35 years of goth – one weekend in London

By on 10 November 2011


Goths, ex-goths, punks,et al, will be flocking to London this weekend for live music events spanning the whole history of goth music, from the nation who created the genre – the British!

On Saturday night The Dammed will be playing at The Roundhouse in Camden, as part of their 35th Anniversary Tour supported by Viv Albetine from The Slits.  The next day, at the same venue, The Sisters of Mercy will be performing as part of their 30th Anniversary Tour (which also doubles as the 21st anniversary of their last full length studio release…).

On Saturday night, artists from the other end of the goth history timeline will be a gathering at Nambucca on Holloway Road, demonstrating that the UK scene can still produce artists to rival those in Europe who were influenced by the early Brit acts. 

California based The Last Dance were originally booked to play, but had to pull out as their new album was not ready in time.  Regardless of this setback, and thanks to the strong support line-up, Zwischenfall Promotions have gone ahead with a replacement headliner. 

Second generation veterans Nosferatu will be headlining instead, to promote their latest, fresh sounding, studio album Wonderland.  Forever associated with such legendary early 90’s theatrics as using band member Damien Deville’s hearse as a tour bus and one time vocalist Incubus being carried on stage in a coffin and preaching from a Pulpit onstage (remind anybody of a certain shock rocker?).  Despite having been active since the late eighties, Nosferatu’s sound and stage antics have evolved with the times and even a quick listen to Wonderland will dispel any doubt about Nosferatu being a band clinging onto the old ‘glory’ days of goth.  In a similar fashion to fellow eighties goth contemporaries  Clan of Xymox, they have moved with the times – something which has been vindicated by appearances at such festivals such M’era Luna and DV8 in recent years, as well as numerous International dates.

Support is provided by a collection of active and talented UK based acts.  Second headliner Dyonisis, from Sheffield, will provide their own brand of Ethereal Rock. The dual vocal harmonies of singers Nel and Lou are not to be missed, as those who caught their late night M’era Luna acoustic set will testify…

Rome Burns provide the ‘Alternative/Electro/Post-Punk’, and along with London based The Ghost of Lemora, will be providing the lighter hearted side of goth.

Opening the proceedings from 8pm are, rapidly up and coming act, Last July and their electro-goth sound.  Newest addition guitarist, Nevla, will be kept busy on the evening as, failing major advances in the field of cloning, he will be providing guitar duties for Rome Burns as well.

In-between, and after the bands there will be DJs until 3am including such familiar legends as Martin Oldgoth.  For the *really* hardcore, nightbuses run directly to Slimelight, where those still in possession of their Nambucca wristband will get in for free…

Nosferatu website
Dyonisis website
Rome Burns website

The Ghost of Lemora website

Last July website

Gig info

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