Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Up and Coming: Darkness Resurrected-Valentine's Day Hangover
It has been a while since I've mentioned anything here about Fayetteville's Darkness Resurrected Dance Night. Considering that most of my readers are not local to me, I thought it best to feature it in a post after the affair was held for the first time, but then move on to other topics; this, in spite of my continued enthusiasm for the bi-monthly event and my hopes for its continued success.
This week however, I do want to talk about it again; and I'd like to do so in the context of of what appears to be an unfolding phenomenon across the nation, the incremental disappearance of goth clubs and goth nights.
Why this is happening is open to speculation, but my opinion is that both the scene and many involved with it are getting older. It seems that every so many years some new alternative, musical style or celebrity comes along that catches the fancy of the younger generation for awhile, thereby setting the interested on a new and perhaps unique path. New subcultures develop. Then, there's the fact that as people get older, they become more settled and have less need to frequent night clubs with all the excitement that thrives in them. Speaking only for myself, I'm generally quite contented to watch an episode of Dark Shadows and then read a few pages in The Lives of the Mayfair Witches or whatever before turning in for the night; especially during these cold winter months. It's also quite common to hear folks complaining about the newer music played at various Goth or alternative venues. Many, it would seem, prefer that the music remain truer to the style of original dark wave or goth rock.
Whatever the reason for the growing rarity of Goth events, I feel that we in the Fayetteville area should consider ourselves fortunate that we have Darkness Resurrected Dance Nights. After all, this is an event that continues the traditions of the original goth scene and for many, it's a chance to get together with old friends and acquaintances. I know that DJ Durandal and his fellow Deejays and supporters work hard and sometimes travel many miles in order to make these happenings successful. Now that's dedication to a cause!
After a bit of online discussion with DJ Durandal, an announcement appeared on the Valentine's Day Hangover's Facebook page.
It seems that a full hour of the older music will be offered, starting at 8:00 pm. An hour of old-school goth earlier in the evening? How can I resist?
The main event takes begins at 9:00 pm and runs until 2:00 am at the Stolen Glass in downtown Fayetteville on Saturday February 15. Lots of folks showed up for the Halloween costume party back on November 1. Hopefully, it will be the same this time around.