Category Archives: event news
In our most ambitious project yet, we bring you a weekend of astonishing music from the darker side.
We begin on the friday evening to around 1am saturday. Then we resume around 2pm on the saturday to late and finally the sunday 3pm to 10pm.
We are collecting together an astonishing array of acts from all over the country as well as some of the Yorkshire favourites and modern legends.
The aim is to introduce a few new incredibly exciting acts to the area that have never been seen here before as well as give Sheffield the biggest festival from the dark side that it has possibly ever seen.
With huge thanks to The Royal Standard for being absolutely wonderful to work with and having a fabulous stage with amazing light show.
Inkubus Sukkubus (saturday) – Renowned goth legends since 1989s these paganism influenced goth rock superstars barely need any introduction. Boasting an astonishing 24 albums in their discography they have truly been one of the most hardworking and prolific bands in the scene. A regular of many goth compilation, star of many a goth festival but rarely have they come anywhere near sheffield, which of course we now change to our utmost delight.
FLEISCH (sunday) – With plans to dominate the UK Industrial scene, FLEISCH deliver foot stomping metal with a fetish flair. FLEISCH have often been described as the angry love child of Depeche Mode and Rammstein, combining hard hitting beats with 80s style vocals and German techno influences
Last July (friday) – Frequently stars of many a northern goth show, Last July have strangely found themselves a home many miles away from their homeland of Norwich. Combining many a darkwave influence and a certain new romantic flair, they have grown and perfected their live show to a point where we are happy to present them as friday’s headline.
SPECIAL GUEST LEGEND SLOT:
ATTRITION (saturday) – Long time veteran of the industrial and post punk genres, Coventry’s Attrition have been carving their own unique path for nearly 40 years now, always exploring and inventing and still putting on a spectacularly menacing and engaging live show.
Other acts in alphabetical order:
Action Directe (sunday) – Political industrial rock stomp from Leeds. One of the many projects of prolific wessie goth Joel Heyes of Goth City Promotions
AMereKat (friday) – Astonishingly engaging, clever, witty Ukulele wrangling with brilliantly reworked Goth classics and fabulously written original tales.
Arch Femmesis (saturday) – Nottingham’s gender bending electro art punk . The acerbic wit and the rhythmic collages evoke the cusp of the 80s and 90s.
Autorotation (saturday) – A band of spectacularly talented multi instrumentalists, combinging at some times Lamb and Cocteau Twins esque atmospheres and more industrial tones at others.
The Black Riders Cult (Friday) – Proper no holds barred machinedrumrocknroll. The band you wish The Sisters would still sound as good as…
Byronic Sex & Exile (saturday) – The Solo incarnation of the aforementioned Mr Joel Heyes. This project concentrates on the more romantic beauty that Goth can bring. Has proved quite the sensation with his one man shows up and down the country, mixing poetry and live music.
CELAVI (sunday) – Pronounced Keh-La-Vie this North wales industrial electro rock is one we’re proud to introduce to you in Yorkshire for the first time. A hugely inventive and playful take on metal, filled with electronics and at times an almost Jpoprock feel
Death Party UK(sunday)- Nottingham based Hellfire Rocknroll from founder of Nightbreed Records and scene stalwart – Trevor Bamford. Dark rock n roll tunes with a certain sense of fun and… dare we say it.. .toe tapping nature? Nah surely not..
Down From Above (saturday) – Fabulous melodic metal from London. Stylishly, powerfully and engagingly presented by the statuesqe Anastasia Resurrection their haunting Blondie like vocal lines float over the heaviest of tunes.
Every Black Day (sunday) – Local to Sheffield, Every Black Day have proven incredibly popular with their unique guitar-less approach to Goth, replacing said instrument with Cello. Some might say a more steampunk sound but whatever it is, it sounds absolutely fabulous.
The Glass House Museum (Sunday) – From Stoke, this relatively new act, mixes classic early Sisters and Children on Stun influences with a passion and contemporary edge which set them apart from more generic contemporaries.
Hands of industry (friday) – Hailing from Bradford they combine a feel of both Joy Division and Depeche Mode in their compelling electronics based sound backed with solid acoustic drums.
In Isolation (saturday) – This hugely popular Nottingham based trio draw on eighties inspirations for their indie rock variations on post punk . A sound which is emotively kaleidoscopic and engagingly unpredictable; a proposal instinctively provoking thoughts, emotions, and eager physical involvement. They have headlined many a goth event but here due to reasons they open the show on saturday so be there EARLY to avoid missing out…
Jan Doyle Band (saturday) – Our ‘house’ band if you like (as it’s Derek from the band behind Night Shift…) JDB mix and merge electro, goth, post punk, punk and industrial with new romantic facepaint, hair and high heels. Forever unpredictable and known for spectacular live performance
Run Into The Night (Friday) – Perhaps one of our more leftfield bookings it could be said but while Glasgow’s RITN tend to be playing more standard rock shows overall they have been known to associate with Goths and play a cramps tribute night (indeed they do Teenage Werewolf in their live sets). We saw them support The Webb a while ago and their sparse post punk blues captivated us and we’re sure you’ll fall in love too..
The Silent Age (Saturday) – one of the biggest and bestest and most prolific goth bands in the Sheffield scene. Originally starting out as a more electronic act they now present a more guitar based sound whilst still keeping the supreme classic goth edge (perhaps even more so). Forever popular and always beloved of the local scene.
UglyNature (Sunday) – From Rochester this stompy electro act will blow your mind with this Sheffield debut. Known for using as much of the venue as humanly possible in performance, this punky out of control but in control show is impossible to truly describe and has to be experienced first hand.
The Way Of All Flesh (sunday) – Veterans of the Sheffield scene that have been absent many years now, finally return to the stage in their home town. Brilliant gothic rock with slight metal touches.
Come on join the NIGHT SHIFT..
Playing with Madmoizel on all dates:
Jan Doyle Band – DEF’s in house band in effect and the only UK band on the line up, the leading purveyors of INSURRECTIONARY NEO FUTURISM – where electronics, punk, goth and glam all meet in a stunning spectacular energetic live performance. Utterly indescribable and totally unmissable.
Other acts playing:
Sheffield (Royal Standard, £5 on the door) 6th March:
Flavolous – who played our Tramlines event last year has always impressed us with his almost indefinable mix of experimental dubstep glitch industrial rap. It sounds bizarre and it is but the delightful off kilter rhythms and break in such move the body in exciting and unusual ways. A wonderful innovator.
Leeds (Santiago Bar, £5 on the door) 7th March:
Leifert – Anyone who saw our Manchester show last year with Madmoizel or our two december dates (leeds/london) would have experienced the cool coldwave tribal synth that is Leifert. Again excitingly pushing the boundaries with unique compositions and huge style on stage. Everyone who has seen them has been hugely impressed so we’re delighted to have them with us again.
13X – Transgender musician, poet, artist and photographer. Creates loud noizes, glitchez, nonsense and beats. Sounds exciting? Of course it is! We were really impressed with their wonderful music at a gig in Leeds some time ago organised by Goth city and have been looking for an opportunity to have them back.
London (£5 advance £10 door):
Dame Area – If you like the idea of a Spanish Coil, Franco Battiato, Gary Numan, Throbbing Gristle, Joy Division, Suicide, Can or Grauzone with female vocals then you are utterly in luck as this is exactly what you’ll be getting. Yet again a powerful slightly disturbing female presence fronts this band with a slightly more punky tinge to their electronics.
Blackwaxsolution is our DJ for the night famed and in demand for skilled turntable work throughout London and not without significant online notability. Returning to his origins with a bit of post punk/goth/industrial/new wave/electronica dj work here. This is a DJ you won’t forget.
Show starts at 8pm and DJing continues to 3am.
Bristol (£7.00 advance £10 door):
Caffeine Kill – Heavy industrial machine rock, powerfully performed. Caffeine Kill have made a stir up and down the country with their oftne brutal sound. A mixture of Ministry, Skinny Puppy and Nine Inch Nails the sound is harsh but never forgets to include a sense of humanity and melody.
https://www.facebook.com/sombremoonband/ – Dark synthpop. Beautiful female vocals combine with intricately composed synthy sounds. Utterly danceable and absurdly catchy without being sugar sweet.
Minimal post-punk inspired stripped raw dance tracks and mechanized angst and paranoia. Joy Division, Birthday Party, DAF, Chrome, TG, Wall of Voodoo, Clock DVA with a dash of Front 242…
She Made Me Do It are a London two-piece New Wave Electronica style band made up of Shaheena Dax (Rachel Stamp) on Vocals and Keyboards with Will Crewdson (Rachel Stamp/Scant Regard/Adam Ant/Bow Wow Wow/Flesh For Lulu/Johnette Napolitano/The Selecter) on Guitars and Keyboards
Insurrectionary Neo Futurists weaving their flamboyant and spectacular way through goth, industrial, punk, post punk and synthpop with stunning live performances that are never the same twice.
Dead Blood Cells were formed in very early 2017 in Medway, bringing together a number of influences including Darkwave, Electro-Industrial and more of those tricky Post-Punk genres. Through the first year they had a number of well received outings, and after some line up changes, are refining their sound with a new set. It is a marriage of hauntingly sweet dark vocals with industrial noise and post-punk/Goth guitar
NOTE: Your paypal payment confirmation is your ‘ticket’, there’s no need to print anything. All names of purchasers are added to a list and will be on the door.
Sheffield show is now £7 on the door. Advance sales over.
Defsynth (DEFSYNTH.COM) & AnalogueTrash (analoguetrash.com) finally come together bringing you a night of exciting live alternative electronic music. Starring the wonderful talents of (And this doesn’t necessarily represent the band running order on the night)
Imagine Giorgio Moroder and David Gilmour battling the Radiophonic Workshop across the streets of Neo Tokyo on Saturday Morning TV, this is the sound of ded.pixel. Blurring the lines between experimental and contemporary electronics and combined with a pulsing backbone of raw echoing guitars.
DP have gone from strength to strength in the last couple of years with amazing support slots for the likes of Covenant and many brilliant festival appearances.
DEF NEON are a band who fuse elements of indie-rock, electro, synthpop and bass music to create a sound that has been described by critics as energetic, intense and unique. The resulting sound has proved popular with live event organisers and club promoters alike, leading to support slots with 65daysofstatic, Death in Vegas, The Orb, Pop Will Eat Itself , The Algorithm and Sonic Boom Six.
They completely explode every event they play with audiences frequently clammering for more.
Self described as “Wonky DIY synth/guitar noisepop made by Sarah, Chris and Ange.” Duck are a decidedly delightful entity combining an almost L7 like sound with elements of a mid 80s punky sensibility.
Using often home made and modified equipment they excite and delight in noise whilst not forgetting about having damn good songs.
The champions of their own INSURRECTIONARY NEO FUTURIST movement, JDB fuse many genres of from industrial through synthpop, punk and goth. An androgynously flamboyant and spectacular engaging stage presence that is unique among the live scene today.
With ever changing set lists you can be guaranteed of something of a surprise every time from this ever unpredictable duo.
Manchester-based Industrial/Anti-Pop/Noise four-piece suggest late poet Dorothy Parker could have been seeing into the future and thinking of them when she wrote:
“Razors pain you, rivers are damp, acids stain you and drugs cause cramp. Guns aren’t lawful, nooses give, gas smells awful – you might as well live.”
They are known for commanding and somewhat anarchic live punky influenced performances. Or perhaps it’s best summed up with the following:
Following these acts we will have a fabulous DJ night from Anointed
Making a huge impact in the Manchester club scene with two fabulous packed events already. They represent an alt.queer celebration, playing a deliciously dark selection of leftfield pop, indie, alternative and electronic music designed for dancing. It’s a fusing of many different styles with no boundaries. Because good music shouldn’t be kept apart.
Blaqk Audio, Alice Glass, The Birthday Massacre, Goldfrapp, ionnalee, Ladytron, The Knife, Depeche Mode, Bauhaus, Fever Ray, Electric Youth, iamamiwhoami, New Order, IAMX, Mr Kitty, Light Asylum, Röyksopp, Duran Duran, Peaches, Kite, Grimes, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Pet Shop Boys, Client, Purity Ring, Henric de la Cour, TR/ST, M83, Prayers, Death of Lovers, Night Club, The Horrors, Lana Del Rey, Ashbury Heights, HEALTH, Kauf, Empathy Test, Ghost, Garbage, She Past Away, Aesthetic Perfection, Susanne Sundfør, Trentemøller, Selofan, Grace Jones, William Control, Gary Numan, Air, Adam Lambert, Lebanon Hanover, The Black Queen, Covenant, Pictureplane, Assemblage 23, Austra, Fischerspooner, David Bowie, Cold Cave, Rammstein, Marilyn Manson, Chromatics, Pastel Ghost, She Wants Revenge, Eurythmics, The Cure, Torul, The Sisters of Mercy, Desperate Journalist, Drab Majesty, Placebo, VNV Nation, Zola Jesus, Vivien Glass, Angelspit, Boy Harsher
Advance ticket for The Beehive, Bow, London 9th of June! Event doors 8pm, first act 8.15pm
DOLLS was born in mid-2009 as the more offensive byproduct of a commercial pop career gone AWOL. Drawing her influence from Joy Division, Madonna and Depeche Mode, DOLLS juxtaposes apocalyptic pop vocals with gritty lyricism, creating a uniquely dark synthpop signature.
DOLLS’ inimitable style has enchanted international artists of all descriptions (Salman Rushdie is a fan and Rough Trade‘s Carole Pope described SECRET SULK as “The Best Album Ever”) and she is, as ever, terribly sought after but difficult to pin down.
Autorotation choreograph a lush electronic choral sensibility with progressive and percussive beats, disorientating washes of pedal-tones and natural warm acoustics, and all somehow within the confines of one ‘song’. There are no boundaries.
Their recent drum and bass cover of Lamb’s classic track Gabriel has been making a huge impression on the internet radio shows. It’s a song that fits perfectly within the sound of the exciting and engaging act.
243 Ida – Regular listeners to our radio show on DEFSYNTH.COM will know perfectly well how this band have utterly captured our hearts recently. This manchester based duo their London debut for us which marks possibly their furthest venture from manchester to date so it is indeed a very rare opportunity to see them. We promise you captivating songs and a spellbinding performance.
This is an act that is going places, you mark our words. Be there and know you saw them in such an intimate setting.
SAMUEL – Relatively new to the electronic scene this RnB influenced electronica artist made quite an impression on us when we saw him perform at an electronic music open mic night. A brilliant stage presence combined with beautiful songwriting and tender vocals.
While often expressive and subtle, Sam never forgets that music should be presented and performed. Often described as Depeche Mode meets Justin Timberlake this is a brilliant new artist that we think will be going places very soon.