Leæther Strip (DK)
Diesel Dudes (US)
+ more to be announced
Bodyfest is the leading Swedish festival within the EBM, body and electro punk scene. Bodyfest started in 2010 and since 2011 it has taken place annually at the venue Nalen in central Stockholm. Both Swedish and international acts will perform, and it will be an awesome mix of both old favourites and hot newcomers. We promise you tons of sweat and stomping!
Acts announced so far:
Leæther Strip (DK)
Bodyfest proudly present one more of the great living EBM-legends of the world, Leæther Strip!
Leæther Strip was founded in Denmark back in 1988 by Claus Larsen and was one of the earliest and most important bands on the legendary German record label Zoth Ommog. Since then they have released at least eighteen albums and have given all friends of heavy Electronic Music hits like "Strap me down", "Evil speaks" and "Torment Me". Leæther Strip is a never ending EBM-machine and we can promise a really intensive and unforgettable show live on stage!
With thirty years in the EBM-scene, Leæther Strip is one of the most important bands we have presented. With hard and at the same time extremely danceable rhythms, with heavy drums and even a great portion of humour, we are extremely proud to welcome Claus Larsen and Leæther Strip to Sweden and Bodyfest. Strap us all down!
Finally we have this long awaited booking to look forward too. A band that few people know of but almost everybody has heard before.
Before joining FRONT 242 in 1981 and devoting several decades to this band, Patrick Codenys and Jean-Luc De Meyer worked together as a duo between 1978-1981 under the name Underviewer, using a bass, analog synthesizers, rhythm boxes and a tape recorder…
Dormant for over 30 years, Underviewer recovered tracks from their early 4-track tape recordings and even recreated some of them by reusing the same vintage machines for the release in December 2016 of their first full length album “Wonders & Monsters”.
The album consist of shy, experimental electronic tracks clearly inspired by pop, but based more on sound associations and noise rather than the catchy melodies. Reactivated after many years, the Underviewer takes listeners on a journey back in time, to the period in which there were no prefabricated sounds yet and hyperkinetic rhythms were still to be invented. The musicians decided to resurrect their first project in search of what they felt in the past, creating their early electronics sounds on old synthesizers. The brilliant and characteristic voice of Jean-Luc De Meyer combined with the music of Patrick Codenys, the core of Front 242, going back to the origin.
The songs Syncussion, I Remember and Trouble are to be found as bonus tracks on the Front 242 re-release of Geography and one of the more famous Front 242 songs of all time “Kampfbereit” is actually an Underviewer song from the beginning.
Bodyfest are pleased to welcome back both Jean-Luc De Meyer and Patrick Codenys but this time under a new (old) name.
Diesel Dudes (US)
The Bodyfest crew are thrilled to present these dumbell lifting strongmen from Oakland, California, as a part of the line-up this year. After shows at both Familientreffen and Kalabalik has the American band, formed in 2010, become known to the European EBM scene.
Diesel Dudes songs are all about muscles, going to the gym and adrenaline delivered in a danceable, energizing, electro punky way. Their self-titled genre "UNDERPRODUCED SWEATY, HYPER ROMAN ELECTRO PUNK FOR YOU TO HEAR WHILE YOUR BODY IS GROWING STRONGER" describes quite well what to expect of the show on the small stage of Bodyfest.
Stay tuned for more acts announced during the spring. Early bird tickets out now.