Aleksei Taruts's work mostly involves performative and situational practice. In his projects the artist draws the viewer’s attention to the topic of an event, its production and representation. Taruts considers an event itself as a performative medium, a symbolic object of instantaneous cultural exchange in the age of semiocapitalism. In his works Taruts examines the neuroses of contemporaneity shaped by the obsession with technologies of immediate representation and the politics of «post truth», exploitive culture of self-mediation, disenchantment with internet and overexposure to wow-effects. Frequently Taruts uses sound and music as means to reflect on the affects produced by mass culture and other power structures.


Celldöd is the Stockholm based producer Anders Karlsson. He's been active in the music scene for some time working on different musical projects, always with a strong D.I.Y. ethic. As Celldöd, he's released several cassettes under his own label Brutal Disciplin and has also released records on Suction Records, Kess Kill, Medical Records and Femur Records. In 2017 he released an album under the name Vargdöd on Opal Tapes together with Swedish techno artist Varg. Anders hardware driven sound has evolved over time now personifying finely sharpened EBM and techno crossover of the highest calibre. Since the celldöd live debut at Kalabalik på Tyrolen 2014 he's become a major export performing regularly around Europe and beyond.


Drawing inspiration from the aesthetics and sound of the 80s without losing the sight of actual music, Cold Comfort found their point of contact in late 2012 - under the piercing background humming of analog synthesizers and the howling of vocalist and guitar player Alex, doomed by social themes and self-exclamations, they began to play rather ominous melodies to the strict yet rhythmic sound of a drum-machine. Born was their first EP "Modern Crypts". Shortly after that WornPop label signed the band and released their second EP "Issue De Secours" in 2015. Few years later, they decided to shift the general mood to a warmer side, and also began to flirt more with the electronic music. Their music is a reflection of all the previous and current experience of participants who are not limited to one or two genres and constantly discover something new for themselves.


Diskoteket is a Swedish indie/post-punk band formed in 2002. Following the critically acclaimed second album 'Det ska se ut som slutet' they released the EP 'Jag ser över mitt liv' late 2014 and made a great performance at our five year anniversary the following summer. With honest, clever and brutal lyrics in Swedish and a strong voice in frontwoman Anna-Karin Andersson they carry a sound of their own. We are stoked to see them back on stage this summer with an all new, long awaited album to be released this fall.


Belgian electronic pioneer Dirk Ivens ( ex -The Klinik / Absolute Body Control / Sonar) operates solo under the name DIVE, a mixture of minimal, hypnotic and rhythmic beats combined with haunting vocals and lyrics about hope, death, love and fear. Primitive, harsh and experimental with an evolving sound. With a minimum on equipment, armed with a minidisc, megaphone and two stroboscopes, Dirk Ivens creates a maximum of power and he proved again and again that less means more. After a hiatus of more than a decade, he came back with the 2017 album 'Underneath', a David-Lynchian fever dream, oscillating wildly between cutting Industrial-loops, dark Minimal-art and groovy Electronic-Body-beats that converge into a physical tour de force.


Electroforez is an electro-pop duo from Saint-Petersburg, Russia. Already recognized as one of the leading bands in the Russian alternative music scene. Formed in 2012, they made it their goal not to imitate other bands and to develop their own style, constantly experimenting with elements of synth-pop, dance punk and techno while also incorporating nostalgic post-soviet sounds and contemporary rhythms. Their lyrics tell about the real Russian culture of today in an eccentric and intriguing manner by focusing on common concepts of daily life.


One of the first labels to give recognition and attention to the pioneers of minimal electronics / proto-elektro / avant-garde pop / experimental pop from the early 1980's. Also one of few labels in this field of music that truly invests in the development of new talents. With single editions on vinyl only and a selection of sounds ranging from elektro-wave and dark techno to ambient, post-industrial and noise-pop. M. has been organizing events and spinning records since 1999, now teaming up with Alacidus, playing back 2 back as "Enfant Terrible". Acid, (early/dark) techno combined with elektro, wave, EBM, new beat, synth stuff and also industrial depending on context. Dark, loud, rough and dirty on vinyl only.


Europ Europ is a trio hailing from Oslo, Norway. Creating pre-fashion, post-contemporary noise-pop since 1996. Never in an average way or a predictable manner. This is industrial music as it should sound, never dark in a gothic kind of way, never weak dance music in a new school kind of way, and without getting lost in noise just for the sake of noise. The music is ritual and tribal and performed like an occult rite. And yet it is also contemporary experimental pop music… sort of…


Founded in 2008 as a protest project against the bossanovification of great 80s songs with a new wave version of Toni Holliday’s Schlager-pop number “Tanze Samba mit mir”. In 2010, a debut album was released on Urgence Disk Records and since then she's appeared on a regular basis on compilations and diy productions floating around in the wave-o-sphere. Her music is a retro-futuristic declaration of love for the cold days of the analogue 80s, when two keys on the synthesizer were enough, when life and love were set against a world that could end anytime, where a distant but tangible feeling of alienation, not too dissimilar from our modern digital dystopia of disembodied connections, anonymous cities, and dispossessed futures, could yet not wholly extinguish the wild dreams of romance and hope.


With many years of active musical practice in general and guitars in particular, Pavel Dmitriev has developed his own unique style, concept and approach to the writing of material. Guexx was founded as a solo project in 2013 with two EPs (2015 and 2016) on Worn Pop. The latter mixed and mastered by Sid Lamar of Schwefelgelb. Under the measured rhythm of the drum machine and the distorted sound of the electric guitar, Geuxx leads listeners into a special trance - atmospheric and psychedelic. A holistic journey into the depth of consciousness, in which passions are reflected and human traits are revealed. Pavel is currently hard at work with his first full-length album, to be more profound than ever.


Gil'otina (Guillotine) is the abyssal searching and wanderings of its founders Ivan and Dmytro, and through it they show their strong emotions about humanity. Music suits perfectly such a title - it is cold and piercing to the bones and its rhythm is strict and unforgiving to the listener, forcing him to dance to the Ivan's disruptive singing. The project was launched in 2015 as a response to the suddenly emerged western dark scene, and just a year later, in 2016, the first full-length named "Taiga", consisting of heart- rending 8 tracks, was released. Now they are about to release second LP Orgа́ n where they slightly shifted their music vector into a more sensual and lyrical yet still emotional side. 


HATARI is an Icelandic multimedia performance project that unveils the relentless scam that is everyday life. Awarded "Best Live Band" by The Reykjavík Grapevine for two consecutive years, with the panel stating that "their brutality is matched only by their mystery". The trio took the local scene by storm at Iceland Airwaves 2016, drawing attention not only to their music but also their explosive performance, where the likes of The Guardian stated: "You don't know whether to laugh or alert the authorities". Consequence of Sound recently defined the project as “part David Lynch nightmare, part goth dress-up party and part industrial love letter, HATARI are a sight to behold.” For the first time in history HATARI will deliver their unrivaled blast of bondage-pop, techno-punk and industrial-goth outside of Iceland at Kalabalik 2018.


Hailing from Minsk, the capital and most populous city Belarus, Molchat Doma is a three piece post punk outfit. Their debut “S Krish Nashih Domov” or “From the Roofs of our Houses” is a lo-fi, Eastern European take on an expert blend of post punk, new wave and synth pop, with just a dash of 80's style darkwave for good measure. This Molchat Doma sound is a virtuoso mix of dreary Alphaville synthwork, schizophrenic New Order drums with darker, even more reverberating New Order vocals and the most nostalgic strings of The Cure – peppered with a robust personality of all three and steeped in unknown eastern vibes that could only originate from soviet-era synth influences.


Probably the best way to describe the music by Monocorpse is to call it post-techno or doom techno. The beats are stripped to the bone, primitive and hypnotic, padded with dark synth sounds creating a ritual experience. Moody and haunting music that would fit perfect as soundtrack to any thriller or psychological drama. His third EP 'The Comfort of Stangers' was released earlier this year on Enfant Terrible sublabel Gooiland Elektro and is the perfect backdrop for a post-apocalyptic dance floor.


One of the defining post-punk acts of the Russian underground scene and of the so-called «new wave of Russian music». Formed in Novosibirsk in the early 2010's Ploho has already recorded three albums, several EPs and over ten singles. They've toured over 30 cities in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland and Czechia. By combinng early post-punk, new wave and Russian rock circa late 80s-early 90s they've made a big name in the east. A cold and depressive sound that is pulsating and danceable at the same time won’t leave anyone indifferent.


Position Parallèle is a French minimal synth project by Geoffroy Delacroix (known also for Dernière Volonté) and one of the first acts to play our festival back in 2011. Since then he released two full lenght albums showcasing his mastery of melodic, danceable, electronic pop music. Returning to Sweden this year as a trio including DA of Luminance with a new EP coming up on Tesco Germany this fall.


Roberto Auser is known for his wide range of sounds with releases on Viewlexx, Pinkman, his own Ausland label. He is also part of Kaval, a duo released on sublabel Vrystaete. Ranging from italo disco inspired electro to exotica and dark jazz influenced electronics his production is always on point. With the “Faceless Future” LP released on Enfant Terrible in 2016 he created an old school minimal elektro record done with analogue synths and an industrial post-punk attitude. Latest release on Pinkman takes him more in the direction of thick sounding dutch elektro acid.


As with many of the artists connected to Enfant Terrible, Sololust is a master of many disciplines. Equally good at creating pounding dark elektro, techno influenced minimal electronic and truly excellent synth pop gems. He sounds like the bastard love child of Jim Morrison jamming with Porn.Darsteller and backed by the band of Q Lazarus on electronic instruments. In the end all of his music is quite melancholic, no matter if it is a pounding dance floor track or an eerie minimal synth tune.


Dutch synth duo Staatseinde stripped down through the years from a band to a duo and with this the sound evolved as well. The songs have become more up-tempo, louder, more beat orientated, more dance floor minded. Their 'Neue Holländische Welle' is influenced by bands such as El Aviador Dro and Welle: Erdball and fuses a punky 80's vibe with modern sounding synthesizers and the occasional EBM influence. Staatseinde just released a 11-track cassette on their own label 'Ende Der Zukunft Recordings' featuring collaborations with Sololust, Lovaratrax, Arpatle, Butsenzeller and dutch poet Wout Waander.


TWINS / That Which Is Not Said is a solo project of Matt Weiner, known also for his Featureless Ghost project and of course as the head of DKA Records, releasing acts such as Celldöd, Sally Dige, Multiple Man and Boy Harsher among others. TWINS is not limited to one specific style but the dominant characteristic is the synth driven sound, influenced by various styles of dance music and a healthy dose of arty post-punk. Releasing a brand new album 'That Which Is Not Said' on May 4 featuring his signature blend of styles, re-releasing the brooding minimalism of 'Stuck', originally released on his mini-LP 'Rather Not' via Enfant Terrible.


Vanligt Folk is a trio formed in Gothernburg, with members spread out over Scandinavia. Their unconventional style of music gathers influences in genres such as punk, dub, techno, synth, hambo, indie and other forms of subcultural pop music. They are one of the best live bands our Scandinavian scenes has on offer with an explosive amount of energy on stage. This spring they are set to release the new EP "Svenskbotten" and later in the fall another one by way of Kesskill/Kontra Musik.


Villes Nouvelles is a cold wave / post-punk band formed 2010 in Paris, France by Anne F. (all lyrics, vocals, bass, guitar, synths) &
Sébastien M. (synths, drums, noises). Originally named 'Chambre Froide', the band has released their debut EP "Smiling Faces" in June 2012 and the following year, in December 2013, the LP "Nothing But Puppets". At the moment the band is working on their 3rd album "At The End Of Truth" to be released in the summer of 2018.


The first bass hit on Edmonton, Alberta duo Visitor’s EP 'E.B.E.' brings the spirit of EBM at the turn of the ‘90s to the present day. With striking similarities to the metallic music of Lassigue Bendthaus and Leæther Strip’s debut LP. 'E.B.E.' sounds like a long-lost classic. It boasts the audible tension of classic EBM; “God of All Flesh” is thick with bliss, featuring all of the genre’s foremost traditional elements—angular basslines and an orchestra of clangs and crashes—intensified by growling vocals (“Terror, misery, misery”).


Virtual Voices (und die mofajungs) is an ever-evolving synthpop act providing alcohol hazed spitze-synthpop depicting the hardships of everyday life. Nowadays, the band can't usually gather all original members, and a few mofajungs has been following them since a terrible roadtrip from Ibiza and usually harass their gigs. Since their last gig, Rövar-Albin had been stealing all their synthesizers so the music sounded even worse. Hopefully, Lazzo might get one synthesizers bought back from the black market so Virtual Voices und die mofajungs once again can play.


Words and Actions was formed in Italy and now based in Berlin. Coldwave, old school ebm and synth-punk are the main influences. “Pensieri di nessuno” is the latest, most personal and mature work of singer and musician Davide Lace, in which the gloominess of French coldwave meets the energy and minimalism of the German old school EBM and the charm of the Yugoslavian darkwave. The Italian lyrics give a further touch of exoticism and mystery. Low-fi sounds, xerox graphics cassette tapes and VHS videos hold up the raw image of this project whose loyalty to 80s DIY underground post punk is undeniable.


In collaboration with the Blädinge church we present a one of a kind ceremony where Zanias takes center stage to present ‘Rise’, a tailored ambient performance and the title of the song that carries the central theme to this piece. Exploring humanity’s understanding of its place in the universe in the context of the rising sun, as ‘streaks of arriving light stain the sky’ and themes of the understanding and acceptance of our mortality, touching upon the hope that grows from wisdom, experience and love. The ceremony will take place in the church of Blädinge, located a few hundred meters from the camping area on Sunday (26/8) at 11.00 and be the perfect end to the festival.