All the U.S. goth-industrial-synthpop music festivals in 2020

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The summer music festival season is nearly upon us. Europe may get the big gothic-industrial festivals like M’era Luna and Wave-Gotik-Treffen. But America has its own share of exciting events. Now is the time to start planning your travels.

Dark Side of the Con 4

Parsippany, New Jersey
March 27 to 29
Official Website

Killer lineup: The Birthday Massacre, The Cruxshadows, Suicide Commando, Grendel, Das Ich, God Module, Bella Morte, Echo Black, FGFC820, Ego Likeness, The Gothsicles, The Rain Within, Astari Nite, Chmcl Str8jckt, Methodical, Devil-M, DaGeist, Ghostfeeder, 00tz 00tz, Die Robot, Stoneburner, Cliff and Ivy, Abbey Death, Peter Turns Pirate, Tragic Impulse, The Mary Lous, Red Lokust

Out From The Shadows Fest VI

Portland, Oregon
April 2 to 4
Official Website

Killer lineup: SYZYGYX, Fearing, Komrads, Love Hate Affair, The Electric West, Physical Wash, Ritual Veil, Body of Light, Automelodi, Ssleping DesiresS, Mayflower Madame, Push Button Press, V.E.X., Versari, We Are Parasols, Ritual Howls, Tearful Moon, Korine, Astari Nite, Seventeen At This Time, Mr Wrong, Lies We Were Told

Dark Spring Festival Boston

Boston, Massachusetts
April 4
Official Website

Killer lineup: Un Hombre Solo, Golden Apes, Sonsombre, Secret Shame, Shanghai Beach, Pilgrims of Yearning, Twin Tribes

Verboden 2020

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
April 9 to 12
Official Website

Killer lineup: The KVB, Trans-X, ACTORS, PASTEL GHOST, Stockhaussen, AutomelodiI, Police des moeurs, SRSQ, Grave Babies, BOAN, Ritual Veil, Wire Spine, In Mirrors, Charlatan, OVER, Devours, DEBBY FRIDAY, MASKARA, Bloom Offering, EXEUNT, Baby Blue, LAND LINE, Thegn, Holzkopf, NUIT, VENETTA, Sharlese, JS Aurelius, Sean Reveron, Mela Melania, Daniel Lebeuf, Charlotte Twanow, B.WEST, Viva Non, Dock Hellis, Girlfriends and Boyfriends, Sektion Tyrants, Monashee, Bare Life, Voice to Skull, Violetta Leigh, Vicebound

Cruel World

Los Angeles, California
May 2
Official Website

Killer lineup: Morrissey, Bauhaus, Blondie, Devo, Echo & The Bunnymen, The Psychedelic Furs, Violent Femmes, The Church, English Beat, Public Image Ltd., Gary Numan, Marc Almond, She Wants Revenge, Blaqk Audio, TR/ST, Cold Cave, Jay Aston’s Gene Loves Jezebel, Berlin, Bad Manners, Missing Persons, London After Midnight, Drab Majesty, 45 Grave, Christian Death, The Meteors, Black Marble, Sextile, Softkill, The KVB

Convergence 26

Louisville, Kentucky
May 15 to 17
Official Website

Killer lineup: WINGTIPS, Twin Tribes, The Bellwether Syndicate, God Module, Sonsombre, The Rope, SYZYGYX, Xorcist, SCARY BLACK, The Kentucky Vampires, Vyva Melinkolya

Sanctuary Festival 2020

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
June 4 to 6
Official Website

Killer lineup: Funker Vogt, Velvet Acid Christ, Rhys Fulber, Caustic, Cyanotic, ∆AIMON, WINGTIPS, Paralyze, Nevada Hardware

Mechanismus Festival: Resistance

Seattle, Washington
June 11 to 14
Official Website

Killer lineup: Funker Vogt, Boy Harsher, Velvet Acid Christ, Clan of Xymox, Stabbing Westward, Moris Blak, Curse Mackey, Ivandensphere, Dawn of Ashes, Conformco, This Morn Omina, C/A/T, For All the Emptiness, Cyanotic, Finite Automata, Eva-X, Stoneburner, Die Robot, The Secret Light, William Wilson, Vigilante, Pixelpussy, Solid State, Lithium Dolls, Wolftron, 2 Libras

Terminus: Subversion

Calgary, Alberta, Canada
July 30 to August 2
Official Website

Killer lineup: TBA

San La Muerte Fest 2020

Austin, Texas
September 17 to 19
Official Website

Killer lineup: Ana Curra, She Past Away, The Vanishing, Dystopian Society

Near Dark Fest 2020

Oakland, California
September 17 to 20
Official Website

Killer lineup: Sad Lovers & Giants, Ana Curra, Exit-Stance, Screaming Dead, Wingtips, The Conscripts, Pawns, Secret Shame, Vueltas, Anatomy, Visions, Iver, Sectarian Bloom, Membrane

Cold Waves IX

Chicago, Illinois
September 18 to 20
Official Website

Killer lineup: Stabbing Westward, The Young Gods, Front 242, The KVB, My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult, Ash Code, All Your Sisters, Chris Connelly, Paul Barker, Cyanotic, Kollaps, She Past Away, Actors, The Bellwether Syndicate, Fee Lion

Absolution Fest

Tampa, Florida
October 8 to 10
Official Website

Killer lineup: Drab Majesty, Hante., Mr.Kitty, Traitrs, The Bellwether Syndicate, Astari Nite, Rosegarden Funeral Party, SYZYGYX, Sonsombre, Third Realm, Die Robot, The Purge, The Kentucky Vampires, Pass/Ages, Mother Juno, Cold Medicine, Gulf Blvd.

The Goth Invasion of Portland

Portland, Oregon
October 22 to 24
Official Website

Killer lineup: SINthetik Messiah, The Secret Light, Cliff and Ivy, Die Robot, Solo-X, Adrian H and the Wounds

(If you’re hosting a festival that you want me to add to this list, just shoot me a message. Happy to add. Now including Canada!)

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