Since its inception in 2022, Dresden’s Cold-Hearted Festival has quickly become an essential annual event in the European darkwave music scene, selling out for two consecutive years. Returning in 2024, it continues to uphold its reputation as one of the best single-day festivals in Europe for darkwave and post-punk music. This year’s lineup is as compelling as ever. The festival’s 2024 edition is now multicity, scheduled for November 15th at Bochum Matrix and November 16th at Dresden Alter Schlachthof.
British-Swiss/German duo Lebanon Hanover leads the pack of first announcements of next year’s festival lineup, bringing their iconic coldwave-influenced post-punk sound. They are joined by Linea Aspera, who have captivated audiences with their darkwave and EBM style since their 2019 reunion.
Twin Tribes, hailing from Texas, brings a distinct atmosphere to the international music scene with their Mexican-American-influenced darkwave music. Meanwhile, Rendez-Vous, based in Paris, is back with a new album and their lively brand of post-punk. And Rue Oberkampf, an electro band from Germany, is all set to blend 1980s dark wave with modern techno to create a captivating dance driven sound.
The festival also features rising stars like Brussels-based Ultra Sunn, whose “Keep Your Eyes Peeled” has already become a club staple, along with Berlin’s Deus Ex Lumina and Parisian synth mastermind Sydney Valette. Rounding out the initial announcement of the festival lineup is the Greek dark synth-wave duo Kalte Nacht, known for their evocative sounds and dark lyricism.
With its track record of sold-out shows and a lineup that spans the spectrum of darkwave and post-punk, Cold-Hearted Festival 2024 is poised to be an unmissable event for fans across Europe and beyond. Stay tuned to the festival’s official website and Facebook page for more updates and band announcements.
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