The Gothic Revival - The Yorkshire Goth Scene - 2003 and ever onwards!
Baa! - Black Sheep - Every Sunday at Santiago's!
Pyromancer, photographed by Princess Linzi at the 'Black Sheep On Tour' Screaming Banshee Aircrew gig, The Bassment, Leeds, 2003
The original unofficial Inkubus Sukkubus fan site, gig reviews, album reviews, lavish photography, the Supernature web-forum, and
a detailed section on Pagan belief and practice, using Inkubus Sukkubus themes and lyrics.
Content, photos and text by Pyromancer, forum by Ametyst.
Official website of Little Match Girl
the heavy-duty electronic metal band out of Leeds, engineered, hosted and managed by Pyromancer, the site itself is the band's own work.
Grimly Sheepish, the Stormshadow tribute site to
Black Sheep, the current
incarnation of the legendary "Sunday Club" goth night which has run at
Bar Phono, The Merrion Centre, Leeds since the dawn of time.
Detailed directions to the venue,
a random collection of Sheepish flyers,
a couple of exterior pics to help you find the place,
and a permanent home for the Sheep's unique sense of humour!
How To Find the Josephs Well, Leeds - detailed directions, both pedestrian and vehicular, to one of the
hardest to find venues in the city.
Welcome to the Northern Scene!
What is the Northern Scene? It's the combination of Goth scene gigs and clubs
spread across the Northern English cities of Leeds, York, and Bradford, plus surrounding
events, which together form the alternative lifeblood of the North. This is where it
all began, back in the 1980s, and to this day the Northern Scene continues to thrive.
Who am I? I'm Pyromancer, amongst other things, sometime Northern Scene DJ at Black Sheep.
There's all manner of waffle about me in a box somehwere further down the page for the terminally
I have seen the future, and it's GOTH! - an interesting thread on the Sheepish forum sparked off by a Guardian article and including links to many other mainstream media articles on the Gothic Subculture.
Club, gig and event reviews
- Marylin Manson 6th December 2007, Marylin Manson in Manchester.
- Within Temptation The absolute grand masters of the European Gothic Metal scene playing one of the finest gigs I've ever been to, 24th November 2007.
- Goth In The Park IV
19th May 2007, first of the 07 GitP events, which ended up invading
the Pubculture for the weirdest picnic yet!
- Gloominati, Thursday 15th February 2007 Live performances from The Ghost Of Lemora and The Way Of All
Flesh, a 1920s Gangsters and Molls theme, dancers, fire-juggling stilt-walkers, and someone with an angle-grinder - Gloominati's back!
- Samhain!!! at TheSubculture A one-off special event featuring Laura, Fran and I, all dressed in boilersuits, playing an insane mix of rock and goth on the Sunday nearest to the great Pagan fire festival of Samhain, 2006. Pictures and utterly mad setlist.
- Pyromancer DJs the WGW! On Saturday 28th October 2006, I was invited to DJ with Martin Oldgoth and Cruel Brit@nnia at the official WGW overspill event at the Whitby Goth Weekend. Me? Whitby? Eeep! Pictures and the setlist here.
- Friday Flock's Opening Night @ TheSubculture Friday 6th October 2006 saw Friday Flock move to the all-new 'theSubculture' club rebuilt from the ruins of the Bassment by Sarah Orange and crew. The Flock is BACK!!!
- The Return Of The Sheep! Sunday 3rd September 2006 - one night only, the return of the legend that was Black Sheep, with Phono Paul and Wendyhouse Glenn on the decks, at
The Adelphi. All Goth clubs should be like this...
- Batfink: The Midsummer Nightmare, Saturday 22nd July 2006 Revenge of the Cheesemeister! Batfink returns
to two-room club glory in truly spectacular style at "The Hubs" in Sheffield.
- Bad Wisdom, Saturday 24th June 2006 A one off, eclectic Goth night in Wortley, Leeds, with no less
than eight DJs all playing their own favourite tracks.
- The Final Floorshow No-one ever thought it would end... until corporate greed finally killed the venue which had been the spiritual home of the Northern Scene since the
very dawn of Goth itself. This was the last ever night at Bar Phono.
- Black Sheep,
Sunday 14th August 2005 Just the regular Sunday night, a good
crowd, some great music - enjoy!
- The Dark Omen Festival, Paris,
Saturday 23rd July 2005 Inkubus Sukkubus, The Cruxshadows, with
support, at the wonderfuly atmospheric Chateau de Vaux le Penil, just outside
Near Meth Experience A free gig at The Josephs Well, Tuesday 2nd
August 2005, from a band who sound a lot like The Merry Thoughts.
Gotham 6, Saturday 28th May 2005 Flag Promotions' premier event
of 2005, headlined by Clan of Xymox, with The Cruxshadows putting a truly
spectacular show in the special guest slot.
Zeitgeist Zero + Newvogue at the Body Electric, York, Saturday
2nd July 2005. Zetigeist Zero's first ever headline gig, at York's oldest
Black Sheep, January 16th 2005 The original weekly Sunday night
Goth club, in the venue where it all began.
The Wendyhouse, January 2005 Largest and best known of all the Northern
Scene clubs, what's the Wendyhouse really like? Here's a review!
Darklands, York, a year and a half on A return to York, 18 months on,
is Darklands still as good as ever? You bet!
Cauda Pavonis + Pro-Jekt at Carpe Noctum, Bradford, 11th December 2004.
A truly fantastic gig to round off a year of live entertainment.
Carnival Of Souls 2004 Goth/Fetish event held at a state-of-the-art
nightclub in Derby, this was Day 2 of the 10th aniversary event, featuring
Pro-Jekt, the Scary Bitches, and Lupine.
Discotheque Necrophonicon The best Friday Flock ever, packed venue, great
atmosphere, and the DJs called back for an encore at the end!
The Synthetic InsanitoriuM! Synthetic plus Living With Eating Disorders at
InsanatoriuM, Colchester, 19th June 2004
The Sheep Before Whitby! Pumpkin frenzy at Black Sheep, 2003-10-26.
Little Match Girl and Zeitgeist Zero at Black Sheep Live!, The Bassment,
Leeds, Sunday 28th September, 2003
Black Sheep on the hottest night of the year,
Sunday 10th August 2003
Action Directe, Libitina, Little Match Girl & Zeitgeist Zero at the
Josephs Well, Leeds, Friday 25th July 2003
Black Veil Live! - The Cruxshadows and the Screaming Banshee Aircrew live at the
Adelphi, 19th July 2003
Friday Flock at the Phono, Friday 4th July, 2003
Darklands, York - The Launch Party, Saturday 5th July 2003
Action Directe at The Fenton - Friday 16th May 2003, Leeds leading exponents of Industrial
Punk, supported by the then just-emerged Zeitgeist Zero.
Black Sheep On Tour - The Screaming Banshee Aircrew at The Bassment, Sunday 11th May 2003
Who am I? My name is Jack, aka Pyromancer, pagan, asexual,
and under the spell of the Darkside. (Compulsory Disclaimer: I am not a Goth, honest!) And yes, I am a pretentious git!
As well as gothic music, I love Victorian and medieval architecture, subterranean
places, and people who dare to be a little bit different. More general info on
me is avaliable at Describe Yourself To The Netscrape UPG 2003 edition.
Oh yeah, and the dodgy looking bloke in the PVC is me. Don't all run away at once!
For me a good night out involves good music, alternative people, dancing like a complete
lunatic, and generally having a good time with a bunch of open and friendly folks,
which is a pretty good description of a night at Black Sheep!
You want more information?
Asexual: Yes, that's right, I have neither the desire nor the ability to
have sex with anyone. I'm not a puritan, religious nut, or "repressing my
true feelings", it's just something I never have been, nor ever will be,
interested in. I'm not the only one, there's a large and fast growing
community for asexual people at AVEN - the Asexuality Visibility and Education Network.
Photographer: I do a lot of gig and club photography, and have sleeve
credits on several albums, including all the live photos on Inkubus Sukkubus's
"Witch Queen" EP and "Science & Nature" album, and also the Screaming Banshee Aircrew's "Fishnet Messiah".
Pagan: I worship both a God and Goddess, co-equal manifestations of the
life force of nature. I don't believe in a heaven or a hell, I believe that
when we die, our spiritual selves dissapate into the universal life, only to
return scattered as thousands of facets of new lives. I usually relate to
the Lord and Lady as Isis and Osiris from the Egyptian pantheon, or as Pan and
Hecate from the western tradition. I believe that all gods and goddesses are
manifestations of a greater force we can't really comprehend yet.
DJ: The Goth scene has become my spiritual home on many levels,
so when the long-running weekly Black Sheep clubnight was abruptly killed
off by the owners of the Merrion Centre at Midwinter 2005, I found myself
able to give something back by starting up the
Sunday Goth Social as a replacement, every Sunday night at The George,
opposite the LGI in Leeds. The SGS is very much a co-operative event,
the equipment was provided by Coreline
while Wil does the bulk of the
door work. Musically we follow the original Black Sheep "All Shades Of Goth,
Past And Present" forumla, and strive to keep the night as well balanced as
possible. Expect to hear a little bit of everything, from All About Eve to
Fields Of The Nephilim, from Nightwish to Combichrist, from Inkubus Sukkubus
to Apoptygma Berzerk, from The Dead Kennedys to The Mission, from The
Screaming Banshee Aircrew to Zeitgeist Zero.
LiveJournal: It's the heat death of the Internet, sooner or later
everyone succumbs. You can read my LiveJournal if you really want to.
The strange, the weird, and the completely insane...
Clubs and Events
Something a wee bit special...
General Scene Stuff
History of The Camden Palace
- As posted to upg, Uncle Nemesis' potted history of the current (2003) venue for London's Gotham festival.
Black Sheep - Oldest Goth Club in England?
- Link to an article giving an outline history of the legendary Bar Phono in Leeds,
reputed to be the country's oldest goth club, birthplace of the Gothic Two Step,
said to be the inspiration for the Sisters Of Mercy's "Floorshow", and still running the infamous "Black Sheep" Sunday-night event.
- Kaleidoscope Magazine -
The UK's premier Goth Scene magazine, the emphasis is solidly on music but with the demise of Meltdown,
Kaleidoscope has started covering the fashion side of the scene too. Very highly reccomended and always
a good read.
Meltdown Magazine - Back in 2004 what used to be Meltdown Magazine became a TV show,
this site was the home of the magazine and back issues are available for sale.