Everyone should go somewhere unusual every now and again.
We're spoilt for choice, Goth club wise, in the Northern cities. But some events really stand out, and July 2006's "Midsummer Nightmare" in Sheffield was one of them.
First, the venue: While it may have been an abject failure as the ill-conceived "National Centre For Popular Music", as Sheffield Hallam University's club venue it's fantastic. The event space is upstairs, you emerge from the stairway into a central bar area, with the various actual club rooms, each occupying the top half of one of the big round "hubs", opening off it. For Batfink the larger club was the EBM room, while the opposite one played trad, rock and cheese (more on this later!), plus the sound system had been arranged to relay the trad room music into the main bar so you could lounge around listening to great music.
Then, of course, there was the music. Wow! I spent most of my time in the trad room, but even in the brief times I spent in the EBM area I still managed to hear three stone cold classic tracks, including the incomparable "Mitternacht". The trad room ranged all over the genre (and sometimes significantly beyond!), and while it did at times feel like we were being carried off on a bulk carrier laden with stilton and piloted by a drunken captain across a sea of liquid cheddar (remember folks, in Sheffield "Cheezus" really is the One True God), the resulting mix was one of the liveliest, most danceable, and just sheer enjoyable musical experiences I've had in recent times - and from the horde of Goths of all ages thronging the floor, I wasn't alone in loving every track.
Batfink's Midsummer Nightmare - definetly a contender for Event Of The Year 2006!
When's the next one?
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