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Alice’s Wicked Tea Party

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We recently had a sit-down with Shaun Histed-Todd of Wicked Spins Radio and had a question and answer chat regarding the upcoming Alice’s Wicked Tea Party Festival, being held this coming Friday, the 29th of May, and Saturday, the 30th of May.  More than a year in the making, this first-year festival has brought together quite the ensemble of talent to entertain and interact with those in attendance.

Having faced a couple of last-minute challenges, the festival organizers jumped over hurdles that may have seemed impossible and have pulled together what looks to be an invigorating and fun-filled weekend of diversified entertainment.

We’ll be bringing you a follow-up on the festival after the event, and we do hope you’ll make an effort to attend.  In the meantime, here’s a bit of our chat…

Q. How did you come up with the idea of putting together this festival? Isn’t it a risk after seeing other festivals collapse?

It’s always been an ambition to set up a festival and with doing Klub Wicked nights in London, that ambition started to get stronger. Last year a longtime friend, Hawkeye, invited me down to his Wonky Donk festival that he’s been running for the past 5 years and suggested about teaming up to do one together, I just had to grasp the opportunity. It’s a passion of music and love of live music.

I’ve always liked the idea of mixing genres, when I started going to gigs as a teen you could go to an all day event and it was mixed you could see Punk/Goth/Psychobilly or any other subgenre that was underground all on one bill. Today it feels very dedicated to one scene and I want to try and bring that heady mix back.

It is a risky business and Hawkeye and I have talked about this which is another reason not to be dedicated to one scene as there’s too much competition. But we are realistic and the risks.

Q. I know it is very difficult to organize and put together a festival but how did you pick the artists? Is it because of your personal tastes? Which artists are taking part?

Well there were bands there from the start, friends I’ve made through Wicked Spins Radio who through chat said that if we ever did put a festival on they would be up to support. But this is a grass root festival with no budget, what money there was has been put down for setup costs. So we’ve not been in a position to guarantee booking fees or make promises and it was a case if bands want to get behind and support this experiment and that is what it is then as we are putting a few thousand down would they be willing to share some of the risk. It’s daunting and I felt it was expecting a lot from artists. But with thanks to all who have got on board I don’t think I could have dreamed the fantastic acts that have got behind and are supporting this wonderful adventure. The Interest from so many notable bands was immense some said they couldn’t do it regarding the terms which was totally understandable and duly respected, others got on board and I still look at the line up and think wow I’m honored to have such strong support.

As for personal tastes I have a wide field in musical tastes so yes it is personal but I’ve also picked bands I know or have a reputation of putting on an entertaining live performance, something vibrant and energetic.

Artists taking part… Well, the full line up is up on Wicked Spins Radio Website, but we have 20 bands in all.  Doghouse from Sicknote headlines on the Friday, a natural and highly talented performer and entertainer. Headlining on the Saturday we have Poisoned Electik Head, who I’m so looking forward to seeing again as it’s been many years and I’ve always loved their music and live shows. Psychedelic Post Punk Rock with wacky stage outfits, this is a band from another planet… seriously.

Q. For some it will be a special event: Nigel of Tunnelmental Experimental Assembly is coming all the way from the States for this, Jason Doghouse will perform now that Sicknote no longer exists, Reza Udhin of The Killing Joke is coming with Inertia and so many others… What do you believe that festivals like Alice’s Wicked Tea Party represent for an artist?

I feel it represents an opportunity for bands to perform to an audience they probably wouldn’t get to play to if it were an event dedicated to their normal scene but it also gives all a chance to be part of something new and exciting – their support and backing behind this is tremendous and I can’t thank them enough… it’s very humbling.

Q. Where is the festival taking place and how can people get there? Do you have any driving/transit information available to make their journey a little easier?

It’s being held at The Cross Keys Inn – Holt Heath –Wimborne – Dorset . There is public transport from Ringwood and Wimborne itself and also from Pool.

Q. When all is said and done and Alice’s Wicked Tea Party 2015 comes to a close, what is the one thing you think will make you the happiest?

That everyone has had a fantastic weekend.  That the bands have had a fantastic time. Also that we can say we done it – we got there despite the bumps and setbacks we’ve experienced and it has been a rollercoaster of emotions, believe me! We persisted – the ship didn’t sink when it sprang a few leaks.  We worked hard to patch and repair those leaks and the ship continued to sail on. We found land and put on the best party that goes beyond our expectations for a first year.

Q. Advance tickets are £40 and at the door will be £50. What will these prices include?

Aside from all the bands we have Alice in Wasteland Theatre Group who will be doing some performance and walkabout performance – stalls – Licensed Bar and Catering – Free Camping all set in a beautiful part of the English countryside. Also, as this is an intimate festival with only limited amount of 500 tickets, it offers a friendly atmosphere and a building of a tribal community of music lovers across genres.

I’ve just allocated a limited number of Day Tickets £15 advance for Friday, £20 on the Gate – and for Saturday £25 advance and £30 on the gate.

Q. In case of rain, do you have a plan in place?

We have a Marque tent stage that holds up to 300 people. I believe also there is the Pub itself that owns the land and camping fields which will offer protection from the elements. But the weather forecast is looking very favorable for us with sun forecast all over the weekend.

Q. Any last words or thoughts you’d like to get out there to anyone planning on attending?

Don’t be late!  Get your tickets in before the gate to avoid disappointment.  Get on down and have a wonderful weekend with truly fantastic bands and settings.

From Tribe4mian: Good luck with it Shaun and have fun with the show!!!

For more detailed information, please visit the following links:
Wicked Spins Radio | Facebook Event Page | Advance Tickets

 
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Posted by on May 26, 2015 in Concerts / Performances

 

Rhombus & The Last Cry – Live in Athens @ Death Disco (08.05.2015)

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(by Fondas SumerSon)

When the Ashes from Azrael team announced the coming of Rhombus in Greece 2 years ago, everybody thought it was a great chance to see on stage a band that was in the front line of European goth rock!

Although I like to travel abroad to attend goth gigs & festivals, I never had the chance see Rhombus on stage anywhere… until then…. That gig was a great success and left me asking for more. Who would have thought that I would get to see my second Rhombus gig, here in Athens again!

Indeed, Rhombus were booked to play a gig in Athens for a second time, along with The Last Cry (another outstanding band from the UK), probably the most popular wave/goth act in the underground UK goth scene. A band that has giged all over Europe and has even played in US. In just a few words, the perfect UK goth duo!

Rhombus are in love with Greece and the Greek audience since their first concert here. They honoured us by making Greek merch items through the years. They even named one of their latest songs after the Greek beer “Mythos”, which is quite popular with the band (ask Rob or Ed ). Last but not least, they decided that the official release of their brand new ep, would take place at their gig at death disco, here in Athens!

So the long awaited day arrived and local fans plus a team of old-school British Goths that travelled to Athens for the show, were ready for a gig that would probably be one of the best of the current year.
Since it was a co-headlining gig, both bands would play for about an hour.

The band that started the fire was The Last Cry. I had seen these guys once before, in a festival abroad, so I knew what to expect. High class wave/goth tunes, performed vividly by a charismatic vocalist, the outstanding Andrew Birch, along with Tim (guitars) and Chris (bass), who gave their best on stage. Their songs are full of power and melody. You can definitely find the best of 80’s new wave and UK goth rock in their tunes. This is a band not to be missed by anyone who is into dark alternative music. Everyone who attended their show was impressed and visited their merch stand, right after their amazing performance. Since it was their first ever show in Greece, they tried to include a little bit of everything in their playlist. As a result, we listened to songs from their debut album, as long as songs from the brilliant “Living in Grey” album and of course their singles, like the excellent “This Future has no Face” for instance, which is one of their best tunes.

The highlight of their gig according to my opinion was when they played my favourite tune (“nowhere”) from their debut album, which they kindly dedicated to me!! Totally addicted to this song for years!

Their setlist:

Devastate
Falling Away
Truth and Lies
Song About
Punishment
This Future has no Face
Life of Lies
No Resistance
Nowhere
To Dream Next to You
Living in Grey
Cross of Hope
Walking to the Edge

A small break and my beloved Rhombus were ready to guide us into their unique Trad goth world. I can’t be objective when I am writing or talking about this band, since I am very devoted to their work and I guess that I am one of the few non British fans who has been following them from their early days…. (and YES their debut “Rat City” is a great album!!)

The guys started around 23:30. Rob came on stage first holding a Greek flag and then, one by one, the rest of the band followed. After the “King of Rome” intro, their goth storm hit us for good, with “One Day More” being the opening track!

Since they had a new ep out, they performed a couple of songs from it, all of which blew my mind away! To be honest, I didn’t expect anything less from these guys. Special mention must be made to “A Moment Today” which is one of the best songs they have ever composed, if you ask me.

The band played a hell of a show! Rob being highly energetic on stage with his guitar, made us dance and follow his tunes. Mya, great as always, gave a special touch to the songs with her beautiful “siren” vocals. Ed is an amazing singer with a unique voice, taking the songs to a higher level and last but not least Andy, the newcomer, who was playing the guitar just like he was a part of the band all along. He fits just perfect.
I couldn’t forget to mention the moment when Andrew Birch joined them on stage and “helped” Mya on the chorus of “What you Wanted”… A memorable moment, no doubt about it!

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The band played songs from almost every release of theirs and they left everybody totally satisfied in every aspect. I wish they could play a bit longer, but there was a tight time schedule. I need not say much more, just that when the gig ended, I had a big smile on my face for a long time!
Their setlist:

King of Rome (intro)
One Day More
Turn Around
Mythos
Remembrance Day
Lightning Strikes Twice
Lifeline
A Moment Today
Amaranthine
Shimmer
Here Be Dragons
Anywhere
What You Wanted
Into the Rain
Open the Sky
Timeless & Elegant

After the gig an outstanding after show party took place at death disco with excellent music selections from Kostas, George, Maria and the guest dj of the evening, the well known Martin Oldgoth who came to dj just for this event and made us dance like hell with his marvellous selections.
Both bands stayed at the party and talked with their fans, signed autographs, danced and left the club at dawn, like we all did.

As I mentioned before, Rhombus have strong relations with their Greek fans. That’s why, the very next day, they arranged a special acoustic secret show at GhosTown bar with no fee. They wanted to give us something more… They wanted the party to continue… And they are the perfect guys to MAKE A BETTER PARTY!

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Saturday night then…. GhostTown was our meeting point this time. Even if they announced this “secret show” after last night’s gig and there was no time for promoting, people didn’t miss the opportunity to be there and see them on stage again. The Last Cry were there as well and Andrew joined them on stage once more, for the chorus of the acoustic version of “What you Wanted”.

The guys were communicating with the audience and they kept asking for song suggestions from the crowd. Ed was teasing us as usually and we were teasing him back and generally there was a “party mood” on!
I am really glad that I was the first one to request a song and “Love you till Closing Time” came up next! One of my personal favourites.

One of the things that made me very happy was the fact that they stayed on stage for over one hour and a half. They managed to play many songs that were not included in last night’s play list, like “Shove it up Sideways”, “Denied” or “4472”. These were songs that the band hadn’t played for a long time, like the title track of their debut album “Rat City” for instance.

After the end of the show, none left the bar even if some of the bands had an early morning flight. They got drunk with us and chatted a lot with almost every person attending.

Last but not least, I would like to congratulate Maria for all her effort in organizing a gig like this and for doing everything to make us spend an unforgettable weekend with 2 bands that are so unique in what they are doing!

Hope to see you all soon somewhere!
Photos by Marilia Fotopoulou

 
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Posted by on May 18, 2015 in Goth, etc.

 

World Goth Day 2015

It’s back… and truly hard to believe a whole year has passed by since last year’s mind-blowing event!

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World Goth Day is just around the corner, this year falling on a highly-appropriate Friday.  So grab your boots, don your bestest black, and head on out on the 22nd of May as the Goth Community celebrates the globe over.  Events are being planned both near and far … and to kick off the celebrations we bring you a new interview with DJ Cruel Britannia at Gothic Beauty Magazine (Click for Interview).

Created by DJ Cruel Britannia and Martin Oldgoth, World Goth Day has exploded from a UK event into a truly magical occasion with gatherings as far away as South Africa, South Korea, Australia, North and South America, as well as a good portion of Europe.  This year there are sales and discounts being offered on several websites, too.

For all the details, please visit WorldGothDay.com and check back often.  The next few days will explode with loads of cool stuff to rev you up.

Are you ready to get your goth on?? 🙂

Quick Link:  Read past tribe4mian postings on World Goth Day, HERE.

 
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Posted by on May 14, 2015 in Goth, Music

 

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New Zero God – Live in Italy – A Diary

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The time we had in Italy was great. The whole trip was an experience, thanks to Grotesque, Ekidna, and Ascension Magazine

Friday morning we left Athens around 12:00 to drive to the port of Patras.

After seeing a few weird signs on the highway, indicating that “Deadly accidents can happen in the next 2 kilometers” we reached the port of Patras.

11169876_10203860714500826_9025260053489249371_nThe ship sailed around 17:00 while Mike and Aki had a couple of beers to celebrate the departure.

To be honest, the beers were kinda expensive but an idea was thrown on the table to get some whiskey just for the kick of it…

The sea was very calm and there were dozens of Italian and French school kids on board returning from their vacations (?) along with their teachers.

Jabbar was watching movies on his laptop while Harri challenged his luck by spinning the wheel at the casino of the ship.

Arriving at the port of Ancona at 14:30 local time, New Zero God found rainy weather.

The band needed to be at Ekidna by 19:30 for the sound check and, to be honest, the GPS that our friend, Tasos, gave us, saved the day.

307 kilometers from Ancona to Modena.

Through fog and rain, driving is always difficult but it gets even more difficult when the driver asks “where is the next turn” and three people come up with three different directions.

11188367_10203860713740807_6494727664609837027_nBack then it was irritating but now that everything is over, I find it funny…

35 kilometers to destination” the lady from the GPS said. “In 40 meters turn right”… “you are off the road – calculating new route…
In 200 meters take a right turn… you are off the road – calculating new route…” FUCK YOU LADYYYY Akis shouted at the GPS…

Nico from Grotesque called on the mobile “we are waiting for you at Ekidna…

Yes, we are almost there” – more rain and lightning – (“In 150 meters turn right”… “you are off the road – calculating new route…”)
It was so funny…

Finally,we were at the hotel at 20:00 and Nico, along with Emanuele Bacchelli (the bass player of Dead Inside), picked us up.

Ekidna is placed in the woods and I think it was build in the early 20th century.

While the rain kept falling (it is the New Zero God luck – our Greek friends are well aware that every time we play it is raining…) everyone helped us carry our stuff inside and we rushed to introduce ourselves to the good people of Dead Inside, Ekidna, Nico, the sound engineer… and finally the soundcheck…

We had a wonderful dinner all together in the basement of Ekidna, making jokes and exchanging information about common friends in the goth scene and politics…

We were so flattered that Dead Inside took their name from one of our songs.

11187336_1445061649120425_6252062208154852559_oGianfranco is a wonderful person, and along with Nico (who cooked for us Ham and Cheese rolled Rosetti and a cherry pie – that never saw again the light of day), had everything in order.

The hospitality of the Ekidna people was great and everyone was very friendly.

People came from Milan, Pisa, and Florence and among them were old friends that I haven’t met for years, such as Ilaria and Paolo, as well as Vanni, who we are often speaking with on Facebook but have never met in person.

Dead Inside are a great band who will soon record their material and you should keep an eye on them.

During the 80’s, Josef and Gianfranco were members of the band Thanatos and had opened for Trev Bamford’s band, Every New Dead Ghost.  They also did a Killing Joke cover.

Despite being tired, the atmosphere was great and we enjoyed it very much.

A party followed with Gianfranco, DJ Kyra and Ave Imago on the decks.

11111038_947642691947524_5037165547287495566_nWhile Ilaria and Paolo left cause it was very late (they were 200 kilometers away from home), me and Vanni rocked the house. (He had a room at a hotel nearby so he wouldn’t drive back…)

People were dancing and drinking and we took about 1 million photos…

I realized that the Italians are playing a lot of local bands from the 80’s just like the Greeks do with the Greek bands of the 80’s. Would be great if all these bands had that following back in those days huh?

A guy from Ekidna was kind enough to take us back to our hotel around 5 in the morning.

We felt awful that we didn’t have the time to at least have a coffee with Gianfranco and Nico… Unfortunately we had to be back in Ancona to board the ship at 17:30

We woke up at 10 in the morning with our heads ready to explode.

Of course it was a sunny day… the New Zero God gig was over and the weather could be in place again…

The hotel manager was instructed to take us to the main road of Modena in order to find the autostrada. To be honest, we used the GPS for a while just for a laugh (“you are off the road – calculating new route…”). Akis told the GPS lady to fuck off and we reached Ancona around 16:30

Different school kids on the ship, calm sea, no whiskey this time. No booze in general…

If you happen to be on board and you want to have some serious drinking, the cost of a glass of whiskey is 6.50 euros at the bar while you can buy a whole bottle from the market of the ship (at deck 10) for 22 euros.

We should make this an annual event. We would happily go back. We met fantastic people and spent quality time.

Thank you all! Hope to see you again soon…

 
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Posted by on May 12, 2015 in Uncategorized