OK, so I haven't finished off the Christmas plonk yet, but I decided not to keep my readers waiting any longer for regular service. Not that you were exactly waiting with bated breath... were you? ;-)
Lumous Gothic Festival, aka Lumous, Lumous Goth Fest, is Finland's biggest dark festival, and depending on which website you read is either the world's northernmost or the world's second northernmost Gothic festival. Like WGT it is a club festival, meaning that rather than having a single, dedicated festival area, events take place at various venues around the host city, Tampere. It is usually held in late June or early July, and lasts for four days.
Best. Hair. EVER.
Like most Goth festivals, the main focus of the Lumous event is music. The Lumous website states, "Our main purpose is to provide equal enjoyment for all members of the dark underground. Our musical direction contains, besides gothic rock, darker dance music, EBM, death rock, dark ambient, industrial and neofolk. We prefer to leave metal to other festivals." However, other cultural and arts events have been organised as part of the festival.
Event highlights include a cruise on the lake Pyhäjärvi (I'm glad that I'm typing this... I have no idea how to pronounce that), known as 'die dunkle Seereise'; Gothnic - a picnic for festival attendees, which I am sure produces some strange sights, and is one of the few festival events not restricted to age 18 or over - and Lumous Dark Market (every festival should have a market!) selling clothes, records and "other important stuff for every Goth", which is also not age restricted. There are also, of course, parties and clubnights; a film viewing with English and Finnish subtitles; and a sauna to open the festival with "grilling opportunities - bring your own food and drinks".
I can't read the text in this video, but the visuals are very pretty!
Lumous is organised by the Lumous Gothic RY group. The first festival was held in 2001, when a handful of Tampere club nights joined forces to organise a three-day event which they dubbed Extreme Gothic Weekend. Since then the festival has gained popularity within Finland and beyond, and has expanded to become a four-day event. Previous years have seen international acts such as Zombina and the Skeletones, Haujobb, Pro-Jekt and Killing Miranda play at Lumous, as well as local bands such as Two Witches and Suruaika.
Listening to: Jabberwocky - The Cruxshadows
All images: Google Images
My best friends say I'm girly which makes no sense because I don't even brush my hair. I had my first kiss in a glade of bluebells. My favourite perfume is vanilla which makes sense because old books smell of vanillin. I will hug anything that stays still long enough and firmly believe that life's too short for boring clothes. I really like to dance. I love stories, fluffy jumpers, bonfires, stars and tea. I know all the best people and am lucky to call them my friends and family. I seem to own a ridiculous amount of socks. I believe that normality is overrated and tattoos are art. I wear too much scent and play music too loud. I don't believe in perfection. I would probably be an evil genius if I could just stop putting my handbag in the fridge. I own bloomers and a top hat (or four). I'm not sure I believe in karma but I do like to be on the safe side. I may seem quiet when you first meet me but that's just how I lure my victims.