Snapshots: Hawthorne Heights @ Vans Warped Tour (Merriweather Post Pavilion) — 7/16/17

Hawthorne Heights @ Vans Warped Tour, Columbia, MD 07/16/2017 Hawthorne Heights perform at Vans Warped Tour at Merriweather Post Pavilion on July 16, 2017. (Photo by Paivi)

Post-hardcore band Hawthorne Heights played at Merriweather Post Pavilion on Sunday, July 16, as part of Vans Warped Tour. Paivi snapped some pix of their performance.

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Snapshots: Holygram @ Wave Gotik Treffen (Leipzig, Germany) — 6/5/17

Holygram @ WGT 2017Holygram performs at Wave Gotik Treffen 2017. (Photo by Paivi)

The annual Wave Gotik Treffen music festival in in Leipzig, Germany, was certainly a terrific showcase for established bands of goth/post-punk/alternative leanings but it also proved to be a great opportunity for new bands to emerge before big audiences as well.

Case in point: Holygram from Cologne, Germany, who released their self-titled debut EP on Feb. 17 via Reptile Music. Parklife DC photographer Paivi caught the band in action on June 5.

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Snapshots: Suicide Commando @ Wave Gotik Treffen (Leipzig, Germany) — 6/5/17

Suicide Commando @ WGT 2017
Johan Van Roy of Suicide Commando performs at Wave Gotik Treffen 2017. (Photo by Paivi)

Belgian electro-industrial music project Suicide Command, created by Johan van Roy in 1986, performed at Wave Gotik Treffen in Leipzig, Germany, on June 5, 2017. Parklife DC’s Paivi was there to capture the moment.

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Snapshots: Skinny Puppy @ Wave Gotik Treffen (Leipzig, Germany) — 6/4/17

Skinny Puppy @ WGT 2017
Skinny Puppy performs at Wave Gotik Treffen 2017. (Photo by Paivi)

Canadian industrial trio Skinny Puppy headlined Wave Gotik Treffen in Leipzig, Germany, on June 4, 2017. Parklife DC photographer Paivi was there to take some pictures!

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Snapshots: Sixth June @ Wave Gotik Treffen (Leipzig, Germany) — 6/2/17

Sixth June @ WGT 2017 Sixth June performs at Wave Gotik Treffen in Leipzig, Germany, on June 2, 2017.

One of the great things about the annual Wave Gotik Treffen in Leipzig, Germany, is the opportunity to chase down your favorite dark pop bands. Take for example Sixth June, the synthpop duo from Berlin, formed in 2007 by Laslo Antal and Lidija Andonov. Parklife DC photographer Paivi visited Wave Gotik Treffen on June 2-5 and caught the dark wavers in concert.

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Snapshots: Amanda Palmer & Edward Ka-Spel @ Wave Gotik Treffen (Leipzig, Germany) — 6/2/17

Amanda Palmer & Edward Ka-Spel @ WGT 2017
Amanda Palmer performs at Wave Gotik Treffen 2017. (Photo by Paivi)

The Wave Gotik Treffen 2017 occurred in June 2-5 in Leipzig, Germany. More than 220 bands performed, and punk cabaret performer Amanda Palmer and Legendary Pink Dots frontman Edward Ka-Spel teamed up to serve as one of the headlining acts on June 2.

Parklife DC photographer Paivi was there and got these fantastic photographs.

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Music Park: Firefly Music Festival Pt. 3 of 3 (Dover, DE — 6/18/17)

Muse-Firefly-04-061817 Muse perform at Firefly Music Festival on Sunday, June 18, 2017. (Photo courtesy Live at Firefly/Firefly Music Festival)

Sunday was a big day at Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Delaware, capped by a stunning headline show by English art rock trio Muse to close out the entire festival.

While we were there, I took the time to catch two other favorite acts for a third day of reporting on performances at Firefly 2017, by all measures a smashing success enjoyed by 90,000 people who poured into The Woodlands to watch more than 125 concerts over four days.

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