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).

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