Thursday, 1 August 2019

Review of WGT Part 2

The Saturday, we went to find breakfast and found a great little cafe, just a few minutes from our hotel. It doubled as a bike cafe. We kept ordering the same thing of Latte and ham toast with German cream cheese, gorgeous.

We visited the Museen im Grassi the building had an exciting fusion of art deco and cubism exterior. The museum had a fascinating exhibition where costume students were showing casing their toiles based on the historical patterns of Janet Arnolds. I was intrigued by the high-quality garments finishing it what I would inspire.

The examples of Tudor ruffles and stays.

I love the mid-18th-century costume made in the modern fabric; it has a gorgeous gothic quality. 

We headed to the  West Bad venue to see Dark Cell. They were on their European tour and played in Trillians, our local rock pub at home in Newcastle, we missed them while on holiday.  I kind like these they were an Aussie kinda black metal elements with thrash, and a heavy thunderous percussion and guitar.

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Near-Earth Orbit, I found the duo intense with their band experience used a theratrical and atmospheric quality to their dystopian sound; in the background, the band use cinematic visuals to exploring the themes of the lyrics, The group created thought provoking ideas of human destruction but, a pessimistic hope. They had an intense industrial sci-fi style keyboards, synth and modern deep the booming driving bass to emphasise potent themes.

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I attended the ethereal transcendental The Moon and Night Spirits. I feel their Hungarian Quartet has taken through a journey into the night world. Pure pleasure and spiritually uplifting experience. The band used a range of traditional range of Hungarian, world instruments with a variety of medieval medleys that were incredible used some middle eastern sounds. What I love was the band got truly into the music and enthralled with every moment of the performance.    

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The boyfriend went to Taubchenthal to William Faiths projects, I'm using his review I was told I missed a fantastic set. I saw Rosie Garland a few weeks ago in Bradford we had a quick chat about it. The Bell Weather Great set, a nice mix of the (by now) older original material, a bit of new, then finishing with real classics from The Mephisto Waltz, March Violets, Faith and the Muse.

I regret not seeing the band, I did download the Bellweather Syndicate on band camp, 

Next was Inkubus and Sukkubus, were weren't planning to see them as we've seen them twice in less six months I didn't bother to thoroughly review them. They put on a lively and gyrating performance with their mystical. It was fab seeing them on such a vast audience. I still think they were best at the Goth City Festival. 

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The final band of the night was Shadow Project 1334. It compromised the original Christian Death line in the William Faith and Eva O, along with her daughter Scarlet. In hindsight. 'm not into the deathrock as such found this such a privilege to attend It had been so hot in the venue I caught heard the band performing form outside of the Taubchenthal. From what I saw of the group put on an intoxicated performance making the audience of hunger for more with each performance. I found the band to have a compelling tumultuous sound with a mixture of post punk elements, accompanied with deep bass and booming drums.

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I found an odd day, both The Boyfriend and I were feeling exhausted from the humidity and all the travelling from Berlin to Leipzig and the travelling from venue to venue to see bands. We kept returning to the bike cafe as they made a great breakfast.

After we had breakfast, we head headed to the Pagan Village on a packed tram, as Agra the main venue.  We headed arrived at 1:30pm, we grabbed drinks and had a quick gander before the band came. I think Pagan Village maybe the wrong the translation it reminded of the Yorvic festivals with a Nordic vibe. I was happy to find mead, I had a hard time finding alcohol I like me Germany. They don't do cider or even decent cider; I was limited to what I could drink. Besides, the heat, it was too hot for alcohol and there nothing I fancied, but I found mead the elixir of the Gods.

We mainly went to the Pagan Village to see Arhai UK based band with members from a British, Serbian and Turkish background. The group was a worldly, atmospheric, ethereal band with a female vocalist, one of the favourite niche genres. With a myriad of influences including Celtic, European, use of medieval-style instruments, tribal drums and a hint of tech enhancements adding a touch of mysticisms. I found the group sensational with the middle eastern influences, and I found a spiritually transcendental.

I had a look around the village, I had so many photos, but I accidentally deleted them, when I did master reset on mobile. I went Agra for some Goth shopping I spent quite a bit, but not as much as I had initially intended.  I was after seeing a Black Friday's WGT video about drunk shopping. I wanted a dramatic head, mainly, by Videnoir and a Gothic Kitty T-shirt. 

I came across Nox Arum, where she had some stunningly gorgeous headdresses, I fell in love with dramatic horns and feathers. I opted for the more simpler headdresses, and I brought a witches tote. 

I also checked out Videnoir couture; I didn't purchase headdress. I was after a dramatic floral style one, but I bought a stunning metal cathedral inspired waist cincher belt. 

I purchased got an old Kitty t-shirt, I've worn a few times out even to the local Goth Night, it's got some great compliments.

I even met up with Michelle; we share a mutual friend.

After shopping at Agga, I was shattered. I met up with the Boyfriend who was drinking with a few people a couple of people. We knew, and we met a lot of new people. While, in Germany, we end up at an  Irish Bar, Dhillons. I was having a lot of cocktails. It was a fab night, and what we needed. I planned to see a London After Midnight; then I changed my mind and opted to see Batushka and Cradle of Filth with my boyfriend. I cancelled all my plans and got drunk on cocktails.

I had a Sex on the Beach, and it was fantastic. 

We moved to Mortzibastei; I got further inebriated on more cocktails. I decide to wear my gothic tiara to fit in more. 

Us hanging out with more alcohol and great discussion and it started to rain down on us.  

I eventually got the boyfriend to pose for selfies. We got back left and finally got back at four in the morning the latest we partied. 


After a fantastic night, we had a late start and finished, after breakfast, we headed back to finish the exhibitions of Musem in Grassi. 

On Monday, I spent a lot of time at the Haus of Leipzig watching more post punk bands, with a lot the bands heavily influenced by Joy Division. This one the problems with a lot of post punk sounding music at the moment, everyone seems like Bloody Joy Version, it's irksome. 

The first band was Geometric Version; I wasn't sure what to make of them at first. I found the group began to grow on me. They're growing on me. I thought they were German, but they were Italian. There sound drenched of the North West England, post punk sound with an atmospheric style with a modern twist. My partner felt there were influences of the Cure

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I missed out on watching a Slice LIfe. It got too hot and uncomfortable and was in desperate need for a shower. My partner reviewed, the Belgian, Slice of Life, he found them similar to Germoatic Verison with a robust Northwest sound, felt they used more distortion than phasing, an excellent set.

I ended up back at Haus Leipzig and caught Human Tetris; A Russian upbeat, melodies in a Joy Division style. Their sound had me confused, as they sound like they came from North West England in the early '80s. An upbeat tempo with fast melodic drums, floungy guitar, rounded base and the singer with an Ian Curtis style vocals singing in his native language, added a distinctive sound.

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I can't remember the name of the band: a beautiful soprano singer, and aureus with piano, a cello, and a violin. I found very relaxing an chilling out. 

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Unto the Ashes, an American band the last band of WGT. I found them a strange and peculiar group. The band have a range of the medieval-style instrument,medieval-style chants, melancholic love Ballard's with dark thoughts, and a few covers.

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They finished with an excellent rendition of the sisters of Mercy's Heartland. 

I finally visited Sxithteen Bar, Leipzig.  

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We left on Tuesday afternoon the mass exodus of the goths waiting for the train back to Berlin. It was packed going back to Berlin. We ready to go home also I was missing the girls (kitties).

Monday, 24 June 2019

My First WGT Part One

A few weeks ago, I finally fulfilled my life long dream of making the pilgrimage to the Mecca of the Gothdom, Wave Gothic Treffen. I always had a grand envision I would be absorbed and swoon in my best velvet in awe and wonder, never wanting to leave. Yet,  I found myself with a more reserved attitude, I definitely enjoyed myself, I just didn't get swept up in the
the allure of everything; I felt a combination of breathtaking and meh moments.

First of all, we didn't arrive in Leipzig until Friday afternoon, as we saw Fleetwood Mac in Berlin at Waldb├╝hne amphitheatre we got caught in the torrential rain and soaked through. It made me feel disappointed, as we cut the concert short. 

The Boyfriend and I agreed on a few rules; to avoid the UK bands, bands that we could easily see in the UK, or we've seen previously. We wanted to discover new bands or see ones that we couldn't easily see live. That rule got broken on the first day; We tried to stick to it, unsuccessfully. Also, to try and stay in one venue or see bands close in enough.

Even though WGT is a huge festival, it feels more like a series of mini-festivals with the number of venues hosting bands. This year the festival hosted over 200 groups,  and I found they were competent, but only a few bands really stood. The plethora of musicians covered catered for all music tastes. The thing I hated was how there might be one or two bands I wanted to see simultaneously, but the venues were the complete opposite direction.

The collection booth, to collect our wrist bands and information, opposite the train station. We waited for ten minutes; I had read posts on the Facebook page, stating some people queued for five hours in the heavy rain. The ticket fee included venue entry for the bands, free transport, free entry to events, gigs and even free admission to the local attractions and museums. For £130 per ticket, it was a bloody good bargain.

 The boyfriend was organised with syncing everything to  Google maps and spreadsheets. We only discovered the app a couple of days earlier. The app was invaluable to use as it allowed for us to listen to bands via  Spotify. For some reason the player wouldn't play on my phone, I mainly listened to the bands on Bandcamp or Youtube.  The app also helped to navigate around the city to different venues,  and details which trams to use. However, Google maps are crap at providing free travel information, it was best to use Websites time table. My favourite thing was how the boyfriend and I could sync our plans together

The boyfriend wanted to see Cubanate I wasn't bothered to see them after listening to their song. I decided to divide my time between Darker Her, I also wanted to see Coph Nia. I thought I would go and catch then see October Burns Black, leave to see  Coph Nia. It never happened as the Boyfriend wanted to stay at one venue. I could see Darker Her sometime in the future since they're from West Yorkshire. 

 I headed to Tauberchenthal, be honest, this seemed like the better option. I saw Joel a friendly face and said hello, and he introduced me to some of his friends from the Leeds scene. The Other half and I often travel to Leeds, regularly.

was chatting to Joel and his friends. The light dimmed and brightened with the band complete their final sound checks and finely tuning their instruments before starting.  

The first band was October Burns Black; The light brightened, quickly dimmed with the group emerging from the smoke, opening with With You. A  great introduction, I had never heard of them,  it was more steady uptempo danceable track, with the dual of guitars creating a droning riff, the band utilised a mixture of synth, real drums and Ger's vocals had an of a lighter bass style. Next, the group took a darker direction with Light On Light, that had a more of a post punk quality with more brittle lounge guitars and tribal drumming. The band moved between more uptempo songs and the slower melodic songs. As the group continued to play the crowds increased with more people coming into the ground floor and balcony area. All the audience were clapping and were roaring with cheers.

 Unfortunately, with the heat wave, and the number of people crowding inside the heat got too much. I finished the rest of the set outside with fresh air. 

I went out for fresh air, and it felt like everyone had created their own tribes of goths, so we opted to call ourselves the Northern Goths, who joke about goths and being goth. One person commenting we take goth about 10% seriously. I learnt about the Guffites from the '80s, or I like calling the Uber Goths.  We were all complaining about the heat and melting. The was more gibe r- jabbering like the Northern folks do.  

I got to meet Black Friday, which was pretty cool. I have to say she is a very open, friendly and generally lovely person. She introduced me to some of her friends. I felt kinda rude butting in all we're just charming people. I was surprised at Black Friday' height she is tall, I'm a short arse.

I also said "Hello" to Rosie Garland and got her to pose with Joel. It brought back good memories of the Leeds City Festival history discussion of Leeds. Definitely two important Gothic Northern Icons, according to me. I think they were contemplating the importance of the North of England in regards to goth culture. 

I  headed in at the behest of the other half to check out the next band. 

 The Golden Apes are a German-based postpunk goth style band who definitely have their distinctive style. I loved their thunderous tribal drums creating heavy percussion, it was further enhanced by the rock style strings section with the heavy rifts from the guitar and bass. I loved Germanised guttural baritone vocals style. The band was a highly talented band, and The group are long established with over twenty years of playing. I love this band from the moment they started playing they were absolutely fantastic and got the crowds roaring, the venue got even more crowded, I'm not sure how. 

We headed back into town for food, I found the Black & Blacker Imperri Dark as night burger it was delectable. 

We went to discover Moritzbastei to check out La Scaltra and Scarlet Dawn. Sadly, the venue was incredibly packed, very sweety, and uncomfortable. I kind of caught some of Scarlet Dawn they sounded European melodic rock with gothic undertones. The crowd were roaring with adoration for the band. I was disappointed, I didn't see La Scaltra perform their haunting sound and energy seemed perfect for Mortizbastei cellars.

For some reason, we decided to go back Tauberchenth, and we caught the end of UK Decay, which had energetic Punk Vibe, just not my kinda band they definitely had crowds in an uproar. We stayed some of the after party and headed back to the accommodation. 

Thursday, 30 May 2019

An Evening of Tales In Sombre Tones.

Last Friday, the Boyfriend, and I attended the ghostly Tales In Sombre Tones. A creative calibration of the dark minds of  Sean Walter's modern gothic anthology and Karen Ruffles striking visual interruption.  The event took was held at the Vane art gallery. 

The event was advertised on Facebook, after reading the reviews, we were curious to attend. We arrived at 7:30. I felt underdressed, wished I gothed up more, I wore casual attire with leggings, a fluffy jumper and no eyeliner, never mind. Sean reminded me, it's a fact I attended not what I wore, that matters.

The Vane Gallery, sadly, compared to the stunning surroundings of  York's venue rainbow stained glass and vaulted ceilings.

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The venue had more urban industrial a vibe, with plain white walls and grey concreates floors. It worked contrasting background to the sepulchral images, making them stand out. 

We entered, just as Sean starting reading one of his short stories, with his West Coast Portland voice, slowly weaving his tale to the small audience who intrigued and captivated by the woeful tale. I loved how Sean included a sign language version of his story, making it more accessible to people with hearing impairments. Also, it included a pleasing visual aspect brought a new emphasis on the storey.

There was even a photo of the Boyfriend and Me, listening, to one of Sean's reading. 

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After the reading, Sean discussed with the audience about their perspective and observations of about the book. He had a genuine sincerity and took great interest in the audience, who were curious by the dark tales. He thrives off the small support and truly ebbed appreciated through his demeanour and interactions. A common theme was the number of dyslexics who attended and engrossed in the book. Sean's mentioned he's releasing an audiobook; I explained my love for the challenging and experience of reading from a book.  

We had a fascinating chat and exchanging life experiences and finding common ground with our skills of working health and dementia patients, a highly comical antecedent.  We discussed the influences and inspiration of the anthology, along with the artwork Steven, a monster lurking in a sewer and the story of an eroded cat statue after beach combing in Whitby. We exchange experiences of goth cultural and cultural. 

I loved Karen work, I even found a couple of pieces I loved ( I forgot to take more photos, as I was having a good time). The artworks were charcoal paintings that looked more like photographs, I met Karen, who again a fab person and very talented artist explained her experience and influences for the artwork and her personal favourites. Karen was planning to release some prints of her artwork in the future. 

Also, part of the night included music from DJ Jay  Sinful both a well respected and veteran DJ and music promoter based in Whitby. Again, it was another lovely and fantastic DJ who kept playing great tracks, including Auger  Monster, one of my new favourite bands at the moment. Yet Jay, personally the knew the group and leading the conversation further leading to The Darker Day festivals. 

We had a slow gander around the art, everything was macabrely tantalizing. I really wanted to hang most of it in my bathroom. A few pieces struck me, which was Addiction and  Steve from Cages. 

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We stayed for his telling of Addictions, really reminded of Princess who kinds would suck all your energy and soul if you don't feed, otherwise, she's a sweety.  Unfortuly, the photo this picture got more she's cute then, yeap I see what you mean. 

After the second reading, we left and said byes with talk of an unofficial after-party at Trillians, it was general banter and with a few drinks, yes, plenty of stories about kitty escapade.

I even purchased a copy of Sean's book and had it signed. I'm looking forward to delving into the short parables in autumn and winter with the kitties and Halloween tea.  

It was a great and intimate night with a bit dark gothic cultural; of stories, artwork and music. It's great to see more darkly inclined creatives, collaborating. I wish Sean and Karen all the best with their creative endeavours. 

If you're interested further about the book, check out current links Tales In Sombre blog. 
Sean Walter's personal webpage  and Karen's website Drawing in the Dark 

Review of WGT Part 2

The Saturday, we went to find breakfast and found a great little cafe, just a few minutes from our hotel. It doubled as a bike cafe. We kep...