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Militia Maschinenfest 4.jpg
Militia at Maschinenfest
Genre Industrial, power electronics, noise, alternative electronic, Breakcore, Techstep
Dates October
Location(s) Turbinenhalle in Oberhausen, originally Aachen, Germany
Years active 1999– present
Founded by Thomas Hein

Maschinenfest is a yearly, three-day underground music festival in Germany, 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. For only one edition, in 2003, the festival moved to Geilenkirchen, into the castle ruin of Schloss Leerodt. 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 has been taking place in Turbinenhalle in Oberhausen.

The Kulturfabrik Krefeld in October 2007
Turbinenhalle Oberhausen in October 2014

Part of the pre-festival fun is the so-called "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]





  • 2009: 100 Blumen, Alarmen, Angina P, Broken Note, Contaminant, Dazzling Malicious, Dive, Greyhound, Geneviéve 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, Ambassador21, Asche, Sonar, Simon Schall, Swanika, Zero Degree, ABS6, Subheim, 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


  • 2014: Ambassador21, Architect, [basementgrrr], Catastrophe Noise, Chrysalide, Dazzling Malicious, Detritus, Empusa, GORE TECH, hologram_, Inade, Loss, MachineCode, Mono-Amine, Monolith, Moogulator, Mortaja, Näo, Nullvektor, Oyaarss, Phasenmensch, SaturmZlide, Sonar, Sylvgheist maëlström, Thee Secrete Society, Winterkälte, Zero Degree
  • 2015: Nullgrad, Swarm Intelligence, Talvekoidik, Control, Wieloryb, Sudden Infant, Dive, Needle Sharing, Synapscape, Incite/, 2Methyl, Gjöll, 2Kilos & More, Distel, Scantum, Bad Sector, Drumcorps, Ah Cama-Sotz, Darkrad, Mago, Kommando, Rummelsnuff, Asche / Morgenstern, Fliehende Stürme, DJ Hidden, Geistform, Vromb
  • 2016: the_empath, Dirk Geiger, Spherical Disrupted, Blush_Response, Fractional, Ambassador21, Deutsch Nepal, Hypnoskull, Winterkälte, Supersimmetria, Morthound, EA80, Heimstatt Yipotash, Sonic Area, Test Dept, 13th Monkey, Hologram_, Ancient Methods, Ecstasphere, Trackologists, Axiome, ESA, The [Law-Rah] Collective, Cervello Elettronico, Trepaneringsritualen, Niveau Zero, Iszoloscope
  • 2017: Alarmen, Aphexia, Dive, Gatto Nero, Haus Am Rand, Imminent / Synapscape, In Slaughter Natives, Mono No Aware, Siamgda, Ah Cama-Sotz, Empusae, Esplendor Geometrico, Feine Trinkers Bei Pinkels Daheim, Geneviéve Pasqier, Gold, Greyhound, Somatic Responses, Suicide Inside, Goreshit, Horskh, Kaffee Und Kuchen, Lustmord, Meta Meat, Monolith, Nur Zwei Linien, S.K.E.T., Sutcliffe Jügend, Yura Yura

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  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?
  3. ^ [1]

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