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New Waves DayTurbinenhalle, Oberhausen, Germany
16th May 2020
New Waves Day 2020 with DAF, Chameleons Vox, Gene Loves Jezebel, Blancmange and more

Attention: Due to the Corona pandemic, this event is cancelled and will be rescheduled. A new date is not set yet.

After three editions, the New Waves Day festival is established. The New Waves Day celebrated its outstanding premiere in Oberhausen in 2017 and brought scene heroes like THE MISSION to the stage in front of thousands of fans. On May 26, 2018, the second editions took place with headlines FIELDS OF THE NEPHILIM. Third edition followed on May 18, 2019 with a fabulous headlining show of PETER HOOK & THE LIGHT and this year, the organizers will once more present a line-up which will make every fan of the alternative 80s into raptures. Pop & Wave meets Punk and Industrial.

Also this year’s line-up proves impressively: The New Waves Day is the long-awaited counterweight to the many alternative events, which are dominated by electronic sounds, unholy hit and medieval songs. The one-day festival thus succeeds in giving the origins of a scene a stage and thus uniting supporters of various musical genres in one place. Fans travel from all over the world to celebrate their heroes and themselves.


DEUTSCH AMERIKANISCHE FREUNDSCHAFT or DAF as they are known globally is an Industrial Electro Punk band with real attitude. Their sound is synth-heavy and so wonderfully eighties it’s the ultimate form of TBT. Their name, which translates to German-American friendship, is taken from German propaganda pre the fall of the Berlin wall and is used ironically. Similarly, many of their songs play ironically with political figures, propaganda phrases and quotes. The band’s risqué songs such as ‘Der Mussolini’ have caused offence among German society with lyrics that made the dictator the face of a whimsical dance. This metaphorical middle finger in the face of society is what punk is all about, though, and explains the band’s large following. At DAF’s current set of concerts, the band is giving fans the chance to relive old favourites from their back catalogue. Expect ‘Der Mussolini’ to be played a couple of times as well as old favourites such as ‘Verschwende Deine Jugend’ and ‘Der Räuber und der Prinz’. Fans of the band will be reminiscing non-stop throughout the night and I’m certain that any newcomers will leave as brand new fans.

CHAMELEONS VOX the continuation of legendary CHAMELEONS UK, arguably the most influential band ever to come out of Manchester. CHAMELEONS VOX features vocalist, bassist and principle composer Mark Burgesscollaborating with various people. CHAMELEONS VOX are now reaching a whole new generation of fans to swell the considerable loyal following that the band has established and have so far played sell out concerts in the UK, Germany, Holland, Greece, Italy, Spain, Portugal; and across the United States of America. CHAMELEONS VOX have played 2017, 2018 and 2019 at the New Waves Day Festival - promoters couldn’t resist to ask them for 2020 and they said YES! It seems like a tradition is born... Originally called Slav Aryan, GENE LOVES JEZEBEL (GLJ) was formed in 1980 with the Aston brothers, guitarist Ian Hudson, bassist Stephen Davis and drummer Snowy White. The Astons grew up in Cornelly, later Porthcawl Wales, and moved to London in 1981. The name of the band is a reference to the rock musician Gene Vincent and his song ‘Jezebel’. The released four albums between 1983 and 1990, ‘Discover’ is the most popular one. Due to a falling out between the Aston brothers in 1997 and ongoing legal issues, there are currently two incarnations of the band. Promoters are happy to have Jay Aston’s GENE LOVE JEZEBEL at the NWD 2020.

From the start you can hear how BLANCMANGE crackle with inventiveness and intelligence - lyrics that fork out the surreal from the mundane and music brimming with pop suss and a whirling, experimental sense of adventure. After their split in 1986, they’re back in business. Formed in Leeds in 1984, THE ROSE OF AVALANCHE came to prominence following heavy airplay of their debut single, the “apocalyptic epic” ‘L.A. Rain’, by the BBC disc jockey, John Peel. BBC Sessions with Peel and Janice Long followed and ‘L.A. Rain’ sat proudly at number 26 in Peel’s 1985 Festive Fifty, above songs by THE CURE, THE SMITHS and THE SISTERS OF MERCY. The band continued to dominate the indie scene of the period, with follow-up singles, ‘Goddess’, ‘Too Many Castles in the Sky’, ‘Velveteen’ and ‘Always There’, all topping the Indie charts. Successful tours supporting THE MISSION and support slots with DAVID BOWIE followed, but just as the band looked set for mainstream success, their meteoric rise was halted by a series of legal wrangles with their record label, leading to the eventual dissolution of the band. Magnificently raw, beautiful and loud, THE ROSE OF AVALANCHE are back to reclaim their rightful place at the top table of Alternative / Goth music.

The five Austrians WHISPERS IN THE SHADOW have been an inherent part of the Gothic scene since 1996 and are significantly involved in the conservation of the classic Goth Rock. The characteristic WITS-sound has internationally established long ago and features flaring, partially sombre guitars, which meet booming bass, fulminant drums and psychedelic keyboard. From the wall of sound arise together with the unmistakable voice of band-founder Ashley Dayour those picturesque images in the mind of the listeners, who finally understand the meaning of the lyrics. WIRES & LIGHTS is a four-piece English / German band from Berlin, comprising Justin Stephens (vocals / guitar), Ralf Hünefeld (guitar / Synth), Gabriel Brero (bass) and Sebastian Hilgetag (drums). Signed to Oblivion/ SPV, their debut single ‘Drive’ was released on May 31st 2019. Further singles ‘Swimming’ and ‘Sleepers’ followed and the debut album ‘A Chasm Here And Now’ was released on September 13th 2019.

Looking for the full New Waves Experience? The festival is offering special VIP-tickets that include free drinks and food. Plus: You have access to the special VIP-Room with extra bar. Tickets will be limited.

Line-up (running order soon!)

Exclusive hard- & VIP-Ticket presale via
International ticket sale via Eventim
Price: 55- € (plus fees) / VIP-Ticket: 119- € (plus fees)
The VIP Ticket includes entrance to the gallery, drinks (soda/beer) and buffet

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