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THE VENUES
Wave Gotik Treffen is a unique festival as it takes place in many locations around the city of Leipzig. The venues are scattered right
across the city from the main Agra venue South of the City Centre to the Industrial Estate venues in the East and the scattering of
venues around the City Centre. I have listed some of most commonly used venues below,  their main WGT function and the
approximate capacity. There are numerous other small venues that seem to come and each year as well as museums and open
houses that are all free to WGT ticket holders

NOTE: The festival evolves each year, many of the minor venues will / will not be used, check the official WGT itinerary for exact details.

AGRA MESSEPARK
This is the main venue for Wave Gotik Treffen, the site is huge and offers just about everything you could ever want from a Goth Festival.
The biggest bands will play here in Halle 2, the Campsite is located here as is a huge Gothic shopping market and there is enough
food being served to allow you to eat from a different stall each day. The Agra Messepark is Leipzig's old exhibition Centre. Its not a
pretty site, being made up out of a number of very large metal warehouse/hanger buildings and some older brick buildings probably
dating from the early communist era. There is also a large grassed area that is used as the campsite during the festival. At other times
the Messepark is used as a Agricultural Exhibition Centre, a Flower market, a Heavy Plant exhibition, a Dog Show and various other
exhibitions and shows.

ARRIVING AT THE AGRA MESSEPARK
If you come by tram then you will be dropped off right outside the Agra (you will know this as the tram will empty). When you enter you
will pass through a security area, they will want to check your bag for drink and food (if you’re camping you will be OK just so long as you
have the right colour wristband). Once through just follow the crowd forward. The first building to your left is where you are heading, this
is Halle 1 and the Shopping Halle.

HALLE 1 - SHOPPING
The first building is where you will find the a huge Gothic Market (imagine a large supermarket sized building full of Goth clothes, music,
jewellery, and people all dressed up wandering around). Bands may also be doing autographs just inside the door so keep an eye out
for posters with this information. Your shopping experience will only be curtailed by your money limits and the weight of your luggage
(always a good thing to remember if you are already at your weight limit). However you will find so many stalls that it will probably take
you a few days to get around them all. You can enjoy the food café between Halle 1 and Halle 2, else head outside for food and drink,
where you will find just about every food kind on sale.The Shopping Halle is open from 12noon on Friday till about 1am
Sunday the Shopping Halle will close earlier and Monday the Shopping will finish at 9-10ish...

BETWEEN HALLE 1 and 2
If you walk past all the stores heading towards Halle 2 you will come to the area between the Halles. You will find a permanent café
here, toilets (a long queue) and normally a large amount of Goths sitting on the floor in various states of consciousness. If you are
walking out of Halle 1 then right in front of you, you will see a large doorway leading to Halle 2 and the main Band stage. Don't even try to
get through here (security wont let you through), its not allowed, the flow of people is from the other side of Halle 2.

HALLE 2 - MAIN BAND STAGE
From the area between the Halles you can see the Main Stage through two large doors, security won’t let you pass, you will need to
walk around the building and enter from the other side. Walk outside past the food stalls and turn left, follow the building around. You
will find security gates and a large amount of security staff; they will want to check you for food/drink, cameras and weapons. A full pat
down is not uncommon and they will check your bag quite well. Once through you are at the main stage, to your right is the stage, and to
your left are the bars (toilets can be found towards the middle of the left hand side. All the biggest/best bands will play on this stage, the
headlining act normally come on at 10-11pm with another smaller group playing a Midnight special.

If the weather is hot then this Halle is going to get very hot as the evening progresses. If you want to see a headlining act then you will
need to be here at least one band before them, preferably two bands. For 2008 there was a major improvement, the area between the
two sets of doors (on the opposite side of the Halle from the stage) are now connected, with a large area outside where you will find the
toilets, room to smoke and a small bar. This is an excellent area to grab some fresh air between bands (apart from the smokers puffing
away) and is now a great way of getting from one end of the Halle to the other when its really packed.

My tip for the best experience is to get here early and get yourself between the two large metal pillars that dominate the stage area
preferably towards the left hand of the stage (its less packed). Ensure you don’t need to leave, if you leave the Halle you will need to go
right around the outside of the building again, this has been known to take 30-40 minutes once bands start playing. Eat before coming
in, there are a couple food stalls, but they don’t sell the best food. Be prepared for a large number of people, and if the headlining band
has started playing and you are still outside then I would advise finding something else to do (even if you get in, it will be hard to get into
a good place to see the band).

Band Merchandise will be on sale at the far side of the Halle from where you enter.

HALLE 4.1
If you have just come out of Halle 1 into the area between the Halle's you can turn left and walk into a largish student union type of bar.
This is Halle 4.1. This room has a couple of bars and seating (look for seating upstairs too). Bands can sometimes play in this very
pleasant room. Toilets are also based in this room to the left, and are normally more empty that the ones between the Halle's. There is
normally a stall selling simple food, and some sort of art exhibition on the floor above (opposite the upstairs bar area).

HALLE 4.2
If you continue to walk towards the back of room Halle 4.1 from where you walked in, you will find in each corner a half hidden doorway.
You will find a security guy standing here and he will perform the normal search of your bag, once past you will find yourself in Halle 4.2.
This room is very large,there will be bands playing in this room (some years), normally from the evening onwards till very late. The
sound quality is normally very good and its quite easy to see the band from most of the room.

When the bands have finished the centre of the room becomes a dance floor  where some of the worlds best Goth DJs will be playing
every night until the very early hours. If you like to dance but have found it hard to dance in other venues then I suggest heading here, the
dance floor is huge and you will always find space, although the venue has no atmosphere in comparison to the Moritzbastei or
Darkflower.

EATING AND DRINKING AT THE AGRA - OUTSIDE
So you need to stop and eat at some stage, head outside and you will find that there are a large amount of stalls selling various
different food types. You will find stalls selling sweets, burgers, hot dogs, pizza, Chinese, Indian, vegetarian and pasta. Personally I
always eat here and have always found the food to be excellent quality (for festival food that is). There are a couple of stalls also selling
beer and other drinks here. Seating can be hard to find, make sure you sit at the stall you buy food from or go and sit on the near by wall
(or grass if the weather is OK).

CAMPING
I have detailed the info on the CAMPING page.

CASH POINT
So you need some more cash, you should find a mobile cash unit outside with the food stalls, there are 4 cash machines (with English
as an option)

KINDERGARTEN
If you have kids and want a couple of hours rest then you can ask the on-site Kindergarten to look after them. I have no details of how
much it may cost, or if they talk any English. However the site of the Kindergarten looks fine, there are some outside play things and
from the outside the place looks very much like a school classroom. If you want to find the Kindergarten walk past the entrance to Halle
2 and the Kindergarten is about 100m on your left. If you have any more details I would love to add them here, feel free to send me any
info, thanks.

OFFICIAL INFO ABOUT THE KINDERGARTEN
During the WGT well-skilled and experienced carer will care about the needs of your children daily from 15.00h until 22.00h. With a
minimum age of 3, your kids can play with playfellows of the same age, paint or do handicrafts - the ideal rest for you and your children
at the Treffen. The kindergarten has its own weather independent area, near the "Messehalle". The maximum time for this service is
limited to 3 hours in a row. Drinks for the refreshment are available at the kindergarten! Provisioning of food cannot be taken by the
kindergarten! Sanitary facilities for the kids are available.
        OFFICIAL WGT WEBSITE                                                                                   OFFICIAL WGT FORUM
PHOTOS
ENTRANCE TO THE
AGRA MESSEPARK
ENTRANCE TO THE
AGRA MESSEPARK
TICKET OFFICE AT
THE AGRA
TICKET OFFICE AT
THE AGRA
PETROL STATION
OPPOSITE THE AGRA
ENTRANCE TO
HALLE 1
WAVE GOTIK TREFFEN
STORE
STORE
STORE
STORE
STORE
COFFIN STORE
PEOPLE AT THE AGRA
PEOPLE AT THE AGRA
PEOPLE AT THE AGRA
PEOPLE AT THE AGRA
PEOPLE AT THE AGRA
PEOPLE AT THE AGRA
FOOD STALLS
FOOD STALLS
FOOD STALLS
FOOD STALLS
ENTRANCE TO HALLE
2 (BEFORE THE GIG)
THE MAIN STAGE IN
HALLE 2
AN EMPTY HALLE 2
HALLE 2
BAND MERCHANDISE
IN HALLE 2
LARGE WGT EMBLEM
TO EITHER SIDE OF
THE STAGE
HALLE 4.1
SECURITY
CAMPSITE VIEW
CAMPSITE VIEW
KINDERGARTEN SIGN
KINDERGARTEN
TAXIS OUTSIDE THE
AGRA
WGT BEER CUPS IN
HALLE 2
A couple of years ago I created the Map of the Agra site above, its
basically a modified Official WGT Map with some English
headings.
KOHLRABIZIRKUS
The Kohlrabizirkus or ‘Cabbage Turnip Circus’ is the second largest gig venue, a little out the way but a good location with good toilets
(although the food choice is quite poor). Its a wonderful building built in 1929 and used as a Fruit and Vegetable market until 1994
(hence the name Cabbage Turnip, although I did hear people calling it the ‘Cabbage Patch’, hehe). When the building was first built
the two imposing reinforced concrete ribbed cupolas (8 sided dome Rooms) were a technical sensation, which in those days were
considered the widest stretched massive cupola construction worldwide with a span of 75 m. With a length of 156 m and a width of 76
m both cupolas cover an area of approximately 12,000 m². A two-storey office extension encloses the halls on two sides. In 2000 the
north cupola was modernised into a modern, multi-functional event hall for concerts and stage shows. At the same time the south
cupola was brought back to life as an ice rink under the name ‘Eisdom’ and has been attracting a great number of skaters.

Today the building does look a little tired, and reminds you somewhat of Madonna’s Bra. It’s a good landmark and easy to get too from
the tram. When you get off the number 16 tram, turn left and walk back the way the tram has just come from. Cross the track at the end
of the platform and head towards what looks like an industrial estate. You will find Kohlrabizirkus about a 5 minute walk from the tram
stop The entire area looks a little run down and very industrial. From the tram stop you should also be able to see the Volkspalast and
a large chimney with a large Red Star at the top.

As you approach the building you will see a taxi rank to the left of the building, it normally has a good supply of taxis at it. The entrance
to Kohlrabizirkus is to the right of the front of the building (if you have walked from the tram stop). Just outside near the entrance there
is a couple of food and beer stalls outside. Security here seemed to be quite tight, the searching of bags and people they were very
visible. Once you make it through security you cross into a corridor that lead to the main hall.

The inside of the right cupola is very big, the approximate capacity must be 3500-4000 people, and is second only to Halle 2 at the
Agra for size. From the doorway as you enter you will see the stage straight opposite you, and it’s a decent size. To your immediate Left
you will see various food and drink stalls. Straight in front of you to the right you will see a large cloakroom, and further towards the
back and to the right you will find the only toilets (excellent facilities and all very clean). Going left past the food and drink stalls you will
find the merchandise stall. Unfortunately there is no where to sit inside, but that is common to most venues.

The sound quality of the venue is a little weird. Looking up you can obviously see the domed roof, this seems to add an additional echo
beat to some bands when they play, especially those bands with a heavy base line. In my opinion it didn’t ruin my experience of the
venue, moving forward seemed to reduce that extra echo. For the headliner bands you need to be here early as it can take a long time
to get in, and security do there job no matter what the time of day.
PHOTOS
THE EXTERIOR OF
THE BUILDING
THE EXTERIOR OF
THE BUILDING
THE DOMED ROOM
INTERIOR
THE EXTERIOR OF
THE BUILDING
THE DOMED ROOM
INTERIOR
AN ARIAL VIEW OF
KOHLRABITZIRKUS