You could say Holland has a nose for our scene, it suffices to browse this autumn’s events in Amsterdam’s Melkweg: Killing Joke, Tristania, Einstuerzende Neubauten, Apocalyptica are all going to play in Holland. But before that, nothing sounds better than celebrating the onset of autumn with some Summer Darkness. Self-entitled ‘Dark Underground Lifestyle Weekend‘, Utrecht‘s Summer Darkness event will be taking place between August 13-15 and promises you a mixture of music, gothic fashion, arts, market, gothic picnics, underground dancenights, and boattrips. Blasting Gothic, Wave, Electro, Industrial, EBM and Medieval music will entertain guests from across all Europe on three days packed with carefully selected acts of today’s scene that will perform in various locations: Tivoli Oudegracht, Tivoli De Helling, Dom Church, Dom Square, Museum Speelklok and Boat Trip Boarding.
Friday, August 13 is going to be packed with class events like the Bal du Masque: Moulin Rouge, Speak Easy feeling of the twenties, the Berlin of the forties, Cirque Bizarre and El Dia de los Muertos all-in-one. Music provided by Brendan Perry in the Dom Church at 21 hrs.
In the Dom Square, Kelten Zonder Grenzen (‘Celts without Borders’) and Staatseinde will get you easily from folk to new-wave, followed by performances by Krebbel, Orfeo and Spiritual Front. Add to this already fun-packed Friday the fashion show from Linda Friesen and the after-dark exploration Trajectum Lumen from the Boat Trip Boarding and you get the image!
Saturday, August 14 brings you a variety of acts, as well as some unprecedented events. In Tivoli Oudergracht you get the music of Sophya, The Beauty of Gemina, Faith and the Muse, but also much awaited performances from Clan of Xymox, Grendel, Leatherstrip, and And One. Can it get better?
In Tivoli Spiegelbar x-ambient fans get their kink: Allseits and Phelios are there for you! Add to that the Cyberia club night, where DJ -X-X-X-, DJ Spud and DJ Primi will take you to the dark side of underground.
In Tivoli de Helling, performances from Sam, Straftanz, Nachtmahr, Amduscia, Spiritual Front and Sophia will keep you awake until the absolute climax of the Summer Darkness, namely, the industrial night with DJ sets from DistortedChaos and Krat. Now, when you think it’s over, wait up: Geistform, Mono Amine and Imminent will have you wait up for the early dawn.
In Dom Square, since 12 hrs, your entertainment is guaranteed by Seventh Harmonic, Krebbel, Zwarte Poezie and Keltia, and you can witness the strong visuals of Attitude Holland fashion shows, as well as go along on the guided Gothic city walk.
And if you think this is not enough, then head for Pandhof for the Summer Darkness Photoshoot, with Sopor AEternus Cinema Obscure Viewing, and then for Museum Speelklok for more performances from Jannerwein, Peter Bjargo and Ianva.
Sunday, August 15 has as well an early start, with Tivoli Oudergracht taken up by Aesthetic Perfection since 13:30. Diorama, In Strict Confidence, Projekt Pitchfork, DAF will keep you busy during the day – until the Spinning Further Toward the End afterparty.
In Tivoli de Helling the more experimental side is at stake – with Seventh Harmonic, Allerseelen, Ianva, In Slaughter Natives, Genevieve Pasquier and Dive offering a diverse and intriguing soundtrack for your day. In Dom Square, fashion shows from MFashion and Ultra Violet are up and running, as well as shows from Kelten Zonder Grenzen, Orfeo, Krebbel and Keltia.
Dom Church will host a Duch poetry lecture – with Poule des Doods : poets guide lonely decesed with a poem, written especially for them, on their last journey, to the grave.