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Thursday, 14 April 2011

The various events named 'GothicFest'

There are several dark festivals operating under the (slightly unoriginal) name of GothicFest, namely the following:

  • 'North America's Biggest Gothic Festival and Expo', a two-day event showcasing Goth, symphonic, hardcore and Industrial bands as well as fashion, 'extreme' exhibits (what, precisely, is one of these?), body art, magazines, record labels and more. This event describes itself as 'the Gothic subculture's offical expo'. It has previously garnered a lot of media attention, being featured in Spin Magazine (the cover caption read, "Day of the Not-Quite-Dead: Bloody fun at a suburban Goth festival") with a five-page article and recieving attention from other niche magazines such as Fangoria, Red Scream, Mazur PK and Lollipop as well as being featured on Redemption TV in the UK. It has been described as 'America's answer to the WGT'. There is even a DVD available showcasing the 2005 event. However, I can find no information to show that the event has taken place any time after 2007!
  • Unless, of course, the above event migrated to the Netherlands, where a festival with the name GothicFest took place in 2010, featuring such exciting headliners as Skinny Puppy and Angelspit. This is an indoor Gothic/EBM/Industrial festival, boasting a market, a whole bunch of DJs, several 'warm-up' parties to get your black blood flowing before the fest proper, and even a selection of food is provided. Unfortunately, there is not going to be a Netherlands GothicFest in 2011.
  • So in 2011, those of you determined to attend a 'GothicFest' can pop over to Belgium - Belgium's Gothic Festival is a small festival and expo with a 'friendly' atmosphere which began as a single-day event in 2006 and has become a 3-day event. Such stars of the scene as Anne-Marie Hurst (Skeletal Family, Ghost Dance), Faith and the Muse, Covenant and Alien Sex Fiend have performed here. The 2010 line-up was INSANE. There are also indoor and outdoor markets.
Market stall at Gothic Festival, Belgium
Source: Gothic Festival
And I have been a Very Bad Blogmistress and neglected you on the free downloads side of things again. Luckily for you, I found an entire free EP kicking about on Last.fm by dark electronic artist Paresis. (Curious question: does anyone actually use these free download links? They are all legal, y'know...)
This is what I wore to work yesterday:


The purple dress was made by my bellydance instructor Annette, the lace top is from She's No Angel, it was a Christmas present many, many years ago; the overpriced belt was from an alt shop in Southampton, the corset was £7 from Primark, and a friend found the New Rocks in a skip. The red and purple is probably the most colours I have worn in one outfit for a while, which is why I took a close-up of the back.

Goth gossip: Infamous Gothy cult film The Crow is getting a re-make from Spanish director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo. After all those sequels, is this really a wise idea? Anyhow, the book was WAY better than ANY of the movies. This is coming from someone who LOVES the movies. Yes, even the sequels. (I'm really just a mallgoth with better taste in music, aren't I?)

12 comments:

Sara said...

GothicFest in Belgium will continue under the name Shadowplay Fest in Kortrijk. I've been there 4 times, I only missed the first edition. You're right about the line-up in 2010, it was great.

Julietslace said...

Oh Amy! The movies are so cringy *shakes head at you*

ultimategothguide said...

@ Juliet's Lace - at least I am AWARE that they're cringey. I just... like them. XD

Black_Lilly said...

The movies are cringy in the same way that movies like Van Helsing and Ginger Snaps are. Good, light hearted and not to be considered really serious for maximum enjoyment. It's escapism, after all! However the Crow includes FAR too many Poe references. The target audience is different, sure, but the actual attitude needed for the film is the same.

Maeam said...

My Mother lives in the Netherlands...I wonder if she knows of any of the gothic festivals and whatnot. So there's nothing in the US, huh? *Sigh* Just barely...

Ashlee said...

I was wondering if you could do a post about drawing eyebrows on. I've been wanting to do that, but I can't really find anything useful. I get so confused when they talk about guide/starter hairs, shaving off half the eyebrow, or from the arch up. Help would def. be appreciated.

Emily Lynn G. said...

I rarely ever use the Last.fm free downloads because they are hardly of songs that I like.

http://www.airmp3.me/
You can try that Link if it helps Miss Amy, though a lot of the songs are only long enough to be ring tones: be mindful of that.

SaryWalrus said...

I use those download links! Don't write them off just yet.

E said...

At least one person uses the download links; that would be me.

(Also, you asked me the other day which misconceptions I had that got cleared up. Although I never actually thought Goths believed they were vampires, I somehow had the idea that the subculture got started in the nineties - I don't know either - and the very, very common idea that Marilyn Manson is the epitome of Goth music. *shudders*)

KatSlaughter said...

I liked the first Crow film. It's one of those that for me go into the lump genre of Cheesy Films that are Awful, But Somehow Amazing. You know.. the type of movies you watch on a rainy day. Over. And over.

Similar inhabitants of the genre are Constantine, Queen of the Damned, Daybreakers, Dracula, Donnie Darko...

ultimategothguide said...

@ Black_Lily and Kat Slaughter - totally agree; cheesy but awesome ^^

@ SaryWalrus - aye-aye, cap'n!

@ E - good good! (Not that I don't like MM's music - I do - but using the Goth aesthetic to shock people is a bit silly.)

@ Emily Lynn - thanks for the link ^^

@ Ashlee - do you, perchance, have a window into my mind? My next Goth beauty post is going to be about eyebrows. Yes, I'm going to write an entire post about eyebrows. (In the meantime, if it's any help, I just pluck my eyebrows REALLY thin and then draw over them with eyebrow pencil or liquid liner depending on how heavy my make-up is.)

Dr Blood said...

I use the free download links and I think your outfit was beautiful... maybe not the belt... but the lacy top looked great on you.

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