Preview: Wave Gotik Treffen @ Leipzig, Germany, 6/7-6/10/19

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Nitzer Ebb is one of roughly 200 bands performing at Wave Gotik Treffen 2019. (Photo courtesy the artist)

The Wave Gotik Treffen 2019, the 28th edition of the legendary urban festival, occurs on June 7-10 across Leipzig, Germany. Wave Gotik Treffen is again expected to draw about 20,000 people for dark music and arts from the genres of goth, industrial, neo-folk, and others.

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Don’t Miss: Drab Majesty @ Songbyrd, 9/22/17

Drab Majesty @ WGT 2017 Drab Majesty performs at Wave Gotik Treffen 2017 in Leipzig, Germany, on June 5, 2017. (Photo by Paivi)

Drab Majesty, composed of Deb Demure and Mona D, excited folks who last caught them in DC when they opened for Cold Cave at the Rock and Roll Hotel in January. Now, the duo returns to DC in a headlining show at Songbyrd Music House on Friday, Sept. 22.

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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: 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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