Maschinenfest was an annual three-day underground music festival in Germany, featuring industrial, power electronics, noise and other alternative electronic performers.[1] It included both independent and signed bands as well as many vendors for music and related merchandise. Featured record labels and noteworthy companies included Ant-Zen, Hands Productions, Pflichtkauf, Spectre Records and Ad Noiseam.

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Militia at Maschinenfest
GenreIndustrial, power electronics, noise, alternative electronic, Breakcore, Techstep
Location(s)Turbinenhalle in Oberhausen, originally Aachen, Germany
Years active1999–2018
Founded byThomas Hein


The festival was traditionally held in October in a bunker deep underground Aachen, Germany. The venue posed some problems with heat, humidity and air circulation, as well as condensation dripping on to the gear of the performers, but the atmosphere of the bunker proved quite fitting to the genres of music played throughout the festival. For only one edition, in 2003, the festival moved to the castle ruin of Schloss Leerodt in Geilenkirchen. From 2004 to 2008, Maschinenfest was held at the Kulturfabrik in Krefeld, Germany. In 2009, the festival was held in Essen, and starting in 2010, the festival was held in the Turbinenhalle in Oberhausen.

The Kulturfabrik Krefeld in October 2007
Turbinenhalle Oberhausen in October 2014

Part of the pre-festival activities was the "Maschinenfaces" page where the visitors could add pictures of themselves and state where they were staying and who they were with as well as comment on each other's pictures.

An April Fools' Day posting on the Side-Line website claimed that the 2008 edition, the 10th one, would also be the final one.[2] This was not the case.

In 2011 Wolfram Bange, Henning Hinck, Sebastian Vogel and Lena Neugebauer filmed a documentary about the festival. It was a tribute to the scene and can be watched on several video platforms for free.[3]





  • 2009: 100 Blumen, Alarmen, Angina P, Broken Note, Contaminant, Dazzling Malicious, Dive, Greyhound, Geneviéve Pasquier, Synapscape, This Morn' Omina, Powder Pussy, Sudden Infant, Teknoist, Tzolk'in, Brighter Death Now, Feine Trinkers Bei Pinkels Daheim, DJ Hidden, Gjöll, Hecq, Heimstatt Yipotash, Last days Of S.E.X., Mono-Amine, S.K.E.T.
  • 2010: Mandelbrot, 13th Monkey, Matta, Chrysalide, Bipol, Config.Sys, Ambassador21, Asche, Sonar, Simon Schall, Swanika, Zero Degree, ABS6, Subheim, Edgey, Iszoloscope, Ah Cama-Sotz, Winterkälte, Horque, Killer, Lingouf, Frl. Linientreu, Niveau Zero, Sonic Aarea, Nullvektor, Mono No Aware, Architect
  • 2011: Dirk Geiger, Spherical Disrupted, Ahnst Anders, Suicide Inside, Igorrr, Xabec, Contaminant, Empusae, Synapscape, The_empath, Mobthrow, 16Pad Noise Terrorist, Atrabilis Sunrise, Näo, Pankow, Thorofon, This Morn' Omina, Needle Sharing, Saal5, Kirdec, Wieloryb, Dazzling Malicious, Marita Schreck, Balkansky & Loop Stepwalker, Contagious Orgasm, Imminent, Lustmord
  • 2012: Hydrone, Dirty K, Sabes, Hysteresis, Nin Kuji, The [Law-Rah] Collective, Hecq, Enduser, Sonar, Oyaarss, Swanika, Syntech, Objekt Urian, Flint Glass, Pow[d]er Pussy, Militia, Winterkälte, 2 Kilos & More feat. Black Sifichi, Xanopticon, Underhill, Con-Dom, Geistform, Axiome, In Slaughter Natives, Haujobb, Roger Rotor
  • 2013: Ah Cama-Sotz, Alarmen, Cacophoneuses, Config.sys, Control, Fausten, Greyhound, Hypnoskull, Iszoloscope, Klangstabil, Le Moderniste, Mezire, Mimetic, Monolog, Mono No Aware, Persons Unknown, Philipp Munch, Ruby My Dear, Shorai, Silent Walls, S.K.E.T., Sonic Area, Sudden Infant, Synapscape, The Klinik, The Ruins of Beverast, Tzolk'in


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  1. ^ Kilpatrick, Nancy. The Goth Bible: A Compendium for the Darkly Inclined. New York: St. Martin's Griffin, 2004, ISBN 0-312-30696-2, p. 87.
  2. ^ Maschinenfest to call it quits after 2008 edition?
  3. ^ [1]

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