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Another one for the history books. Special thanks to all the bands, vounteers, staff and fans who made this an even greater success than before.
Big love to Kuma's Corner and Revolution Brewing, Julia and Mark and the Wax Trax! family, the Metro and Gman staff, the Neo after-party crew,
and every one one of you who made it through the door to be a part of what we do. Please visit the store link above, and see you next year!


Doors at 7:00pm, Showtime 8:00pm, $8.00, 21+

Born in 2012, COLD WAVES began as a memorial concert for fallen Chicago musician and sound man Jamie Duffy. The original event, a 14-band affair over a single night, served as a springboard to what is now a 2 day showcase at Metro. The effort made that first September evening to raise money for Jamie's family, has now grown into a fundraiser for Hope for the Day, a local suicide prevention charity.

COLD WAVES' goal to showcase Chicago's relationship with industrial music featuring rare and classic fore bearers along with innovative newcomers has never been more realized than with this year's line up. The godfather of industrial doom, Justin Broadrick brings GODFLESH back to the US for their second tour since an almost 20 year absence… the same time away from our shores as SEVERED HEADS, the Australian electronic trailblazers with a slew of iconic Nettwerk Records releases. Also championing a near 2-decade American hiatus, POP WILL EAT ITSELF should have many a music bucket-list keeper making check marks.

Featuring original Skinny Puppy member Bill Leeb, FRONT LINE ASSEMBLY promises classic material from their Wax Trax! days, along with LEAD INTO GOLD, the iconic Paul Barker (Ministry, Revolting Cocks) project and their debut performance? Often credited with inventing the dark ambient genre and an original member of SPK, Brian Williams brings LUSTMORD to the Chicago stage for the first time. No less music royalty when regarding the Chicago stage, Chris Connelly's new project COCKSURE promises to revive the true spirit of all things Revolting along with festival organizer Jason Novak.

Leaving last year's audience in awe made it easy for AUTHOR+PUNISHER to book a rare back-to-back festival appearance, literally the physical embodiment of industrial music, along with another technical innovator, Matt Schultz's long dormant LAB REPORT and his anti-tank-guitar. Keeping things mysterious and experimental, New York's dark prince of noise and Hospital Productions founder Dominick Furnow will bestow a rare PRURIENT performance upon us.

This year's link to the actual cold waves genre, RORSCHACH TEST promises a walk down Slipdisc memory lane, while electro fire starters HIGH-FUNCTIONING FLESH play the role of LA industrial critical darling this year. Already a household name synonymous with heavy music production in Chicago, Sanford Parker unveils TWO FROM THE EYE. Finally, Kansas City's HUMAN TRAFFIC kick things off with a new style of l'enfant terrible electro-grime punk.

This year the festival will offer rare and unique artist and product raffles, DJs, and vendors along with a new expansive stretch all the way to the G-Man, allowing attendees a chance to grab a bite, have a seat, and enjoy the music from the newly dubbed "Cold Waves Lounge"

A portion of the proceeds will benefit Hope For The Day, a local suicide prevention charity using music and the arts to reach those in need.

Finally, we are proud to announce the one-two punch of our sponsors, Kumas Corner and Revolution Brewing, two names in Chicago food and beverage that couldn't be closer to the Cold Waves identity and spirit than if we started them ourselves.


The event takes place in Chicago's relatively insane Wrigleyville neighborhood, adjacent to the Lakeview and Lincoln Park neighborhoods. We are relieved to again avoid any Cubs traffic which is a major bonus, perfect for parking and not having to swim through 30,000 baseball fans to reach Metro.

Our favorite hotel, the "rock n roll" Days Inn on Diversey is a great deal, about a mile down the street from the venue, and next door to Kuma's Too, so... yeah. As that hotel tends to book fast, there are some other great and affordable possibilities. Anything outside this list will likely be expensive the closer you get to downtown, unless you focus out by the airport, where you will find nice, normal, human rates! Below are a few suggestions:




INN AT LINCOLN PARK  (best rates)




COLD WAVES is a celebration of Chicago’s relationship with industrial music, honoring a fallen brother to raise money and awareness for Hope For the Day, a local charity utilizing music and the arts as a defense mechanism against suicide.

In the summer of 2012, Chicago lost one of its most loved and respected sound engineers and musicians, Jamie Duffy. His work ethic and ingenuity in the local music scene was a gift to many musicians. His abrupt passing had a profound effect on the electronic and metal music communities he meant so much to. In need of healing and hope, we brought 14 bands together for one magical night that year to raise money for Jamies family and say goodbye. But in the end, it was more of an awakening... a rebirth... a breaking wave.

Looking forward to our fourth year, COLD WAVES aims to shake the pillars of heaven by collecting the bands, styles, sounds and attitudes that Jamie held dear, and cement the sound of a Chicago institution alive and well. From Wax Trax! and Medusas to Uncle Al and Chicago Trax, this is our history and our future, the melding of man, woman and machine, the sound of melody, muscle and hate, basking in the glow of attack ships on fire down the shores of pluto.

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