List of industrial music festivals

List of industrial festivals
General Information
Related genres Industrial music, electro-industrial, EBM, industrial rock, industrial metal
Location Worldwide
Related events Concert tour, music festival, heavy metal festivals, EDM festivals, goth festivals, rock festivals, punk festivals
Related topics Cassette culture, rivethead, steampunk, industrial music bands

The following is an incomplete list of industrial music festivals, which encapsulates music festivals focused on industrial music. The list may have some overlap with list of electronic music festivals, list of gothic festivals, and list of heavy metal festivals. Industrial music is a genre of experimental music that draws on transgressive and provocative themes. The term was coined in the mid-1970s,[1] and precursors included acts such as electronic group Kraftwerk, experimental rock acts such as The Velvet Underground and Frank Zappa, psychedelic rock artists such as Jimi Hendrix, and composers such as John Cage. AllMusic defines industrial as the "most abrasive and aggressive fusion of rock and electronic music"; "initially a blend of avant-garde electronics experiments (tape music, musique concrète, white noise, synthesizers, sequencers, etc.) and punk provocation".[2]

Notable hybrid genres are industrial rock from the late 1970s and industrial metal from the 1980s, while electro-industrial developed in the late 1980s. Because of its genre fluidity, industrial music may be featured at rock festivals, heavy metal festivals, goth festivals, and electronic music festivals, though there are also festivals dedicated solely to industrial music. In North America in particular, electro-industrial music is often termed industrial dance, and since the late 1980s industrial music festivals often attract industrial fans termed rivetheads or cybergoths,[3] with other countercultures such as cyberpunk and goth appearing as well. Cybergoth dance styles include rave dance styles, while more rock-focused festivals may feature dance styles such as pogoing, headbanging, and moshing. The rivethead dress code that emerged in the late 1980s[4] is militaristic with hints of punk aesthetics and fetish fashion,[5] while cybergoth fashion from the late 1990s combines rivethead industrial aesthetics with a style associated with "gravers" (gothic ravers).[4]


Festival name Years Location Genre and details
Berlin Atonal 1982–present Germany Germany Originally held at SO36 in Kreuzberg, the early years of Atonal fostered revolutionary and innovative musical acts such as Psychic TV, Einstürzende Neubauten, Test Dept, 808 State, Die Haut among many others.[6]
Whitby Goth Weekend 1994–present United Kingdom Whitby, North Yorkshire Twice-yearly goth festival with genres such as EBM and industrial
Prague Industrial Festival 1995–? Czech Republic Czech Republic Organized by Martina Sanollová
Tinitus 1999–2009 Sweden Stockholm, Sweden subgenres of alternative electronic music such as Industrial, EBM, Synthpop and Futurepop
Bats Day in the Fun Park 1999–present United States Anaheim, California Created by two local goth/industrial and deathrock clubs
Maschinenfest 1999–present Germany Oberhausen, Germany Industrial, power electronics, and other alternative electronic performers
Infest 2000–present United Kingdom Bradford, England Mixture of electronic, industrial and gothic music
M'era Luna Festival 2000–present Germany Hildesheim, Germany Goth, metal and industrial music
Lumous Gothic Festival 2001–present Finland Finland Genres such as gothic rock, deathrock, industrial, EBM and neofolk
Reverence 2003–2009 United States Madison, Wisconsin An electronic music festival with primarily aggrotech, electro-industrial and synthpop bands
Eccentrik 2004–present United States Raleigh, North Carolina A 3-day industrial and goth music festival
C.O.M.A. 2004–2008 Canada Montreal, Canada industrial, power electronics other alternative electronic musicians and DJs.
Blacksun Festival 2005–2007 United States New Haven, Connecticut 3-day industrial and goth music international festival
Distorted Music Festival 2005 Australia Melbourne, Australia One year EDM festival that featured underground/mainstream electronic artists, with the genres of breakcore, IDM, noise, industrial, power noise, and glitch
Indoctrination Festival 2006? United States Chicago, Illinois major industrial music
Kunigunda Lunaria 2006? Lithuania Vilnius, Lithuania gothic/darkwave/Industrial[7]
Kinetik Festival 2008-2013 Canada Canada C.O.M.A. was essentially replaced by the Kinetik Festival
Wroclaw Industrial Festival 2009?-present Poland Wroclaw, Poland Industrial[8]
Resistanz 2011–2016 United Kingdom Sheffield, United Kingdom Large industrial music festival
Aftermath Festival 2014–present Canada Toronto, Canada In 2014, Kinetik was replaced by Aftermath, with many bands that were originally intended to play Kinetik.
Alt-Fest Never England England a crowd-sourced alternative music and lifestyle festival
Terminus Festival 2012–present Canada Calgary,Canada A new, small, intimate festival for Western Canada
Cold Waves 2012–present United States Chicago, Illinois An industrial rock and cold wave festival organized in the memory of Acumen Nation guitarist, Jamie Duffy
EBM Dark Souls 2015–present Slovakia Bratislava, Slovakia A small industrial/Dark Electro/EBM/Dark Ambient festival which for the first time was organized for one evening in 2015. EBM Dark Souls 2016 edition consisted of two evenings[9][10]
Voidstar Productions 25 Year Anniversary Festival 2015 United States Boston, Massachusetts Although Voidstar Productions regularly produces festivals, this was a one off 3 day industrial/Noise Music/EBM/Dark Ambient/Breakcore/Experimental Music/Performance Art festival to celebrate 25 years since the founding of the recording label, concert production team and artist hub, Voidstar Productions.[11][12][13]
Beat:Cancer Festival 2016 United Kingdom London, United Kingdom

The event is being organized by AnalogueTrash who are a record promoter for EBM and industrial music. It is an international electronic and industrial festival raising money for the Beat:Cancer charity, and currently celebrating the charity's fifth anniversary (2016). There are 2 dates scheduled for 2016 with these being October 2016 at the Zoo (Public House) in Manchester and November 2016 at Slimelight in London. There are 5 bands scheduled for each event with the band line ups being different for the 2 events in 2016. [14]

E-Tropolis Festival 2010 - Present Germany Oberhausen, Germany

EBM/Industrial festival held in a former Turbine Hall (De-commissioned Power Station) in Oberhausen. The first 3 years the festival was held in Berlin but moved to Oberhausen TurbinenHalle from 2014. Typically held over one day however from 2017 onwards the venue will be open the evening earlier for DJ set. The event has 2 stages and typically host approximately 15 artists. The festival is organized by the same team that organizes Amphi Festival and is typically held in late February/ Early March each year. [15]

Amphi Festival 2005 - Present Germany Cologne, Germany

EBM/Industrial festival held at the Tanzbrunen in Cologne. The first year the festival was held at the Amphitheatre at Kelsenkirchen however it transferred to the Tanzbrunnen, Cologne in 2006. The festival is held over 2 days in late July and audience numbers are typically around 12,000 spectators per day. Currently the festival has three stages and typically hosts approximately 44 artists over the event [16]

The following is a gallery of music festivals focused largely on industrial music (as compared to gothic music):

See also


  1. "... journalists now use 'industrial' as a term like they would 'blues.'"—Genesis P-Orridge, RE/Search #6/7, p. 16.
  2. "Industrial". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved October 27, 2009.
  3. Marras, Amerigo (1999). ECO-TEC: Architecture of the In-Between -. Princeton Architectural Press. p. 54. ISBN 1568981597.
  4. 1 2 Steele, Valerie (2008). Gothic: Dark Glamour. Yale University Press. p. 48.
  5. Lauren M. E. Goodlad, Michael Bibby: Goth. Undead subculture, Duke University Press, 2007, ISBN 978-0822339212, p. 69
  6. [ Thomas Bailey: How Gray Was My Mauer] (HiS Voice Magazine, access: 23 April 2013)
  7. Wroclaw Industrial Festival 2011 Artists
  8. Dark EBM Souls v1.0
  9. Dark EBM Souls v2.0
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