Wednesday, April 15, 2015

COLD WAVES IV - full lineup + details

The fourth annual installment of industrial music festival Cold Waves is set for September 25-26, 2015 at Metro in Chicago and, having made the initial announcement last week, the festival's organizers now officially reveal this year's complete lineup. Confirmed to play Cold Waves IV are the following acts:

Friday, September 25th
Godflesh • Lustmord • Lead Into Gold
Author & Punisher • Prurient
Lab Report • Two from the Eye

Saturday, September 26th

Front Line Assembly • Pop Will Eat Itself • Severed Heads
Cocksure • High-Functioning Flesh
Rorschach Test • Human Traffic

Single-day passes and a limited number of two-day passes will go on sale this Friday, April 17th, at 10:00 am Central Time, via the venue's website, here.

A limited number of VIP passes will go on sale this Friday, April 17th, at 10:00 am Central Time, via the Cold Waves website, here.

The VIP pass includes: two tickets to a single-night show, balcony table for two, pre-show meet n' greet with all headlining acts, Cold Waves IV poster and comp CD, and free admission to the Cold Waves IV pre-party, Thursday, September 24th at Double Door, featuring Acumen Nation and a full album performance of their debut, Transmissions from Eville, plus Rabbit Junk and Die Sektor.

Cold Waves founder Jason Novak, also owner of Cracknation Records and member of bands such as Cocksure, Czar, and Acumen Nation, describes this year's festival: 

"Our goal to showcase Chicago's relationship with industrial music, featuring rare and classic forebears along with innovative newcomers, has never been more realized than this year."

Friday's lineup is a virtual who's who of classic and contemporary industrial noise, anchored by UK techno-doom heroes Godflesh, along with the originator of the dark ambient genre, Lustmord, and Ministry/Revolting Cocks alum Paul Barker's Lead Into Gold. Adding Author & Punisher, literally the physical embodiment of industrial music, along with Matt Schultz's long dormant Lab Report and his anti-tank-guitar, keeps things mysterious and experimental, as does Hospital Productions founder Dominick Fernow's Prurient. A household name synonymous with heavy music production in Chicago, Sanford Parker unveils his latest project Two from the Eye.

While Friday brings the doom, Saturday brings the party. Front Line Assembly will resurrect classic material from their Wax Trax! days and the UK's Pop Will Eat Itself will make its first US appearance in almost two decades. Second that for Australian electronic trailblazers Severed Heads. Chicago industrial royalty Chris Connelly's new project Cocksure promises to revive the true spirit of all things Revolting, while electro firestarters High-Functioning Flesh are this year's LA industrial critics' darlings. This year's link to the actual cold waves genre, Seattle's Rorschach Test, and l'enfant terrible electro-grime punk newcomers Human Traffic round things out.

Cold Waves IV will also feature vendors, DJs, unique artist and product raffles, and a partnership with next-door bar The G-Man that will allow festival attendees to grab a bite, have a seat, and enjoy the music from the newly dubbed "Cold Waves Lounge."

The festival is sponsored by Kuma's Corner and Revolution Brewery, two iconic Chicago food and beverage institutions that embody the spirit of the music. 

A portion of proceeds from Cold Waves IV will go to Hope for the Day, a local suicide prevention charity using music and the arts to reach those in need.

Building on the past three years' events, Cold Waves IV promises to be the biggest and best to date, featuring a perfect curation of old and new innovators of the genre.