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Wave Gotik Treffen 2016

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Back at my cave after one of the most exciting events each year. WGT 2016 probably was one of the coldest I can remember, waking up in my tent and being able to see my beath while the rain and stormy weather were fighting with my tent. In the end though at least the rain only happened during the times I was in my tent, sleeping, getting ready for the day or while I already was watching indoor concerts. A bit warmer weather would have been nice though but since the calender said Whitsun would be during the Ice Saints at least we were prepared. Prepared for warm weather before and after Wave Gotik Treffen but horribly cold temperatures right at our special weekend in Leipzig (I think 4° Celsius at night was the coldest we had this time). According to the coughing people in their tents a lot of us brought a cold as souvenirs!

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Well, yes, there was good weather and stormy weather this year, changing all the time – still, I would have been happy if we had a tiny bit warmer weather, next year I guess!

Talking about souvenirs, shopping was very much on a budget this year, still managed to find a few things to take home with me: A shirt from the absinthe booth in front of the Agra that of course will be turned into a dress, new temple stems for my glasses from Fledermausbrille.de who also had a booth inside the Agra shopping hall – did anyone browse their stuff? Another perfume by Perfume Noire, some tasty elderberry wine in a decorative stoneware bottle from Beerenweine.de who had a booth at the Heidnisches Dorf and I nearly got drunk trying through a few of their products. And of course the Pfingstbote that you get for free when you have the ‘Obsorge’ticket and sleep on the camping ground which has informations on all of the bands as well as a lot of other things. The wristband for the camping area was in grey / silver with a bit of purple and sparkling silver letters but sadly looked old before the festival was over, still is going to be kept.

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Doing all the shopping! Even though this year it was not much for me!

This year as most other years before I managed to meet most of my friends even without setting up a time and place – actually this is a strange thing with festivals as big as WGT, there are thousands of people on a huge area with so much stuff to do and in the end we still run into people we know! I also was happy to be with that crazy group of people that ‘adopted’ me last year to their camping group when all of my usual camping friends decided to switch to hotel or stay at home or do whatever. I even got a sparkling unicorn sticky tattoo! Still, when Saskia (Graveyard Picnic) and I met, and we were camping only a few steps away from each other none of us remembered to take a picture, like last year… Ah, and since we already are talking about all the nice people, if you are craving a Mutzbraten please head to the Heidnisches Dorf, they know how to do the best meat, kraut and will talk to you a bit as well!

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medieval fair, knights, food, all the different booths!

As for the bands and event stuff I saw, I didn’t exactly follow my plans this year – my body is still acting up so I preferred to stay near the camping ground so I could lay down if pain would get too bad. Even missed the opening event at Belantis and all the exhibitions in the city that I was hoping to take a look at. Not whining though, I still managed to have a lot of fun (and alcohol.) As probably mentioned before, I usually do an itunes / youtube listening to every band before each WGT to get a tiny first impression of the bands that I never heard of and maybe add one or two to my schedule.

Wednesday and Thursday: Last minute packing, travelling to Leipzig and setting up the tents, talking to the camping group before heading to bed / tent. Yes, missed Belantis, sorry for that – next year I will be more active again I hope!

Friday was spent with strolling through the shopping area before heading to Heidnisches Dorf, saw Arnica and Krayenzeit, time spent well and I definitely will take a closer look at Krayenzeit, liked their music a lot and they did a great show as well! Afterwards headed back to Agra for more music, last act for the day was Peter Murphy, something that still was on my huge list of things that one should see once in a lifetime!

Saturday the one big thing that was on my list was to see Unterschicht at Nontox (open air stage) and actually that was the only thing I did that would require travelling to a different location. Went really early because I didn’t want to miss, so there were a few other bands I saw before their gig. The weather turned stormy but aside from a few raindrops stayed ok-ish through the entire show. Good thing because a lot of people probably would have missed the exciting end of the show when Sven proposed to his girl Maria on stage! Best of luck to the both of you! Afterwards I headed back to Agra again…

Sunday was planned to be fully Agra (After Aurelio Voltaire at HeiDo which I missed due to some entertaining chatting with friends) because I actually liked all the bands that were planned for Agra that day and that’s what I did! Saw Lord of The Lost, Darkhaus, Diary of Dreams and in the end Lacrimosa who had their 7th show at WGT already! Saw all of these bands before so there was not much of a surprise, still entertaining! Had to leave after a few songs but even though it is not as loud as a few years ago at least I was able to hear all the music at the camping ground! Additional sidenote: This was the day when my nails started to chip, I think that is my festival record of non-damaged-nailart!

Monday was spent with the camping group at Heidnisches Dorf, those of us with shaved parts on their heads (beard, sidecut, whatever) went to the barber, I actually was afraid because I usually do the shaving myself and have had bad experiences with other people doing it for me AND it was the end of the festival so there was a lack of money, still I didn’t have a chance to say no since one of the camping group members said he would pay my shaving. There was a lot of fun made about my facial expression (including pictures that I refuse to share!) and shaking hands but in the end I was happy to have accepted that offer. I think next year I will head there before backcombing my hair and ask him to even both sides because of course sometimes you shave a bit of hair that should not be shaved and so both sides might look different after a while. Afterwards I planned to go to Kohlrabizirkus but since Sunday was the way it was I decided to stay at Agra again. Was a good decision because actually all of the bands did great shows! Saw Neuroticfish, Velvet Acid Christ (who were on my list for quite a while already, happy!), Aesthetic Perfection and Agonoize. I always wonder how people manage to do heavy dancing during concerts, a bit of moving will happen with me as well but in the end I am far too curious about what will happen on stage, how do you manage to do both? Anyways, last thing to do was heading to Agra Disco, sadly most of the music that night was more techno-like than anything else but still, met some friends for the last time this WGT, talking, hugging people, dancing and heading to the tent when the music stopped playing.

Tuesday of course, packing, more hugs, crying and a last walk around the Agra before driving back home to face a lot of dirty clothes and silence. Festival blues started!

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Humm… see you again next year, dear Leipzig!

So I already am looking forwards next year’s WGT, it will be June 2nd-5th 2017 (click here for official facebook event) Like most years the first thing I did was writing down what I need to change or add to my packing list, boring but helpful thing to do so next year I can give you an updated one as well!

Of course there were a lot of photographers and TV people at WGT and my mobile went crazy throwing message notifications at me when one of those entertaining TV shows (taff / pro7) had me, or better my boobs on camera for a moment. BUT there also were some nice documentaries this year, to me one of the best I’ve seen so far was by MDR (direct link to the video) who seem to not only want to make fun of us or tell everyone how evil goths are like most others do.

Have you been to this years WGT or a previous one, share your experiences? Going there again next year? Have a nice evening!

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Autumn Moon Festival 2015!

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After M’era Luna I thought it would have been the last goth festival for 2015, then my Halloween plans changed and I bought my Saturday’s ticket for the first Autumn Moon Festival (facebook) in Hameln, Germany. With Hameln only being a 60-90 Minutes drive from my home and parking facilities available right next to the festival ares I decided to go there as a day trip.

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Sorry for no pictures, my Canon camera sadly had to stay at home and my mobile refused to work.

Autumn Moon festival took place for the first time this year, October 30th-31st 2015. It is a new, mainly indoor goth festival in Hameln, Germany and also includes a medieval / halloween fair which is open to the public without festival ticket and open until November, 1st. For those who still are not satisfied, how about attending camera or drumming workshops, readings or taking a look at the gleemen or bourlesque shows?

The lineup to me was a perfect mixture between different genres as well as well known and new acts for both days. Admitting, the three bands I wanted to see pretty much have been around for what feels forever (in a good way) though and I only managed to see tiny bits of others. Clan of Xymox (facebook) was the first band I really wanted to see that day and they did a great job, no huge effects, simply amazing music, some nice words and more amazing music. If you are looking for a song to be stuck in your ear forever, you might want to take a listen at their ‘All I have’, they did not perform it this time but still I needed to mention. Right afterwards Tanzwut (facebook) did their show, it sadly was a rather short gig as well but it was a festival after all so instead of complaining I should take a look at if there is some future thing announced somewhere close! Whenever you will have a chance to see one of their shows, you should – overflowing with energy on stage with songs that will make you want to dance. The headliner And One (facebook) of course was a great choice to end the night with as Steve Naghavi probably like nobody else is able to entertain his audience – if it didn’t get killed by stage smoke before. Actually I was surprised when he mentioned that the Rattenfänger-Halle usually is a sports hall, sure there were the typical marks on the floor and all that but with the hall itself being dark and the sound of the stage being quite good I managed to not notice it on my own!

You can already buy your tickets for 2016 (October 14th-16th) via the official website I definitely hope to be able to go there next year as well but this time I will stay at a hotel so I can attend both days without having to worry about being too tired to drive back home (or to be able to enjoy another glass of mead – and this also is the only bad thing I can say about that day, I guess the guy who was selling the mead at the time I bought mine was new to his job, seemed to be quite stressed and confused). When staying a few days longer, Hameln also is a city with interesting historical background, architecture and probably is best known for the legend of the Pied Piper of Hameln.

Are there any other new interesting events that you know about or already have been to? Have a nice evening!

M’era Luna Festival 2015!

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Last weekend was the third and probably last festival weekend for me this year. M’era Luna was not planned but would you miss out on a festival that is only ~45 minutes away from your front door knowing how much you loved it each time you went? M’era Luna this year announced an amazing lineup and on top I still was craving for some medieval food and fire show that I was missing so much at Amphi. (Not saying Amphi was bad but as I said in that blog post there were a few things missing that I simply love on the ‘darker festivals’)

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(Mutzbraten – when there is a medieval fair around this is a must buy, this years Wristband & Ticket, Grim Reaper Pond Decoration)

Friday I went up at the time that I usually would go to bed to do some last minute organization, packing and drive to Alex and Steffi. We did some talking and joking and then headed to Hildesheim. We arrived at the festival location (Drispenstedt Airfield) very early when they didn’t even open the closer parking areas so we ended up with our cars on some dusty field with the other early bats. The camping ground also was still closed so we grabbed only a few bags with our tents, chairs and food and waited. While waiting the M’era atmosphere already was present. Strangers started talking, sharing food and drinks, enjoying the time. Then we were allowed to enter the camping ground and found a nice spot close to the fence of the medieval fair with the mainstage peaking over it as well. Set up our tents, waited for the other people who would join us camping – one of them I was so happy to see again since the last time we met was during our apprenticeship 5 years ago in Frankfurt. After everything was set up and a bit more talking and cuddling we went to the medieval fair for some Met & food and afterwards took a stroll around the beautifully decorated shopping and festival area. No Hangar party / dancing this night for us though.

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(Ostfront, Deathstars, Rob Zombie)

Saturday started with some rain. I was afraid the weather might get as horrible as it was for Amphi but then the sun joined the fun and everyone was happily applying their sunscreen and grabbing fans and some icecream or cold drinks. One of the first things I did that day as soon as I was ready was heading to the fashion town tent to hand my glasses to the guys from Fledermausbrille for some deep cleaning and replacing the gummi plates (and drooling over the glasses they brought with them!) then grabbed some new perfume at Perfume Noire and took a look at the stage. The first band that I actually got to see this festival was Ostfront, I was able to see them at M’era Luna in 2011 already and they improved a lot! I was simply excited waiting for one of the next bands though because I still remember the awesome show of Deathstars at the Rockharz festival back in 2012 and for sure this weekend’s gig was a blast and I am really hoping they will come to a show on their own to Germany in the future! When the Deathstars show was over I went to get my glasses back and met some more friends, talking happened so I did not see a lot of the next few shows that day and also missed to take a look at the Hangar (indoor) stage, then again we were able to see what happened inside on a huge screen right in front of it. While I was standing there, talking some guy came up to me, complimenting my hair and gave me a balloon, no matter if drunk or not and whatever really was the reason for it it sure made me smile, thank you! We went back into the black crowd in front of the stage to see Rob Zombie though. It was an amazing show with some tiny mosh pits in the audience and everyone seemed to enjoy the time. Saturday’s headliner was ASP, who has a gig at M’era Luna and other german festivals quite often, some might say it’s been too often but I enjoy seeing them those 1-2 times a year! We got what we expected, some slower, emotional songs, some fast ones with fire on stage and everyone was singing and screaming enjoying the gig till the very last minute. Then the night ended in a bit of dancing at the Hangar disco until the feet finally collapsed.

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(ASP, Camping ground on Saturday morning, balloon you seem to get when people like your hair – thanks to whoever that person was!)

Sunday I woke up, looked around, found the bag I got at Perfume Noire, was happy when I saw that along with some flyers there was a tiny perfume bottle as gift for their 15 years anniversary and a CD (Cradle of Spoil, Die Macht des Schweigens, a CD from 2003 which makes me a bit confused why it was added to my shopping bag in 2015? Or if they did not put it in who did it?) in it. If you don’t know them yet, give them a listen, they are amazing and I have no idea how I managed to not have heard of them before! Again breakfast at the medieval market, even though I usually am not that much of a meat-y person, a Mutzbraten will be bought when there is a medieval fair around. Because of the hot weather most time of Sunday people went from one icecream vendor to the next (or drinks) so the first full show that I got to see was Joachim Witt, remember the very first blogpost after my absence? For everyone who read that back then knows that he is one of the first musicians that I’ve ever enjoyed listening to and probably always will. It was as perfect as expected and went by too fast. The only song I was missing was the new one he did with Mono Inc but not complaining here. Maybe they did it during the Mono Inc show afterwards but I’ve only seen half of it because of some more strolling around the medieval fair where some gleemen entertained the people who sat in front of the empty medieval stage. To me those markets are just the perfect thing to go to when in need of some relaxing moments with all the things happening besides the different small stands – they had a blacksmith with them, a place where you could marry for the time of festival, a wooden bath tub, arrow shooting spot and a lot more. Before the headliner of that night (Nightwish) Einstürzende Neubauten had their 60 minutes show, it was simple, without all the effects people usually would use on stage, but impressive nonetheless. I then realized that a lot of the bands that I saw this year have been around for ages but still have the same energy and skills in entertaining their audience as the younger artists do, happy to see that! During Nightwish we once again ran into It’s black friday, hoping she can make her way to a lot of the German festivals next year, too!

Oh and dear M’era Luna team, it would be nice to see Unterschicht perform next year instead of them only be around as visitors ❤

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(Joachim Witt, Cradle of Spoil Booklet, Einstürzende Neubauten)

In the end I have to say that M’era Luna will always make me as excited as WGT does and should be on every darklings Bucketlist. As mentioned in the beginning you will meet so many awesome people within the first minutes already and even if some bad news come up someone will be able to bring back a big smile on your face. Be prepared for hot weather at daytimes but also bring an extra jacket or blanket for the nights. They will have a band you will love for sure, no matter if you prefer medieval, melodic, electronic or rock goth genres (and they already announced a few of next years acts). You will be able to find new treasures for your home or wardrobe but it also is possible to stay on a budged if needed. Also what better thing could exist than falling out of your tent and already hear the music and smell the amazing medieval food? For sure I can’t wait for next August to go there again! Also hoping to be able to meet up with some of the people I got to know this time before then to get to know everyone better and share some memories in times of festival blues!

Have you been to M’era Luna yet or are planning to go? Are there any other festivals you can recommend? Have a nice evening!

Amphi Festival 2015

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Obviously I returned from Amphi Festival, more or less alive. I am sorry for using the words ‘rain, storm,…’ so often in this post but goodness, it was a horrible weather-weekend. I also am sorry for only having iPhone pictures of this festival – And this means a worse quality for sure, I did not know that cameras like my Canon would be allowed to be used by everyone and so I went without it, the smaller camera refused to work, too. This year was the first year of Amphi Festival being located at Lanxess Arena Köln / Cologne. The new place of event includes a big indoor stage (Arena Stage) and two smaller outdoor stages (Green & Orbit), food, clothing and other booths were inside the arena, in a building next to it and on the outer areas as well.

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On Friday I went to my car around 10am and arrived at the official camping ground at 5pm, since everyone else stayed at home or in a hotel I was happy to meet two nice girls while unpacking and we put our tents next to each other. Then I tried to fix my makeup and hair (hair actually happened during some kind of traffic jam already) and went out for the night. I know there was an official pre-party on a ship but I still preferred to go to Essigfabrik. That night they had an Empire of Darkness / Dark Genesis Party., nice location, nice lineup (Unterschicht -already seen them at WGT but was awesome seeing them again!-, Accessory, Phosgore, Haujobb and Frozen Plasma), a warmup party that probably was as good as the official one, then it started raining. Knowing my luck with tram and other vehicles I still decided to walk back to the tent and probably fell asleep within a second after taking off my corset and boots. On a sidenote: next time be prepared to look for tram, walking 1 hour to get there and 1 hour to get back to the tent is not the best thing to do.

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Saturday in a word or two: Rain, Storm, Chaos. It was already raining when the camping ground awoke and the forecast said it would continue throughout the day so simply waited until there was a moment of less rain and started walking to the festival area. When arriving they already told us to hide inside the areana because there was an official storm warning which caused us having to stay inside all day, confused and in a quite overcrowded place. Of course it took a while until the Amphi-team decided what to do, the open air stages got no permission to be opened so there were some changes in the running order. In the end we went to the arena stage which was the only thing available and sat down. Sometimes they would tell us about new changes via facebook, email, handouts or on stage. Anyways, some really nice gigs happened that day, I definitely enjoyed those of The Birthday Massacre and The Crüxshadows who both had the used-to energy, bouncing around, interacting with the audience even though Rogue would not be able to climb around the stage because of missing bars so he only went off the stage to the audience sometimes. Goethes Erben were amazing as well and I can oly recommend seeing a show by them if given the opportunity, especially if you understand German, they for sure have inspiring texts. And One as headliner for the day definitely were a great choice, too and Steve Naghavi made everyone scream when he said he would have bought the festival and would return it to the Tanzbrunnen next year, probably only was a joke but it looked like everyone would agree! Back at the camping ground there was some more music, talking and laughing and when I set my alarm for 7 I realized it would only be 2 hours of sleep and probably end painful, but I guess it also means that despite the rain it was a fun day / night!

Sunday was what waking up festival camping should be like, it already was hot at 7am, making it impossible to sleep in the tent much longer. So I stood up, got ready, had a beer while charging my phone and then went on to the arena again. This time we were allowed to stay outside, browsing the stores and enjoying the open air stages that also slowly went alive. Meanwhile on the arena stage Dr. Mark Benecke and der Tod (death, comedian) presented the concerts. I have to admitt I really did not see a lot before Das Ich, simply was too excited to see them perform again so I had to run around a bit before. And seriously, this was amazing. When I compared the ’13 WGT gig to those before ‘that bad thing happened’ I was impressed that Stefan Ackermann was again able to interact with the audience this much and how much energy he must have put into his performance. Now this Amphi gig again was perfect, instead of standing there he was running around, not just on stage but also right in front of the audience, letting us join the songs. I’m sure if someone would have taken a picture of me in one of those moment’s I would be in it staring with the most stupid expression on my face but this was simply breathtaking so excuse my lack of self control. Afterwards I actually followed friends I ran into and saw a bit of this and that before I went to the greenstage for Diary of Dreams, a lot of stage smoke was used which looked amazing at dusk, but they also did a great show music wise so the audience did not care for the upcoming rain. In the end everyone went to see VNV Nations amazing headlining show, or maybe it would be better to say ‘tried to go to’ because after a while the security people closed the doors and refused to let anyone in, pushing people back, shouting. There still would have been empty seats so I am sorry this is not a thing to do. Sometime earlier that day I once again ran into ‘It’s black friday‘ and since the picture from WGT looked quite strange due to the lightning I was happy to get another one, also thanks again to Olli (Flickr) for taking the picture!

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In the end I still think the medieval fair you can find at a lot of dark-alternative festivals is missing (Goth music, the smell of fire and medieval food,…) and it really took a bit of that festival-atmosphere that the lights in the arena hall stayed off between the different bands. Might sound like something strange to complain about but there actually were quite a lot of people complaining about this as well, it was concert-like, no festival atmosphere. The security people were horrible, not saying too much here because I prefer to focus on good things but shouting names at people or pushing them without any action from said visitors at first is not a thing to do. Then again the amphi team did a great job when they were not allowed to open the open air stages, they had to act as fast as possible and managed to only have had to cancel a few acts, posting everything on facebook, via email and on handouts as soon as it was clear what would happen next even when it was just a few moments before it actually would happen. And as always it was amazing to meet so many old and new friends, wondering when we will meet again!

Have you been to Amphi yet? Which location was your favourite and what did you think of this year? Have a nice evening!

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