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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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WGT 2015

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As said sadly not many pictures of this WGT that I could share with you. Next time (probably for Amphi festival in July already) I will take some charging device with me so my mobile won’t run out of energy that fast (Since on festivals I prefer camping the Canon camera will have to stay at home – definitely not leaving something as expensive alone in a tent)

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Everything started quite stressfull this year – German trains went on strike so I was offering the empty space in my car to other people instead of driving on my own (in the end there was a guy from the camping group from America who joined.) A lot of other people tried to sell their tickets or had big problems getting to their destination. Then again this year we had the best weather possible, nearly no rain (only a bit during the times when you would get ready in the morning anyways and a bit more on monday but we definitely had worse years, only a week earlier most forecast websites said it would be a quite rainy WGT!) I also was very happy when I saw the kind of pretty dark green camping wristbands this year, they were definitely worth a picture, thanks for that! Another thing I noticed this time there were a lot of people with wheelchairs, having quite a lot of friends who need one on their own and knowing how much trouble going out with it can be for them this made me really happy. BTW, Kunst am B(r)auzaun for all the people who went there without the Obsorgekarte and hence were not able to see this annual artwork, there always is a group decorating some of the fences at the camping ground with empty beer cans!

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So there were even less concerts I was able to see full length this year than I expected and I’m actually wondering how people manage to see much more bands at all – I apologize to everyone I only met for a few seconds before running to the next place and to those that I promised I would meet and then didn’t manage to, hopefully next year! This year I didn’t even manage to visit Sixtina once, at least had some Bitch Shifter Absinthe Cocktail at Agra and some food from the Heido / Heidnisches Dorf / Medieval Market.
Friday had an awesome start with L’ame Immortelle (website) as opening act, loved them 15 years ago and still do! It was amazing to see so many people being in Agra from the very first tunes, dancing, singing along, enjoying their music, LAI definitely were able to reach everyone.
Saturday was quite lazy for me, saw a few moments of the concerts in Agra before heading to the fetish party (and being angry with myself for not taking the dress with me that I actually wanted to wear that day. Of course you are able to wear whatever you want every day you want but running through the streets in a latex nurse dress probably would get me even more strange looks than I’m used to.) Whatever, it was amazing to see everyone being just themselves without caring what other people think about them. Quality time.
Sunday probably was my most favourite concert, had to leave early to get to Täubchental in time (60-90 minutes by tram, felt like much longer) to see Unterschicht (website). Those guys probably are perfect for everyone who is more into electronic sounds, still offering melodies that non-industrial-dancing people can enjoy, too. This concert had some even more awesome moments when Bruno Kramm joined the stage and they performed Destillat together. A while after the concert I left to Agra again (seriously, ended there every day this year?!) saw a few moments of Mono Inc, not enough to be able to say anything though.
Monday started with the used to ‘It will be over soon’, painful feeling, perfect mood to head to the Southern Cemetary (Südfriedhof). Did not take the guided tour but had a nice walk with a friend before heading to (guess what!) Agra. I remember seeing Terrolokaust a few years ago and even though there were good back then they improved a lot! Then headed to Felsenkeller for SOKO Friedhof (website) who also were as amazing as expected! Perfect Setlist for a festival, a lot of the old songs with some of their newer ones in between. And Lilith Munster did a great first show with SOKO, too! Afterwards one last journey to Agra, arrived when everyone left after Combichrist finished their show so there was nothing more to do than dance until the lights turned on and we got kicked out. (yes, could not find any other description for that, sure the people working there deserved their home time but as one of the girls said they would not be allowed to sell us one last beer to go as soon as the light gets turned on I kinda felt a bit sad that I chose Agra instead of Moritzbastei where they were still dancing.)

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Pictures above: Soko Friedhof with new female part (Lilith Munster). Thanks to Sven / Malecnom from Unterschicht for taking the middle picture with me & sending it to me afterwards, was an awesome concert, hoping to see you guys again very soon! And also thank you to It’s black friday for the right picture – Sorry pretty lady, your skin is simply too pale for an iPhone cam! All in all it was a very nice WGT and I’m looking forwards to next year as well as to Amphi in July (and if my car passes the MOT without huge investments maybe Mera Luna, too – would be a shame to miss a festival which takes place about 30/45 Minutes from my door…)

Have you been to WGT this year? Planning to go there next year? Or maybe another festival? Have a nice evening!

Festival Preparation: Wave Gotik Treffen 2015 & Short Review: WGT 2014

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It’s that time of year again, WGT 2015 is just around the corner. and like every year there is hoping we would be able to see the bands we love. I always try to settle for my top 5 favourites because with all the other things to do and meeting so many friends again more would be too much stress. And thanks to the running order this time I actually will be able to see all of them, too: L’ame Immortelle, Eisbrecher, Soko Friedhof, Deine Lakaien and Unterschicht. (Just noticed that it’s the first time only german bands are on my list, too)

Most of my used-to-camping group people seem to be in a hotel this year or due to missing money not able to go to WGT at all so Lenore and I had to look for some new group to go camping with, I am positive the people we ‘met’ on Facebook will be a perfect camping group for us to join!

And since I did not do a post on that, a short ‘looking back at WGT 2014‘ here:

I don’t remember a WGT this hot at all… Maybe this was the reason why I barely saw any band and we went from one cold drink to the next and from one shadow to the next (or air conditioned room)? Wondering how people (like my friend Alex and his girl) managed to wear big victorian clothes and survive that! The gummi spiders I bought for breakfast (yeah, healthy as every year, Coffee, Absinthe, sweets and fast food…) that you can see on the first picture didn’t make it to the end of the festival – not because we ate them, but they were completely molten the first day already (someone remembers that 90’s cartoon series gummibears? Pretty sure they would have enjoyed that hot sticky drink) The Heido (Heidnisches Dorf, medieval fair next to Agra) was or seemed to be a bit emptier than the previous years, too and the people who were there tried to hide in the few shadow spots. And I was tempted to hand the poor skeleton in front of the Sixtina Absinthe-Bar some umbrella or fan – even though a fan would not have been too usefull, mine broke after 3 days of non-stop-usage.

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The bands we saw did a great job though – seriously, hot weather, moving / singing or playing your instrument AND having some more light that probably doubles the heat! We went to Umbra et Imago, Mantus, half show of Oomph! and an awesome gig of my greek ‘brother’ Sakis with Nano Infect (plus his girl Dima <3) which took place at Täubchental which was a new location. Still sad we didn’t have a chat afterwards, hopefully next time!

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Last picture is by Karsten Uwe Meyer a friend of mine & a great artist in general (we met at WGT 2011 when he went simply to watch the awesome outfits but ever since he seems to slowly come to the dark side on his own!) See his entire WGT 2014 Gallery Here

Who else will be in Leipzig for Wave Gotik Treffen this year, what are your plans? Have a nice evening!

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