For those of you who like Dark Ambient/Neofolk/obscure electronica and similar, I would like to recommend the rather splendid Aural Apocalypse podcast (in case you don't already know it, as missmerrick regularly posts to darkambient and similar comms). They are around 2 hours long and you can either stream or download them. The only downside is that the playiists are on a different server and don't come with the podcast.
Everything worked this morning, no traffic in Cambridge, no troubles with trains or tube, got to Dragonmeet, skipped the queue and wandered around a bit, saying Hi to a few people.
- wandered around taking photos
- played a demo of Esoterrorists run by gbsteve. A bit short maybe and various rules/roll options were covered. Gumshoe looks like a very quick and deadly system, very much on my wavelength. Sadly, the very short scenario didn't feature the much advertised system for finding clues (we entered the scenario at the end).
- killed half an hour by wandering around, taking photos and chatting to people and then
- played corone's Victoriana 2nd ed game, which was a full adventure, not just a demo. I like the setting (Victorian steampunk with magic and alternative races) and the system is interesting and quick, too despite using a lot of D6.
- unfortunately, I didn't get to play a Cold City demo and missed entering the short one of Covenant: A story game of failing conspiracies gbsteve and pwca were playing so I just mooched around a bit chatting to people
- had to leave before the auction because the Neofolk gig had been advertised with a door time of 6:30 ...
- So in essence, I didn't get as much gaming in as I wanted but it was good to see people and the big game I did play was good fun.
Got to the Water Rats at 6:45 to find a queue. Doors finally opened almost half an hour later. Had I known this, I could have stayed for the auction. Grrr.
After finally getting into the back room, I very briefly chatted to sublevel3 and his girlfriend and then had a look up front. Found what I thought was a good spot at front right of the stage. There wasn't a lot of light but it looked like it would be OK because there was at least plenty of light (if not that strong) from the front.
jonny_eol then randomly found me and it didn't take long before the gig started.
Andrew King was first and delivered some fantastic stuff with his band (keyboards/twiddly knobs, drums/percussion, percussion/keyboard). The best thing for me was the contrast between his traditional, clear folk voice and the minimalistic, percussive, almost tribal instrumentation with backing synthdrones and samples.
Rose Rovine e Amanti, an Italian band, were next in the lineup. A bigger band and more folky and accessible in their music and also really good.
A longer break this time until all the stage had been cleard for Sol Invictus. A full band this time (obviously Tony Wakeford on voc and g, bass, violin, laptop/bodhran and Andrew King on percussion and background vocals) and they played really well. The only thing that annoyed me was that Tony was standing quite far back (further back than the violinist) which meant I couldn't get many good clear shots of him from my position (obviously, there was no pit so I couldn't move).
Stupid train schedules meant I had to leave before the end but I got a good hour in and it was well worth it.
I think I'm sufficiently tired now to go to bed. Mad prepping/tidying tomorrow, photos sometime during the week. Good night.
Sol Invictus are playing the Water Rats theatre on the 2nd of December.
Considering how rare his live appearances are, this is a chance not to be missed, especially as I'll be in London for Dragonmeet that day anyway, and it'll be dead easy to get back to King's Cross for the last train home.
The supports (Andrew King and Rose Rovin e Amanti) sound interesting, too.
So, of you fancy yourself some fine neofolk, go to the Coldspring Website and order a ticket. I managed to not buy (m)any CDs on top of that. *grump*
Not only some good live music but sublevel3 will be DJing, too. Yay! Should be a good night.
(Thanks to surje for the heads up, I probably would have ignored the Coldspring newsletter as it's a bit dangerous for my bank balance atm)