Friday, 4 March 2011

DV8 Fest, York, 15th-18th July 2010

DV8 Fest 2010 was the first big Goth festival I attended; four nights in the beautiful city of York (which, incidentally, is not too far away from Whitby) - and best of all only £45 for an earlybird ticket! 42 bands played overall, and there were club nights every night. There was also a gigantic market featuring all kinds of independent Gothy crafters and designers, a bring and buy stall in aid of the Sophie Lancaster Foundation, and a meet-up at the Museum Gardens on the Saturday afternoon. The promoters were also considering putting on a coach trip to the infamous Wendy House Goth club in Leeds, but I don't know if this actually went ahead.

This fest, billed as 'York's Goth Weekend', is possibly one of the UK's most innovative festivals, due to the fact that you can pick and choose from three different venues, each of which houses live bands from different 'dark' genres.
Bloomer-clad moi, sight-seeing in York.
Complete line-up from 2010 (bands I saw are in bold):

Playing at The Duchess (trad Goth) - The Eden House, Vendemmian, Grooving In Green, Legion, Wayne Hussey, Inkubus Sukkubus, R O M A N C E, Luxury Stranger, Screaming Banshee Aircrew (their last ever gig), Glass, Gene Loves Jezebel, Pretentious, Moi?, Rhombus, Zeitgeist Zero, and Berlin Black and the Shades of Grey.

Playing at Fibbers (Industrial, cyber and electronic) - Modulate, Deviant UK, Kommnd + Kontrol, A-FX, Faderhead, tenek, The Ladder, Digicore, V2A, Flesh Eating Foundation, Noisuf-X, Skinjob, Goteki, Pro-Jekt and ZZ01 (aka Zeitgeist Zero's Industrial alter ego).

Playing at Stereo (deathrock, punk and Gothabilly) - Zombina and the Skeletones, Pink Hearse, UFX, Teresa Dead and the Cadavers (aka Zeitgeist Zero, again...), Senton Bombs, Devilish Presley, Eureka Machines, Surf Sluts, X-Ray Cat Trio, The B-Movie Vampires, Nosferatu, Ed Tudor-Pole, New York Alcoholic Anxiety Attack, Wrapped In Plastic and Death By Rock'n'Roll featuring Joolz.
I had a fantastic time, as I'm sure you can imagine, and I met some lovely, lovely people. As you may already know, I'm a huge fan of Spider's Web Zine, and the charming Spider and her friends were in attendance.
Becky, Spider, and me (looking freakish...)
I was also thrilled to bits to meet gorgeous Gothic model Lady Amaranth (who at the time was engaged to the lead singer of Pretentious, Moi? - I don't know if they've gotten married yet) and spent a lot of time chatting to Nen (Nerina), designer and creator of Midnight Orchid - she handmakes all her clothing and falls as well as designs for her company, and she's an all-round fabulous lady.

Our sightseeing included a trip to Past Images, a company that specialises in creating amazing fantasy portraits... obviously I couldn't resist...
I was lucky enough to have a picture taken with a group of mates and the vocalist of Screaming Banshee Aircrew directly after their last ever show, but unfortunately it was on someone else's camera and I don't have a copy. :-(
Screaming Banshee Aircrew

I attended different club nights at all three venues and they were all fantastic; although the Thursday club night at the Duchess was a little bit heavy on the fog machine, you couldn't see your hand in front of your face! It was an interesting touch to hear bands from other dark and alternative genres played at several of the club nights - Nen was appalled to hear Marilyn Manson and walked off the dance floor in protest, but I am not quite so purist and enjoyed hearing a mix of things. Although, again on the first clubnight, when the DJ played My Chemical Romance followed by Evanescence followed by another rock band, I did have a "am I at the wrong festival? Please don't tell me this is what they think is Goth music..." moment.

Ready for the Thursday night clubnight!
The 80s night was excellent, loved hearing classic tracks like Falco's 'Rock Me Amadeus' and of course Adam and the Ants (no 80s night is complete without Adam!). There were also some burlesque performances, and after watching a beautiful woman take her clothes off to the sound of Editors' 'Papillon', it's no wonder I'm utterly hooked on that song.

Our hostess and Mistress of Ceremonies at the Duchess was ex-March Violets' Rosie Lugosi, who as well as being hilarious and whipping the crowd into a frenzy each night looked absolutely stunning. She also treated us to a duet with one of the performing bands... unfortunately I can't remember which. >.< Sylvia Lancaster, mother of Sophie Lancaster and head of the S.O.P.H.I.E. campaign, also paid a visit to the Duchess to talk to the assembled Goths about the work that the Foundation is doing, which I think may have brought tears to a few eyes.

The festival organisers had laid on a city tour specifically for the Goths - this seemed very underused, in fact on the tour we went on it was just us and Nen. Chris, the tour guide, was very informative and delighted in telling us all the grimmest, goriest parts of York's history (and believe me, there were a lot). However, after two hours of hiking about the city in the rain wearing New Rocks and a tiara, we called it a day and headed to the market.
Dolled-up for the tour
There were surprisingly few people at the meet-up on Saturday, but it was nice to meet the festival organisers, and some fantastically dressed people including the rainbow-clad, pointy-ear-wearing faerie-fest enthusiast Izzy and blonde, tan romantigoth Sarah. After waiting around in the rain to see if more than seven or so people were going to turn up, we gave up and hoofed it to the nearest pub...
At the pub... I'm on the right.
Music-wise, highlights were a great set from Noisuf-X - I was kind of running backwards and forwards between Gene Loves Jezebel and Noisuf-X as they were playing at the same time in different (but thankfully close) venues, and so managed to catch my favourite songs from both bands, although Noisuf-X stole the show for me.

Faderhead was another standout performer, and I bumped into Jay from Deviant UK during the Faderhead set - literally, I think I stood on his foot, and he did NOT look very impressed. o.O

I also thoroughly enjoyed Inkubus Sukkubus, they are one of my very favourite bands so it was a real treat to see them live, although I think they suffered technical difficulties at one point, and Candia kind of wandered off the stage for a while, not sure what that was about. Ciggie break perhaps? Anyway, hearing Wytches live was definitely one of the highlights of my whole year.
Inkubus Sukkubus <3

I know some people find The Eden House's swirly brand of trad Goth tedious, but I actually had tears in my eyes during their set, their music is so beautiful. Also *cue fangirly squealings* I met Evi Vine and she said my hair looked gorgeous! <3
The Eden House, featuring Candia from InkySuk
This hairstyle got the thumbs-up from Evi ^^

R O M A N C E were a new band for me, and though they were young (it was rumoured that their mum was in the audience, awww), they were absolutely awesome and I have been trying ever since to get my hands on an album.
Last but not least of my favourite bands at the fest were the thoroughly fantastic Pretentious, Moi? - honestly, one of my all-time fave bands and one of the best Goth rock bands in the scene at the moment. Cannot express how brilliant they are live.
A crap pic of Pretentious, Moi?
The market, of course, was my downfall - I bought some amazing things including a red-and-black striped two-piece bustle skirt from a lovely redheaded Scottish lady, whose company name I unfortunately can't remember; a handbag made from a Civil War child's gasmask (the vendor helpfully switched the sparkly eyepieces from a different bag onto mine for no extra charge); some gore-tastic Kreepsville 666 pieces from Vamps of York; and some beautiful medieval circlets, amongst (many) other things...
I wasn't actually trying to look angsty... dammit.
We also went shopping around York a lot; unfortunately on the last day I discovered a bargain bookstore and then was forced to face the dilemma of carrying a suitcase stuffed with several corsets, a lot of band merch, and 21 paperbacks on a train.

Note: Sorry, guys, but there will be no post tomorrow as I'm dashing off with Jodie to see Die So Fluid almost straight after work. :-( Bear with me, I'll be back soon!


Emily Lynn G. said...

OhMyGoth, sounds like so much fun!! Have a blast for me!


I must try to find R.O.M.A.N.C.E now. They look a cool Gothic band. Must also look out for Midnight Orchid Clothing as well. There are some nice pics here.

Anonymous said...

Rosie did a duet with Grooving In Green.. who, appropriately enough, were covering 'Grooving In Green' :)

ROMANCE have just finished touring with The Cult and their debut album is due out.. soon :)

Glad you enjoyed the festival.. I thought it was very good indeed :)
Ed (SBA)

Danella said...

Yo! I met you at last year's meetup (I'm in the picture in the pub, second from the right) and was wondering if you're planning to come to DV8fest again this year? I may be a little late in asking as it kind of started yesterday...

Love your blog by the way, great writing!

ultimategothguide said...

Danella - why hello! ^^ I hope you don't mind me using your picture. I would have loved to and was originally intending to, but I haven't been able to afford to attend any events this year. :-/

Thanks very much!

Danella said...

Not at all, I stumbled across your blog randomly and squee'd a bit when I saw the picture!

Sorry to hear you couldn't make it this year, hope you can make it for the next one - should be even more awesome! xx

Anonymous said...

STFU, My Chemical Romance is good.
I hope you die, you freaky little skank.

ultimategothguide said...

Again, Anon, I didn't say they weren't GOOD, I said they weren't GOTH. I'm sorry that knowing the difference between different genres of music is offensive to you XP

Anonymous said...

Helloooo Miss Amy :D

You don't know me, but for about a month now I've been an avid follower/stalker of your wonderful blog and think it's fantastic!

Thing the First: As IF you've found New Rocks in a Charity shop :O I need to move to where you live haha, although having said that about 75% of my wardrobe is secondhand, and I look pretty damn good xD

Thing the Second: My husband and I are really wanting to go to DV8 Fest next year, but we're kind of low on funds and I was wondering if you had any info on cheap-ish accommodation in York or where you stayed when you went?

Thank youuuu x

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