Tuesday, 27 September 2016

The Near Dark Tour Came to Leeds


The Near Dark Over Europe Tour was as it says on the tin a tour of Europe by three bands, namely The Last Cry, The Last Dance and Strap On Halo and a DJ, Martin Oldgoth with a few more equally important people in the back ground. The last night was in my home town Leeds and was hosted by my regular Goth club Carpe Noctum.
Tour Poster
As soon as this had been announced months ago I had bought my ticket fearing a sell-out gig, which it wasn`t far from. The 18th of September has been a bad day for me as it is the anniversary of my mother`s death, however on refection I am sure she would have not minded me going out and partying.
Their Tour Bus (Their pic)
So I arrived at the club in good time and was greeted by Howard (The Promotor) outside, once in Viv, Clare and Ade were on door duties. Having been duly stamped I went upstairs and before calling at the bar I first went to the Merchandize table and got the new CD by The Last Cry from Bridget. Next I had a quick chat with Martin, and then I got a drink which had gone up 40 pence a pint in the last 2 weeks!
Strap On Halo
It was always going to be one of those nights were everyone who`s anyone in the scene would be there and it was! I`m not going to try and list all my friends who were there, but just to say it`s always good to see people who I only see once or twice a year.
Strap On Halo opened, the only band I hadn`t seen before, but soon found I liked them.

The Last Dance
The Last Dance had the middle spot, Jeff Diehm making a point of telling us this. I like their music, I also like the way Jeff talks to us in-between the songs, something not many Goth bands do. As always they saved the best for last “Do You Believe In Angels” we did.


Jeff Diehm, The Last Dance
  The Last Cry Headlined and opened with Goodbye, and played most of their new album with classics from Living In Grey mixed in. A great set from one of my favourite bands.
The Last Cry
Despite the fact it was Sunday and I had work at 8 O` clock in the morning I waited for it to be Martin`s turn to DJ and managed just a couple of dances before `doing` the goodbyes and heading home. This night will be remembered for a long time.

Monday, 26 September 2016

Spen Valley at Eden Camp Museum.

Our Caravanning group (Spen Valley) are going to have a long weekend at a `Living` War Museum.

Eden Camp Museum
Although Chris and I are not running the event, but we are `doing` the entertainment on two of the nights, this is what we have got planed so far. (Here are some of my Facebook adverts as well)
You need to be members of The Camping and Caravanning Club to stay.
Ever wondered what it would be like to, live in a prisoner of war camp or be part of Dad`s Army? Now`s your chance….. Join Spen Valley and let your hosts, `Captain` Richard `Mainwaring` and `Dame Vera` Marion lead you though a long weekend of 1940`s nostalgia in this ‘’living” Museum making it a treat to remember war time rations, black outs and communal sing-a-longs. 
It`s £12.00 per unit night, but this includes entrance into the museum, which is normally £7.00 per adult. So this is great value!!! And although we have negotiated an extra nights camping. We must all be off site by 12.00 noon Monday
The Hut last time
We will have one of the huts for all 3 nights, Richard and Marion will be running Saturday night event, but they seem to be keeping secret what they are actually doing It does involve a 1940`s type buffet supper, and I guess bingo and a quiz.
Rendezvous and Relax poster
On Friday Chris and mine opening night is billed as “Rendezvous and Relax”, where people will just settle in and meet friends, old and new. It will be quite casual~ back ground music and may be a quiz (Or not)
Songs That War Taught Us poster
Sunday Night and we will be presenting under the Club night name of “Ballroom After The Blitz” Songs That War Taught Us, Songs that have being influenced by a hundred years of War and Peace, which really can cover just about everything I guess, but I`m thinking towards songs like; Knocking On Heavens Door (Bob Dylan), The Call Up (The Clash), Oliver’s Army (Elvis Costello) and of course my mates The Lost Souls~ Johnny Ain’t Coming  
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Eden Camp Museum is at Malton, Pickering, North Yorkshire (UK) From the A64 north of York, take the A169 and follow brown tourist signs. Post code YO17 6RT. And runs from 16th to 18th October 2016.

Friday, 16 September 2016

When In York. Do As The Goths Do. 2.

Here are a few pictures from last week`s holiday in York.
Friday Night at the Fulford Arms was The Black Rose Ball Concert.
The Black Rose Concert at the Fulford Arms
A rather blurred pic of Quasimodo at The Black Rose Concert.
Quasimodo at The Black Rose Concert.
Me on York`s Roman wall.
Me on York`s wall.
A view of York Minster from the wall
York Minster from the wall
Inside my favourite part of York Castle Museum 
Inside York Castle Museum
On Tuesday night we took one of the Ghost Hunt Tours around York, , it was excellent and well worth the money.
Our guide on the Ghost Hunt Tour

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