Thursday, 3 August 2017

Goth is Back in Newcastle

Newcastle is renowned for its diverse music scene with numerous venues and nights catering to most tastes. However, not for the Newcastle Goth scene. There are at least rock and metal nights, that occasionally play a Sister of Mercy track, but sometimes that's just not enough.  Compared to ten years ago, there so much choice of nights catering to a myriad of tastes from Goth, industrial, post-punk and EBM, ceased to exist. Back in October, Charnel House, the last local Goth night, finally closed its door after 17 years. 

However, this has all changed with Noircastle the newest Goth night to Newcastle. 

It all started after a chance meeting with Tim Synster. aka The Blogging Goth, who surprisingly lives in Newcastle. I met Tim at the Goth City Festival: Black Planet - Leeds Goth in Perspective. He was on a panel discussing his knowledge, experience and views on being a goth.  I had a quick chat while he mentioned he was considering of organising a potential a goth night. (I must say in person he is such a genuine, witty, and delightful person.)

 In January, I ran into Synster at the Anti-Trump March in Newcastle. In passing conversation he discussed he was organising a night,  contacting DJ's and trying to find a  venue. There was no official date. Once. I saw the advertisement for Noircastle on Twitter in April, I was so ecstatic and counting the days down until the event.

Conveniently, the night was organised for the 27th May, which was the same week as World Goth day and happened to be the boyfriends birthday. 

Before the night had even begun, I was regularly checking my social media account like, as I couldn't contain my excitement.  Synster had been Twittering people were already turning up before 9 pm, the lunch time. 

When we arrived, Tim sat at the entrance and greeted us. He was donning his iconic Eldritch inspired style.  The entry fee was five pounds, so average for independent events, but a bargain for an amazing night.

Originally, when I heard where Noircastle was being held I had my reservations about the choice of venue at the Globe. As my previous experiences have always been appalling with overpriced drinks, dodgy tasting alcohol and unfinished decor I was surprised to learn the Globe was now under new ownership of the Jazz Coop. Their hard work was evident to see and their catering to a new kind of clientele. As the decor was finished, the layout was more effective, plenty room to dance, drink prices are realistic and a superior craft ale choice. According to the boyfriend, it's very nice. They had even installed a lift. All the changes definitely enhanced Noircastle. I love seeing when owners care about their venues and patrons experiences. I definitely want to go back.

Once I heard the allure of the music weaving its potent spell it was beckoning me to dance. Before I knew it I was up dancing by myself feeling the intoxicating vibes of the music flowing from the DJ booth through to the dance floor. I could feel others felt just as ardent as I had. I got the impression people were so excited to finally have a decent post punk, eighties Goth night back.

The night seemed to have an amazing turnout with over thirty patrons attending. There appeared to be a good mix of people of elder goths and few youngsters including me. With Newcastle being so small there is a small Goth community. I saw a few familiar faces. We were discussing what fantastic night Synister had organised and were hoping Noircastle would become a regular event.


Synister enlisted the assistance of DJ'S Twin Terror and Kitty Klaws whose demonstrated their wealth of experience and passion with their phenomenal set. With each track meticulously chosen reflecting the mood of the dance floor. Simulataimiously, the DJ's were able to the influence the atmospheric tempo which enticed us, creatures of the night, to gyrate on the dance floor.

The DJ's mainly played consisted of post punk, goth, a lot of 80's and some industrial genres. With the bands from Joy Division, Mission, Cult, Cure, Siouxsie, Nine Inch Nails, and Depeche Mode. Also topped off by topped off with The Mission, Killing Joke, Sisters of Mercy.  DJ Twin Terror complied the  Noircastle set for people who couldn't make it to the launch night.  

Since it was his birthday, I had to request his favourite Siouxsie and the Banshee track, Happy House, which got the dance floor filled. I know the boyfriend really enjoyed himself.

The one thing,  I have to highlight was the friendly and welcoming vibes the night emulated with random strangers happy to chat with each other, what I originally remember of the alt' and goth scene. The night was felt very relaxed with no drama, politics or pretentiousness.  I've experienced at some other Goth nights. It had the similar energy I experienced at Carpe Noctum. The night focused on people enjoying themselves and listening to great music. It's fantastic to feel part of the local Goth scene again.  I know you have online communities but sometimes I like actually experiencing in the realistic environment rather than online.

Sadly the night came to an end. The night was closed with the classic Joy Division, Love Will Tear Us Apart which the got the dance floor filled with people for one last dance.

I am happy to sees the launch night for Noircastle was a success. The Blogging Goth has planned for the second night which was posted on Facebook a couple of days later. I'm happy to see it is going to be a regular night with commencing every couple months. I think this works out much better for everybody as if it is once a month I think people are less inclined to attend. With my new work schedule, it works out better for me.

I'm ecstatic to see the addition to Newcastle ever growing alt nights . I would like to say a big thank to Tim Synster for organising an incredible night. DJ'S Twierror and Kitty Klaws for providing the awesome tunes.  

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Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Goth It Yourself DIY: The Fallen Cherubs

This month crafting theme this Month It takes two from Bane at Goth It Yourself.  It is about either crafting or upcycling in two's or in a pairs. 

This month's project is a spray paint makeover of two cherubs I found in Poundland. I've been trying out the cheap car spray paint and surprisingly, so far it's worked amazingly. 

I used a grey primer that turned them into the unholy offspring of the Angels from Dr Who, I was planning to keep them grey.  

 I sprayed painted them satin black in the end, 

I think my concept was based on when Lucifer rebelled against God and his supporter angels were thrown from heaven and cast into hell. I think the cherubs look as they were part of Lucifiers army and the angel candle look as though it depicts the tale. 

Above I have a picture of cherubs that look as though they are mourning for the fallen cherubs.


Sunday, 11 June 2017

Makeup Box Makeover

Since my eyeshadows collection is expanding my dressing table has limited storage space, so I purchased a  wooden box to store it; I purchased it from the Works for £4, but it was looking a bit bland, 

My  growing collection of eyes shadows 

I primed and spray painted the bottom edge black and interior  

For the top part,  I used some old wrapping paper from when my dressing table drawers 

I used pvc glue to stick the paper to the lid. I moulded the paper to box lid and cutting the corner of the paper at corners. I trimmed the edges using a stanley knife.  I forgot to take photos. 

I didn't have enough paper to cover it the front so I  used electrical tape and some decorative tape at the front of a box . I used lacquer to protect the box and it'll make it easier to clean. 

I love the final result of my make-up box. 

Friday, 2 June 2017

Repurposed Dressing Table

Bane's Crafty Month theme is repurposing by something old into something new or using a whole new purpose. 

This has to be my favourite theme, so far as I love repurposing anything and everything; Bane is definitely my source for inspiration. Not forgetting Pinterest.  

At the beginning of the month, I've had a number of projects that I have completed and the main thing is reorganising my dressing table in the bathroom, which the epitome of repurposed items.

I have hade my glass table for a few years; it from Ikea and is great being repurposed as a dressing table. 

I purchased this for a pound in a charity shop it's a meant to be a glass chopping board but I used reused on my dressing table. I got the idea from Bane. 

My mirror was secondhand from Gumtree and I paid a fiver for it I loved the ornate detail of it with flowers. 

Most of this is my second-hand finds except for my box cotton wool box is from eBay 

Last year, I bought these bathroom accessories for less than a pound and I spray painted them black. I use them for my makeup sponges and ear buds to clean up my eyeliner. 

I purchased two bottles for sauces or oil olive and I loved the beautiful floral decoration on the bottle and used for my micellar water. 

I purchased a glass tray from the local community shop with other glassware, it was pretty cool. 

I've been debating to spray painted black I finally give in and painted black. by washing it, priming it, and spray painting it black. to protect the painted surface with sticky back plastic.

I love the final result. 

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Happy World Goth Day - How I Spent My Day

Well, it' was the 22nd of May and that means it's world Goth Day, a day for us darkly clad and inclined people to celebrate and acknowledge our scene. I contemplate sometimes in the fledging days of the post-punk movement whether people would realise that there would be a day dedicated to them. As my partner shares his perspective, and states, "we didn't realise what it would morph into it was just something we did by listening to great music and just enjoying ourselves with a drink.

World Goth day was formed by DJ Cruel Britannia and  Martin Oldgoth after a yearning to listen to BBC Radio 6 subcultural weekend featuring various punk, Brit-pop and Goth music. The Goth feature was on the 22nd May, it became Goth Day in the UK and the next year it was promoted on globally and become World Goth Day. The whole concept was about why the heck not; after years of people being either being pressured by their family, society to conform or harassed. If anyone deserves a day of recognition it's definitely us. 

How does one celebrate World Goth Day? Well, it's all left up to the individual preferences and interruption, ambiguous but hey the Goth scene it's mainly based on our perspective. You cam simply listen to music, don our most elegant goth clothing, dance around your bedroom,  with you like Sisters of Mercy Dominion going through your head including the epic saxophone solo, go the pub with friends for a pint or have a cuppa and reflect. Even postpone it until the weekend attends your local Goth night. I know the boyfriend  and me will be attending the debut of Noir Castle organised by infamous Tim Sinister

For me, I haven't really even attempted to celebrate World Goth Day. Shock horror and few swoons. I am useless at celebrating anything, not even my own birthday. Sometimes it's great to break from traditions yesterday since I am on in Brighton, I am not checking or reading many social media so I read a couple of various articles. 

 In the morning I got ready applying three types eyeliner and dousing myself in fifty factor. While I waiting for the vampire (the boyfriend) to rise I decided to have a cuppa and I watched Howl'ss Moving Castle.

We went for breakfast at the quaint and quirky lovely with a little cafe that offers all the charm, Brighton and  Hove. .The interior has a warm and relaxing atmosphere which reflected in their whimsical wallpaper but simple decor.With lovely and cordial staff willing caters to our caffeine withdrawal needs with a splendidly smooth latte and charming breakfast of scrambled eggs with salmon, energising me for the day.

We sauntered around enjoying the sunshine, well I did, while the boyfriend hid in the shade making mental note of interesting pubs and bars. We stopped off for a drink at 12 in the afternoon I had a half a pint of Orchid Pig - chilli and ginger cider. I rarely drink this early I think it's Brighton's sunny atmosphere. We departed our ways him to the conference. 

I spent most of the time shopping, not very exciting actually it was spent searching for fabric to make clothing, I spent way too much. I went venturing through the lanes looking to through the second-hand tat, the weird and wonderful trinket. I spend most my afternoon in the infamous North Lanes and on Kensington Square raiding in the unique, weird and just what the shop searching for unique treasures (tat in my case ).   

I went to my favourite shop in Brighton Snoopers Corner, or I nickname the vintage supper market, which galore of treasures, which extends far as I can. I tend to find all my goodies.I love these odds and sods shop they seem to be a dying breed in Newcastle but thriving in Brighton and the prices are so reasonable.  

More Vintage lace and a  Victorian image of a bat. 

Charity shop finds 

I found 1930's blouse that slight tight so I am going to let out the seams

This really odd skirt with a scalloped edge and braiding. One the buttons were missing, so I got a pound off. 

I was on the hunt for the novel Goth Latte, just for the pure novelty value and it's appropriate with it being World Goth Day. Personally, it's more of a Geordie Latte as they resemble more of the Newcastle's football teams colours.I was surprised to not find a black and white or a Geordie latte, especially as Brighton is renowned for the unique and specist coffee culture wit rows of a unique coffee shop and nowhere sold them. Despite the enthusiasm of the barista's I showed, who seem to very excited by the concept. 

The closest thing I found was a charcoal almond milk I got warmed up. I went sit on Brighton beach to take a selfie with my drink. I got this from a coffee shop called Junk 42, which will be selling within the next couple of weeks. 

My honest opinion,  "I Just drank almond charcoal milk and that tastes vile all I can taste is charcoal grains mix almonds.lmonds. I will never drink this again. Seriously, I am still tasting charcoal and almond grains in my mouth. For novelty was fun next time I'll settle with oreoo cookies icecream.Either way, I had fun day tried something new and spent rest the evening with the boyfriend and having bizarre philosophical discussions. At one point even discussing the rise mordent paganism in Brighton, I love these odd dicussions. 

 I hope everybody had a great day. 

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Urban Decay's Jean Micheal Basquiat Make Up Release

It was exciting being invited by Ellefluence to the exclusive Urban Decay launch of their limited edition, Jean Micheal Basquiat inspired makeup range. A huge thanks, to Laura for a fun night.

 As I get more into makeup,  I'm becoming more intrigued with the Urban Decay's products and I already have a couple of favourite items. Simtuamilously,  I want to focus on purchasing brands that are cruelty-free as I view animal testing unnecessary for cosmetic products. The UD cruelty-free ethos really appealing to me and I respect their refusal to sell their products in China; requires all beauty products to be tested on animals before being sold. 

Before the event, I met up with a few of the lovely bloggers' gals for few a drink before heading up to the event for a catch-up, as we haven't seen each other since Christmas I can't believe how quickly times goes.

We headed off to Debenhams, were greeted by Laura and the Urban Decay make-up team. 

The team offered us all beavage something that resembles a purple witch, consists cider, lager, black current and vodka, it's lethal.  

While waiting for the event to proceed I was in awe of the city skyline. and couldn't resist a photograph. 

The UD makeup team introduced themselves. The enigmatic Micheal, who entertained us at the last event. It's great seeing how his confidence has grown, which was evident with his natural charisma ebbing through, with his deliverance of narrating the makeovers and his superlative product knowledge.

The most unusual thing is how the new makeup range was inspired by the artist Jean Micheal Basquiat and how the makeup packaging utilises his artwork images that can be hung as art pieces once the make-up used, I love anything that's dual purpose.

Micheal explained. about the history of the artist and he started drawing at the age of four years old and during his teenage years, he started selling hand painted postcards and t-shirts inspired by the post-punk movement and hip hop styles of New York. Basquiat first exhibited his work at 20 and soon rose to fame became associated with the likes of Andy Whorehole. and he even, briefly dated Madonna. At 28, died of heroin overdose.

Micheal had highlighted Jean's life and experiences influenced his work. After researching more about Basquiat's art style incorporated dichotomy themes, which reflected his personal experience 
of being a black artist in a white-dominated world. His narratives explore the contrasts of society such as versus poverty, integration versus segregation, and inner versus outer experience.(Basquiat 2010)  

I have kind of became intrigued by the artists as it seems to have been reflected in the post-punk and alternative cultures of refusing to conform to the mainstream values of the time. Also, I've seen some of his work it reflects tribal influences, using dark imagery but with a warped sense of humour that speaks to be me.

Anyways, the event started with three gorgeous models having a makeover using either an eyeshadow or contour pallettes.

The first look was created by the Jean-Michel Basquiat- Tenant' eyeshadow palette. The UD makeup artist used the colour exu, medium green, and boom, a cobalt blue. I love these colours.  Personally, I felt I use the colours so high up on the brow and would contrast with a much thicker eyeliner wing. hey, I love my eyeliner. It's great to see more diversity of bold and intense colours how easily accessible they are to purchase.

The second look was created using the Jean Micheal Basquiat, Gold Griot eyeshadow palette. I love the use of the colours of Gemma's smokey eye. I like good black smokey eyes. Also, I've got more adventurous want to move away from safe neutral colours. The colours were gorgeous.

Gemma's smokey eye. 

The final model 'makeover utilised the Jean-Michel Basquiat Gallery blush palette to create a contoured look. I'm not really into contouring,  It was interesting to see the finished look, and the model looked stunning. 

We were split into groups to allow us to take a closer look and try they samples of products. I think my favourites were the  Jean-Michel Basquiat- Tenant' eyeshadow palette. 

I was really impressed by the intensely pigmented eyeshadows. 

I adored the new Vice Special Effects,  glitter gloss to apply over lippy to create the wow factor.  approved lips,  which is all gorgeous but my favourite was the purple glitter, when I swatched I was surprised at the intensity. 

Afterwards, we all were invited to the shop floor to ogle the products and decide what to purchase. Everybody was testing the various products and a gossiping about the new makeup range and deciding on their favourites products 

I even got a few of the girls posing for shots, as I am trying to practice my photography skills. I caught Chloe, Chloex and Amy Anchored Teapot looking at the lipsticks. 

 I caught  Mimi, Mimi 04 World Macara, Macara's Space, Chloe and Laura, Elle Blond were chatting about the event.  

I was considering going to purchase the Jean-Michel Basquiat- Tenant' eyeshadow palette since I adored the colours, but I opted to splurge on the Urban Decay Full Spectrum Pallette. I had seen at the previous event. I was hoping Santa would have left one in my stocking, sadly, it never happened.  This was an extravagant purchase for me, I rarely spend money like this on makeup, but I won't be purchasing any more eyeshadows for a long time, it means more fun with my eye makeup. 

I was feeling really happy to get UD Full spectrum palette. 

 On plus the side, I got a couple samples of Urban Decay liquid eyeliner in Perversion (black) and new makeup bag for to test out. 

We said our farewells to the UD gang and to Laura, the rest of the bloggers went for a final cocktail, mine ended up a cuppa of tea since the purple witch went to my head.  I enjoyed the night looking at the new UD makeup range, learning about Jean-Michel Basquiat, catching up with the blogger gals and finally getting the coveted Full Spectrum Pallette. 

If you're interested in the new range click on the link  Urban Decay website

Disclaimer: I was not paid for this post. however, I wrote it in exchange for attending the event. All is my honest opinions,  and I like this brand. The full spectrum palette was purchased with my own money.  

Goth is Back in Newcastle

Newcastle is renowned for its diverse music scene with numerous venues and nights catering to most tastes. However, not for the Newcastle G...