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The return of the Baltic sea's preeminent gothic music festival has been a hit with the Schwarze Szene, with all GA passes sold out with six months to go
By Jon Chapple on 04 Sep 2017
The second edition of FKP Scorpio’s Plage Noire has sold out just three weeks after going on sale, with German goths once again giving their seal of approval to the event after a nine-year hiatus.
The gothic music festival will return on 27 and 28 April 2018, taking place at the Weissenhäuser Strand holiday park in Wangels, on Germany’s Baltic coast, which also hosts FKP events Rolling Stone Weekender and Metal Hammer Paradise.
The first, and so far only, Plage Noire was in 2009. The festival’s “elaborately staged” return, says FKP, will ‘turn the beach black’, with performances from gothic rock band ASP, alternative-electro act VNV Nation, post-industrialists Die Krupps and mediaeval rockers Subway to Sally ‘wrapping the Baltic Sea into gloomy colours’.
“We cannot wait to open our doors in April”
“With Plage Noire, we break new ground,” says FKP Scorpio CEO Stephan Thanscheidt. “Behind the black beach, you will find a special festival world for dark culture [Schwarze Szene] that combines comfort with music and culture.
“We are very pleased that this concept has been so well received and cannot wait to open our doors in April.”
If you speak German, you can watch the launch trailer, outlining the ‘legend of the black beach’ (die Legende vom schwarzen Strand) festival concept, below:
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