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Wave Gotik Treffen or WGT (pronounced Ve Ge Te) takes place over the Whitsun (or
Pfingsten) weekend in Leipzig Germany. It could be said that WGT is the biggest and
best gothic festival anywhere in the World (it certainly trumps any other festival that I
have attended). This website is an unofficial guide to the festival, it should help you
get to Germany and Leipzig and help you get the most out of the festival
The dates for WGT change from year to year as Whitsun (also known as Pentecost in
the Christian calendar) occurs seven weeks (50 days) after Easter, however the date
will always fall between the 10th May and the 13th June. It is also worth noting that
the dates do not always coincide with Whitsun in the UK or other nations due to the
way in which Eastern and Western Christian calendars are calculated.
Unofficially WGT is official attended by about 20,000 people. Attendees come mostly from Germany however there are always many
attendees from the UK, USA, Australia, Canada, South Africa and just about every other European nation which gives the festival a very
international flavour. Essentially 160 to 220 bands will play at about 24+ venues across the city. Your task is to travel, drink, party, shop
and try to stay awake whist catching a few bands, there is never enough time, and for sure you will be total exhausted at the end of the
There are many reasons to go to WGT, but most people will be drawn by the huge list of bands that play. All music genres of the Goth
world will play at the festival, from Trad to EBM and from Goth Metal to Neo-Folk. You will get the chance to see large Headliner bands
down at the Agra to small unknown bands in some of the minor venues around the city. Its also worth noting that bands from all the
corners of the world will play at the festival, however if you don't know any of the band or if watching bands is not your thing then don't
worry you still have shopping, clubbing and some wonderful sightseeing that should keep you more than occupied.
It’s quite hard to describe the feeling of the festival, it has a fabulous laid back atmosphere, and it’s not intimate like many of the UK
festivals, although many of the venues are. I guess that's because there are so many ways to experience the festival that everybody will
find some way to enjoy themselves. The multinational nature of the festival adds huge amounts of enjoyment to the weekend. Knowing
that people have travelled from across the world to be here is very special. No other festival seems to encapsulate this in the same way
that WGT does. Eating outside the Agra is like eating at the United Nations, the languages and accents are from just about every corner
of the planet and If you fail to enjoy yourself here, then you may as well give up and crawl into your coffin.
Of course the majority of people that you encounter will be German, but not just from Leipzig, like you most will have travelled many
miles to get to Leipzig. At the railway station (Hauptbahnhof) you will encounter a sea of black dressed people prior to the festival
starting, making you feel at home and safe from the moment you arrive. Leipzig itself is a wonderful City, just walking around the city is
most enjoyable, and most of the people in black are truly friendly, if you can’t find something, just ask, the chances are that they will
speak some English (or answer you with a broad American accent). And just to note that I have yet to see any trouble in the twelve years
that I have attended, in any festival location.
As far as the festival goes I must admit that I am no authority (honest) and you may find that some of the information on this website is
out of date as some aspects of the festival change each year, however I have tried to give an honest and realistic explanation of my own
experiences or from people that I know who may have a greater understanding of certain aspects of the festival. I have no connection
with the organisers (although I do help to moderate the official WGT website forum), if you have a question then join the Official WGT
forum or the sadgoth.com group on Facebook.
Many people ask and email me about WGT (normally as they have yet to attend) and my one real piece of advice is always to 'Plan Well',
there is so much to do and see, and not really that much time. You should plan early too, if you have the chance, from how you get to
Leipzig, to what you take and what bands you want to see. If you have never been before then I suggest that you make a plan, and try to
stick to it, especially if you want to see certain bands. Many people find themselves shopping all day and give themselves no time to
see bands, that or you turn up for a band and find it packed and that you cant get in (a semi regular occurrence). You need to set your
priorities and plan the rest of the trip around them. You can always bank on public transport being slower than you thought and more
packed. For popular bands you will need to be at the venue at least a band if not two bands before the band you want to see. Getting in
to see some bands is always difficult, even at the Agra, the largest festival venue. Get there early and remember Germans don't really
queue. However don’t let me put you off by all this, you will have an excellent time, you will want to come back next year guaranteed.
WGT is truly the 'Mecca' of the Goth World, everybody should go at least once, although once you have the bug you will keep on coming
back, there is nothing else like it. My thanks to all those people that must spend so much time organising the festival. Keep up the good
work, see you all in Leipzig.
WHY SADGOTH.COM? - WHY THE STRANGE NAME?
The simple answer is that I purchased the domain name (to go with my web synonym) and at about the same time started a twenty
page booklet guide to WGT that was available on various forum website...after a year or so I simply uploaded the booklet to my still
unused website domain to make life a bit easier for those wanting more info on WGT, the rest so they say is history.
WEBSITE NAVIGATION - WHERE DO I START?
OK so its quite a big site, there is loads of info on the Festival and Leipzig,
- If you have never been before can I suggest you check out the Planning your Trip and Getting to Leipzig pages.
- You will find a list of 80 hotels in Leipzig on the Leipzig Hotels page.
- If you are looking for more information on the Festival check out the WGT Festival pages for ticket, venue information and
locations plus band photos and reviews from previous WGTs (there is also a page for the Pre-WGT Meeting that we arrange for
the Thursday evening before WGT starts).
- If you are after a hotel or info on camping check out the Planning your Trip section where you can find info on 50 hotels.
- If you have never taken the time to really look around Leipzig then you should check out the Leipzig section that details tourist
sites around the city and things to do.
- Additionally you can find numerous links on the Links page and thanks to those that have contributed to the site on the Credits
and Help page.
Thanks to all those that have donated information, keep it coming,
I hope this website helps you, See you in Leipzig!
Mark (aka Sadgoth)
WGT Dates for
2013 17th-20th May
2014 6th-9th June
2015 22nd-25th May
2016 13th-16th May
2017 2nd-5th June
2018 18th-21st May
2019 7th-10th June
2020 29th-1st June
Whitsun is a Christian festival which originated from the pagan celebration (Beltane) of Summer's Day or the
beginning of the Summer half-year in Europe. Apparently Christians commemorate the descent of the Holy
Spirit upon the Disciples.
90 Miles / 145 KM
(as the crow flys)