30 March 2014

Stockholm - Concert and party!

Continuing where I left off last Stockholm post, this is a post about The Wings Of Desire´s concert at Bat Night.

Now, before I go with my opinions, I would like to thank Patrik the organizer dearly for conducting such a splendid event. It was actually the first time when the day of the concert didn´t feel stressful and chaotic, when everything went according to plan (and schedule!!!) and went smoothly well.

As to Stockholm´s alternative realms, there was a bit of surprise on our side. Either it was our routine of extreme partying in Berlin or high expectations from the rich Scandinavian town, but the night life in Stockholm sort of...well, different.

Firstly, the alternative scene in Stockholm was much smaller than we expected, however the goth scene in particular is very minor no matter where you live. The bitter part of this is that the number of clubs and venues offering themselves for goth events is so small, that the organizers have to deal with places that are not so warm welcoming, even if it means that the organizer pays for the rent of the venue.
That is why the bar in which Bat Night was held had a weird feeling to it, and they´ve made a good job kicking us out at exactly 01:00 at night.

Oh, I forgot to mention 01:00 o´clock, when ALL Stockholms bars close with almost no exception. In comparison to Berlin this is... incomparable, really.

Either that or perhaps my personal expectations were too high. Stockholm is a wonderful and interesting city, and the goth people at the party were very nice and friendly (yet shy at first, which was very new to me). It is just not a party city, and this in my opinion the most important lesson I´ve made from our journey: that not all cities are thriving with night life (lol so ironic since I grew up in a city exactly like that).
Actually, I kind of wished to have more time to explore the museums in the city to drown in the history of it. Goth parties is something that the city is unfamiliar with, speaking for the organizer of a goth party, it might be a pain in the neck to arrange something entirely on your own.
So I would definitely thank Patrik for doing what he does and trying to give all he can! Taking things into your own hands in a not so welcoming place is a very brave thing to do, and we were so happy with Boris to visit such a place and witness another group of people who DIY all the way :)

The concerts were great nonetheless. The Litsos, who opened the night played some fun post punk that I really enjoyed listening to live! I´ve missed live guitar music so much, since Berlin is a pot of synth music. Here are some photos:




and a video I took from one of the songs!

Boris had a good performance as well. I was excited to perform my first ever dance in front of the public! A few people came and told me later on that they´ve really liked it, which I couldn´t even believe hearing because I´ve never danced in my life, and always criticize myself on everything I do (to get better results, not to make myself feel bad).




More pictures on my Facebook page.

A nice person took a video of my dance performance, here it is! I hope to hear your opinion about it!

The Wings Of Desire / Kingdom

Eventually, we had a great time dancing and chatting with some very nice people. I was so happy to meet other alternative people personally, to learn about the culture in Sweden and just see a crowd of a bunch of goths having fun :)
I am very happy we went to Stockholm, it was quite the trip accomplished in 3 days and a great gig, and thank you again for the lovely Patrik for organizing it, including his sweet girlfriend Emilia and Velvet and Crow for taking some glam shots :D


N. Finsternis

14 comments:

  1. The performance looks awesome, you've got great moves :D Hope to see you someday.

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    1. Thank you very much! One day indeed!

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  2. Interesting! I heard about Bat Night just recently. Until this, I have vacuumcleaned the internet for some information about the goth scene in Sweden, but not a dust. The scene sucks!!! and I feel very lonely. Maybe I can convince my boyfriend to travel to Stockholm for a Bat night later on.

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    1. I am so glad to bring some good news! Bat Night should be having Adora BatBrat over in Autumn, and she will visit the party at the end on April. They are also having a Nachtmahr concert :)

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    2. Yeah, I wish I could go that time but can't :/.
      I forgot to say that you're a great dancer.

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  3. you guys look fabulous! and those were some awesome dance moves! I can't imagine ending the night at 1am...in nyc, thats when the party starts!

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    1. Thank you so much!! :3
      Same here with Berlin, it was quite unexpected hehe.

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  4. No worries, your dance is really nice, thanks for report - it's great you enjoyed the trip and concert... and according to your words it seems that in Sweden is smaller scene than here in Czech rep., interesting...

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    1. If you say so, than it might well be. I´ve heard that there is some goth stuff going on at Prague, hope to visit there one day!

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    2. Yes we have functional scene, but almost everything is concentrated in big cities (like Prague or Brno) but fortunately we have an excellent and daily updated website Sanctuary (http://www.sanctuary.cz/ - you can switch to EN, DE, PL language) and live radio show at Radio Wave which is on air every Thursday evening 22:00 - 00:00 (here are older issues: http://hledani.rozhlas.cz/iRadio/?stanice%5B%5D=%C4%8CRo+Radio+Wave&porad%5B%5D=Sc%C3%A9na+s+Pavlem+Zelinkou+a+Tom%C3%A1%C5%A1em+Hoyerem&zobrazNevysilane=1), so we never feel alone. :) In any case let me know if you'll come over here. ;)

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    3. cool! thanks for the info! I am so happy to know that you´re scene is functional, makes me glad that goth lives in countries where I least expected ;) will definitely check out the links, and if I will go to Prague I will definitely share some into here!

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  5. Sounds like you had a very interesting trip to Stockholm! I would very much like to travel there someday.

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    1. Sure did and I would recommend it :)

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