Darker Waves Festival Announced with New Order, Tears For Fears, Echo & The Bunnymen, OMD, The Human League, and more!

Get ready to be immersed in a sea of nostalgic tunes as New Order and Tears for Fears headline the first-ever Darker Waves music festival. This captivating event is set to make waves this November in Southern California. The festival showcases legendary acts such as The B-52s, Echo & The Bunnymen, and Devo, amongst a host of other powerhouse performers.

Darker Waves promises a day filled with both 1980s classics and 21st-century discoveries. This riveting sonic voyage, which is stacked with various artists from synthpop, darkwave, post-punk, and deathrock genres, is set to begin on November 18th at the scenic City Beach in Huntington Beach, California. The lineup is brimming with old-school luminaries such as Soft Cell, The Psychedelic Furs, The Human League, OMD, Violent Femmes, X, The English Beat, Clan of Xymox, The Chameleons, T.S.O.L., 45 Grave, Christian Death, and Skeletal Family.

But Darker Waves isn’t just looking in the rearview mirror; the festival will also spotlight some of the most dynamic names in the contemporary darkwave scene with trailblazers like Molchat Doma, Twin Tribes, Cold Cave, Mareux, Drab Majesty, and more!

If this sounds like your kind of jam, act fast. Tickets are priced from a reasonable $199 to a more opulent VIP package at $1,750, with pre-sales firing up at 10 a.m. PT on Friday, June 23.

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Check out the full lineup below:

  • New Order
  • Tears For Fears
  • The B-52s
  • Echo & The Bunnymen
  • Devo
  • Soft Cell
  • The Psychedelic Furs
  • The Human League
  • OMD
  • Violent Femmes
  • She Wants Revenge
  • The Cardigans
  • Molchat Doma
  • X
  • The English Beat
  • Crosses
  • Kavinsky
  • London After Midnight
  • Clan of Xymox
  • The Chameleons
  • T.S.O.L.
  • Death in Vegas
  • Cold Cave
  • Blossoms
  • Mareux
  • Drab Majesty
  • Depresion Sopnora
  • Twin Tribes
  • 45 Grave
  • Christian Death
  • Skeletal Family
  • Glass Spells
  • Urban Heat
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Alice Teeple is a photographer, multidisciplinary artist, and writer. She is not in Tin Machine.

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