19082015 hype

I always love the build-up to big events. There’s the anticipation, the excitement, the expectations!

There’s a few more big events I’ll be going to before the year is out, of which I’ll be definitely writing about for your eye-parts to gaze upon.

Firstly, there’s INFEST FESTIVAL, an EBM/Industrial/Darkwave/Noise music festival, which is held annually, on the August bank holiday weekend, in Bradford. Last year, I had the pleasure of attending this for the first time and, quite frankly, I had a blast! What makes this festival so unique, is the fact that the venue is at the University of Bradford, with the student halls being used as accommodation, and the student union bar as the main area for the bands. The only way I can describe the vibe and feel of this festival, is that it feels like a Goth Freshers weekend. The entire event is a non-stop party, it’s absolutely mental (in the best possible sense, of course.) Plus with bands like Syrian, Mind.In.A.Box and Project Pitchfork playing this year, the party is bound to get pretty intense. I’ve just got to remember to be careful and try not to pull an all-nighter this time round. Oh, who am I kidding?! I most likely will…

Next up, and moving into the world of gaming, is EGX (Eurogamer Expo) at the end of September. This should be a pretty exciting venture for me and my mates, as the last time we went to a games show like this was GameFest in 2011. Sadly, that was the only year the ill-fated event was held, and it died soon after, due to GAME’s financial crisis at the time. I’ve always wanted to go to EGX, as it’s always a massive event, almost like E3, but for us Britons! However, the main venue for it was Earls Court in London, which is a bugger for us to get to. Fortunately, with Earls Court being redeveloped, they decided to move it a bit closer to home, at the NEC in Birmingham. Needless to say, I jumped at the chance to attend. There’s already an impressive roster of playable games at the event, including; Just Cause 3, Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst, Star Wars: Battlefront, The Division, and Rainbow Six: Siege. Also, Homefront: The Revolution has just been announced to be at the show, with many other titles to be announced. The lineup is undoubtedly strong at the moment, and it’s only bound to get more impressive, with the newest generation of consoles finally going into full-swing. All I ask is, please Bethesda, bring Fallout 4 to the show.

Finally, back to music land, it appears that AMPHI FESTIVAL are gearing up to announce the first wave of bands and artists for next year’s event. For those of you that don’t know, Amphi is a pretty popular alternative festival held in Cologne, Germany. This year saw it move to a new venue, at the LANXESS Arena. Whilst this was seen as a controversial move by some, it was actually a pretty brave move, and lucky too! Due to a storm warning, the outdoor areas of the festival were closed on the Saturday, and fortunately, the main stage was indoors, inside the arena itself. Had it been at the old venue, the entire festival would have been cancelled. Luckily, the weather cleared up on the Sunday, and all was well. It was my first Amphi, as well as my first venture to Germany (plus my first time abroad in over a decade) and, weather issues aside, it was still absolutely incredible! All I can say is, the Germans sure know how to party! The first lineup announcement for 2016 is set for Friday, with early-bird tickets going on sale around the same time-frame. Expect a post on Friday raving/ranting about the announcement, depending on how it all looks. If it is a decent roster of bands, I just hope I manage to make it!

I could rave about more upcoming events, but I feel like I’ve talked about enough for one day. Plus I’m sure they’d make decent separate posts. Until next time! 🙂