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- Best UK Site Alt Fashion Awards
'Visions of the Future' Article
London Edge Feb 2012
Evil Maternity Ideas
'Halloween' Fashion Article
London Edge 2011 -
Clothing - When Does Fetish Become Fashion?
Whitby Goth Weekend
Shopping with Kate's
Panic – Creature of the Night
Many Ways Can You Wear Steampunk?
Rock Boots back for good?
Style for Alternative and Gothic Clothing
the darker territory
Origins of Gothic and
it really that Evil? - By Jessica from Luton
love to party!
Bloodstock Outdoor 07
WAKE UP WHITBY - A WGW
OK Goths we
are fast approaching the first of the two
happening in 2013. This is definitely one of the biggest and best
opportunities this year… let’s not miss out on the
chance to go all out!
at KC HQ we
have been slaving away over boxes of clothing, living on black coffee
working all through the night to bring you our top outfit choices from
Whitby Dressing up box!
come up with a selection of 'must have' key items for your Whitby
wardrobe all grouped together in
genre. So whatever look you are trying to achieve at Whitby
we will have a
little cluster of gems already outlined for you, to help you on your
three part style guide will feature GOTHIC
VAMPIRE and a
style we like to call TRULY
GOTHIC for those of you who love all things Gothic
but hate to put a label on it!
creatures of the night, here it is our WGW style guide starting with
for the Ladies and the Gents!
Steampunk, There are a few items most women can not be without,
a festival weekend, but we are more concerned with what you are going
these items in?! I don’t need to tell you how important
authenticity is when
wearing a Steampunk outfit, do not be let down by your handbag!Seen
is the Restyle Steampunk Stories bag, which is, as you can see, a great
for carrying your essentials plus a few books, or your kindle. However
bag isn’t for you why not check out this Gem: The
Banned Steampunk Handbag!
important part of a good Steampunk outfit is a high impact base item, a
garment that has a strong style that you can build the rest of your
around. We featured two of our favourites in the image above, The
Sateen Steampunk Dress and The
Lip Service Sateen Steampunk Skirt!
stunning garements made from high quality fabric with all the style you
expect from Lip Service’s Black Steam range!
disheartened though, if these pieces are not your cup of tea we have a
of other Steampunk garments ready to set off your Steampunk look a
out some of these awesome pieces we have in from Spin
Doctor, many of which
Bronze and Black striped fabric
making them really easy to pair
key thing to consider when dressing Steampunk is accessorising! You
have a complete artillery of powerful, authentic Steampunk accessories
your look to give you that well thought through, stylish, appearance.
can see The Demonia
Tweed Boots and Demonia
Steampunk Shoes shoes ideal to
finish off most Stemapunk outfits... and why not add
/ umbrella to your outfit? These
are a great, functional accessory that
will keep you looking tip top whatever the weather!
Sirs the rules are not very different. A strong base outfit is key,
something well fitted and stylish should under pin you look and allow
build up some really unique style from there. Featured above is the
strong Chronus outfit from Necessary
Evil. Made up from matching Chronus
shirt, and a
Chronus waist coat, all with
brass button detail, ideal for you to
expand on with key accessories into your perfect Steampunk get up!
advisable to have a striking key garment or accessory that really
the Steampunk genre, your ace card, if you will! The quirky and
from Lip Service featured above
in bronze check fabric is a great example of a
key piece! To keep your authenticity levels high it is a good idea to
key piece no one else will have and seeing as Lip
Service isn’t easy to get
hold of in the UK
this piece is perfect!
course it is still important to accessorize your Steampunk look! Many
for some home made, unique accessories or props, but we have a few that
help you along the road to Steampunk success! Alchemy
Gothic is a great place to start when it comes to accessories, featured
compilation above is the Alchemy
Empire Anguistralobe Pendant on
the top left, Alchemy
Buttons on the top right, Alchemy
Empire Spectrostatic Nocturnium Bracelet
middle right, and Alchemy
Gothic Necklace middle left!
have a great collection of Steampunk bags, above is The
Wing Commander's Attache Pouch
but don’t over look The
Alchemy Empire Intrepid Valise Bag
and the ultimate Alchemy
Empire 10,000 Leagues Gladstone Bag!
... Next up The Gothic
Part two of
Goth Weekend style guide surrounds one of our favourite
Vampire! One of the most classic looks in gothic
culture Gothic Vampire draws
on elements of
Traditional and Romantic Gothic style but with the added dark
influence of vampire mythology and also with the use of more modern
textures! With fabrics such as velvet and satin taking a back seat, Gothic
are working with lighter more versatile fabrics to update the
gothic look and create some interesting combinations of shape and
Gothic Vampire collection we have chosen garments with powerful,
juxtaposed with bustled or flowing fabric/lace to create that timeless
combination of power and femininity. In our compilation above you can
to right you can see The Necessary
top teamed with the Necessary
Evil Serida Adjustable Skirt,
Re-Agenz adjustable dress, The
Service Bustle Skirt, The
Evil Nepthys Top and Aurora
We are not
excluding the boys though! Gentlemen of course make great vampires and
Evil is one brand geared up to
making that happen. Featured above is
Loki Waistcoat with Slaine
shirt but to get a heavier male
vamp look check
Loki trench coat!
To dress up
your vampire outfit we have chosen accessories with high contrasting
textures, inspired by the creatures of the night! In our compilation
silver claw ring made from
Sterling Silver – very Lestat, The
Necromancer Necklace, The
Boots from Hades Shoes, The
Vampire Aristocrat Necklace, The
always these are not our only vampire inspired accessories and shoes!
full range check out the website!
for the last section of our Whitby Goth Weekend style guide, Truly
Gothic section falls into halves; the first features some items that we
adore that fit into various genres of Gothic styles, items that change
depending on how you dress them. These timeless gothic classics are
for any stylish Goth!
half features some more unusual gothic choices. These are items for
you who really want to try something new or unusual as part of your WGW
wardrobe, taking a little inspiration from Visual Kei, Punk, and
just one thing all these items have in common… they are
RE-AGENZ AND NECESSARY EVIL
the first blog in our new series ‘Necessary Evil Brand
Collision…’ Each month
we will be picking a brand that we absolutely love and giving you some
how to achieve some classic alternative styles through teaming that
alternative brand with Necessary Evil! Today we are going to be looking
with our German friends at RE-AGENZ!
Gothic Industrial style or Rivet
Head style aims
to make a statement with as few dress components as possible and is
inspired by military sharpness, controversial elements from fetish wear
harshness of punk aesthetics creating a sleek, dark, and powerful style
dress that perfectly mirrors the music and the mindset of the culture.
are an ultra stylish, German, underground,
alternative brand. Their clothing is
only stocked by a few select retailers making is extremely desirable,
making it very unlikely you are going to run into someone wearing the
clothes as you should decide to invest in some of their
signature feature of RE-AGENZ
clothing is clean, sharp lines juxtaposed with
inspired rings and straps. However I’d like to mention they
quirky bags too!
Collision 1 features
Re-Agenz Future Tech Coat coupled
with the Llorna
Long sleeve lace top and
Suspender skirt. The Future tech
coat is made from a stiff fabric that
gives the garment excellent shape and those classic sharp lines. It
influence from Military style in is fastening and collar. Then, Using
Llorna lace top underneath the coat, we highlight the shape and cut of
coat. Finally the outfit is topped off with the Venda
skirt which not only has
great lines but also nods towards the fetish influence on industrial
dress. No need to accessories with this outfit, keep it plain and let
garments speak for themselves.
Collision 2 features The
Re-Agenz Bolero teamed up with Necessary
Evils Aasith Leggings and Lilith
Top, However the idea of this
out fit is to show thtat with one key peice of Industrial wear you can
take the most standard of Gothic outfits and give it some Industrial
va-va-voom! You don't have to change your entire wardrobe to get a new
look, just think about how you can wear certain items
We are a festive bunch here at KC HQ...
say this... What I mean is that we
love any excuse for a dress up here at KC HQ and
one of the best times of year for this is CHRISTMAS!
We recently did a little photo shoot, in
preparation for the festive season, to
showcase some of what we will be dressing up in this year and, in
true Kate's Clothing
is how we did it...
First we rounded up some lovely curvy
models, drowned them in Hell Bunny, Spin Doctor, Necessary Evil and
Kreepsville. Then we collected a load of skulls, feathers and any
unsettling props we could find. Next we got Santa drunk, took him to a
tattoo parlour, tattooed him, killed him and revived him into a zombie.
Put all these elements together in one of Birmingham's most haunted bar
and finally, for a cherry on the Christmas cake, we chucked a 12ft
python into the mix... And these are our results!
the image can't do is actually tell you about
Of course, as
fashion fans, this
is what we are really interested in! So here is a break down of who is
wearing what... and why! We styled each girl to represent the main
genres we stock at Kate's Clothing, these being Gothic, Retro/50's,
Steampunk and Metal/Rock...
For our Gothic look we chose the
Necessary Evil Llorna
skirt and accessoried this with
Baroness cuffs We wanted to get
a very wearable, traditional
Gothic look, not one that was unachievable or impossible to
We kept things very simple with our Rockabilly
girl as she had a great personal style with tattoos and plenty of
pericings. She wore a plain black
Hell Bunny with bright red petticoat
and cherry head scarf.
We went for a look that was a little
harder to wear with our Steampunk girl.Steampunk
is all about making a grand effort and accessorizing, there should be
not quick fixes or short cuts to looking steampunk - if
you are going there, make
sure you go all the way! We dressed our model in a Steampunk
jacket from Spin doctor and a
Isis skirt and teamed this up
with the Necessary
shirt and Demonia
boots. The eye patch is from Alchemy
Rock/Metal For our Metal girl we used
all the metal classics, big boots, studded belts, and slashed top. The
top is a Necessary Evil Slashed
top, her skirt is the awesome cleaver
skirt form Kreepsville
666, her tights are the Tattoo
Bone Tights and Of course
the boots were New
COMPETITION TIME WITH
at Kate's Clothing we understand how much our fashionable friends love
shoes – because we do too! That is why, this November, we
have teamed up with one of our favourite brands, T.U.K.
Shoes, to bring
you a give away that is hot to trot!
beautiful, Victorian inspired, Gothic
T.U.K boots, worth
£85.99 can be yours with just a few clicks and some
enter, simply send us a tweet
describing what the best
thing is about having new shoes. After a week we will take a vote here
HQ and the most entertaining
tweet will win the shoes –
are just a few rules you'll need to stick to , to make sure your entry
tweets must start @kates_clothing
and end #TUK
must must comply with twitters own terms and conditions
are not to contain any hateful or harmful messages.
multiple accounts to have multiple entries is strictly against the
rules however you can enter up to 5 times from your own account
finally here is some other important info
competition will run until 12 noon GMT, on Friday 16th
Of November 2012
winner will be announced at 5pm, on Friday 16th
of November 2012
most entertaining tweet will win. It can be descriptive, fun,
passionate, surreal, anything BUT negative, hateful or harmful.
winner will be decided by vote here at KC HQ – however we
will take into consideration if a particular tweet has been very
popular with comments or re-tweets
and just because I like to repeat myself... ALL
TWEETS MUST COMPLY WITH
TWITTERS OWN TERMS AND CONDITIONS.
Tweeting – can't want to read your entries!!!!!
HALLOWEEN IDEAS PART 3
- DAY OF THE DEAD GIRL!
Nice to see you've
return, you devilish
delight! Time for part 3 of our All Hallows blog special. This
edition is dedicate to the Day of the Dead! Yes that's right forget
'Living Dead Girl' it's all about Day of the dead girl! Beautiful
sugar skulls, colourful flowers and celebration of life now passed
all inspired by Mexican colour and heat! Paint up for face, up-do
your hair and dowse yourself in skulls, bones, black lace and
marigolds (flowers not gloves) to achieve this macabre look!
First up is our bright and classic version of the day of the dead look,
modernised with some detailed prints. Here you can see a beautifial Hell
Bunny 50's dress with Geisha
Killer Shoes and Lady
Killer bag, Tattoo
print tights, Red
Rose Nail Wraps, Fingerless
diamante gloves, Silver
Voodoo earrings, and
Black rose hair clips with feathers.
For our next Day of
the Dead Look we've
gone with something a little more Voodoo, all based around bones and
blood, again, slap on some sugar skull style face paint and your look
is complete. In the image below you can see a Red
fascinator hat with
black lace, a Kreepsville
charm bracelet, Skull/Heart
Skeleton Dress, Bone
print tights, Skull
from Manic Panic,Iron
Fist Siesta Skull Shoes, a Hell
Mexican swing dress, and a heart
shaped red umbrella!
HALLOWEEN IDEAS PART 2
- THE ZOMBIE SLAYER!
Heroes! Time for part
two of the Kates Clothing Halloween Fashion Frenzy!
This part is dedicated
not to the
Zombie but to the ZOMBIE SLAYER! This Halloween why not kit yourself
up in some of our Zombie inspired items, grab yourself a home made
weapon against the Zombie apocalypse and take the night to save the
day! There will no doubt be plenty of zombie for you cull and maybe a
few hot blooded bodies for you to protect...Unlike our Vampire outfits,
slayer collection embraces colour, print and b-movie culture, ideal
for any rave from beyond the grave...
Round 1 from our Zombie Slayer collection is our CASUAL KILLER look,
easy to wear, colourful and comfortable, you can be up all night in
this collection of treats! Just slap on some a few flesh wounds and
your away! Below you can see Punk
Rave Spiked Gloves, Kreepsville
Brains bag, Reanimate
Love Necklace and Skeleton
Tunic Dress, Zombie
Jeans from Jist, My
Zombie Killing T-shirt and some
If you wanted to got out in something a little more feminine and dress
we have come up with a ZOM-BABE outift designed to be worn as you
teeter away for the living dead looking glamourous and tastey!
Alternatively you could always dress this outfit up with some zombie
make up... 'get away from the infected? as if I can run in these
Round 2 below features Wet
look lace top stocking, Blood
Splatter stockings, Demonia
Blood Splatter shoes and another
Dress and Heart/Skull
necklace from Kreepsville
Finally in round 3 here is something for our ZOMBOYS! A causual killer
look all of their own - finish this look off with a home made (non
dangerous or fake) weapon and a little fake blood!
Featuted here: Kreepsville
Brains Workshirt and Zombia
Zombie Killing t-shirt (mens), Disturbia
Looser t-shirt, spiked
wristband and studded
HALLOWEEN IDEAS PART 1
- THE GOTHIC VAMPIRE!
Here at Kate's
extremely excited about Halloween, so to vent some of that excitement
and share it with you all, we have come up with a collection of
Halloween inspired outfits built from combinations of items currently
available on the website. Each outfit falls within one of 5
categories, each of which will appear as its own blog here on our
blog space and as its own album on our facebook... so with out
further a-do let us begin
The iconography and
Vampires must be one of the biggest influences on Gothic style and
fashion since it all began, so this Halloween why not embrace this
and venture out as a classic Gothic Vampire...
Featured below are The
Necessary Evil Alpheto Blouse ,
Necessary Evil Serida Lace Adjustable Skirt,
Gothic Vampire Ring, Fantasamgoria
Absinthe Choker, Pleaser
Mid-Calf Boots, Marie
Antoinett earring from Alchemy Gothic
and a set of Bat
prefer a more industrial look then teaming up some trash element with
clean industrial lines will give you a great Blade style vampire
below are Necessary
Evil HighwayMan Coat, Re-agenz
Rave Cage Top and Punk
Rave Spiked Gloves
Fancy a bit less trick
and a bit more
treat? Then maybe try out our Gothic Fanger look, a racier take on
the traditional vamp.
Featured are all
blood inspried including The
Hell Bunny Jessica Dress, Angels
and Demons Chocker, Demonia
Corseted Buckle Boots, Necessary
Evil Steam Punk Top, Necessary
Evil Harti Jacket, Keepsville
Vamp Bag, Hell
Bunny Rock Dress,
Finally something for
Vince Price in
all our lives...A Gentleman Vampire collection! Featuring Bullet
69 top hat idea for a little
69 Leather Cuff, Necessary
Evil Steampunk trousers, Dark
Silver Finger Armour, and
Demonia Brogue Boots
BEHIND THE SCENES AT
LONDON EDGE A/W 2012
The LONDON EDGE weekend is one of our busiest times of year here at KC
HQ, however I'm not going to tell you too much about that, I figured
you would be far more interested in what goes on besides business at an
alternative fashion expo... and at this London Edge that story goes a
little something like this.
After an easy set up on Saturday we return to the Necessary Evil stand
to being meeting the customers Sunday morning only to find one of our
samples has been slashed! Scandal! Rather than let this colour our show
we decided to take it as a compliment, originality and innovation never
comes with out the jealousy of others, it just proved to us that we
were on the right tracks! And aside from this set back we were off to a
great start, we met up almost straight away with our friends RE-AGENZ,
who you may all know for their stunning hooded dress. London Edge is a
great opportunity to catch up with the people and brands we love here
at KC HQ and once we saw Re-agenz it was off to the shots bar for all
Luckily for us the NECESSARY EVIL stand was right on the run way for
the fashion show, so we were all treated to front row seats to that, 4
times daily! Believe me it was a treat, 4 hunky guys, lots of dancing,
great music and a showcase of clothes from various brands and
designers! Great to see the items in action rather than on a hanger!
That is if you can take your eyes of aforementioned hunky guys... :-S
It was also great to see another set of familiar faces, KREEPSVILLE666,
who are not only one of our favourite brands but so cool they are
opening a shop on Melrose in Los Angeles (which I entirely plan to
visit for Halloween, watch this space!) It was great to see
their latest items including lots of new items in the ELVIA rage and
some shiny updates to some already existing Kreepy Klassics!! Foil and
metallics are going to be everywhere for Autumn/Winter 2012, great to
see these guys giving this trend a horror twist!
We also spent some time with HELL BUNNY at London Edge and you can
expect some incredible new items from them to hit our virtual shelves
momentarily... More of your favourite 50's and retro items as well as
some timeless Gothic additions.
Now the Edge is over, and all the late nights and parties are out of
the way it would be lovely for all of us at KC HQ to take a week off
and relax, however there is too much to be done! Since our little trip,
we've made lots of new friends and these new friends will be sending us
lots of new stock! So you guys can expect to see new accessories, new
Steampunk items, new silver and jewellery, new rockabilly wear, new
hand bags and more... no rest for the wicked, or the necessarily evil!!!
Winners - Best UK Site
in Alt Fashion
We have been voted as the Best UK Site in Alt
Magazine's poll for 2011! We are
so pleased to have just been
nominated and to actually win means a lot as the award is voted for by
the public. We hope this will be the first of many awards and want to
thank everyone who voted for us! Keep your eye out for our special
Winner's feature in a forthcoming Alt Fashion issue.
The lovely Mik from Sin Zine has written an article about our Necessary
Evil label and our range of gothic clothing,
and steampunk fashions.
Sin-er Mik Scarlet
visited the London
Edge alternative fashion trade
show for us earlier this year one of
the stand out stands was Kate's Clothing. Their range of custom designs
Necessary Evil took Goth and Alternative standards and gave them a
superb individual twist, that means when you wear them you stand out
even in a crowd that loves to stand out in a crowd..."
To read the whole
article, including an interview with Lenore
follow this link - Sin Zine & Necessary Evil
'Visions of the
The latest issue of Dominion Magazine
(a gothic publication only
featured our Necessary Evil Kesava Bolero
in their 'Visions of the Future'
fashion spread as well as a few of our New Rock Boots
Edge Feb 2012
The beginning of a new year is significant for a lot of people and to
us at Kate's
Clothing it means new styles to
showcase and a new London
prepare for! This year we're right by the main stage so you can't miss
us. Come and meet the KC crew and pick up our new catalogue at Stand B26 between
5th - 7th
February at the Olympia Exhibition Centre,
Kate, founder, designer and all round boss lady of Kate's Clothing, has
modelled some of our Necessary Evil
range as gothic maternity wear! A
number of our tops and dresses are made from soft, stretchy jersey
fabric and finish below the bottom - ideal for wearing with leggings
for a comfortable yet stylish pregnancy! Kate wore the Freya Extra Length Top,
Nortia Ruffle Dress,
Erinys Twisted Dress,
Anahita Studded Shoulder Top
and the Disani Batwing Top.
See the rest of the photoshoot
on our Facebook
and congratulations Kate!
Clothing has launched a brand
dedicated to alternative fashion with an edge. Edge
is now live and ready to take your orders for all things goth,
You can follow Edge
and like them on Facebook.
The fabulous Dominion Magazine
featured some of our Necessary Evil
items in their Halloween fashion
feature. The Anahita
Faux Fur Trimmed Bolero was worn by model Lenore
(far left) along with a number of items from Kate's
including her black satin corset,
Iron Fist shoes
and Hell Bunny
skirt. Model Rayna Terror (centre)
sported rhinestone flaming Bordello shoes
from Kate's shop also. Finally
Istaar (far right) wore Demonia
Skull Buckle boots to finish off her trad-goth look in the final gothic fashion
style. Check out the alternative
fashion spread in November's Terrorizer
All photos are by Taya
The lovely Mik Scarlet over at SinZine stopped by our stand at London
Edge and seemed very pleased with what he saw, so much so that he gave
us a mention in his London Edge review. "UK's Necessary Evil (www.katesclothing.co.uk)
really push the boundaries and have created a range that have a
recognisable brand identity and I have my shopping list of NE's stuff
all ready." You can read the full article here
Edge - Aftermath
Twice a year London Olympia hosts the alternative trade fair 'London
Edge' and Kate's
Clothing are always in
attendance. We take our new designs and old favourites to our stand and
meet customers old and new - we also take advantage of the
entertainment on offer too!
This year we loaded up our transit van, that we named 'Flora', and
drove down to London town the day before it opened to set up our stand.
After a few wrong turnings (we blame the sat-nav) and making our
clothes rails look lush for the next morning we grabbed some food and relaxed
with some drinks and friends.
saw the first day of exhibiting and our new designs got a lot of
interest especially our retro favourites the Mermaid dresses
and Butterfly print tops.
After checking out the catwalk shows, and spying our Circe leggings
on one kung-fu performer, we began to get ready for the after party.
Konstantin got snapped in his Chronus steampunk
trousers and Lenore in her Zaria waist cincher
and we enjoyed a few bevvies and some music before heading back to the
hotel bar for a few more before bed. Well, a lot more before bed.
Despite it being a Sunday with early closing we managed Sambuccas,
Tequilas and Goldschlagers to name a few.
Feeling surprisingly hangover-free we got some brand new clothing
samples at our hotel Monday morning so Nickie got to showcase our
forthcoming plus sizes all day (keep an eye out for the Circe cardigan
and Venda key-hole top
up to a UK22 soon!). Boss lady Kate matched her signature bright red
hair with the Cherry Bomb blouse
while Michail matched his blue spiked hair with eye-catching electric blue contact lenses.
Unfortunately, despite how fabulous we all looked, the 'Coffin Bar' at
the show eventually turned us away as we were drinking all their free
shots of Sourz. Boo.
Tuesday was our last day and we were all very tired (and a bit sick of
pizza having eaten every night in Pizza Express). As we loaded up the
van at just gone 4pm we escaped the worst of the exhibition hall
traffic only to get caught in a jam later on. With Lenore behind the
wheel getting through the traffic the Necessary Evil boys
sang along to Lady Gaga to keep her entertained until we saw the bright
lights of Birmingham welcoming us home.. After a very long weekend with
too much pizza and never enough shots we were glad to be back. Roll on
London Edge 2012!
You can see our party photos on Facebook here.
If you follow us on Twitter
you'll be able to see our photos uploaded from the next event as they
We are preparing for the biggest alternative fashion event of the year,
the Autumn London
Edge and all our new Necessary
Evil designs, as well as our
cult favourites, will be at our stand.
This year we are at our biggest stand yet with our largest collection
to date so drop by and see us - just follow the bloody footprints
below! The whole of the Kate's
Clothing crew will be at K15 on
the ground floor (by Pizza
Express!) for the whole event.
And keep an eye out for our London Edge photos and blog next week and
you can see all the mischief we got up to!
Kate's Clothing our
designs attract attention from alternative types all over the world
and we have been fortunate enough to have some fabulously fiendish
ladies and gents model for us. Past beauties have included Sabrina
Sixxx from burlesque troupe 'Nympherno', music journalist and tv
presenter Lenore and of course the feisty fetishista Bianca
Circus performer and
Maegen Machine is the latest lady to fly the Kate's Clothing flag and
model some of our newest designs. She even brought her beau to take
of some of the men's range for us! Maegen was really fun to work with,
a very expressive and talented model
and even though this was Charlie's first ever shoot he took to it very
quickly and wanted to do more photos by the end of the shoot!
Circus as a human dartboard (!) as well as modelling for loads of
clothing labels and magazines and her
fine fella plays guitar in metal band Collapse (and seems to be a big
hit with the ladies!) - you
can see more of their photoshoot in our online shop!
journalist and DJ Natasha Scharf has released 'Worldwide Gothic'
a book about the gothic subculture's history and development all over
the globe and we have spied one of our designs within it's pages! The
Necessary Evil men's Mider coat has taken it's place in goth history!
"If you, like
me, are fed-up of spending half your wages trying to fill your wardrobe
with fabulous gothic attire fret no more. It is possible to obtain
tailored and originally designed outfits without crying when the credit
card bill comes through and Birmingham based label Kate's Clothing
will show you how.
Kate - founder, designer and namesake of the company - originally began
creating clothes as a hobby almost in 2003 but it soon turned
into a full time business due to the popularity of her work.
scarlet-haired seamstress, who's grinning likeness is also the label's
logo, dreamed of having her own clothing range when she was just ten
years old, carrying around a scrap book of designs and showing them to
anybody and everybody who would listen. Now her fashion label is in
it's eighth year and expanding all the time including jewelry, shoes
and make-up lines. Customer service is a priority too with a price
match guarantee and free shipping on certain orders!..."
Read the rest
of the article online at Dominion Magazine
can be tricky to find gothic and alternative
clothing which expresses your individual style, makes you feel great
and still conforms to the regulations of a workplace. What is
‘work suitable’ depends largely on where you work,
do and who you work for; some bosses will be more relaxed than others
and allow piercings, fun hair colours and outrageous clothes but most
would like it toned down, particularly in an office setting. We know
that there are loads of other places that you beautiful people work but
for now we’re just going to take a look at business wear or
‘Corp Goth’ as it is often called.
Shoes present a whole different problem for Gothic ladies in the
workplace since a lot of the time those gorgeous New Rock boots just
aren’t suitable and are too brash for the more subtle style
you’re trying to achieve. Alternative shoes can look great
business outfits and are a great way of showing off your style. These Bordello
Pinstripe Pumps would look
fabulous with a smart pencil skirt or
peeking out from under suit trousers. Alternatively, add a splash of
colour with these peep-toe 'Sky High'
heels from T.U.K. which are retro styled
with a splash of red, Gothy and subtle which makes them
perfect for the high-flying business Goth.
the ladies this is quite a lot easier since you have all sorts of
gorgeous pinstripe options and pencil skirts to look at. Steampunk wear
adapts really well to Corp Goth with a few well chosen accessories but
it’s important not to go too OTT on the pinstripes and
you risk overdoing it and going against dress codes. Necessary Evil,
with it's tailored fit and simple designs can add an edge to most
The Tamara belted jacket
with a pencil skirt and smart
shoes for example would work in all but the strictest of work places.
Men’s business wear can be more difficult because there is
less diversity with mainstream men’s wear. However you can
your own twist to the tradition suit and tie by substituting this smart
jacket for your suit jacket
which will give an alternative twist to
your outfit whilst keeping you smart enough for work. The Necessary
Evil Slain Shirt is a nice
change from high street shirts which
will still look smart but is designed with comfort (not strangulation!)
in mind. Men can also choose to mix things up a bit with work clothed
by wearing suitable shoes like these New
Rock Men’s Shoes which
are definitely smart enough to wear to
work but are just that little bit different, not to mention much
cheaper than men’s business shoes of a similar quality on the
The most important thing with Corp Goth is to find out what sort of
dress code your workplace has and then work within that framework to
show off your awesome style. We’ve given you a couple of
here but we’re sure you’ll think of loads more
outfits to wear if you take a look round the website. Just remember to
with Kate's Clothing
Clothing we’re here
all week from Monday to Friday bringing you the very best in Gothic and
up and accessories.
We work hard to make sure that we’re right on trend all the
time, that you get what you want as quickly as possible and that
you’re completely happy with your purchase. But did you know
that you can shop with us in loads of other ways as well?
We have our own Amazon
store where you can find loads of great Necessary
Evil products at the same great
prices more conveniently than ever.
Take a look at eBay
if you want to be the only person to get your hands on rare Necessary
Evil sample products because that’s where you’ll
find exclusive items and one offs. You never know, you might grab
yourself a bargain!
And if New Rock Boots
are your poison then why not take a look at our sister website where
you’ll find hundreds of pairs direct from the manufacturer at
amazing prices and with free shipping too.
We are constantly improving ourselves and trying to bring You, our
customer, the best designs and ideas under a very competitive price!
|For those of
you who don’t know,
‘Snog Marry Avoid’ is a BBC Three program which
promote natural beauty and encourages the participants to remove their
layers of make-up and fake tan by subjecting them to a public analysis
where members of the public are asked if they would snog, marry or
avoid the person. The ‘make-under’ is conducted by
sarcastic female computer called POD (Personal Overhaul Device).
Customarily the show ends with an alternative person, be they Goth,
Rocker or Emo, being brought before POD and explaining their fashion
choices and how what they wear makes them who they are. When the show
first started they even contacted Kate to ask if we would send them
alternative people to ‘make-under’. Kate told them
no and that as an alternative person herself she found the idea of
saying that her customers needed to change the way they looked kind of
offensive. Generally POD does not succeed in
the alternative people and they leave with their piercings, dyed hair
and alternative clothes intact and we here like to think that Kate
helped to show them where they were going wrong and made them look at
alternative fashion in a different light.
Recently the show featured ‘Cupcake Laura’ from
wore a Necessary
Evil Feronia 50’s Style Octopus print dress
stunning we might add). POD told Laura that it “could not
transform” her to conform to the show’s ideal for a
“Too right!” we hear you cry. What this program
have realised is that there is a huge difference between removing a
layer of slap and changing a person’s whole identity. Being
‘alternative’ is a lifestyle that is very important
people and it’s nice to see that being respected by
The gorgeous Laura, and others like her, helps to show mainstream
society that there’s nothing wrong with alternative fashion
that our choice of clothing doesn’t automatically mark us as
Gradually over the last ten years or so the
has become more accepting of alternative fashion and lifestyles but
there is still a long way to go. Shows like ‘Snog Marry
Avoid’ may be just trashy TV but by featuring people like
they’re helping to show the rest of the world that
awesome just they way we are.
– Creature of the Night
those of us who like big, bold, alternative make up have struggled to
find cosmetics which live up to their promises and deliver the dramatic
effect that we’re looking for. But now thanks to Manic
Panic’s Creature of the Night range the hours spent pouring
over lipsticks in Boots, covering the backs of our hands in lurid
smudges of not-quite-dark-enough burgundies and ‘generic
dark’ colours can be consigned to the past and we can move
forwards into a brave new dawn of beautiful alternative make up in
colours we actually like and want to be seen wearing.
The Creature of the Night range is always growing and the
Total Look Kits have been a
popular seller at Kate’s Clothing since we started carrying
them, as have the
lip and eye kits, and we
recently expanded our range to include more of their great individual
products which have thus far proved to be a hit with our customers (and
the team!). Now rather than spending half an hour trying to smudge kohl
pencil in just the right way you can achieve the perfect look in
seconds with the black
eyeliner and shadow set which
includes a black eye shadow for that gorgeous smoky effect as well as a
cream eyeliner for the sharp lines, all in a cute little compact which
slips into even the tiniest of bags.
If you want something a bit more colourful for your eyes then the Melodrama
Eye Kit is great and takes the
guess work out of trying to buy eye shadow on the high street, where it
can often prove to be faded and dull when compared to the exciting
shade on the packaging. For those of you who find the idea of red eye
make up a bit more daring than you would like then the Psychodrama
Eye Kit works with slightly more
subtle purple tones whilst still giving a gorgeous, bold effect. And of
course all of the Creature of the Night kits include detailed
instructions to create a variety of looks, making exciting effects
which have looked too complicated in the past simple and stress-free.
One of the things we really like about Manic Panic products is their
commitment to animal welfare and all of the Creature of the Night
cosmetics are completely cruelty free as well as being totally vegan
friendly too, meaning that your conscience can look as stunning as your
Summer can be an
uncomfortable time for those of us who like alternative fashion, those
gorgeous twill and heavy velvet fabrics can get a bit much during the
day and staying cool is a challenge when your wardrobe consists of
black, black and more black!
up your hands in despair and decide to stay inside until October why
not take a look through our pick of the best gothic clothing in a range
of lighter fabrics which will help keep you comfortable throughout the
summer months -
Dresses are a good place to for ladies start when looking for cooler
outfits and mini-dresses are very versatile as well as looking fabulous
during the day. Rather than encase your legs in hot jeans try wearing this
cute little dress which is made from a light weight stretchy cotton
jersey fabric. Cotton is the fabric you want to watch out for with
summer clothes since its natural fibres are much more breathable than
synthetics and will allow you body to regulate your temperature better
in the heat. For a sexy, flirty touch a cute
is perfect for
visiting the beach this summer and looks great with lightweight canvas
or flip-flops to stop your
feet from overheating too.
If you don't fancy wearing a dress then lightweight cotton tops like
breathable and perfect for summer picnics. Summer gives us a great
opportunity to explore new styles so even if you haven't tried the 40's
look it's worth having a look around with an open mind and finding new
ideas. If you're really struggling with the heat then this gorgeous
has lace panels which
will let the breeze reach your skin without being too revealing and can
be adjusted to give a great fit with the corset style lacing down the
front. Strap tops are a great way to stay cool and can be dressed up or
down without too much trouble which makes them very versatile as well
as looking great with a shrug or bolero
the evening if the temperature drops.
And of course guys want to look good through the summer too so these clever
zip off to
make a great pair of alternative shorts and are made of fairly light
material which will help to keep you from boiling in the summer sun.
Some guys don't fancy wearing shorts (the 'socks with sandals' problem
comes to mind) so these
lightest fabric imaginable in a great, breathable parachute fabric.
Most men we know reach for the T-Shirts as soon as the weather turns
warmer but a cotton shirt can be just as comfortable in summer and
rolling the sleeves up can give them a sexy, relaxed feel which goes
really well with lazy summer afternoons as well as keeping them from
looking too formal. This
Necessary Evil shirt
is soft and
breathable as well as looking fantastic.
Summer can also be a time to branch out and try new colours, white can
be great for alternative looks if worn with the right accessories and
can give you an ethereal air which a bolder black can struggle with. A White
stunning and the skeleton print keeps it from getting too cutsie. Or go
for a vamp feel in this sexy
which is made from a
super lightweight jersey overlaid with a floaty red net.
Yes the summer can be a challenge but it also forces us to look at our
fashion choices and discover new styles, branching out and trying new
things that we might not have thought of before. With alternative
fashion it can be very easy to fall into the trap of wearing the same
look over and over again so use the summer as an opportunity to refresh
your wardrobe and take a few risks!
New Rock Boots in UK is a big hit!
Spanish company New Rock has been producing
footwear for a long time and has been the most popular upon the
alternative community. After a quite period during the last couple of
years they are back to UK and thrilling as ever. That's why we want to
introduce the New Rock Boots UK
website! The website allows you to browse and of course purchase any of
the existing New Rock Boots and Shoes designs and even some bits of
official clothing. Price range varies significantly and is very
competitive. Another bonus point that the shoes are coming directly
from Spain and usually it takes 5- 7 days to deliver to your doorstep
and the shipping
is free! If you are interested do have a little peak at the website, we
are sure that you will find something just for yourself!
Many Ways Can
You Wear Steampunk?
comes from its own
sub-genre of Science Fiction which imagines an alternative history
where 19th Century inventors have developed futuristic technologies and
steam power is still widely used. It is also one of the hottest trends
to hit the alternative fashion scene in a long time and
Kate’s clothing is please to say that we’re ahead
of the pack yet again when it comes to bringing you the very best in
Steampunk clothing and accessories. With items ranging from Victorian
style tops, corsets and skirts to some of the more futuristic
inventions of Ezekiel Empire Rosenstein Steampunk fashion has something
to offer everyone, as well as looking pretty hot too.
We have everything you could possibly want, from a pair of gorgeous
from New Rock to
Solar Powered Turbine Watch
the Alchemy Empire range. Or you could try a gorgeous
to remain every inch
the upper class Victorian Lady whilst you're out and about.
And if that isn't enough we also have a fantastic range of Steampunk
clothing from Spin Doctor and our very own Necessary Evil with
to suit every budget and
taste. Of course you don't have to buy an outfit that we put together
to look fabulous, like this Necessary Evil
, you can mix and match
from the entire range to create your own unique look.
The most fantastic thing about Steampunk clothing is its versatility,
why not team this
Necessary Evil Top
with a pair
of skinny jeans for shopping during the day and then a cute mini-skirt
and heels for an edgy twist when you're heading out in the evening or
Pinstripe Pencil Skirt
blouse for work and then with a corset for more sophisticated evening
out. The possibilities are endless and we're sure you'll have lots of
fun browsing our
all the different ways you can wear Steampunk and make it your own.
Keep your eyes peeled for our new range of Steampunk Men's wear -
Boots back for good?
It's been feeling
summer's over for a while now, despite the fact that it's still August
as we write. Therefore, and due to repeated requests, our mind has been
focussed on the subject of boots, in particular: New Rock Boots
which we've decided
to bring back into stock to compliment our existing excellent gothic
and alternative footwear brands such as Demonia, TUK, Iron Fist,
Madfish and not forgetting Bordello of course!
Rock Chain and Spike Boots are
heavy duty gothic boots that refuse
to take any nonsense! These have the classic Reactor sole and as well
asthe chain, spikes and other metal detailing, they also have black PVC
flame features. Definitely imposing and finished to perfection.
Rock Lizard Pattern Ladies Boots
come from the sexy New Rock
Malicia range and feature a sexy silver lizardskin effect, side buckles
and front laces. Definitely designed to turn heads with it's foxy
styling and silver effect heel.
feature the amazing round tunnels in the heel, each filled with a metal
spring. These gothic boots are eye catching and will boost your height
by some inches! However, they combine stature with comfort and
won't want to take them off!
Rock Ladies Lace Up
Boots are an everyday
favourite.Comfortable to wear and
beautiful to look at, with zips to fasten them the sides and buckle and
lace detailing to complete the look. Some of us, can't live without
Rock Ladies Cowboy
Boots show that
cowboy's can be sexy and
stylish with their silver flame effect styling. The alternative take on
the cowboy even has a stunning silver heel.
Dragon and Flame Boots feature
purple dragon and flame contrast
material and an eye-catching silver heel.
Lizard Pattern Calf High Boots feature
the silver lizard effect
pattern as a design feature. These also have the imposing heavy heavy
duty reactor sole.
and Gothic Clothing
the wedding and summer season
fully in flow, what is the best way to stand out from the crowd and
cope with with our variable summer weather? Kate's Clothing is carrying
a fantastic range of versatile and stylish alternative clothing that
will stand up to the British climate and whatever it can throw at us.
Many items are already reduced as the shops cast an eye towards our
long and dark winter. There's some brilliant bargains starting at
£2.99 in the
sale section! In most cases they're great styles where they're down to
the last few...
So what outfits perfectly compliment the summer season while remaining
stylish and unique? Necessary Evil is one of my favourite alternative
clothing brands, combining cutting edge style with classic, sexy Gothic
chic for real men and women with real bodies.My favourites include the
Necessary Evil Tana Cami Top which is already in the sale and the
Necessary Evil Gothic Black Ravana Ribbon Mini Dress, perfect for any
Bunny also have some great
styles to get us through summer into
next season and beyond. I love the the 20s style dress from Hell Bunny
as well as their other
sexy party dress styles and the the Mercy
flock jacket is ideal for covering up when the the weather inevitably
turns colder or for those summer evenings out.
at Kate's Clothing, it's our customers that make us, so if you've had a
great experience please tell people and help us get the word out.
Become a fan of our Facebook
page or pop a link to our website on
yours. Thanks for all your support.
Damage reclaim the
who is related to the subcultural
fashion world, knows those veterans of alternative design: Criminal
. For years and
years they were bringing new, unique
collections suitable for goths, metalheads and rivetheads worldwide.
Their garments always stood out from the crowd. While wearing
of them you felt special and were always the centre of attention.
Unfortunately rainbows, ponies and cupcakes seemed to obscure it all. A
couple of their collections in recent years seemed more suited towards
those with more colourful personas which alienated those from the
But now the original is back, Criminal
brought out their new
collection which contains a lot of garments suitable for the
“black” culture. Instantly they have captured the
with their Jungle Shorts and Jungle pants for guys, which indeed do
have a lot to offer. And of course they did not forgot about the ladies
as well- just look at the amazing Biker Style dress and you will see
the genius of the designers and the uniqueness of the design. Hopefully
we will be spoiled more and more from the gurus in the next collection.
At least, that's what we're hoping for...
Origins of Gothic and Punk Fashion
The origins of Punk can be traced back as far as you like, with every
generation having its own youth sub-culture that shocks the majority of
the population (some say Elvis was a punk). Punk as we know it began in
the early 1970s. With the rise of disco music, big hair and flared
trousers. The punk movement was a rebellion to popular culture.
On both sides of the Atlantic teenagers were looking for an escape from
the boredom and constraints of society, with unemployment, racial
tensions and social upheaval providing fuel for their fires. Punk
remained underground in the U.K. Until 1977, when British punk culture
saw two bands make the outside world take notice The Ramones and the
Sex Pistols - both raged against authority, media and pop music. In the
U.S. Iggie Pop and Blondie were leaders in the American punk rock scene
and helped influence other musicians.
Meanwhile, a generation of teens worldwide responded by showing their
punk colours in day-glo hairstyles, spikes and Mohawks. To complete the
look, safety pins were implanted in their cheeks, lips and eyebrows.
By the 80`s, mainstream designers began to send models dressed in punk
paraphernalia strutting down runways which effectively killed-off the
fashion movement`s claim to being anti-establishment. Punk eventually
evolved into glitter and glam rock and the movement began losing its
It`s hard to give an exact date of birth of gothic. At the end of 70`s
many new groups emerged with a somewhat dark sound and image (The Cure,
Adam & the Ants and Ultravox). The new wave of dark pop music
lot of influence on people who would later call themselves gothic. The
story goes that gothic originated from the London club the Batcave, but
when this club opened in 1981, gothic already was well on its way.
However, the bands that performed there, with their horror image,
helped to spread the movement.
Gothic fashion, in contrast to punk is dark and sometimes morbid.
Typical Gothic fashion includes black, dyed hair, black lips and black
clothes. Androgynity is common, with both female and male Goths wearing
cosmetics, skirts or high heels.
Although punk culture is generally regarded to have peaked between the
years 1977-1987, a post-punk movement remains alive today, populated by
those who still regard any band in the Top 40 pop charts as
The field of gothic fashion continues to grow. As this controversial
fashion sense goes forward, it becomes more readily accepted by the
larger community. It is doubtful that there is an end to this fashion,
however it continues to evolve and grow into smaller subcategories such
as Emo (or emotional) subcultures and competing neck and neck with the
punk cultures in this country and around the world. There does not seem
to be a set pattern of footwear for either genre, the choice as to which
you select being a matter of personal preference.
Things are shaping up nicely for bloodstock08, visit the website for
all the latest news.
Kates Clothing will be there again but this time we'll be running a
stall so come and say hi!
Clothing have been serving up the best and
the latest in Gothic Fashion for over 5 years, we've built a
reputation for quality, service, value and delivering fast.
The whole alternative scene has fragmented over the last few years
and several totally different fashions have emerged, probably
most talked about being Emo.
Emo is like marmite on the alternative scene, you either love it or
hate it but either way it's here to stay.
With that in mind we launched Edge Fashion to offer the same great
service we've been giving the Goth community to those who's tastes in
clothing are a bit more Emo.
Edge Fashion stocks a large range of Emo
and as everything is in stock we can get orders delivered just as fast
as we do for Kate's Clothing customers. Check it out -
Wicked This Way Comes...
My feet are
wet, my back and neck
are aching and the blood in my alcohol system is gagging for air
heady mix of cheap rum, Jack Daniels and a whole lot o'
couldn't be sure, but it definitely smells like Bloodstock. As I rouse
for another cold British Monday morning I can't quite shake the feeling
just days before, something horrible happened and it was all my fault.
needs must as the devil drives, and I can't say it was ALL my fault,
to take the credit away from the three days of bands that rocked the
Derbyshire field; rain or shine it seemed like everyone of them was
on inciting riot amongst the black clad sea of beer fueled metal heads.
on site around midday,
with enough time to set up camp and meet the neighbors before heading
the main arena for a little introduction to madness; the first days
about the pimpage anyway, so we spent some hours getting to know the
lie of the
land, getting loud with jaeger-merch clad D.J.s and advocating some
uses for condoms... it was still early days in the festival yet so
attendance were the real true believers; some had even made t-shirts
their alliance to the bloodstock cause (a massive big-up to Paul, Dave
rest of the Bloodstock 2007 green shirted crew who were very nice about
mobbed by our ilk at the Century Media stall). We stalked around the
filling festival basically snapping the best and least dressed people
The diversity of the metal community warmed my black and shriveled
festival packed with the truest was really a sight to reignite the
flames of what used to be a raging inferno of hard rock mayhem; after
around the site in a daze of pride shooting group after mad-haired
took it to the beer tent and generally killed some time and brain cells
the main stage opened up with it's first scheduled act.
guest Chris Slade, drummer
of AC/DC was opening the stage (straight after some bloke and his
accompanied by Birmingham’s own Exploder; a couple of well
played covers later
and good old Slade senior blesses the crowd with a stunted and retro
otherwise well received drum-solo. Up next were this year’s
Sight of Emptiness; don't, whatever you do, be put off by the unsigned
of the band, for the second act at the whole festival they rocked the
appropriately hard bringing their own brand of melodic death metal all
from San Jose, Costa Rica. On chatting to the band,
shelled out at least 15 grand in dead presidents just to
get here, but not too
much that they couldn't hit us up with a complimentary copy of their
album 'Trust is a Disease'. After the explosive set we decided it was
make another of our frequent visits to the marquee housing the lava
more importantly the bar, where the crew stopped off for a few more
I went hardcore on the jaegermeister, making it back three hours later
time for a seriously ear-bleeding set from Firewind followed by the
that night who need no appraisal from me, Testament. As they drew their
a close, and I neared the dregs of my beer, the cramp setting in my
me loud and clear that it was time to make a merry way back to the
some post mosh inebriation. Like an exclamation mark at the crux of a
metal head infested sentence, Alice in Chains' Man in the Box floated
stacks at the beer tent all the way to my plastered ears as I passed
halfway into my tent, ready for day two and the massive hangover that
inevitably to come.
will remain unforgiven;
it must have been 10 o'clock in the morning when I first stuck my
out of my tent, which in a hilarious (not) juxtaposition to the night
had decided to convert itself into a pressure cooker intent on bleeding
of every gram of toxic sweat in my body. The cries of "Yar, wench"
and other such swashbuckling catchphrases were growing ever closer, but
half conscious stupor I was congratulating myself on the newfound
block them out... imagine my surprise when a loaded pirate's cap gun
right in my ear, starting me right out of bed and ten foot into the
disgruntled and deafened I made a slow way to the porta-loos for a nice
of festival hospitality, though after opening doors to mountain after
of reconstituted festival grub I made my way to the surrounding woods
hello to nature. Disheveled but in no way disheartened I dragged my
temples off to the small cafe stand where me and Kelly met up with the
the crew for some early morning preparation; Ben and Kate arrived on
with the savior of the morning, a five pack of jam doughnuts and a bag
pastry and we made our way back to the main arena for Kates Clothing
Bloodstock round two.
heavy dose of the hair of
the dog I pushed my way to the front of the crowd just in time for Wolf
blast the wax from my
ears and the crust from my eyes. These hard rocking
Swedes absolutely blew the stage apart and remained completely
the power cut out
mid-song; spurred by the spontaneity of the moment the singer
way to the front of the
stage, Carlsberg in hand and incites the
crowd into some heavy unified
roaring, followed closely by the
second drum solo
of the weekend. Acoustic or not, those skins were heard right to the
the crowd and as the life came surging back into the
Wolf proceeded to
tear it up louder and heavier then ever. Pumped once more with pure
me and the crew
made our way over to the unsigned tent to hang with the crowd
from Scruffy Murphy’s. If you’re not familiar with
the Birmingham scene then
I’ll just let you know, Scruffy's is the only place to head
bang on a nightly
basis; the bloodstock stages were littered with regulars. On the way
the operatic metal of Epica we bumped into a London mate, Ted Mauls'
buzzing his nut off and brandishing a good sized bottled of Jack
Daniels. A top
heavy pint each of J.D. and a quick photo of our collective arses later
was ready to make my way down to the Lava stage to catch the
stylings of Blind sight. I promised Bob the bassist that I’d
go down and take a
few snaps for the website, didn't expect to be drawn into the moshpit
hard. Those Ilkeston rockers know exactly how to
keep the crowd swinging,
contending excellently with the end of Nevermore's electric
set. A good
rock-out and a quick mosh with Wes from Speed Theory saw me thrown back
the main throng with just enough time to take some in crowd photos
Coil strode onto the stage. The second Cristina Scabbia's gorgeously
hallowed over the crowd below the skies seemed to darken with the
something epic. They opened the set with a convulsive rendition of To
and pre-empted the three song encore with their own outstanding
Depeche Mode's Enjoy The Silence. Two songs into the encore and the
crowd joins in a heavy chorus of recent hit Our Truth - if you know the
you'll have an idea of how huge that moment was, and if you
don’t it's about
time you crawled out from under that rock. Having been blessed with a
from Luca, Kelly and I snuck backstage to see if we couldn't grab five
lovely Ms. Scabbia. After a quick chat, body aching once more, the crew
ways and me and Kelly made our bedraggled and thoroughly rocked way
camp where the neighboring campers kindly invited us to enjoy a burger
their BBQ and some random with a Jesus cut followed me across a field,
apparently for no better reason then to stroke my flailing hair... I
sworn he was after my woman, but after Kate threatened to smack him one
wandered off into the crowd once more. All in good fun.
day it seemed as though
skies had stopped bothering to keep the weather pleasant. As if they
of us would let the rain stop the rocking they opened up and unleashed
and soaking hell on us all, a test of our commitment to the Bloodstock
dragged my hangover down to the main stage to show some
support for Scruffy’s
regulars Benediction, where defiance was the name of the game; halfway
their set they announced that they had six songs left and only five
play them in; so for the next fifteen minutes the entire crowd was
a serious sense of anarchic pride as the Birmingham
death metal group proceeded
to 'stick it to the man' in true metal style... the circle pit for
Feeds Me' was a sight to
be revered, and as they closed their lawless set I felt
charged with the kind of energy only a moshpit at the crack of noon can
invoke. On then
to the unsigned tent to consume the wake up shift of alcohol and rock
out hard for friends and personal favorites of the Kates Clothing crew,
and dirty rock and roll merchants Nemhain, fronted by the famed
If you know your stuff then you'll know that these guys rocked the Intrepid
for us at
the Necessary Evil brand launch, a performance rivaled only by the
raw energy perceived this day at Bloodstock.
With Adrian Erlandson literally
pouring sweat over his skins the unsigned marquee nearly blew its pegs
excellent rendition of Die Die Die My Darling had the crowd singing
with them. And as if by some stroke of excellent timing, as soon as
the stage Pendulum's Slam hit the speakers, which was my cue to get a
freak on. Soaked to the bone or not,
the afternoons events had set me right up
for the rest of the day.
festival was fast drawing to a
close; between sneaking backstage for a cheeky photo with Anders from
In Flames, Nemhain
and the guys from Exit 10 I managed to pack my soaking tent back into
sized bag it somehow came so neatly wrapped in. The skies were closing
black clouds and threats of a bone chilling night; of course, we had to
Flames open their set, explosively I might add, and as we ambled back
car to call it a weekend the entire festival was engaged in a beautiful
rendition of a personal favorite, Pinball Map. Just before smearing the
floor with our muddy boots Kelly and I gave our necks one last work out
chorus trailed of into the perfect darkness. The drive home was a
one, but I think the people in that car and everyone on site knew that
borne witness to a part of something big, as though Bloodstock were a
pillar in the fight to keep the raging fire alive; no dilution, no
just pure unbridled metal.
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