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Substance 2021: A Three-Day Extravaganza of post-punk, industrial, new wave, goth rock, and experimental

Substance 2021
Chelsea Wolf will play Substance 2021

This upcoming Substance festival is not your average musical event. First of all, it will take place at a time of the year when most people eat turkey leftovers at boring family dinners (Thanksgiving weekend), then it has a sonic theme that is wide enough to include bands from horizons as diverse as Plague Vendor and King Woman, to only name two bands I am familiar with.

Substance 2021, presented by Restless Nites & Live Nation, will take place at the historic Belasco Theater, downtown Los Angeles, for three completely unique nights of audiovisual power, featuring the most compelling acts from LA and abroad, as well as the pioneers who forged the way to the enduring sound of post-punk, industrial, electronic body music, new wave, synth-pop, goth rock and experimental.

With three stages and a dense line-up, as dark as it is eclectic, Substance 2021 is more intimate than a classic festival but far more than just a show. It promises to be a ‘multi-sensory event steeped in visual and sonic exploration’

Headliners include British EBM/Industrial legends Nitzer Ebb (Saturday, November 27), goth rocker/doom metal priestess Chelsea Wolfe (Friday, November 26), LA electro-industrial and noise rock pioneers HEALTH (Sunday, November 28), but also the experimental compositions of Lingua Ignota (Saturday, November 27), and Squid (Saturday, November 27), the Brighton-based post-punk jazz-influenced dance band fresh off multiple sold-out shows.

Among other noticeable acts, I would recommend Ceremony, whose sound evolved from hardcore to post-punk and new wave, sludge goddess King Woman, high energy garage punk Plague Vendor, and bloodthirsty Niis on Friday. And I would not forget fearless N8NOFACE on Saturday. But there are so many bands to discover…

Also playing on Friday: Earth, Emma Ruth Rundle, Lydia Lunch Retrovirus, Kid Congo & The Pink Monkey Birds, Aurat, Debby, Bustié, Continues, Avalon, Pixel Grip, Dearly Departure, Crook, Closed Tear, Bank of America, on Saturday: Provoker, Twin Tribes, VR SEX, Nuevo Testamento, Second Skin, Fearing, Houses of Heaven, Physical Wash, Gel Set, Fawns of Love, Future Blondes, Ravens Moreland, and on Sunday: John Maus, Choir Boy, Pictureplane, Riki, Patriarchy, Some Ember, Plack Blague, Spike Hellis, Lower Tar, O/X, Milliken Chamber, D.I.N., Future Of Horror, Omen Awry.

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