Finally, it is here, the greatest alternative music festival will arrive in Colombia. Born at the dawn of the nineties and alternative music, Lollapalooza was created at first as a farewell tour for Jane’s Addiction with acts ranging from post-punk to industrial metal. Eventually, the festival earned a life of its own beyond its origin, becoming a force of nature. Conceived as a North American festival, Lollapalooza has reached out other destinations in South America and Europe, proving that despite originating in the nineties, its relevance reverberates to this day.
British meat grinders Napalm Death are often cited as a political act but also frequently regarded as one of the most, if not the most, prominent grindcore acts ever. Napalm Death will perform live at Festival Rock al Parque at Parque Símon Bolivar, in Colombia, during the twenty-second edition of the festival.
Nearly forty years ago, John Doe’s infamous band X rocked the Los Angeles punk scene during a period that defined a pop-culture era. While London and New York saw the rise of rock stars from their respective scenes, Los Angeles movers and shakers remained largely in the shadows until now, on account of John Doe’s new book, ‘Under the Big Black Sun: A Personal History of L.A. Punk.’ Filled with the personal rich histories from participants of the Los Angeles punk movement, this comprehensive guide to the scene shares Los Angeles history with the world.
Books focusing on the whole concept known as the Gothic subculture are much more than a rarity, especially if you want to hear the story from someone who stems from within the subculture rather than from a witty historian who decided to channel his inner-Goth. After the huge success of her first book, ‘Worldwide Gothic,’ Natasha Scharf returns with her freshest and mesmerising piece of artwork, ‘The Art of Gothic.’
Horror fans seldom greet the news of yet another Hollywood remake with much enthusiasm. It usually involves a well-loved classic being cynically resurrected as a cash-in. However, if the team behind the revival are sufficiently interesting, or the film in question adequately iconic, then it is possible to make exceptions. Also, there are few horror movies more iconic than the silent German vampire classic Nosferatu. Released back in 1922, and directed by Frederich Murnau, Nosferatu remains a tombstone landmark in the history of Gothic art, more significant than a mere movie.
This year seems to be the one in which Colombia gets blessed with mega concerts. In this case, Aerosmith, responsible for many personal anthems, will go on tour this year. The latest tour will have a South American leg, and guess which country is on the list… Colombia, isn’t that crazy? Putting jokes aside, Aerosmith has been a benchmark band for many people, and out of every country in the world, South America has been marked by this band, either for their classics or more recent work. Aerosmith will play in Bogotá, Colombia the 29th of September.
Twenty-four years ago, two Gothic personalities from Leipzig, Germany, had an unusual idea: They did not wanted to create yet another dark music festival but rather a supra-regional gathering of like-minded fellows for an informal meeting, chatting and celebrating. When the 1st Wave Gotik Treffen took place in 1992 at the edge of Leipzig with about 2,000 visitors and just a handful of musical acts, it is unlikely that anyone imagined that within a few years the Wave Gotik Treffen would become the largest meeting of Gothic people in the world, taking possession of a whole city every year at Whitsun.
Wave Gotik Treffen takes place over the Whitsun (or Pfingsten) weekend in Leipzig, Germany. It could be said that Wave Gotik Treffen is the biggest and greatest gothic festival anywhere in the World (it certainly trumps any other festival that I have attended).