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owlsnbats2019 flyerWaldbühne at the Hermannsdenkmal, Detmold, Germany
6th July 2019
Owls’n’Bats Festival 2019 with The KVB, Then Comes Silence, Bleib Modern, Undertheskin, The Last Cry, Brigitte Handley

Summer - it's a time that creatures of darkness prefer to spent in the shade. On a special day, though, such as July 6, we like to get out, leave our caves and coffins, and do a pilgrimage to special locations, like the Waldbühne at the monument called Hermannsdenkmal in Detmold, Germany, located in the midst of nature. What for? Of course to join in the wonderful Owls’n’Bats open air festival, which enriches the dark scene since 2014, for a truly “black celebration” in the woods of the Teutoburg Forest. This year’s line-ups once again sounds very promising. The Owls’n’Bats is a must go for everybody into Dark Electro and Electronica, Indie, Shoegaze, Gothic Metal, Darkwave, Goth Pop, Post Punk, Alternative Rock and Gothic Rock!

In addition to listening to six music acts, you can also take a stroll through the “Schattenmarkt” there and check out some unique merch, fashion, accessories, jewelry and furniture. More info about the “market of shadows” will be online on the festival website soon. And especially to those coming from afar: Don’t miss visiting the sacred site “Externsteine”, a famous sandstone rock formation that is also located in the Teutoburg Forest! So, dear owls and bats, ladies and gents, get your tickets soon, for they are limited to 999 nocturnal creatures.


Tickets are available at for 27.40€ (plus some fees). Locals can also get limited hard tickets in the following towns and stores:
in Detmold: Buchhandlung Kafka & Co (Krumme Straße 8, Detmold)
in Bielefeld: konTicket (City Passage, Bahnhofstraße 28, Bielefeld)
in Paderborn: Ticket Direct (Königstraße 62, Paderborn)
Hard tickets can also be ordered via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for 28€ plus 3€ shipping.

Additional Info

Capacity: 999 visitors
Parking: free
Accessibility: Festival area is well accessible and passable, a public toilet for wheelchair users with Euro-WC key is available (200m, at the Hermannsdenkmal gastronomy)
Camping: not possible
Admittance: 18 +
Open gates: 2pm
Start: 4pm
End: midnight
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Band Info

The KVB (UK)
THE KVB - after intense touring ‘Of Desire’ in Europe, Asia and beyond, THE KVB returned to their studio to further immerse themselves in sonic experimentation . The resulting ‘Above Us’ heralds the next chapter in the adopted-Berliners dark, electronic pop development. With waves of synthesizers, flourishes of surf guitar and sequences driving with nervous energy, the tension finally relieves with a surging, euphoric chorus. Brighter and more expansive than ever, the track demonstrates the bands growing ability to create sonic journeys, yet retains the atmosphere synonymous with THE KVB. “‘Above Us’ is about defiance in reaction to the anxieties of modern life. In a world where you and your data are the product, ‘Above Us’ seeks to reclaim the power over yourself and to make your own decisions.” (Kat & Nick, The KVB) /

Then Comes Silence (SWE)
THEN COMES SILENCE are the Swedish captains of postpunk. The quartet from Stockholm is a fresh breeze of gothic renaissance, kicking darkness around with hammering rhythms and melodies that make hearts melt and blood freeze. The fascination for doom and darkness pervade and influence every tune and word. The music of THEN COMES SILENCE takes the listener on a journey from swinging postpunk to the shadows of Goth-gaze and into scraps of coal hearted psych. The sharp soundscape is intense, massive and pounding. The lyrics flirt with death and sorrow. It’s Goth, psychedelica, rock and postpunk in a symbiosis. Since the band’s very first show, as the opening act for A PLACE TO BURY STRANGERS in 2012, TCS have been signed to Nuclear Blast, supported FIELDS OF THE NEPHILIM, CHAMELEONS VOX, toured frequently around Europe and released four full-length albums. The sonic collaboration of two guitars creates an imaginative dimensional sonic picture, propelled either side of the drum and bass lead, like a dark and winged creature. Sinister and threatening vocals set up a presence that is both exciting and foreboding. Adrenaline guaranteed! Their music attracts wide attention and is praised for its apocalyptic sound and dystopian message. Their fourth album, ‘Blood’, released October 20th 2017 on Nuclear Blast was produced and engineered by Tom van Heesch (RAMMSTEIN, ENTOMBED A.D., BACKYARD BABIES, MICHAEL MONROE). /

Bleib Modern (D)
There is no repose from the cathartic sounds from BLEIB MODERN - sounds that dredge up the darkest recesses of the heart with their ceaseless explorations around the personal and emotive responses to life. Throbbing bass lines lead the onslaught of hypnotic reverb, penetrating riffs, mechanical drumming and visceral vocals that expose the very bones of emotion or lack thereof. Founded by Philipp Läufer in 2014 as a solo project, it wasn’t until after 2015 when Vinz, Peter, Leo and Tommy joined. With their fourth album set to take off in 2018 BLEIB MODERN has toured heavily across Europe and Scandinavia.

The Last Cry (UK)
Brighton based trio THE LAST CRY have built up quite a reputation as a “must see” live act around the UK and Europe. The band describe their music as Darkwave and have over the last decade created a style all their own. Their live shows have an energy and intensity that draws you in and can leave you exhausted by the end of a show. THE LAST CRY have released three albums in the last decade, and over the years have played all over Europe. In 2014 they also did a short tour of the US which was very well received. 2016 saw the release of their latest album, ‘Goodbye’, and a short tour around Europe followed its release, which culminated in two sold out shows in London and Leeds. The highlights of 2018 were playing Whitby Goth Weekend, WGT in Leipzig and Murder of Crows in Brooklyn, New York, all of which were warmly received. The band are currently working on a new album as well as being back out playing live again around the UK and Germany. Over the years The Last Cry have had the pleasure of supporting many of their favourite bands, including the likes of THE STRANGLERS, NEW MODEL ARMY, CHAMELEONS VOX and THE MISSION.

Undertheskin (PL)
UNDERTHESKIN is one-man studio project / live trio. It’s like a post-punk double espresso - intense, driven by coldness & dark atmosphere of the 80’s electronics mixed with Shoegaze / post-punk guitars - together with extraordinary male vocals create the atmosphere of inevitable end... The debut album, ‘undertheskin’, received great reviews all over the world - only a week after the premiere it reached the no. 1 position on Bandcamp as the world’s best-selling alternative album!

Brigitte Handley (AUS)
BRIGITTE HANDLEY is an Australian singer-songwriter and guitarist from the band THE DARK SHADOWS. Known for her dark atmospherics and deep spellbinding vocals, Brigitte is currently based in Europe promoting her solo album, ‘The Edge of Silence’. Brigitte performs mesmerising solo electric shows with her black Gretsch and assortment of FX pedals combined with atmospheric video art projections. BRIGITTE HANDLEY has toured and performed internationally as a solo artist as well as with her band THE DARK SHADOWS, sharing the stage with bands such as GLASVEGAS (UK), LYDIA LUNCH (USA), FISCHER-Z (UK), PETER MURPHY (Bauhaus) and many, many more. Brigitte has also appeared at international festivals including, Leopalooza (UK), Wave Gotik Treffen (WGT), Leipzig, Germany or Winter Acoustic Festival, Düsseldorf. Brigitte’s songs have been spun by prominent radio DJS such as Rodney Bingenheimer (Rodney on the ROQ, KROQ,USA), David White (BBC Radio Cornwall UK), Mike in Tokyo Rodgers (Tokyo InterFM), Jezz Harkins (The Brilliant! ShowWIOX 91.3fm New York) to name a few. /

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