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The Kulturfabrik Krefeld in October 2007

Maschinenfest is a yearly, three-day underground music festival featuring industrial, power electronics, noise and other alternative electronic performers.[1] There are both independent and signed bands who are booked to play, as well as many vendors for music and related paraphernalia. Featured record labels and noteworthy companies include: Ant-Zen, Hands Productions, Pflichtkauf, Spectre Records and Ad Noiseam.

Traditionally the festival has been in October, held in a bunker deep underground Aachen, Germany. The venue has posed some problems with heat, humidity and air circulation, as well as condensation dripping on to the gear of the performers, but the atmosphere of the bunker has proved quite fitting to the genres of music played throughout the festival. From 2004 to 2008, Maschinenfest has been held at the Kulturfabrik in Krefeld, Germany. In 2009, the festival was held in Essen, and since 2010, the festival took place in Turbinenhalle in Oberhausen.

Part of the pre-festival fun is the Maschinenfaces page, on this page the visitors can add pictures of themselves and say where they're staying, who they are going with and comment on each other. Mfaces '99 Mfaces 2k Mfaces 2k1 Mfaces 2k2 Mfaces 2k3 Mfaces 2k4 Mfaces 2k5

An April Fools' Day posting on the Side-Line website claimed that the 2008 edition, the 10th one, would also be the final one.[2] On the contrary, there are plans to expand the festival.

In 2011 Wolfram Bange, Henning Hinck, Sebastian Vogel and Lena Neugebauer filmed a documentary about the festival. It was a tribute to the scene and can be watched on several video platforms for free.[3]

Maschinenfest lineups by year[edit]

1999: Imminent Starvation (now Imminent), Winterkälte, P.A.L, Noisex, Ah Cama-Sotz, Hypnoskull vs. Tunnel, ZymOsiZ, Synapscape, S.alt, MS Gentur, Morgenstern, Andxesion

2000: SINA, Klangstabil, MS Gentur, Silk Saw, Xingu Hill, Scorn, Imminent, Ammo, Celluloid Mata, NKVD, Asche, Proyecto Mirage, Synapscape, Tunnel, Winterkalte, Mlada Fronta, Mono No Aware, Monokrom, Somatic Responses, Sona Eact. Vromb, Converter, Panacea vs. Needle Sharing

2001: Iszoloscope, Frames a Second, Typhoid, Noosa Hedz, Xabex, Monolith, P.A.L, Synapscape, Templegardens, Substanz T, Telepherique feat. Roger Rotor, Cybernetic Fuckheadz, Savak, Sonar, Winterkälte, Law Rah Collective, Contagious Orgasm, Azure Skies, Axiome, Panacea vs. Needle Sharing, Proyecto mirage, Black Lung, Orphx

2002: Sonic Dragolgo, Synth-Etik, SINA, m2, Klangstabil feat. S.alt, Somatic Responses, Hypnoskull, Winterkälte, Config.Sys, Tarmvred, Roger Rotor, Deutsch Nepal, Placid, Panacea vs. Needle Sharing, Klinik, Ars Moriendi, Die neue Sachlichkeit, This Morn' Omina, Xabec, Mimetic, Mental Destruction, Venetian Snares vs. Fanny vs. Hecate, Imminent, Vromb

2003: CellAutoMata, Law-Rah Collective, Iszoloscope, Asche, ULTRA s t a t a l s ! feat. Hypnoskull, Panacea, Hanin Elias, 5F 55, Punch Inc., Telerotor, Pow[d]er Pussy, Mono No Aware, Klangstabil, Synapscape, Converter, Antigen Shift, Axiome, Detritus, Morgenstern, Architect, Needle Sharing, Ah Cama-Sotz, Sonar

2004: Dazzling Malicious, Greyhound, Norm, Monokrom, Geistform, Hecate, Mimetic, Vromb, This Morn' Omina, Heimstatt Yipotash, Genetic Selection, Hecq, ¥Π¥, Config.Sys, L'ombre, Hypnoskull, Winterkälte, Robert Görl, Caos, Mothboy, Polarlicht 4.1, s:cage, Catholic Boys in Heavy Leather, Larvae, Mlada Fronta, Sanctum, Monolith, Proyecto mirage

2005: Ah Cama-Sotz, Ambassador 21, Atrox, Az Rotator, Brighter Death Now, Contagious Orgasm, Contaminant, Deutsch Nepal, Edgey, Imminent, Klangstabil, Kraken, Mental Destruction, Morgenstern, Orphx, Pow[d]er Pussy, Punch Inc., Rasputin, Roger Rotor, S.K.E.T., Synapscape, Architect, Empusae, Enduser, Iszoloscope, Kom Intern, Kirdec Feat. Elekore, Lapsed, Loss, Sonar

2006: Antigen Shift, Asche, Bong-Ra, Black Lung, Camanecroszcope, Cdatakill, Geistform, Genevieve Pasquier, Hypnoskull, Hysteresis, In Slaughter Natives, Institution D.O.L, m2, Mimetic, Militia, Moctan, Mono No Aware, Needle Sharing, Nullvektor, P.A.L, Shorai, Snog, Suicide Inside, The (Law-Rah) Collective, This Morn' Omina, Winterkälte, Xabec

2007: 100 Blumen, 5f-X, Ab ovo, Ah Cama-Sotz, Ahnst Anders, Ambassador 21, Catholic Boys in Heavy Leather, Config.Sys, Dazzling Malicious, Detritus, Detune X, DJ Hidden, Drumcorps, Eva3, Greyhound, Keef Baker, Ordo Rosarius Equilibrio, Scrap Edx, S.K.E.T., Skincage, Sonar, Spherical Disrupted, Synapscape, This Morn' Omina, Twinkle[disambiguation needed], ¥Π¥, Vromb

2008: Hysteresis, Kirdec, P.A.L, Scorn, Architect & Enduser, Roger Rotor, Iszoloscope + Camanecroszcope + Ah Cama-Sotz, Mono No Aware, Kraken, Rasputeen In Heavy Leather, Larvae, Empusae & Friends, Xabec, Asche / Morgenstern & Ars Moriendi, Orphx, Imminent, Militia, Config.Sys + Ahnst Anders, Hypnoskull, Ambassador 21 + Suicide Inside, Monokrom, Klangstabil, Punch Inc., Mimetic, Sonar, The (Law-Rah) Collective, Monolith, Ms Gentur, Proyecto mirage, Contagious Orgasm, Bong-Ra, Vromb, Winterkälte

2009: 100 Blumen, Alarmen, Angina P, Broken Note, Contaminant, Dazzling Malicious, Dive, Greyhound, Genevieve Pasquier, Synapscape, This Morn' Omina, Powder Pussy, Sudden Infant, Teknoist, Tzolk'in, Brighter Death Now, Feine Trinkers Bei Pinkels Daheim, DJ Hidden, Gjöll, Hecq, Heimstatt Yipotash, Last days Of S.E.X., Mono-Amine, S.K.E.T.

2010: Mandelbrot, 13th Monkey, Matta, Chrysalide, Bipol, Config.Sys, Ambassador 21, Asche, Sonar, Simon Schall, Swanika, Zero Degree, ABS6, Subheim, Edgey, Iszoloscope, Ah Cama-Sotz, Winterkälte, Horque, Killer, Lingouf, Frl. Linientreu, Niveau Zero, Sonic Aarea, Nullvektor, Mono No Aware, Architect

2011: Dirk Geiger, Spherical Disrupted, Ahnst Anders, Suicide Inside, Igorrr, Xabec, Contaminant, Empusae, Synapscape, The_empath, Mobthrow, 16Pad Noise Terrorist, Atrabilis Sunrise, Näo, Pankow, Thorofon, This Morn' Omina, Needle Sharing, Saal5, Kirdec, Wieloryb, Dazzling Malicious, Marita Schreck, Balkansky & Loop Stepwalker, Contagious Orgasm, Imminent, Lustmord

2012: Hydrone, Dirty K, Sabes, Hysteresis, Nin Kuji, The [Law-Rah] Collective, Hecq, Enduser, Sonar, Oyaarss, Swanika, Syntech, Objekt Urian, Flint Glass, Pow[d]er Pussy, Militia, Winterkälte, 2 Kilos & More feat. Black Sifichi, Xanopticon, Underhill, Con-Dom, Geistform, Axiome, In Slaughter Natives, Haujobb, Roger Rotor

2013: Ah Cama-Sotz, Alarmen, Cacophoneuses, Config.sys, Control, Fausten, Greyhound, Hypnoskull, Iszoloscope, Klangstabil, Le Moderniste, Mezire, Mimetic, Monolog, Mono No Aware, Persons Unknown, Philipp Munch, Ruby My Dear, Shorai, Silent Walls, S.K.E.T., Sonic Area, Sudden Infant, Synapscape, The Klinik, The Ruins of Beverast, Tzolk'in

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Kilpatrick, Nancy. The Goth Bible: A Compendium for the Darkly Inclined. New York: St. Martin's Griffin, 2004, ISBN 0-312-30696-2, p. 87.
  2. ^ Maschinenfest to call it quits after 2008 edition?
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