My 100th blog post! Wow, clearly I talk too much...
A note: to the gentleman who kindly invited me to follow his blog about the Christian religion and how I can be 'saved', thank you for the offer, but you will note that I have deleted your comment. I am neither ignorant about Christianity nor am I anti-Christian; whilst I'm not a Christian myself I'm comfortable and happy with my own faith and do not feel that I'm lacking in any sort of spiritual guidance. You are, of course, invited to follow my blog should you wish to learn more about Goth and discover the truth about any misconceptions you may possibly have about the subculture.
|Now THAT's a lot of Goths.|
M'era Luna Festival, Hildesheim, Germany
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M'era Luna, like many of the other big-name fests, covers more genres than simply 'Goth rock', including metal (metal genres such as Gothic metal, symphonic metal, operatic metal, and black metal, are reasonably popular in the Goth scene, especially amongst younger Goths), industrial, EBM and electronic, with bands including The 69 Eyes, Suicide Commando, The Cruxshadows, Fields of the Nephilim, Diary of Dreams and VNV Nation being festival regulars.
M'era Luna has also previously boasted Bauhaus on its line-up - good old Bela may be dead but he's still kicking (a bit like Peter Murphy). The Sisters of Mercy played M'era Luna in 2000 - however did they convince Andrew Eldritch, notorious for despising the Goth scene despite the fact that it's probably Goths who pay most of his bills, to headline a Goth event?
M'era Luna comes to Flugplatz Hildesheim-Drispenstedt, a former British Army air base at Hildesheim, on the second weekend of every August and has been doing so for at least the last ten years (the earliest recorded line-up I came across was from 2000, the year when Eldritch apparently temporarily overcame his distaste for the black-clad and spooky). It boasts an impressive turn-out of darklings not afraid to face the summer sun - between 20,000 to 25,000 every year. Like WGT, camping facilities are available, which makes the stunning outfits, hairstyles and make-up even more impressive, although I suspect those with the REALLY elaborate hair and make-up did not spend the night in a tent.
There are two stages; one is a large, open-air, rock festival-style structure, erected specially for the event every year. The other is an aircraft hanger, where there have been some complaints about the apparently quite questionable acoustics. There are also DJ sets on the Friday and Saturday evenings. About 40 bands generally play at M'era Luna, always including some really impressive names.
|From Stil In Berlin|
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