20th Wave Gotik Treffen


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 http://www.leipzig.de/int/en/.


(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:



Possible with „Obsorge“ ticket which will also be available in the advance ticket sale on our website

Expected number of visitors: approx. 20,000


Phone: 0049-341-2120862
Email: info@wave-gotik-treffen.de


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 about 40 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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Currently there are 113 bands and artists confirmed (status of March 1st):

13th Monkey (D) - A Flock Of Seagulls (GB) - Absurd Minds (D) - Age Of Heaven (D) - Agent Side Grinder (S) - Agrezzior (S) - Alkonost (RUS) - Alter Der Ruine (USA) - Analog Angel (GB) - Anathema (GB) - Arian 1 (PE) - Artwork & Gäste (D) 20th anniversary show - Assemblage 23 (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) - Camouflage (D) - Chthonic (RC) - Cinema Strange (USA) - Coppelius (D) - Cryo (S) - Das Ich (D) - Das Präparat (D) - Deine Lakaien (D) - Der Prager Handgriff (D) - Devil's Whorehouse (S) - Die Braut (RCH) - Die Vorboten (D) - Diorama (D) - Dornenreich (A) - Egida Aurea (I) - Eluveitie (CH) - Eraldo Bernocchi (I) - ESC (P) - Estampie (D) - Eyes Shut Tight (D) - Faderhead (D) - Faun (D) - Feeding Fingers (USA) - Fields Of The Nephilim (GB) - File Not Found (D) - Front 242 (B) - Girls Under Glass (D) 25th anniversary with special guests - Gothika (J) -  Helevorn (E) - Helheim (N) - Henke spielt Goethes Erben (D) - Herzfeind (D) - Hocico (MEX) - Homo Futura (D) - House Of Dolls(IRL) - Ikon (AUS) - Infrawarrior feat. Monica Richards (USA) - Klingonz (IRL) - Lacrimas Profundere (D) - Lake Of Tears (S) - Les Discrets (F) world premiere -  Love Like Blood (D) first and only live show since 1999! - Lustmord (USA) - Mark Benecke (D) - Medieval Babes (GB) - Megaherz (D) - Menschdefekt (S) - Mephisto Walz (USA) - Midnight Caine (S) - Militia (B) - Mind In A Box (A) - Narsillion (E) - Nehl Aëlin (F) - Neon Kross (USA) - Nim Vind (USA) - Nitzer Ebb (GB) - Nordarr (D) - Nosferatu (GB) - Obscenity Trial (D) - Pouppée Fabrikk (S) - Raggedy Angry (CDN) - Red Lorry Yellow Lorry (GB) - Resist (GB) - Rezurex (USA) - Rome (L) - Sarah Jezebel Deva (GB) - She's All That (D) - Soman (D) - Soul In Isolation (D) - Spiritual Front (I) - Squishy Squid (A) - Sweet William (D) - Temple Of Twilight (D) - Terminal Choice (D) - The Anti Group / TAGC (GB) - The Beauty Of Gemina (CH) - 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 Legendary Pink Dots (NL) - The March Violets (GB) - The Other (D) - The Storm (DK) - The Twins (D) - Tiamat (S) - Tying Tiffany (I) - Umbra Et Imago (D) - Vlad In Tears (I) - Vreid (N) - XMH (NL) -

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!)

Important announcement regarding the "low emission zone" in Leipzig

Since the 1st of March 2011 about 60 percent of the urban area of Leipzig has been declared a "low emission zone" to protect the environment from air pollution.
Therefore within this zone only vehicles which have an official green sticker placed on the front windscreen are allowed. To obtain such a sticker, the vehicle must meet certain standards (i.e. age, type of fuel, diesel particulate filter etc.). This regulation is also valid for foreigners who travel to Leipzig by car.
If you cannot show a valid sticker during a traffic check, you will have to pay a fine of 40,- Euros.

The stickers are available for about 5,- Euros at most car repair shops in Germany or via internet, e.g. the website of TÜV-Nord (6,- Euros):

ATTENTION: The agra-area with parking lot and camping site can be reached via A38 / B2 without having to enter the "low emission zone"! (Please see the map of the zone below) That means it is possible for visitors to park their vehicle at the agra-parking lot (you will need a WGT parking ticket in this case, which can also be obtained on location) and reach all other locations by public transport.

Please use the following links to find more information:


Website of TÜV-Nord:

Map of the Leipzig "low emission zone" (pdf, 6MB)

Map of the southern/southeastern part of the Leipzig "low emission zone" (agra-area) (pdf, 3MB)