You Wait Six Months, Then Two Come Along At Once!
Yes, a second Solstice celebration in store this weekend.
Hot on the heels of last weekend's Sonic Rock Solstice, comes The Steampunk version. As was explained a couple of weeks back, the fact it does not fall upon the actual date, is nothing that cannot be accomodated with a little temporal tinkering.
The second edition has been both waterproofed and expanded.
Last year, whilst being a fabulous testimony to the spirit of Steampunk, it is an experience best not repeated. The Rockface behind The Lime Kiln in Wirksworth, is a truely dramatic setting, however it was perhaps fitting' that the stage bore a passing resemblance to Noah's Ark. A wetter day could not have been had.Good turn out though, under the circumstances and a rocking time.
Mark II moves to what is certain to become Steampunk's spiritual home, in the delightfully Vicorian resort village, of Matlock Bath.
Centred on The Grand Pavilion, a building to which futue renovations, the post event profits will be donated. A dry show is gauranteed.
This year it becomes a three day event, with an expanded market opening at 4pm on Friday June 28th.
Daytime market and events are free admission and the evening programme, £10 per day or £20 for the duration. Which represents marvellous value, considering One Direction are on sale for £149 plus booking fee!! The mind doth boggle.
What a programme it promises to be, with the top names in Steampunk, mixing it up with a wide array of other talent!
First up at 7pm on Friday is Sarah Knight and The Blue Stones, rock/blues from Nottingham, described as Hendrix meets Goldfrapp, Bonaamassa meets Portishead!
Followed by Lord Montague Jaques' Steampunk Funk Bizarre slot at 8pm. Lord Monty will also be the MC for the weekend.
The theatrical Gladstone make their first appearance on The Pav stage at 8.30, having played The Fishpond at last October's event.
BB round the night off from 9.30
Saturday the market opens at 11am and DH Lawrence and The Vaudeville Skiffle Show, who went down really well at last year's Solstice along with Jezebel Steele Burlesque will perform during the day.
At 6pm the ever popular and entertaining Whiskey Bob Shaker hits the main stage.
Another survivor of last year's Solstice/Soggyfest, Birmingham's Crimson Clocks will be regailing us with their beguiling violin and oboe infused Steampunk style at 7pm.
8pm see's the tempo change up, with the "dirty blues, hard rock, heavy soul", of the Black Vines, making their "Pav" debut.
9 o' clock and the pace quickens again, with the entry of Black Country Steampunk exponents Birthrite.
Saturday is concluded with the dystopian vision created by Steampunk inspired Prog/Nu Wave Metropolis.
Market from eleven again on Sunday.Live music from five, with "Steampunk Dale" on one of his solo slots.
Satan's Mineons, a female vocal, hard rock band from Nottingham, who unusually have two albums out, both vinyl only, are on at six.
Glow People, blues/psychedelic/avant ambiant, purveyors, who like BB performed at Sonic Rock last weekend are next up at 7pm.
The event ends respectfully early for Sunday, with Satnam's Tash on stage at eight, a band who to be fair, probably define the phrase, hard to define.
Not sure how many musical directions are going to be explored during the weekend. It's a hell of a lot more than One though!
Advance tickets and more details at https://www.facebook.com/update_security_info.php?wizard=1#!/events/210485509093484/