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(Virtual) Cold Waves festival

Posted Sept. 7, 2020, 11:44 a.m. in Shows by Loren
(Virtual) Cold Waves festival

photo by Scott Wilkinson

Chicago's industrial music festival Cold Waves IX has revamped its 2020 plans with a virtual festival set for Sept. 18-20.


Originally the event planned for sets by My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult, Front 242, Stabbing Westward, and more. Instead, it will be free of charge online, with the full schedule to be announced on Thursday Sept. 10. It will include Meat Beat Manifesto, The Young Gods, Chris Connelly, and others. 


The basic rundown of the virtual festival is as follows:


Friday, September 18: Kick-Off Party
Saturday, September 19: The Main Event
Sunday, September 20: Closing Ceremonies

The fest is also releasing an exclusive 15-song compilation with artists from the event.


As for the live festival, it has been postponed until Sept. 24-26, 2021. Proceeds from the event will benefit Metro Chicago staff and Darkest Before Dawn (supporting the nightlife industry).


Sept. 10, 2020 Update: The full lineup has been announced below.

Friday, September 18: The Kickoff (7 pm-1 am CT)
COLD WAVES first-year concert is presented in its entirety for the first time ever. Shot September 7, 2012 at Bottom Lounge in Chicago with HD multi-cam and pro soundboard mix. Featuring The Cocks Members, Chemlab, Final Cut, 16Volt, Damage Manual (acoustic), Czar, Acumen Nation, The Clay People, I:Scintilla, Cyanotic, Go Fight and Iron Lung Corp. Produced by Aaron Pollack, director of the “Rally and Sustain: Cracknation” documentary.

Saturday, September 19: The Main Event (7 pm-12 am CT)
New, live presentations from Meat Beat Manifesto, DHS, Ash Code and Cyanotic
Rare and unseen live performance videos from The Young Gods, Front Line Assembly, Test Dept, Chemlab, OHGR, Lead Into Gold, C-Tec, 16volt Vs. Acumen, Cocksure and Bile
Classic industrial music-videos with “commentary tracks” from performers and directors, featuring Richard 23 and Patrick Codenys (Front 242), Paul Barker (Ministry), Chris Connelly (The Revolting Cocks), Martin Atkins (Killing Joke), Chris Vienna (Nine Inch Nails), director Eric Zimmerman and more
COLD WAVES artist and crew video greetings and slideshows

Sunday, September 20: The Closing Party (7-11 pm CT)
Debut stream of “Last Call 2350: The Neo Documentary,” directed by Eric Richter
A Medusa’s tribute—an audio/video homage to Dave Medusa and his legendary Chicago club
Goodbye Tonsils: COLD WAVES says goodbye to dearest alumni Severed Heads
COLD WAVES artist and crew video greetings and slideshows

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