names are maybe not known to everybody, but which will surely perform outstanding concerts. So before visiting the WGT, it’s worthwhile to take a closer look into the program and to listen to some sample tracks of the artists you don’t know. Here are some hints on a few less known, yet interesting bands and artists which will play at the WGT 2019:
A Slice Of Life Wave, Postpunk | Belgium
Young Belgian band that released their debut album “Restless” last year, likely to thrill fans of The Cure, The Sisters or Clan Of Xymox.
And The Golden Choir Indie | Germany
Musician and producer Tobias Siebert (well known to some for his band Klez.e, who released their Cure Homage album “Desintegration” in 2016 and also performed at the WGT) is back this year with his solo project. While his early tours featured “background music” completely recorded by himself and then pressed onto records, he now has a complete band with him who perform his opulent, sensitive indie-pop live.
Autumn Gothic Rock | USA
They belong to the mostly undiscovered pearls of nineties Goth Rock, who never achieved the popularity of bands like Faith & The Muse and their cohorts. Their 1996 debut “The Hating Tree” was produced by William Faith. After 2000 there was silence, but suddenly last year a new sign of life appeared in the form of the album “Chandelier” and in 2019 they finally make it across the pond to the WGT.
Bragolin Wave, Postpunk | Netherlands
The first album of this new project by Edwin van der Velde (Zwarte Poëzie) was released in 2018. Those who can listen to their current hit “Into These Woods” without running directly onto the dance floor (or at least inevitably bouncing their feet), should probably get their hearing checked.
Christine Owman Indie,Chamber-Pop | Sweden
Christine Owman is a real insider tip. Without any effort she manages to pull the defenseless listener with her eerily beautiful songs into an almost lightless emotional deep sea. Tying to the mast or putting wax into the ears is useless, there is no escape from the attraction of this siren. If you are into this kind of music and like artists like Evi Vine, Chelsea Wolfe or Anna von Hausswolff, you will most likely get hopelessly addicted to her. Even though her collaborator Mark Lanegan (Screaming Trees, Queens Of The Stone Age) will certainly not be present at the concert, a magical sound journey is guaranteed.
Cold Showers Wave, Postpunk | USA
Founded in California in 2010, their two previous albums “Love And Regret” and “Matter Of Choice” were completely satisfying. Recommended for fans of Soft Kill or Cold Cave.
Creux Lies Wave, Postpunk | USA
The next very young band in this booming genre, who caused a furore with their debut album 2018.
Darkher Indie, Post-Rock, Doom-Metal | Geat Britain
The sluggish doom chokes off the air with a deep black cloth until you have finally left the pain of reality behind you. Soundwise close to Chelsea Wolfe.
Dear Deer Electro-Punk, No-Wave | France
The sympathetic Frenchmen Federico Iovino (Popoi Sdioh) and Sabatel (Cheshire Cat, Guerre Froide) celebrate a jagged, weird and absolutely danceable mix of loud guitars and electro beats with plenty of energy and glitter , but still rough and sexy. A feel good live show.
Geometric Vision Wave, Postpunk | Italy
Founded in Naples in 2012, they released their third album last year and are now performing at the WGT for the first time. Highly recommended for fans of their label mates Ash Code.
In2TheSound Wave, Postpunk | Germany / Great Britain
The British post-punk band The Sound unfortunately never made an appearance at the WGT, because it dissolved in 1988. A reunion was also impossible, because singer and band head Adrian Borland took his own life in 1999 due to severe depression. They’re among the big cult bands of the genre, with songs like “Winning” or “New Dark Age” a must for any serious party. In order to bring their unforgettable “sound” on stage, their friends from The Convent and The Sound’s original drummer, Mike Dudley, have created a new project with “In2TheSound” and pay tribute to the heroes.
Jonathan Bree Indie, Chamber-Pop | New Zealand
Almost 10 million people have already seen the weird, beautiful, sick video for the song “You’re So Cool” on Youtube. Live the whole thing looks the same, complete with stocking masks and wigs. And it sounds excellent. Not super goth, but it’s still “so cool” to have them with us.
Jungstötter Indie, Chamber-Pop | Germany
Indie fans may be familiar with Fabian Altstötter from his successful band “Sizarr”. He has now released his first solo LP this year as Jungstötter, which is miles away from Sizarr in terms of sound. The first associations conjure up Scott Walker or Anthony at the bar long after midnight indulging in a last whisky with Nick Cave. Demanding, deeply melancholic and quite unique. Absolute tip for stylistically open music lovers with a tendency toward depression.
Karies (Post-)Punk, Alternative | Germany
Another exciting young band from Germany, founded 2012 in Stuttgart. With their debut “Seid umschlungen, Millionen” they won some prizes and went on tour with “Turbostaat” and the “Sleaford Mods”. You can expect morbid, grouchy (post-)punk and bulky noise-rock with German lyrics about dehumanization and world-weariness. Recommended for fans of Sonic Youth or Die Nerven.
Kellermensch Indie, Progressive Rock, Art-Metal | Denmark
Their name may sound like a German cliché scene band, but that is misleading. The Danes, who were inspired by Dostojewski’s “Notes from the Underground” (German: “Aufzeichnungen aus dem Kellerloch”), are stylistically rather close to the first albums of “Arcade Fire”, with a more “metallic” note perhaps. Surely one of the most exciting bands this year, their live clips promise a pretty intense experience.
Kontravoid Synth Wave | Canada
After leaving the synthpop band Parallels, Cameron Findlay started to release his own material under the name Kontravoid and has since been on the road with bands like Boy Harsher, Drab Majesty, Zanias and Schwefelgelb. If you’re into these bands, this gig is for you.
Light Asylum Synth Wave | USA
Her hit “Dark Allies” runs every week in every club, finally Shannon Funchess comes to WGT, and it’s high time. The live performance is one of the most energetic stage shows possible. Her stage presence and her organ are stunning and sweat-inducing, one hour of ecstatic dancing guaranteed. Mandatory event!
Meta Meat Industrial, Performance Art | France
Hugues Vilette and Phil Von might already be known to some lovers of electronic sounds through their participation in the experimental “Electroflamenco” project Von Magnet (founded in 1985). 2016 saw the release of the first album of their current project, which is largely based on hypnotic tribal rhythms created by Phil Von on stage, including flamenco dance on a cajon. An exciting and not quite everyday sight these days in a genre where the concerts are otherwise dominated by open laptops.
October Burns Black Gothic Rock | Great Britain
The brand new all-star band consisting of James Tramel (The Wake), Ger Egan (This Burning Effigy), Lars Kappeler (Sweet Ermengarde), Tommy Olsson (Theatre of Tragedy) and Simon Rippin (NFD) celebrates pure classic goth rock, which is painfully missed these days.
Pleasure Symbols Synth Wave | Australia
Frozen rhythms, echoed voices, drifting guitars – let yourself collapse and dream. File next to Chromatics, Minuit Machine and Box And The Twins.
Sad Lovers & Giants Wave | Great Britain
Actually an absolute cult band, but they’re so sparse and stingy with releases that it seems advisable to mention them – especially for younger audiences. Hits like “Things We Never Did” or “50:50” are still played at every party, but many are certainly not aware of who is behind these hits.
Sally Dige Synth Wave | Denmark
In 2016 she was already a guest at the WGT with her band “Cult Club”, now she comes back as a solo artist. Finest eighties synth wave for dancing and dreaming.
Still Corners Indie, Dreampop | Great Britain
Still Corners play heartbreaking Dreampop with an eighties touch, comparable to bands like Beach House, Wild Nothing or the Chromatics. If you look at the play count on their Youtube clips, which are over 33 million, they shouldn’t be an “insider tip” anymore. Nevertheless, here’s the hint to the edge of the gothic plate and beyond.
Tamaryn Indie, Dreampop | Neuseeland
My Bloody Valentine meets Siouxsie & The Banshees und Beach House. Dreampop meets Shoegaze and a bit of Retro-Synthpop.
Vowws Postpunk, “Deathpop” | Australia
The Australians, who already worked together with greats like Gary Numan and musicians from Swans during their early career, aptly call their music “Deathpop”. They will find fans among people who are into other current bands like Ritual Howls, Actors or Bootblacks.
Void Vision Synth Wave | USA
Singer and composer Shari Vari from Philadelphia is behind this one-woman project, which originally started as a duo with Hayden Payne (Phase Fatale). Her songs appeal to fans of the genre who are enthusiastic about Hante, Xeno & Oaklander or Martial Canterel.
The following 160 artists have already confirmed their performances at the 28th WGT (as of April 26):
A Slice Of Life (B) – A Spell Inside (D) – Absurd Minds (D) – Agonoize (D) – Alien Vampires (GB) – Am Not (GB) – And The Golden Choir (D) – Arhai (GB) – Artwork/Belladonna (D) – Ashram (I) – Automelodi (CDN) – Autumn (USA) first European show – Banane Metalik (F) – Bannkreis (D) – Battle Scream (D) – Bragolin (NL) – Camerata Mediolanense (I) – Carach Angren (NL) – Cat Rapes Dog (S) exclusive German reunion show – Cervello Elettronico (USA) – Christian Death (USA) – Christine Owman (S) – Cold Showers (USA) – Coph Nia (S) – Coppelius (D) – Cradle Of Filth (GB) – Creux Lies (USA) – Cubanate (GB) – Darkcell (AUS) – Darkher (GB) – Das Ich (D) – Dear Deer (F) – Double Echo (GB) – Dystopian Society (I) – Edo Notarloberti (I) – Eggvn (MEX) – Empathy Test (GB) – Empirion (GB) – Erik Cohen (D) – Escape With Romeo (D) – Evi Vine (GB) – Faun (D) – Fehlfarben (D) perform “Monarchie und Alltag” – Fliehende Stürme (D) – Forced To Mode (D) – Freakangel (EST) – Freunde Der Italienischen Oper (D) – Friends Of Gas (D) – Fuchsteufelswild (D) – Ganaim (D) – Geometric Vision (I) – Gitane Demone Quartet (USA) – Goethes Erben (D) – Golden Apes (D) 20th anniversary show feat. STEVE HEWITT (LOVE AMONGST RUIN, ex-PLACEBO) – Grausame Töchter (D) – Ground Nero (B) – Hackedepiciotto (D/USA) – Hämatom (D) – Hante. (F) – Haujobb (D) – Hell Boulevard (CH) – Hell-O-Matic (D) – Helrunar (D) – Henric De La Cour (S) – In Strict Confidence (D) – In2TheSound (GB/D) Mike Dudley & The Convent play The Sound – Inkubus Sukkubus (GB) – Intent:Outtake (D) – Janus (D) – Job Karma (PL) – Jonathan Bree (NZ) – Jungstötter (D) – Karies (D) – Kellermensch (DK) – Killus (E) – King Dude (USA) full-band show – Knasterbart (D) – Kontravoid (CDN) – Kælan Mikla (ISL) – La Scaltra (D) – Laura Carbone (D) – Lene Lovich Band (GB) exclusive German festival show celebrating the 40th anniversary of the album “Stateless” – Light Asylum (USA) – Logic & Olivia (D) – London After Midnight (USA) – Lord Of The Lost (D) – Luigi Rubino (I) – M.I.N.E (D) – Machinista (S) – Maerzfeld (D) – Megaherz (D) – Meta Meat (F) – Michael Cashmore & Shaltmira (GB/LT) – Mila Mar (D) – Murder At The Registry (D) exclusive 30th anniversary show – Nachtmahr (AT) – Near Earth Orbit (D) – New Model Army (GB) – Nitzer Ebb (GB) – October Burns Black (GB) – Omnimar (RUS) – Orange Sector (D) – OUL (D) – Parade Ground (B) – Patenbrigade:Wolff (D) – Phasenmensch + ICD-10 (D) – Pleasure Symbols (AUS) – Priest (S) – Psyche (CDN) – Rhys Fulber (CDN) – S.K.E.T. (D) – Sad Lovers And Giants (GB) – Saeldes Sanc (D) – Sally Dige (DK/CDN) – Sanguis Et Cinis (D) exclusive 20th anniversary reunion show – Scarlet Dorn (D) – Schandmaul (D) – Schattenmann (D) – Schwarzer Engel (D) – Seadrake (S/ZA/D) – Sebastian Fitzek (D) reading “Der Insasse” – Selofan (GR) – Shadow Project 1334 (USA) First show of EVA O, WILLIAM FAITH and STEVYN GREY in 27 years – She Pleasures Herself (P) – Solar Fake (D) – Soman (D) – Sono (D) – Sonorus7 (D) – St. Michael Front (D) – Still Corners (USA) – Synthattack (D) – System Noire (D) – Tamaryn (USA) – Tangerine Dream (D) – Tanzwut (D) – Tempers (USA) – The Adicts (GB) – The Bellwether Syndicate (USA) – The Cassandra Complex (GB) – The Creepshow (CDN) – The Foreign Resort (DK) – The Lust Syndicate (I) – The Moon And The Nightspirit (H) – The O’Reillys & The Paddyhats (D) – The Soft Moon (USA) – UK Decay (GB) – Unto Ashes (USA) feat. MICHAEL POPP (QNTAL, ESTAMPIE) – Urze De Lume (F) – Velvet Acid Christ (USA) – Void Vision (USA) – Vowws (AUS) – Welicoruss (RUS) – Welle:Erdball (D) – White Lies (GB) – Winterkälte (D) – Witt (D) – Wolfheart (FIN) – X-RX (D) – XIV Dark Centuries (D) – Zweite Jugend (D) –
For more information about the confirmed artists, there is a list of their official webpages here