VNV Nation + Guests, Hannover

Yesterday night I went to the VNV Nation concert at the Capitol in Hannover. As special guests Rotersand and Frozen Plasma were expected. The Capitol is an old cinema which has been converted into a place for live concerts and  parties. There is still a balcony, which can be used as well and the floor is made from wood, which is very comfortable for your feet. I really like the flair of the location.

Because the A37 it closed completely from the cross A37/A2 my navigational system and I got into some heavy dispute about which route to take, so I ended up driving around the city of Hannover for close to 45 minutes. It took me quite some time to figure out how to stop the fucking little piece of annoying hardware from trying to get me back on the closed road. (They seem to be renovating a bridge…) So I missed the first act of the evening and arrived when Rotersand were already half through their set list. Still they were really nice, the atmosphere was great – it was a great party and I even knew some songs! Their show was full of energy and the had a DJ on stage so most songs came with a new sound for me.

Next were VNV Nation. What could you say? Maybe just use Ronan’s own words: “Das ist einfach wunderbar!” After the first song the crowd was cheering for some minutes and you could see that the musicians on stage were taken by surprise completely. From the first few chords to the last unanswered calls for an enchore (unfortunately everybody wants to call it a day at some point) the concert was one great party. People were dancing and singing along during the songs and frenetically cheered for the band on stage and singing a melody line from the song “Perpetual”  (du-du-duu-dudududu) –  so when they ended their concert with this song the crowd was going crazy.

Seeing the expression on the musicians faces and the sparkling in their eyes during the show, I am quite sure, they enjoyed it as much as the audience.

A little annoying was one person, who seemed to take a video of the whole concert, which in turn made Ronan quite angry. Twice he demanded that guy to stop – maybe he did, maybe he didn’t – I don’t know. The guy was on the balcony.

After the concert, I went to the aftershow party at Dark Star club. The party was really nice. And the DJ was really good. He played EBM – electronic sounds whatever stuff and had a really nice playlist. The club itself is rather strange – I don’t know if I like it, yet. On the one hand it is decorated like a spaceship, with alien figures and metal and mirrors and the like and on the other hand it just looks like a plain entrance hall of a former business building which has been converted into a dance club. Strange combination and a very small club, too.

After the concert I noticed that there was not one single piece of Frozen Plasma merchandise but Solar Fake instead… Please don’t tell me I missed Solar Fake. Please.

I would really very much like to know how Ronan and the whole band would describe the Hannover show from their point of view. Really. VERY VERY MUCH. *curious* ^_^

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The new Saltatio Mortis album is out! *YAY!*

It plainly fucking rocks! For all those, who don’t want to or can’t buy it: go here and listen to there songs. And if you think they are really great (as I do), go here and tell them and buy their album! (Downloading is a stealing! *hrmph* )

My current favs are: Ebenbild and Salome. For Ebenbild there is an official video on youtube.

WGT Day5 09-06-01

*My appologies I am behind on posts again…*

So this would be the last day of this great festival. I really was a little sad, but also rather exhausted. My feet were hurting, even if I did not stand or walk – so finally it was time, the festival ended. For this day planning was easy: All bands at the AGRA would be playing more or less medieval music with some quite big names to it – so we would be there as we both love this kind of music. The weather wasn’t too nice, so it was easy for us to go inside early and not leave again until late at night.

The first band to play were The Moon and The Nightspirit, a band from Hungary. The feature a violine along with the usual set of guitars and drums and the violin player (she) and the guitaris (he) share in singing. The music is really nice and comfortable, despite she seems to be singing lots of  “lalala” stuff instead of actual lyrics and he growling a lot (a combination which I do not always like), but the sound pleasant anyway. Maybe the female singer actually had text to sing, but I didn’t get it because I do not speak  Magyar. Their songs are based on Magyar legends and the band dresses up accordingly. The violinist -for example – looked like some elf or druid wearing a floor-long hooded dress made from green velvet, the men’s clothing looking more like clan warriors. Their performance was really nice, but nothing I would buy on CD, but if I saw them at a festival, I wouldn’t want to miss them. Continue reading

WGT Day4 09-05-31

Fourth day of the WGT and of our wonderful almost-all-inclusive vacation in Leipzig. We were invited for lunch and as we were out on events for most of the day Mrs Nice let us decide the time! She’s a really great cook. Lunch was delicious!

Afterwards we went to the Agra again as we had much more time than the last day. We visited the different stalls and looked for clothes or other items we liked. And Mr Nicolaus persuaded me to try on some of the corsetts offered. I didn’t want to because I knew, I could never affort one. I did try some – anyway.

I found the first corset I liked at Heresey’s(beware – it’s pink!). It was not for figure forming but metal-boned and made from a beautiful red fabric with Asian pattern. (Unfortunately, I cannot link to the corset directly, but if you visit their/her webpage look under shaped top and you can find a blue version of the corset I tried.) First problem: Continue reading

WGT Day3 09-05-30

Once again we started our day with going shopping in Leipzig’s inner city. The evening before we had cornered Nice jr. and forced him to tell us what kind of sweets his mother liked. And tadaaaaaa: equipped with the information we found the perfect present in no time. We went home, so we wouldn’t have to carry it all day. Coincidentilly, we met her and gave her our little thank you present – which she didn’t want to accept at first, put we pressed hard enough 😀

As the day was rather rainy, we decided to spend as much time as possible inside and didn’t go to the Mono Inc. and Eisbrecher concerts at Parkbühne. So our first stop was the AGRA fair. Lots of clothing, toys (for grown-ups^^), music labels and stuff. We scanned rather quickly through the stalls and still managed to find some very interesting things, which prompted us to plan another visit. I found some tops I really liked, but unfortunately those were latest collection and far to expensive for me. Mr Nicolaus found a beautiful long skirt. He’s soooo sexy when he wears it – I don’t need to tell, I love men in skirts, do I? – Well in case: it makes me go *rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr*. I also decided, that I could look for a Continue reading

WGT Day2 09-05-29

We started our day with very tasty marmelade (raspberry and strawberry), which was homemade by Ms Nice. Then we went shopping again. I was considering buying some top, but unfortunately it was sold out in my size.

Afterwards we went to the Heathen Village, a more or less medieval market which is part of the WGT. In 2005 there were only very few traders, who did mot specialise in goods for the medieval or LARP fans. This year it was quite different. On the one hand, the market lost quite a lot of its charm with market stands selling just the typical gothic clothing or dragon statues for decorating one’s home. I like “pure” medieval markets better, with traders selling only medieval style clothing and the like. These traders often play there role quite perfectly in using older German forms of addressing people and use funny words, they made up for contemporary things, eg. calling pocket lighters “pocket dragons”. It’s like a game and it adds much to the magic of medieval markets.  On the other hand, I found an optician who makes glasses frames himselves and offers oddly shaped glasses with those frames. In comparison to standard glasses frames, his are low priced. I didn’t ask, but I believe this will change, if the glasses are supposed to look like a bat’s wings, but I would be really happy to own glasses which fit better into my lifestyle by having little silver spiders on them ( or something like that). If you are interested: have a look! Anyway, I took my time and tried quite a lot of his models. Continue reading

WGT Day1 09-05-28

On Wednesday, May 27th, we drove to Leipzig to meet with a friend of Mr Nicaolaus. We were about to stay at his place for the next 6 nights – and we were really very grateful for that, so we didn’t have to sleep in a tent, had a shower we didn’t have to share and it would be very quite compared to the large WGT camping grounds. What we didn’t know then was: we would have the nicest person on earth caring for our wellbeing: his mother ( I will call her Ms Nice from here and him Nice jr. 😉 ) Ms Nice offered everything to us, which we should possibly need. Food? Just take it from the kitchen. Drinks? Whar do you like? I’ll tell Nice jr to get it from the cellar and put it up for you. Anything else? Just tell me.

On Wednesday we sat on their terrace, with a wonderful view of her garden, chatting about this and that and we were treated with snacks and drinks and were offered supper. We had to decline, as we had already eaten supper at my place. They gave us a room of our own and a key to their house, so we could come and go as we wished. Continue reading