27th to 28th April 2018
Plage Noire Festival 2018 Day 1 with ASP, Zeromancer, Mono Inc., Solar Fake, Megaherz, ApRon, Noisuf-X, Ost + Front, Chrom
After a long break the Plage Noire festival once again takes place! Finally again, there is a place in the festival calendar for Plage Noire. It was last held in 2009 and this year it was bigger and more professional than ever before. It took place in the holiday park Weißenhäuser Strand.
Besides watching the bands, festival visitors also had the time for great nature walks and to enjoy a holiday atmosphere. The weather was pleasant during both days, not too warm and not too cold. The concerts, however, took place indoors. Usually for such large events, a huge tent is built on the Weißenhäuser Strand, which easily holds 4,000 people. The smaller stages of the festival serve about 800 or 250. The audience was offered a very special mix of Electro, Dark Rock, Alternative and Gothic Rock. The German band ASP and VNV NATION from Ireland appeared as headliners. A highlight was also the performance of LORD OF THE LOST who always delivers a grandiose show. With many bands that have a large fan base and a festival site that is so close to the beach, the visitors were offered an atmosphere and ambiance that made this weekend memorable.
The good organization of the festival was already noticeable even in the parking area. The queues and waiting times at the entrance site were okay. A few hours before the beginning of the festival there was still a lot of work ahead for the crew, who was still working hard in the outdoor area. But just in time for the beginning of the festival, everything was ready. The area was manageable and the individual venues were all within a distance of two to three minutes. The grounds and the interiors were beautifully decorated for the occasion.
At 5pm, the melodic Electro formation CHROM opened the festival at the “Salle de fete” stage. It is not always the best luck for a band to have to open a festival. But the “Salle de Fete”, in which the first concert of the Plage Noire 2018 took place, was already very well filled and the fans did not need long to warm up. From the beginning, there was movement from the audience - this was not difficult for this band, after all, most of their songs have “earworm” guarantee! Rich beats and basses invited the fans to dance. A very successful festival opening! // https://www.facebook.com/CHROM-106585156057408 // Setlist: 01. Walked The Line / 02. Morbid Mind / 03. In My World / 04. Heavenly / 05. Regret & Testify / 06. Memories / 07. Slave / 08. Losing Myself / 09. Loneliness / 10. Visions / 11. Staring At The Sun / 12. The Start Of Something New
Ost + Front
The Berlin based band OST+FRONT was the first band on the main stage, called “Le Chapiteau”. This festival is one of many that the band will play this year to present their current album, ‘Adrenalin’. The band started their show with the opener and title track of the new album. This was an interesting and entertaining show, like actually being at a headliner OST+FRONT concert. The band has a high recognition value due to their distinctive outfits and the partially provocative lyrics. Musically, the band has matured extremely well in the 10 years of its existence and is well known from their visits to the stages of the country. Alongside the hard guitar riffs, there are even some songs with sing-along parts, such as ‘Sternenkinder’ or ‘Bitte Schlag Mich’. An absolutely entertaining appearance rising the wish to own the new album. // https://www.facebook.com/ostfrontberlin // Setlist: 01 Adrenalin / 02. Fiesta De Sexo / 03. Afrika / 04. Feuerwasser / 05. Liebeslied / 06. USA / 07. Anders / 08. Fleisch / 09. 10 Jahre Ost+Front / 10. Denkelied / 11. Freundschaft / 12. Arm & Reich / 13. Sonne, Mond Und Sterne / 14. Sternenkinder / 15. Bruderherz / 16. Gang Bang / 17. Ich Liebe Es / 18. 911 / 19. Mensch / 20. Heavy Metal / 21. Bitte Schlag Mich
Next was the EBM/ Industrial project NOISUF-X. Their last album, ‘Banzai’, is already almost a year old. Last year, NOISUF-X played the Wave Gotik Treffen, this year they are still touring with upcoming concerts in Sweden and Finland. The “Salle de Fete” had plenty of onlookers as NOISUF-X entered the stage. Beautiful lighting effects and a clear sound filled the club in this early evening spot. Fans of this band had long been standing in the best places in the front. A great concert ensued, and of course the well-known hits from the bands 10-year history were not missing in the set. ‘Hit me hard’, ‘Jezebel’, ‘The Typical Fuck You song’ made the hall boiling. // https://www.facebook.com/NOISUFXofficial // Setlist: 01. Big Bang / 02. Warning / 03. Count To 7 / 04. Banzai / 05. The Typical Fuck You Song / 06. Son Of A Bitch / 07. Satisfaction / 08. Jezebel / 09. I Am Watching You / 10. Robots, Destroy Him! / 11. Hit Me Hard / 12. Klick Klick / 13. I Kick Your Fucking Teeth In / 14. Shut Up / 15. Fuck It
Circus music with German texts - welcome to APRON from Munich. Their website describes their music somewhere between “ERSTE ALLGEMEINE VERUNSICHERUNG and SYSTEM OF A DOWN”. They are known for their energetic live shows and brought their current album, ‘Auf dem Ponyhof’, to the Baltic Sea. APRON opened the festival at “La Rotonde”, a really nice and cosy club with a very special atmosphere. It was relatively dark and the audience was very close to the action as there was no barrier in front of the stage. The microphone stand by singer Till was striking and featured the pink head of a pony. This was a really entertaining and atmospheric concert in which the band communicated a lot with the audience. An unusual band with extraordinary music that set off the rest of the festival! // https://www.facebook.com/apRonofficial // Setlist: 01. Vorhang Auf & 02. GFLT / 03. Mensch Aus Glas / 04. In Cerebrum Cacatur / 05. Wenn Der Damm Bricht / 06. Leinen Los / 07. Das Krokodil / 08. Mr. Punch / 09. Zirkus / 10. Taktstock / 11. Hangman
MEGAHERZ has been a fixed piece in the Gothic Rock scene for about 20 years. They have just finished the first part of their “Komet” tour through Switzerland, Austria and Germany. The second part will continue in the autumn. Second band in the big tent was MEGAHERZ. It was not quite crowded, but the vibe was still quite good. The band with their strikingly painted faces had made it look quite easy to cast their spell over the audience with their catchy German-language Gothic Rock / Metal. Although there have been changes in the line-up of the band over the years, they appear as a perfectly cohesive band. Among others, they played the songs ‘Glorreiche Zeiten’ and ‘Jagdzeit’. The fans jumped and hopped tirelessly. As a change of pace, there was the beautiful ballad ‘Von Oben’ from the current album. All in all, it was a great concert that certainly convinced many to go the autumn concerts. // https://www.facebook.com/OfficialMegaherz // Setlist: 01. Vorhang Auf / 02. Jordan / 03. Roter Mond / 04. Zombieland / 05. Horrorclown / 06. Komet / 07. Tiefenrausch / 08. Von Oben / 09. 5.März / 10. Glas Und Tränen / 11. Glorreiche Zeiten / 12. Scherben Bringen Glück / 13. Gott Sein / 14. Nicht In Meinem Namen / 15. Nicht Genug / 16. Miststück / 17. Jagdzeit / 18. Für Immer / 19. Himmelsstürmer
Just recently announced is the release of the next album by SOLAR FAKE and will be celebrated at the 31st August 2018 in Oberhausen with an extra-long concert. But Sven and André had a new piece to present already at the Plage Noire. The “Salle de Fete” had reached the limit of its capacity due to the appearance of SOLAR FAKE, but that was to be expected as their fan base has now become huge throughout Europe. The atmosphere in the hall was overwhelming from the beginning and the band seemed also impressed by the mood. The stage had the perfect size for them and offered the band enough space to let off steam. Sven and André have recently welcomed “offspring”, as the singer described the drummer Jens, who has supported the band live since Christmas 2017 at least at the concerts within Germany. This addition makes their live music even better than it was before. The club, now filled with approximately 800 people, almost boiled over with enthusiasm. It was a great gig that made one want to buy the upcoming album. The song ‘The Pain that Kills You Too’ gave a little taste of what is to come. // https://www.facebook.com/SolarFake // Setlist: 01. Not What I Wanted / 02. No Apologies / 03. Under Control / 04. Here I Stand / 05. All The Things You Say / 06. I Don't Want You In Here / 07. I Hate You More Than My Life / 08. Reset To Default / 09. Until It's Over / 10. More Than This / 11. Parasites / 12. The Pain That Kills You Too / 13. Papillon / 14. My Spaces / 15. Where Are You / 16. Observer
Welcome to the ever-tireless MONO INC. as they go from album to album and tour to tour. Recently the dates for the autumn tour were announced. Tickets should be gotten quick as the popularity of this band keeps growing and growing. The “Le Chapiteau” was also really full for the first time. MONO INC. began their performance with the title track of the last album, ‘Together Till the end’. Martin entered the stage with his well-known red jacket, but also this time he had the big box of costumes and changed clothes into some different outfits during the concert. The singer was then filmed briefly for their well-known “Mono Inc. TV”. Unfortunately, this may be one of the last recordings of this kind, as the European General Data Protection Ordinance will enter into force at the end of May, and such recordings in Germany will then be probably banned. There followed hit on hit, like for example the beautiful ‘Boatman’. Another highlight of the concert was the performance of the singer Major whose voice sang two titles, including the cover of BLACK’s ‘Wonderful Life’. After that, the program continued with the classics ‘Gothic Queen’ and ‘Voices of Doom’. Of course, there was also the almost legendary drum solo in-between. Finally, the band sang the Gothic hymn ‘Children of the Dark’ together with their fans. // https://www.facebook.com/monoinc // Setlist: 01. Together Till The End / 02. The Banks Of Eden / 03. Arabia / 04. This Is The Day / 05. Get Some Sleep / 06. Boatman / 07. Heile, Heile Segen / 08. Revenge / 09. Potter's Field / 10. Wonderful Life (Black Cover) / 11. Symphony Of Pain / 12. Gothic Queen / 13. After The War (Garry Moore Cover) / 14. Drum Battle / 15. Voices Of Doom / 16. Children Of The Dark
For several years there has been no new album from the Norwegian Synth rockers ZEROMANCER. It is therefore all the more pleasing to be able at least to experience them live again. After the Plage Noire festival fans will have another chance at Wave Gotik Treffen 2018. For this gig the stage was really dark and gloomy as opposed to the bands before. The Norwegian band was wrapped in great dark light and the sound of the music was almost perfect. The hall was again almost full and the fans enjoyed the band playing live unleashed. Among other songs, the set included the hits of the past days, such as ‘Clone Your Lover’, ‘Sinners International’ and ‘Dr. Online’. The cool mix of electronics and guitar riffs was the perfect and worthy conclusion of the first day at the “Salle de Fete” and the fans were totally thrilled. // https://www.facebook.com/zeromancerzentral // Setlist: 01. Intro / 02. V / 03. Auf Wiedersehen Boy / 04. Chome Bitch / 05. Opelwerk / 06. Clone Your Lover / 07. Sinners International / 08. Mercenary / 09. The Pygmalion Effect / 10. Something For The Pain / 11. The Hate Alphabet / 12. Neo Geisha / 13. Cupola / 14. Fade To Black / 15. Dr. Online / 16. Ammonite / 17. Photographic
The exceptional band ASP was visiting the Weißenhäuser Strand. In the past this band has enjoyed some success in the top 10 of the mainstream charts. In October 2018 they will pull you back through the clubs of the country for their “Zaubererbruder - Der Krabat Liederzyklus” Tour. ASP entered the stage bedecked with hoods and lanterns. The tent was now completely full for the headliner of the first festival day. Singer Alexander said how very pleased he was to see so many beautiful people. A clear sound and a great light show went through the whole concert. The audience was completely captivated and not only in the song ‘Meister’ which was tenderly sung from the first to the last row. The band had taken a break from their time off especially for the Plage Noir. This special concert, which lasted until well after midnight, contained the band’s famous hits, such as ‘Und Wir Tanzten’, ‘Ich Will Brennen’ and ‘Wechselbalg’. // https://www.facebook.com/AspsWelten // Setlist: 01. Mondscheinsirenade / 02. Duett (Minnelied der Incubi) / 03. Eisige Wirklichkeit / 04. 20000 Meilen / 05. Werben / 06. Astoria Verfallen / 07. Bernsteinmeerengel / 08. Wechselbalg / 09. Die Untiefen / 10. Schwarzes Blut / 11. Satan / 12. Torpedos / 13. Und Wir Tanzten / 14. Ich Will Brennen/ Fortsetzung Folgt Medley
All Pictures by Marko Jakob