After a personally eventful 2017 with band activities significantly reduced, we resolved this year to change that and get back out playing. After a bit of bad luck with some events being cancelled, we only ended up playing three shows last year, two of which were for our friends at Goth City Promotions. 2018 is already telling quite a different story.
On Saturday 24th February, we played our debut in York at The Fulford Arms supporting Leeds punk legends The Expelaires. Opening proceedings was York/Leeds band Void Ship Captains, who play a very atmospheric and enjoyable mix of post-rock, shoegaze and goth. Pretty original stuff. We are very much looking forward to playing with both bands again. We had a fantastic time at the Fulford, massive thanks to Chris Sherrington for putting us on. We’re really looking forward to coming back sometime.
Our spring/summer programme of gigs kicks on on Saturday 24th March with a welcome return to The Exchange in Keighley. Haworth steampunk/folky-goth band Black Horse Fairy kindly invited us to help celebrate their album launch. Last time we played in Keighley, we played with them and hit it off rather well. They are lovely people who create some fantastic music. Opening this one are our stable mates Echofire who have a great contemporary rock sound. They are very close friends of ours and it’s lovely to be sharing a bill with them.
On Friday 30th March (Good Friday), we’re at Trash in Bradford as part of an all weekend extravaganza called “Easterfest”. It’s our first time at Trash and it looks like we’re on early doors for this one (stage times TBA) but there are some great bands on all weekend from many different genres.
On Friday 13th April, we’re back at our spiritual home of The Black Swan, Bradford for the first time since October 2016. The pub has seen a few changes in the intervening time, with it even closing down for a time but we’re pleased to see it back open again and its legacy continue. Special guests for this one will be our good buddies Shane Pain and his eponymous band who have been making waves in the area over the last few months.
Saturday 5th May sees us return to Bradford’s legendary 1in12 Club, playing as part of what’s set to be a legendary bill as Carpe Noctum returns back to the city for a homecoming special to help celebrate the club’s 30th anniversary. Carpe Noctum began at the 1in12 club some 19 years ago and has since grown from strength to strength, becoming the north’s premier goth and dark alternative night. It’s a five band bill with us
playing alongside 1919, The (Danse) Society, The Expelaires and The Lost Souls as well as the notorious club night until the wee small hours. I am getting excited about this one, just typing this out!
June is our busiest and most varied month. On Saturday 9th June, we’re off across the Pennines to The Station pub in Ashton Under Lyne to play for my good buddy Fungalpunk. Fungal has been a stalwart of the punk rock scene for many years, taking pride in going against the grain, supporting relatively unknown bands up and down the country. He has supported everything I have done for years and it’s great to be reunited with him with Dawn of Elysium. Although we’re not exactly punk, we have gone down well as part of more punk line-ups in the past. The night is called “Indecent Exposure” and we shall be tailoring our set accordingly. I have a feeling it is going to be a chaotic and very fun night. Come along if you’re in the area. Also on the bill are The Strays, Sonic Rednecks and Fear Insight.
Saturday 16th June and we’re back in our home town of Bradford again. We’re playing as part of a very exciting 4 band bill at The Underground. The night is part of a UK tour by Inertia, who are celebrating their 25th anniversary. Also on the bill is US act Android Lust who is over for her first shows in the UK and London dark electronic band Global Citizen.
We’d like to extend a huge thank you to all of the bands and promoters we’ve been working with so far to bring this together and as always, we’re open to offers and suggestions of further gigs. Feel free to get in touch.
Details of all upcoming and past shows can be found on our Gigs page, so please keep checking back for changes.