List of industrial music festivals

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List of industrial festivals
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Related genresIndustrial music, electro-industrial, EBM, industrial rock, industrial metal
Related eventsConcert tour, music festival, heavy metal festivals, EDM festivals, goth festivals, rock festivals, punk festivals
Related topicsCassette 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
Hellsinki industrial festival 2018-present Helsinki, Finland 3-day festival with international lineup that focuses on industrial, EBM and industrial metal. The festival is held annually during Halloween season. Headliners include Suicide commando, Covenant, Blutengel, Rotersand and Hocico.
Berlin Atonal 1982–1990 2013–present 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 Whitby, North Yorkshire, UK Twice-yearly goth festival with genres such as EBM and industrial
Dark Force Fest 2023-present New Jersey, U.S. Annual Gothic-Industrial festival hosted by VampireFreaks. 2 stages over 3 days, featuring over 30 bands, vendors, club events, performers, panels and presentations.
Prague Industrial Festival 1995–? Czech Republic Organized by Martina Sanollová
Infest 1998–present Bradford, England Mixture of electronic, industrial and gothic music
Bats Day in the Fun Park 1999–present Anaheim, California, U.S. Created by two local goth/industrial and deathrock clubs
Maschinenfest 1999–2018 Oberhausen, Germany Industrial, power electronics, and other alternative electronic performers
Noize Of Life 2017-present Mannheim, Germany Industrial, power electronics, and other alternative electronic performers
Tinnitus 1999–2009 Stockholm, Sweden subgenres of alternative electronic music such as Industrial, EBM, Synthpop and Futurepop
M'era Luna Festival 2000–present Hildesheim, Germany Goth, metal and industrial music
Lumous Gothic Festival 2001–2020 Finland Genres such as gothic rock, deathrock, industrial, EBM and neofolk
Forms of Hands[7] 2001–present Bönen, Germany 2 days, industrial, power electronics, musicians and bands published by the German hands label
Reverence 2003–2009 Madison, Wisconsin, U.S. An electronic music festival with primarily aggrotech, electro-industrial and synthpop bands
C.O.M.A. 2004–2008 Montreal, Quebec, Canada industrial, power electronics other alternative electronic musicians and DJs.
Eccentrik 2004–2009 Raleigh, North Carolina, U.S. A 3-day industrial and goth music festival
Amphi Festival 2005–Present Cologne, Germany

EBM/Industrial festival held at the Tanzbrunen in Cologne. The first year the festival was held at the Amphitheatre at Gelsenkirchen 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 [8]

Blacksun Festival 2005–2007 New Haven, Connecticut, U.S. 3-day industrial and goth music international festival
Distorted Music Festival 2005 Melbourne, Australia One year EDM festival that featured underground/mainstream electronic artists, with the genres of breakcore, IDM, noise, industrial, power noise, and glitch
Kinetik Festival 2008–2013 Canada C.O.M.A. was essentially replaced by the Kinetik Festival
Resistanz 2011–2016, 2020-? Sheffield, United Kingdom Large industrial music festival
Renaissance Alternative Music Festival 2011–present London, UK Alternative Music and Art Festival with focus on Industrial, Industrial Metal, Metal, Gothic
Cold Waves 2012–present Chicago, Illinois, U.S. Annual industrial music festival honoring the memory of deceased Chicago-based musician Jamie Duffy.
Aftermath Festival 2014–2015 Toronto, Ontario, Canada In 2014, Kinetik was replaced by Aftermath, with many bands that were originally intended to play Kinetik.
EBM Dark Souls 2015–2019 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]
Tomorrow's Ghosts festival 2018–present Whitby, North Yorkshire, UK Twice-yearly goth and film festival with genres such as Metal, EBM and industrial
Dry Sockets 2019– Victoria, British Columbia, Canada Two day festival of death industrial, power electronics, harsh noise, harsh ambient and synth-creep with a strong DIY ethic.[11]
Factory Fest 2020 Saintes, France A small industrial / post-industrial / industrial metal festival which for the first time is organized indoor for one evening in 2020.[12]
Mechanismus 2018–present Seattle, Washington, U.S. Eponymous, multi-day Industrial / EBM / Aggrotech / etc. festival that began on the 10th anniversary of this production & DJ crew.[13]
BIMFEST 2003-present De Casino, Sint-Niklaas, Belgium The Belgian Independent Music Festival hosts top international artists from electro/industrial/EBM acts and also great and rising Belgian acts. 18th-10th March 2022 features UK pioneers Portion Control and many other great acts.
Wave-Gotik-Treffen Treffen 1992-present Leipzig, Germany Wav Gotik Treffen is a four day music festival boasting more than 100 artists playing in multiple locations around Leipzig. There is also a gothic outdoor picnic, clothing exhibits, and meetups. The musicians include industrial, EBM, aggrotech, gothic, etc.
Natale Industriale 2022-present Hell Fire Club, Rome, Italy Festival of Industrial / Experimental Music, Movies, Art, etc.
INterlinkfest 2024–present Montreal, Quebec A three-day festival of techno-industrial, industrial hardcore, acid techno and dark techno with a cyberpunk philosophy, aesthetic and visuals.


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

See also[edit]


  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. pp. 54. ISBN 1568981597.
  4. ^ a b 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. ^ home – FORMS OF HANDS 20
  8. ^ GmbH, Amphi Festival. "Amphi Festival 2018 - Tanzbrunnen Köln".
  9. ^ ""Dark EBM Souls"".
  10. ^ "DARK EBM SOULS v2.0".
  11. ^ "Dry Sockets".
  12. ^ "FACTORY FEST // Industrial Music Festival // Saintes". Factory Fest (in French). Retrieved 2020-01-25.
  13. ^ "Past Shows". Retrieved 10 July 2020.

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