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WAVE GOTIK TREFFEN MUSIC FESTIVAL: GOTHIC BANDS IN LEIPZIG GERMANY, STEAMPUNK INDUSTRIAL RIVETHEAD FASHION.


Wave Gothic Treffen music festival in Leipzig Germany, rivethead industrial fashion, steampunk, cyberpunk clothing, Goth bands, gotik meetup, Western goth subculture makeup, masks and hair. Cosplay cat ears

What’s up, pussycats? I’ve been poring over photos from last weekend’s Wave Gotik Treffen festival in Leipzig, Germany. Ah, if I could have flown over on a broomstick! Fortunately, several of Tokyo comrades were at the world’s largest dark music gathering and gave me the full scoop. (Photos: Sebastian Willnow, ddp).

Victorian doll makeup, long feather eyelashes, theatrical cool makeup and silver rings. Wave Gothic Treffen music festival in Leipzig Germany, rivethead industrial fashion, steampunk, cyberpunk clothing, Goth bands, gotik meetup, Western goth subculture makeup, masks and hair.

Zoe (who you may remember from these videos) didn’t see too many Gothic Lolitas in the mix. The prevailing styles were cybergoth, heavy military (for the men) and “the rather disturbing female trend of wearing skirts so short that half your bum sticks out!” Zoe saw a few steampunk costumes, “lots of people in massive period costume ball gowns, cyber drag queens (love them!), and plenty of creativity in outfits and hair. It was amazing to see how put together people looked as they emerged from the camp ground.”

Steampunk custom clothing and costumes, goggles and top hat, brass gun. Blue false eyelashes and Venice carnival scary masks. Wave Gothic Treffen music festival in Leipzig Germany, rivethead industrial fashion, steampunk, cyberpunk clothing, Goth bands, gotik meetup, Western goth subculture makeup, masks and hair.

Music-wise, there’s something for everyone at Wave Gothic Treffen: neo-folk, classical, industrial, synthpop, bat cave… Long-time Tokyo resident Michael has been to the festival several times. He reports: “I was very happy with L’ame Immortelle live and surprised at how much I enjoyed Combichrist: two drummers with full drum sets making for a very powerful live EBM performance. A big high point was Peter Murphy’s midnight performance. During She’s In Parties, he blows into a keyboard recorder instrument that was downright spooky at 3am. Also good for me were Client, Frozen Plasma, Alice in Videoland, and KMFDM.”

hot sexy goth girls, fetish latex clothing, miniature top hats at Wave Gotik Treffen music festival in Leipzig Germany, rivethead industrial fashion, steampunk, cyberpunk clothing, Gothic bands, gotik meetup, Western goth subculture makeup, masks and hair

Have you ever been to WGT? What did you think of this year’s fashion and performances? Keep the Marilyn Manson contest entries coming, and please let your spooky friends know!

Song of the Day #130: Peter Murphy – She’s In Parties (live at WGT)

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79 Comments

  1. Cristina
    Posted June 11, 2009 at 12:12 am | Permalink

    very beautiful. extraordinary..

  2. LiTtLe_MiSs_PsYcHo
    Posted June 11, 2009 at 12:23 am | Permalink

    i wish i was there!

  3. Rock the World
    Posted June 11, 2009 at 12:50 am | Permalink

    any of this poeple look EVERY wgt like the same…
    its boring!

  4. chelsea
    Posted June 11, 2009 at 1:07 am | Permalink

    Are there more pictures anywhere?

  5. lacarmina
    Posted June 11, 2009 at 1:09 am | Permalink

    Yes m'am! Here are 26 from the same photographer – http://www.stern.de/lifestyle/leute/:Wave-Gotik

    Another gallery – http://www.express.de/nachrichten/region/koeln/

    From Daily Mail: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/artic

  6. Cristina
    Posted June 11, 2009 at 7:12 am | Permalink

    very beautiful. extraordinary..

  7. LiTtLe_MiSs_PsYcHo
    Posted June 11, 2009 at 7:23 am | Permalink

    i wish i was there!

  8. Rock the World
    Posted June 11, 2009 at 7:50 am | Permalink

    any of this poeple look EVERY wgt like the same…
    its boring!

    • lacarmina
      Posted June 11, 2009 at 7:13 pm | Permalink

      After seeing the fashions at WGT, Zoe said she really missed Tokyo!!

  9. chelsea
    Posted June 11, 2009 at 8:07 am | Permalink

    Are there more pictures anywhere?

  10. chelsea
    Posted June 11, 2009 at 8:48 am | Permalink

    Thanks =)
    Do you think you will go there in the future?

  11. Micty
    Posted June 11, 2009 at 10:23 am | Permalink

    the girl on the lower left looks like a goth version of scarlett johanson

  12. Relena
    Posted June 11, 2009 at 12:06 pm | Permalink

    GRANDIOSO IL GOTHIC TREFFEN ! HO MESSO UN BEL Pò DI VIDEO SUL GRUPPO , GROUP “GOTHIC LOLITA , GONNE E MINIGONNE A PIEGHE ….” …SE VAI A VEDERE SOTTO E APRI I VIDEO NEI LINK …

  13. Torii Lee
    Posted June 11, 2009 at 12:06 pm | Permalink

    Really? It seems so fun. How disappointing :(

  14. Louise
    Posted June 11, 2009 at 12:06 pm | Permalink

    I've there these year too. I've enjoyed shows from Der Blaue Reiter, I Like Trains, Ianva and Camerata Mediolanense. As for the fashion..hmm, you can see amazing outfits and tasteless things too, i think this year there were 20,000 attenders so you can find almost everything. I'm a bit tired of the cyber fashion, despite the fluor colors i find it boring most of the time. I love period attires, but i wish some people would have chosen better fabrics, it's a pity when a wonderful design looks like a cheap fancy-dress. You can have a look at my pics at http://www.flickr.com/photos/monellepics/

  15. Maleva
    Posted June 11, 2009 at 12:07 pm | Permalink

    lamentable that in Brazil it does not have many parties of this type…

  16. lacarmina
    Posted June 11, 2009 at 12:12 pm | Permalink

    Germany and England have all the big Goth festivals… boo!

  17. lacarmina
    Posted June 11, 2009 at 12:13 pm | Permalink

    After seeing the fashions at WGT, Zoe said she really missed Tokyo!!

  18. lacarmina
    Posted June 11, 2009 at 12:16 pm | Permalink

    Oooh thanks for sharing… I see there was one Lolita. I love your wardrobe posts, by the way!

  19. lacarmina
    Posted June 11, 2009 at 12:17 pm | Permalink

    hahahah ohhhh my gosh, I see it now!

  20. lacarmina
    Posted June 11, 2009 at 12:20 pm | Permalink

    One day… especially if someone covers my airfare and stay, hahaha!

  21. Micty
    Posted June 11, 2009 at 5:23 pm | Permalink

    the girl on the lower left looks like a goth version of scarlett johanson

  22. Relena
    Posted June 11, 2009 at 7:06 pm | Permalink

    GRANDIOSO IL GOTHIC TREFFEN ! HO MESSO UN BEL Pò DI VIDEO SUL GRUPPO , GROUP “GOTHIC LOLITA , GONNE E MINIGONNE A PIEGHE ….” …SE VAI A VEDERE SOTTO E APRI I VIDEO NEI LINK …

  23. Torii Lee
    Posted June 11, 2009 at 7:06 pm | Permalink

    Really? It seems so fun. How disappointing :(

  24. Louise
    Posted June 11, 2009 at 7:06 pm | Permalink

    I’ve there these year too. I’ve enjoyed shows from Der Blaue Reiter, I Like Trains, Ianva and Camerata Mediolanense. As for the fashion..hmm, you can see amazing outfits and tasteless things too, i think this year there were 20,000 attenders so you can find almost everything. I’m a bit tired of the cyber fashion, despite the fluor colors i find it boring most of the time. I love period attires, but i wish some people would have chosen better fabrics, it’s a pity when a wonderful design looks like a cheap fancy-dress. You can have a look at my pics at http://www.flickr.com/photos/monellepics/

    • lacarmina
      Posted June 11, 2009 at 7:16 pm | Permalink

      Oooh thanks for sharing… I see there was one Lolita. I love your wardrobe posts, by the way!

      • Louise
        Posted June 16, 2009 at 6:10 am | Permalink

        Thank you!, glad to read that

  25. Lhene
    Posted June 11, 2009 at 2:06 pm | Permalink

    Gaaah, Germany has such an amazing goth scene. I really want to go to one of their festivals!! (Now I need to learn German…)

    The girl in the first set of photos, the one with the brown/black hair and the steampunk goggles, is an amaaazing model. She's done some stuff that could be considered lolita, or close to it.
    Here –>> http://ophelias-overdose.deviantart.com
    She makes all her own clothes, too!

  26. Maleva
    Posted June 11, 2009 at 7:07 pm | Permalink

    lamentable that in Brazil it does not have many parties of this type…

    • lacarmina
      Posted June 11, 2009 at 7:12 pm | Permalink

      Germany and England have all the big Goth festivals… boo!

  27. lacarmina
    Posted June 11, 2009 at 2:18 pm | Permalink

    Very inspiring! I love how she plays with cyber, Lolita, Victorian, steampunk and makes it into her own .

  28. seed
    Posted June 11, 2009 at 3:15 pm | Permalink

    *adds to list of things to do before i die*

  29. Lhene
    Posted June 11, 2009 at 9:06 pm | Permalink

    Gaaah, Germany has such an amazing goth scene. I really want to go to one of their festivals!! (Now I need to learn German…)

    The girl in the first set of photos, the one with the brown/black hair and the steampunk goggles, is an amaaazing model. She’s done some stuff that could be considered lolita, or close to it.
    Here –>> http://ophelias-overdose.deviantart.com
    She makes all her own clothes, too!

    • lacarmina
      Posted June 11, 2009 at 9:18 pm | Permalink

      Very inspiring! I love how she plays with cyber, Lolita, Victorian, steampunk and makes it into her own .

  30. Anonymous
    Posted June 11, 2009 at 10:15 pm | Permalink

    *adds to list of things to do before i die*

  31. Princess Morb
    Posted June 11, 2009 at 5:21 pm | Permalink

    awww i sooo wish i could've gone!!! >.< damn this low budget of $700 a month!!!

  32. Princess Morb
    Posted June 12, 2009 at 12:21 am | Permalink

    awww i sooo wish i could’ve gone!!! >.< damn this low budget of $700 a month!!!

  33. Dragonswyng
    Posted June 11, 2009 at 7:27 pm | Permalink

    I like Combichrist. a friend has met them a few times when they've been round. but dayum! these folks can do that from a campground?! I love it

  34. lacarmina
    Posted June 11, 2009 at 7:27 pm | Permalink

    I knowww – so hardcore!

  35. Dragonswyng
    Posted June 12, 2009 at 2:27 am | Permalink

    I like Combichrist. a friend has met them a few times when they’ve been round. but dayum! these folks can do that from a campground?! I love it

  36. Thomas
    Posted June 11, 2009 at 10:14 pm | Permalink

    I had never heard of this but it looks really cool. Sure some of the outfits might have been similar, but there's certainly a few that stand out, like the viking in Louise's album!

  37. lacarmina
    Posted June 11, 2009 at 10:14 pm | Permalink

    Biggest Goth music festival in the world… Mera Luna fest is pretty stylish too. http://www.lacarmina.com/blog/2008/08/mera-luna

  38. Ayame
    Posted June 11, 2009 at 11:15 pm | Permalink

    I wish this was at least, held in vietnam T^T This is so awesome!!!! Love Steampunk~~~~~~~~~~ !!!!

  39. Thomas
    Posted June 12, 2009 at 5:14 am | Permalink

    I had never heard of this but it looks really cool. Sure some of the outfits might have been similar, but there’s certainly a few that stand out, like the viking in Louise’s album!

  40. Ayame
    Posted June 12, 2009 at 6:15 am | Permalink

    I wish this was at least, held in vietnam T^T This is so awesome!!!! Love Steampunk~~~~~~~~~~ !!!!

  41. Brittney
    Posted June 12, 2009 at 4:29 pm | Permalink

    So many gorgeous outfits.

  42. Liz O.
    Posted June 12, 2009 at 5:33 pm | Permalink

    I've heard so many great things about Wave Gotik Treffen from my friends who have gone. Hope to go too someday, maybe when flights from LA to Germany aren't so expensive.

  43. Brittney
    Posted June 12, 2009 at 11:29 pm | Permalink

    So many gorgeous outfits.

  44. Liz O.
    Posted June 13, 2009 at 12:33 am | Permalink

    I’ve heard so many great things about Wave Gotik Treffen from my friends who have gone. Hope to go too someday, maybe when flights from LA to Germany aren’t so expensive.

  45. chaoticLady
    Posted June 14, 2009 at 5:17 pm | Permalink

    hehehe i wasthis year again, after i had to miss it last year. it was great, even i had miss it to see combichrist…it had take to long my wristband and no space for more people. well i hadn..t see some more bands i wanted to see…but well it..s usually so on wgt ^^ …on the other hand i had see sooo much awesome bands and much of my favorite bands like eisbrecher. do you know eisbrecher?
    and it..s always fun to meet so many different and/or nice people there:)

  46. chaoticLady
    Posted June 14, 2009 at 5:18 pm | Permalink

    i have forget to write that i have upload my wgt-pics from this year and from the wgt befor (i think it was 2007)

  47. lacarmina
    Posted June 14, 2009 at 5:18 pm | Permalink

    Oooh I'll have to check out Eisbrecher! That sounds like so much fun… and I'll have to check out your photos from 07!

  48. chaoticLady
    Posted June 15, 2009 at 12:17 am | Permalink

    hehehe i wasthis year again, after i had to miss it last year. it was great, even i had miss it to see combichrist…it had take to long my wristband and no space for more people. well i hadn..t see some more bands i wanted to see…but well it..s usually so on wgt ^^ …on the other hand i had see sooo much awesome bands and much of my favorite bands like eisbrecher. do you know eisbrecher?
    and it..s always fun to meet so many different and/or nice people there:)

    • lacarmina
      Posted June 15, 2009 at 12:18 am | Permalink

      Oooh I’ll have to check out Eisbrecher! That sounds like so much fun… and I’ll have to check out your photos from 07!

      • chaoticLady
        Posted June 15, 2009 at 7:12 pm | Permalink

        heheh yeah eisbrecher sings in german but sound is really great..and ahh i love the lyrics:)
        yeah i hope i have mark them as puplic:) but i think i have do^^

  49. chaoticLady
    Posted June 15, 2009 at 12:18 am | Permalink

    i have forget to write that i have upload my wgt-pics from this year and from the wgt befor (i think it was 2007)

  50. Lynx of America
    Posted June 15, 2009 at 7:11 am | Permalink

    Love Love Love this post. Gotta love the Germans almost as much as we love the Japanese. Still waiting for the day when we get to see the Goth loli Steampunktress.

  51. Lynx of America
    Posted June 15, 2009 at 2:11 pm | Permalink

    Love Love Love this post. Gotta love the Germans almost as much as we love the Japanese. Still waiting for the day when we get to see the Goth loli Steampunktress.

    • lacarmina
      Posted June 16, 2009 at 3:30 am | Permalink

      I’ve seen some Gothloli Steampunk outfits… it’s a good mix!

  52. chaoticLady
    Posted June 15, 2009 at 12:12 pm | Permalink

    heheh yeah eisbrecher sings in german but sound is really great..and ahh i love the lyrics:)
    yeah i hope i have mark them as puplic:) but i think i have do^^

  53. lacarmina
    Posted June 15, 2009 at 8:30 pm | Permalink

    I've seen some Gothloli Steampunk outfits… it's a good mix!

  54. lacarmina
    Posted June 15, 2009 at 11:09 pm | Permalink

    One day, we should go!!

  55. Louise
    Posted June 15, 2009 at 11:10 pm | Permalink

    Thank you!, glad to read that

  56. lacarmina
    Posted June 16, 2009 at 3:30 am | Permalink

    I've seen some Gothloli Steampunk outfits… it's a good mix!

  57. lacarmina
    Posted June 16, 2009 at 6:09 am | Permalink

    One day, we should go!!

  58. Louise
    Posted June 16, 2009 at 6:10 am | Permalink

    Thank you!, glad to read that

  59. Anonymous
    Posted January 10, 2010 at 3:39 am | Permalink

    I like the German Gothic because I love the combination of Gothic colors. Blue, black and silver are the major colors for 2010. I like to wear Japan’s fashion since it gives me a contemporary look and I learned this fashion tip from image consulting group@866-565-7541

  60. Anonymous
    Posted January 10, 2010 at 3:39 am | Permalink

    I like the German Gothic because I love the combination of Gothic colors. Blue, black and silver are the major colors for 2010. I like to wear Japan’s fashion since it gives me a contemporary look and I learned this fashion tip from image consulting group@866-565-7541

  61. farayankee
    Posted January 10, 2010 at 3:39 am | Permalink

    I like the German Gothic because I love the combination of Gothic colors. Blue, black and silver are the major colors for 2010. I like to wear Japan's fashion since it gives me a contemporary look and I learned this fashion tip from image consulting group@866-565-7541

  62. kyokyo
    Posted June 5, 2011 at 5:01 am | Permalink

    wow they know how to do it! german people are amazing

  63. Sophie Dehne
    Posted June 5, 2011 at 1:49 pm | Permalink

    I live in Leipzig and I absolutely look forward to next weekend! Me and my friends will be there the whole nights long. Look out for my victorian-pirate-outfit! =)

  64. Andrea Cristina
    Posted June 6, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Permalink

    I’ve planned to go with my mum (She’s not Goth, but she likes dressing up like one from time to time!) she wanted to go because she loves Goth people and would have liked to witness their creativity. I wanted to go because… Well it’s obvious. Sadly, we couldn’t go because of money issues. D;

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