A Closeted Goth Girl Trying to Make it in the Professional World

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Terminus 2014 Day 3

Last summer's Terminus Festival did not end on a great note for me. Overall, the day was a bit of a disappointment for various reasons. Firstly, I had been feeling somewhat unwell the entire weekend which makes it rather difficult to wear uncomfortable clothing and shoes in a hot bar for 3 days in a row. Secondly, I am an idiot and did not try on my outfit for the evening before I wore it. I had ordered a really neat layered skirt from Artifice Clothing but unfortunately I misjudged the length of it from looking at the pictures. I felt rather uncomfortable in it as I don't feel that shorter length skirts are very flattering on me, especially when I was wearing something quite revealing on top. The proportions just did not work on me, I needed a shrug or a pencil skirt or something!! Thirdly, the band that I had been SO excited to see was unexpectedly one of the worst live shows I have ever seen!

FACE: MAC Prep and Prime, MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation in NC15, MAC Select Sheer Pressed Powder in NC15.
BROWS: Geisha Ink Eyeliner.
CHEEKS: MAC Coygirl blush.
LIPS: MAC Instigator.
EYES: Base: UDPP and MAC Paint Pot in Soft Ochre.
Shadows: Elemental Chaos, Diamond Eyes, and Soot and Stars from the Sugarpill Cold Chemistry Palette, Sephora Starry Skies No7, Essence Alice Had a Vision Again.
Liners: Kat Von D Autograph Eyeliner in Piaf, Geisha Ink, and UD Perversion.
False Lashes: Sugarpill Dewdrop Kisses.

THE EQUIPMENT


THE LOOK


THE OUTFIT OF FAILED FABRIC-TO-EXPOSED-SKIN-RATIO


Hair Flower: Made by my friend.
Hair Extensions: IKickShins and gift from friend.
Necklace: Bunny Paige
Corset: Sweet Carousel Corsetry
Skirt: Artifice Clothing
Tights: Ebay
Boots: Demonia

I started out the evening by attending the performance of the opening band Cygnets who are local to where I live. As they always do, they put on a very classy and well-performed show. They sound rather like Joy Division. I had worn my "day clothing" to this show as it was quite early in the evening.

Architect
After going back to the hotel to lay down for awhile and dress myself up, I came back to see performances by Architect and Author and Punisher. I found Author and Punisher to be quite interesting; it is a one-man band that features home-made instruments. COOL.

Author and Punisher
The band that I had been REALLY excited to see was the festival's headlining band: COVENANT. They have been a favourite of mine for YEARS and I had never seen them live before and I didn't think I ever would. 

Covenant
Unfortunately, the show turned out to be one of the worst live performances I have ever seen. I was shocked by how bad it was. Covenant has been a big name in the scene since the 80's and the quality of their albums has always been exceptional so I was expecting to be wowed by them. 
The only original member of the band that remains is the frontman, Eskil Simonsson. There are two other gentlemen who make up the live band these days, and I would just like to say that they were both very professional and did the best they could to make it a great show. The lead singer, on the other hand, was a complete mess. It appeared that he had become very drunk before the performance (I am not simply speculating here, the festival takes place in a relatively small venue and the band members are often out and about amongst the festival-goers so you can see what they are up to). He forgot many of the words to various songs, including one of their best known hits "Call the Ships to Port". He basically didn't get a single word of that one out at all. He kept standing on a crate to move the lighting apparatus around and yelling at the lighting and sound people. He didn't look like he was going to be able to stay on his feet until the end of the show, it was really something. Many members of the crowd had looks on their faces that said, "WTF, really!?" Another minor complaint was the weird choice of songs for their setlist (other people who are fans of the band agreed that their choice of songs to play live was very odd). I was quite surprised to see such a poor live show as I have always read that their live shows are amazing.

TO BE FAIR, I suppose we are all human and we are not always at our best. It could have just been a really bad day for him, he could have been ill, etc. but it did not seem that way to me.


Usually, I don't like to post negative things like this on a place where they can be read by the public. However, in this case, I feel that this behaviour was extremely disrespectful to the organizers of the festival, the other bands that played, and the fans who came out to support them. In Canada, we do not have as much of a goth/industrial music festival scene as places like Europe so it is a big deal for us to be able to attend festivals in our own country.  The people who have been organizing this festival do a LOT of work to bring us bands from many different countries. Since Covenant were the HEADLINERS for the festival, I feel that they should be an example to the other bands who were opening of how to put on a good show. As far as I know, if you are one of the headlining bands of a festival, you are getting paid more than the newer, opening bands who are there to get their names out.  If the bands who traveled all the way to our festival to play to smaller audiences in early time slots could put on professional, energetic shows, then I would expect the same from the HEADLINER of the WHOLE festival.  Also, many of the fans who came to the festival traveled from far away and took days off work and had to pay for hotels, etc. so it seems that the least a band could do is be professional and do their job. 

On a more positive note, I am sorry that I was not able to attend Terminus this year because the organizers and the bands are always awesome and they had a great lineup this year! I hope to attend it again in the future!

What is the worst live concert that you have ever been to?

5 comments:

  1. I have had great concerts of Covenant, so that really must have been a bad day! Although you did not feel well in the outfit, you looked amazing. <3

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  2. You look AAAAMAZING! and I CAN'T BELIEVE that the guy botched "call the ships to port." I know every word and I've only listened to it on the dance floor. Because every goth night MUST play that song. always. The only similar WTF moment I had was when I saw Fear Factory (who were great) and Mastodon opened for them. Instead of a mosh pit or whatever, everyone had this bored pained look like they were waiting for someone at the mall or something. I also saw Amon Tobin (who I was REALLY excited to see) and his live act was just him pushing buttons. This was before he got "the blinky lighty thing." Oh, and, I also saw Creed.

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  3. This is too bad. I am in Canada too, so I know what you mean about not seeing a lot of goth/industrial bands. Great outfit though!

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  4. Oh man, I think you look amazing, though! But I know what you mean about the whole coverage/revealing ratio. But still - amazing. And I love that lip color on you.

    I'm not much of a concert girl - I don't love crowds and I kind of like chilling at home, listening to music that I love, but I have been to a few live shows and I wouldn't mind going to see an artist I really liked again. Even if people aren't great live performers, though, you'd hope they wouldn't be unprofessional and sloppy all over the place. I'd be upset, too.

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