Twelve concert tips for Whitsun weekend

Leipzig.More than 150 concerts are scheduled from Friday to Monday in the Leipzig area when Wave-Gotik-Treffen is finally taking place on a large scale again after the Corona break. A complete list of all performances and event points can be found at www.wave-gotik-treffen.de – if you are looking for a little help in the musical jungle, you will find it with us.

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1. Last instance

Their song “Wir sind eins” was chosen as the title song of the 2016 RB Leipzig promotion celebration, but the name “Last Instance” should not only mean something to Red Bulls fans: the band, founded in Dresden in 1996, is a regular guest at festivals at region and beyond – and members also return to WGT 2022, where they will perform songs from their 14 studio albums to date. Their sound impresses with a mix of classic metal and strings that Friday at 19:00 in the agra exhibition hall will sound.

2. Fiddler’s Green

Since 1990, the band Fiddler’s Green from Erlangen has also delighted their fans with the support of the violin, but with a stronger folk influence, faster pace and English lyrics. The group’s music awakens the desire to travel around Ireland and the hunger for whiskey – to be experienced live at the WGT on Friday at 19:20 in a pagan village.

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3. The boy from the choir

Do you prefer the atmosphere of the 80s? Then a choral boy might be the right address. Dream-Pop is what the four-piece combo has been producing since 2016. Means: 80s synth-pop (similar to Depeche Mode, only less dark) referring to songs with sensitive vocals and dreamy, partly electronic, partly analog sounds. The band from Salt Lake City has released two albums so far, and their selection will be presented on Friday at 20:40 in Stadtbad.

4. Corvus Corax

Epochal medieval rock power with East German roots – that’s what Corvus Corax promises, and nothing less. Currently, the seven-person band has released 17 studio albums since 1989, and it is especially remembered to use bagpipes, which are built within the group itself. The name – the scientific term for common ravens – comes from the fact that the group must have left their feathered animal when they fled the GDR. At WGT 2022 they will perform at Saturday at 19:20 in the Pagan Village on.

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5.Alcesta

Established in 2000, the sound of the Avignon band Alcest has undergone a major change over the years: what started as rough black metal has now become much softer and slower, but still moves in the area of ​​hard rock, refined with French lyrics. The duo of Stéphane Paut and Jean Deflandre have released six albums and continue playing Saturday at 22:00 in Westbad.

6. Sigue Sigue Sputnik

The futuristic 80s New Wave pop from England can be found in many places on the WGT, but also from Sigue Sigue on Sputnik’s ears. The members of the group wanted to shake up pop music in the 1980s, from the beginning they presented themselves as stars with a clear commercial slogan (the title of the album “Dress For Excess” is an example of this) – a story of ups and downs has followed. More than 30 years on, the sound has something wonderfully nostalgic about it and shouldn’t be taken seriously. And that’s why it’s so cool. Experience in Saturday at 10:20 PM in Täuchenthal.

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7. 69 eyes

And one more international combo, but in this case from Finland: The 69 Eyes specialize in quite classic metal and gothic rock, impress with the powerful, dark voice of the vocalist Jyrka Pekka Emil Linnankivi, and above all the captivating single “Lost Boys”. to be known. On On Sunday they perform at 20:40 in the agra exhibition hall on.

8. Garmarna

Garmarna also comes from Scandinavia, but stylistically the Swedes are in a completely different place than The 69 Eyes. The founding members were once inspired by the local music they heard during a theatrical performance of Hamlet – their epochal sounds of folk rock were suitably medieval, even if one or the other electronic sample squeezed in between. Group of games Sunday at 21:20 in the Pagan Village.

9. Soft homicide

They call their music “sad rock” and it’s definitely true. Nevertheless, the sound of the Portland-based band Soft Kill has undoubtedly punk and alternative elements. The singing floats more in the background than it moves forward, and leaves plenty of room for dreamy, festive e-guitar parts that then appear more indie rock. The whole thing can be experienced on Sunday at 21.15 in the Palace of Events in the Old Market.

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10. Earthman

They reject the term “New German Hardness” for themselves and prefer “Metal with German lyrics” – which is ultimately a very good thing. Erdling creates purist, really hard rock, dark lyrics and vocals that like to venture into the Norse mythological kingdoms. The band performs on Monday at 19:10 in the Felsenkeller on.

11. Kite

Thanks to the striking beats, the concise sound of the synthesizer and the interesting vocal color of the vocalist Nicklas Stenemo, the Swedish synth-pop duo Kite has gained a large fan base since 2008. The sound encourages you to rest and sleep – a good program in contrast to much of the rest of the WGT’s schedule. The team can be seen at Sunday at 21.10 in Haus Leipzig.

12. Combichrist

If you wanted to describe the music of the American-Norwegian band Combichrist in one word, it would probably be “aggressive”. For 20 years, they have delighted their fans with a mixture of metal and techno. Vocally, vocalist Andy LaPlegua gives it his all, sighs and roars through the songs, which is reminiscent of Slipknot and gave the group the honor of cheering on Rammstein a few years ago. you play in Monday at 23:05 in the agra exhibition hall.

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Other recommendations:

  • Clan of Xymox – Sunday 17.30, agra exhibition hall
  • Gary Numan – Sunday 12:45, Agra exhibition hall
  • Beamman – Monday at 20.40, Felsenkeller
  • Adultery – Monday 22:20 Felsenkeller
  • Tanzwut – Monday, 10:40 pm, pagan village

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