Verboden Festival Announces Fourth Year Lineup, Shines Light On Darkwave And Post Punk

Tuesday 08th, January 2019 / 16:55
By Esmée Colbourne

Light Asylum performing at Oettinger Villa in Darmstadt, DE 12.8.18 (Photo: Helge Kramberger)

Verboden, Vancouver’s largest Darkwave festival is back for its fourth year. From April 11 to 14, 29 dynamic acts will challenge and push audience boundaries while providing a buffet of multi-genre shows at both the Astoria and the Rickshaw.

Verboden would not exist without founder and coordinator Rob Katerwol (of Weird Candle). Through this festival his goal year after year is to draw a light to Vancouver’s historically renowned electronic industrial scene, curating a mixture of notable local and international acts that pay homage and represent different aspects of a deeply multifaceted genre.

Headlining the festival are Boy Harsher, Light Asylum and Mr. Kitty; all are quality acts, and in true Vancouver fashion, range from new wave to synth pop to pastel goth. These headliners are not the only shows festivalgoers should be excited for. Highlights include: Nouveau, a new Vancouver-based post-punk band featuring members of Spectres; the hobgoblin, pedal driven antics of Vancouver’s witchy and ambient Ivory Towers; DRI HIEV, a Calgary band that will bury its listeners in layer after layer of turbulent noise; and the moving, danceable beats of EBM greats, Visitor.

If you enjoy any type of darkwave, post punk, EBM or industrial genres, Verboden will have something for you. Katerwol’s consistent good taste and admirable commitment to showcasing both emerging and established artists makes Verboden’s fourth year line up flawless. Expect to be engaged and exposed to sounds that tear apart constructed notions of what dark electronic and post punk ‘should’ be, and discovering bands you never knew you needed in your life.

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