So it appears I overdid it the night before. I woke up, at around the crack of noon again, but this time with a dreadful hangover. Jaded, I still made the effort to hang out downstairs with people. A couple of hours later, we ventured down to a local Wetherspoons. All I can say is, I’ve never been so glad to devour a large mixed grill in my life. Hooray for hangover cures! With this second wind, we headed back to the venue.
One thing I never realised before, is that Infest sometimes has themed days for the final day of the weekend. This year, it was a post-apocalyptic tea party theme. It was great to see so many people rise up to this. I actually lost count of the amount of people that wore Mad Max Style makeup and/or post-apocalyptic threads. Plus a few teabags and kettles (because, British, I think?) There was even someone completely kitted out as a War Boy, which was awesome! If I’d have known about this, I’d have definitely made an effort to join in.
Due to a long wait at the pub, I only managed to catch the last 3 or 4 songs of Mechanical Cabaret. Considering it was so early on a Sunday, an impressive amount of people turned up, and it’s clear to see why. From what I experienced, they were great, with their style being a nice blend of old-school 80’s electronics, and modern Industrial. Once again, boozing with friends prevailed, and I missed Readjust and Bhambhamhara. I’m really starting to see a theme here.
Sadly, the band that were due to play the next slot, Meltron, had to pull out of the festival due to health issues. Fortunately, they managed to get a replacement, in the form of Syrian, much to the fanfare of some of my friends. After seeing them, I can completely understand the hype, they were brilliant! Their synthy-space tunes were incredibly catchy and lively, with that energy driving through their entire set. Their melodies definitely got the room into a dancing frenzy. [5/5]
Next up were Monolith. They slowed things down a bit, instead delivering an incredibly highly atmospheric rhythm of tribal beats. I’ve always found the tribal industrial style songs incredibly hypnotic. Once the rhythm really gets going, I can’t help but get drawn into it. This was certainly the case here, it was a fantastic show. [4/5]
Then it was time for the final band of the weekend, Project Pitchfork. The band had been due to play Infest last year, but were forced to pull-out last minute, so they opted to play this year instead. The wait was entirely worth it, as they closed the weekend in style. They played a great collection of hits from their massive back-catalogue, including “Timekiller” and “Existence“. In such a short time-frame, fitting so many hits would have seemed impossible, but they pulled it off. It was an epic end to an epic weekend. [5/5]
I don’t remember a ton of the after-party… other than getting incredibly drunk, venturing with a friend to get cash from a distant petrol station, and witnessing a ladybird plushie toy get tortured with booze. Needless to say, in our inebriated state, we found the last two events absolutely hilarious (I guess you had to be there.) I was definitely up for after-partying, but alas, it wasn’t meant to be. To cut a long story short, and without being too graphic, let’s just say my stomach didn’t agree with its current contents. I tried to recover, I really did, but there was definitely going to be no second-wind here. Defeated, I collapsed into bed.
The next morning was the hangover from hell, everything was a massive effort. When I went downstairs, I think this conversation with a friend sums it all up nicely:
My Friend: “You ok,? It looks like your world has ended”
Me: “My world has ended!”
Yup… that’s pretty much it! After suffering in the Wetherspoons, where I couldn’t even stomach the idea of eating much of anything, I managed to recover enough to make the long journey home.
So that was Infest 2015. I wish I could’ve been more detailed in my posts, but so much happened, that it was extremely difficult to remember it all. The important thing is, it was an incredible weekend.
The main lure for me personally, is the social interactions with the people there. Sure, the bands were amazing, and it was great to see them, but it was brilliant to meet with friends old and new. To all those that I met and talked to, thank you so much for the wonderful time, you all definitely made my weekend. I just wish we could do this more often! Of course, most importantly, I want to thank the Infest organisers and crew for putting on the festival, and making it work so fantastically. If it wasn’t for you guys, we wouldn’t have this legendary event to meet up and party like we do. You’re truly a credit to the entire UK industrial scene, and words cannot describe how much this event means to me.
So, let’s all do it all over again next year, shall we? 🙂