TONIGHT- Jairus Khan DJ Set at 7pm PST

If you didn’t come to this last year, you *really* missed out on something special.  Jairus Khan(Ad.Ver.Sary, Antigen Shift and sometimes even iVardensphere…)  is BACK at World Goth Fair tonight at 7pm at the mobile unit.  Jairus is one of the sweetest, nicest people, and everyone had a blast last time he came to DJ for us. So spend your night at the mobile unit! We’ll see you at 6:45 (so Jairus doesn’t have to make the same joke about all goths being late again…)

 

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The night grew red, and without mercy.

World Goth Fair II, by Caity Tobias

And so, we survived opening weekend.  Which went pretty smoothly, all things considered. I do know we were packed. I would log in to 40+ on the sim for hours and hours.  Nothing seems to have exploded, so I’ll take it.

By the way, Eclectica is now in (Welcome back, Tiffy!) so everyone can pile into her store and see what she’s got in there.  She’s over in the creepy corner of the sim.  (seriously. It’s by far creepier than the others. Mind the zombies, by the way.)

Speaking of which, everyone should be made aware that a LOT of stores have done staggered releases for this event, and a whole new wave of releases from many stores will arrive on World Goth Day (Friday, May 22.)  Quite a lot of stores are planning releases ON World Goth Day itself, so be prepared to come back and check it all out.

Also on World Goth Day, we will have live DJs from 6am-midnight Pacific time.  I’ll get a poster sorted out today, but the lineup is as follows:

6-8am: Cruel Britannia
8-10am: Aribeth Zelin
10am-noon: BCreative Wilde
noon-2pm: Angelica Leiner
2-4pm: Alisa Perne
4-6pm: Pie Zipper
6-8pm: Rydia Suicide
8-10pm: Lokii Violet
10-midnight: Bronxelf

Again, poster to follow later tonightish, I need to make that happen.

Another announcement: On Tuesday, May 26th at 8pm (pre-empting Pie’s usual set) You Shriek will be live at the Gothika Mobile Unit. Razi will be doing a live set.  This is not a cover band, it’s not a tribute band- it’s actually You Shriek – the real deal, and only at WGF.

On May 29th (time TBA) Jairus Khan of Ad.Ver.Sary, Antigen Shift (and sometimes even iVardensphere) will be back at the mobile unit for a DJ set. If you caught him last year you’ll know he DJed for 3 hours and everyone had a blast, so be ready to come on back and say hi to him again.

I’m working on a couple other music events. More info as I have it, but I’m trying.

 

One Last Wish.

Succubus, by Duchess Flux

…writing the wrapup post always feels like the ending to Saturday Night Live, where the guest host is in a rush to thank everyone and winds up forgetting half the people anyway as the credits are rolling.

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On Saturday Night, Jairus Khan laughed that all goth clubs everywhere are the same- everyone always shows up late. It’s true. Everyone basically sauntered in 15 minutes after he started, but things picked up a lot when he finally remembered he had a microphone and said hi.  It seemed like that was the moment the club got packed, and Jairus stayed on the decks for three hours. (!!)  He seemed to have a good time, and I know people *definitely* enjoyed his being there and want him to come back, so maybe we can make it a WGF tradition (he’s welcome back at any other time, too, of course.)  He also managed to get an Antigen Shift hoodie over his Ad.Ver.Sary t-shirt.  He’s one of those rare people that picks up how SL works intuitively, (there’s like four of them, ever.) so getting around was no problem at all for him*.

(*This is the moment that Lee reads this and begins muttering about how two years later he winds up standing around without pants and a box on his hand.)

Sunday, the last full day of the event was pretty quiet, as last days usually are, but we actually started to have a strange, unexpected rush as the night wore on.

Last night there was a mad, last minute rush at the hoodie gachas.  People were sending their alts down to make sure they got the hoodies before they disappeared. In truth, the hoodies disappeared from Cursed last, even though that was the machine that kept inexplicably giving out fatpacks in greater numbers. I still don’t know how many we sold yet, but definitely well over 1000 (we were at 1000 not long after the machines dropped.)

…aaaand it’s World Goth Day, by Shyntae Demonista

I locked the sims down at midnight, although merchants and bloggers flew through after that and grabbed stuff they missed while the crowds had been there during the run. Every time I thought I had a final total, I would refresh and see it had gone up yet again. After about six times I figured I’d just leave it alone until morning.

The charity rep contacted me mid-morning (his time) and I talked him through the cashout process.  The total for WGF 2014 was 753516, or $2932USD or, if you like, 1750GBP.

I turned the money over to SOPHIE this morning:

I realize everyone just went “MexicolaWHAT?”.  Sorry about that- not my doing. It’s the name they chose for themselves. But if you actually look them up in search, you’ll find this:

Just to set aside any concerns there. I have been assured that as soon as all the money hits their paypal account, they will send us a written confirmation I can post here to let everyone know that the charity itself got all the money.

And then I went to bed.

So, basically done and dusted for another year.  Org is already talking about what needs to change for next year- what can be added, and what should be pulled. We’re already planning for next year, albeit exhaustedly.

Now, as the credits roll I want to thank all our merchants, who busted ass to bring all they could to the event, and for creating the wacky and supportive atmosphere in event chat that we all get to enjoy. Our bloggers for absolutely tirelessly putting out post after post, and being so fantastically creative with all they do for us.  The bands (omg the bands) who continue to support us in all kinds of ways. We are always amazed and grateful.  Thank you.  All the shoppers who came down and got their goth on for two weeks, tossing money into vendors and tip jars. To Jessica Lyon and the Firestorm Team for their constant support. Finally to all my fellow org team members. Gang. when I tell you we work 20 hour days for 6 weeks, I mean it. We all do. And then we get up and do it again.

Our next *regularly* scheduled event is A Clockwork Spiral, in mid September. Applications for that will open August 1. HOWEVER, there may be an event before that- just a one shot.  We’re working on it and will announce as soon as we know.

Keep it spooky, gang. We’ll be back soon.

-AK

Sleeping Beauty, by Devin Vaughn

 

 

The last dance.

Crow Killer, by Kostika Mistwaker

We’re now in to our last weekend of World Goth Fair for this year. You don’t have much time to go shopping so if you haven’t done it yet, make a run for it!  I truly think this year’s selection of stuff is even better than last year.

We can never really thank everyone enough but we do keep trying- so thank you to everyone who keeps supporting us, and the charity.

Tonight, as a reminder we have a VERY special event.

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Jairus has just done his tech check, and even has a working mic so he can say hi to everyone. This is his very first time DJing in SL, but after seeing WGF last year he was very excited to try it out this year. We’re so happy to have him with us and really encourage EVERYONE to cram themselves into the mobile unit at 8.

If you want to listen remotely, you can!  the stream is http://aqua.neostreams.info:8036/listen.pls

SLurl:  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Cursed/65/129/1020

All tips tonight go to SOPHIE, so please remember to tip those smiley jars.

Our current total, by the way(as of noon SLT) is 730488L, or $2842USD.

See you all tonight!

Special Guest DJ set today!

Abyssal, by Byrne Darkly

Ok the photo has nothing to do with the DJ set, but it is really lovely. Well done, Byrne!

First thanks are in order to BCreative Wilde for putting out such a great set on Friday.  The crowd wouldn’t let her leave- she was there for 3 hours, rather than 2,and she even gave out random hoodies to people when she herself won a fatpack (she gave away her duplicates to people at the event. Thank you so much, B!

But yes, it’s true- we have another guest DJ set today at 4pm SLT.  Cursed’s own Alisa Perne who happens to also be one of our bloggers, but even more coincidentally lives on Cursed all year long (and I’ve only deleted her house by accident twice in four years!) will be at the Gothika Mobile Unit for two hours of the dark stuff.

SLurl: To Cursed

Tonight at 8pm, we have (theoretical) Pie spinning..whatever it is he likes. I expect it will be a goth set, but he might surprise us with something more industrial.  Either way he won’t know what he’s doing until he does it. But everybody loves Pie, so come on down and get your last slice of the weekend at 8 Pacific Time.

Just to catch people up on what else is going on this week- on Wednesday at 4pm we have the Tiny Invasion.  Last year’s was absolutely bonkers, so be prepared to get small (and put some earplugs in cause the little ones are LOUD).  They’ll be spearheaded by Alexis Radikal of Tiny Bit Radikal once again.  All tinies and micro avatars welcome at the mobile unit.

On Saturday, May 31, Jairus Khan of Ad.Ver.Sary (and Antigen Shift, and even sometimes iVardensphere) will be DJing live at the mobile unit. Time to be announced – Jairus has been a bit busy at the Aftermath festival in Toronto this weekend so I’ll catch up with him in the next couple of days.

For those who are interested in trading duplicate hoodies, or if you’re looking for those elusive rares – Synjari was kind enough to start a thread on SLU for that.

So you can go there and trade away!  Once again I will note that for reasons I can’t explain (because all the machines are exactly the same- I promise you…) the one on Cursed seems to give out more ultrarare fatpacks. I don’t know why. I just know it’s worked out that way. So if you’re trying to win one of those, people have had good luck there.

I haven’t as yet had the time to count them all but I do know from a quick mental estimate that in the first three days the hoodies have been out, we have sold over 1000 of them.  This is awesome and we can’t thank you enough. ALL the proceeds go to the charity, and we appreciate the support of real bands and licensed content in SL as well. (The bands do too. I was just explaining how many we sold to James Francis of Panic Lift on Saturday night and he was amazed at how fast they’ve gone.) We sold 2084 shirts last year, so maybe we can beat the record!

 

Hypnotizing, by Sonya Marmurek

In other news- a bit of admin I need to take care of.

We do understand that sometimes, people are hearing about WGF for the very first time in the middle of the event and suddenly get the urge to show support of some kind.  But at that point, the best way to do it is to just come down and shop the event, or toss some cash into one of the tip jars.  Sending us gift cards to your store won’t help – we have already passed the one contest day we do during the event (World Goth Day itself) and we only take GCs from merchants already in the event anyway. So if you send us stuff we only have to send it back and explain that. If you want to participate, we open applications for merchants on April 1.  Applying is no guarantee you’ll get in, but it gives you significantly better odds than just handing us merch/gc’s, which definitely won’t work.  We love that so many people want to participate but we have to do it in an organized fashion.

Also, we’ve had several requests for interviews.  Here’s the deal on that:  The only person who is likely to agree to this is Lee (Cruel Britannia.) That’s how it should be- World Goth Day itself was his gig to begin with, and since he does a lot of interviews on his own shows, he is comfortable doing them.  But for some reason people keep asking me instead.

I am terrible at giving interviews. I speak too quickly and sometimes people have problems with my accent. Also, I’m REALLY not comfortable talking to random strangers like that so unless you’re someone I already know pretty well I’m probably going to say no.  It’s not personal, but it is a firm decision.  Everyone else at org has definitively said they won’t do interviews at all.

So the person you need to speak with is Lee. Please bear in mind that he is in the UK, and as such is 8 hours ahead of Pacific Time.  He also is not inworld very much (really only 2 hours a week, on Thursdays.) So if you want to reach him the best way to do it is to contact him on twitter (@CruelBritannia) or on his website, http://cruelbrit.co.uk, or on facebook. Please also be aware that a reasonable amount of advance notice is required.

And now, with one full week left in this year’s WGF… the current charity total is:  648745L or approximately $2525USD. With one week left to go, we have plenty of time to once again crack the million linden raised mark!

more news tomorrow!

And the beat goes on.

You Can Always Take More Than Nothing, by Ely Hynes

So we all survived another World Goth Day. It gets bigger every year. The tweets come in from all over the world (it’s comedy gold.)  mainstream publications talk about it in ways we don’t expect (which is mostly pretty cool.) and we get up and do our thing on the Day That Isn’t Amateur Hour.

For me it usually goes by in a blur.  This year it was a blur accompanied by a migraine brought on by (how very goth) an incoming storm cell, but in the end, we did it.  For our part we had 12 hours of nonstop music at the mobile unit  I’m not sure who got photos but if you did, let me know- we were pretty crowded so moving the camera around was an adventure.

Razi Panic of You Shriek came to visit us (twice!) and Pie fell on his head. At this point it’s now become a tradition, I think.  Next year, it’s Razi’s turn to fall on someone again.

Apparently people have found the hoodie gachas.  I can’t thank everyone enough for playing them- getting them together is one of the hardest things we do for this event. It requires a huge team effort and every part of it is work. What I appreciate most is that people seem to get that licensed content and real bands are worth supporting, and if given a way to do both at once, they’ll take it.

For the record, even though the machines on all three sims are set exactly the same way, for some reason the one on Cursed seems to give out more of those ultrarare fatpacks. I don’t know why – REALLY, they’re all set exactly the same, but that’s how it worked out yesterday.

I’m sure someone will eventually set up a hoodie trading thread on SLU. When they do, I’ll link it so people can trade their duplicates more easily. In the meantime? Go get more hoodies, because man they’re awesome and once the event ends they are GONE.  We’ll make something new for next year.

Dark Prevails, by Duchess Flux.

Our bloggers are awesome.  They really, really are. I don’t even know how they do what they do. I just look around and they’ve done it. Have you seen our Flickr pool? It’s great, and if you have WGF images you’d like to share you can post them there too.

So now that another WGD is behind us, we have PLENTY more stuff coming up at WGF.  Today at 2pm Pacific time, BCreative Wilde, one of the oldest goth DJs on the grid will be doing a special set for us up at the Mobile Unit.  Tonight at 8pm, our own Lokii Violet will be kicking off Spiral Twin Friday and at 10, The Pink Nightmare, Rydia Suicide will grab the decks from her until Midnight Pacific Time.

We have other events coming up in the next week as well- some as yet unannounced.  So there’s plenty remaining for this year’s World Goth Fair.

As promised, I have the current total:

The current total raised for SOPHIE is 567986L or approximately $2210USD.  We still have more than a week left to go, so we have lots of room to raise that total for an excellent cause.

Thank you so much to everyone who has joined us as a merchant, come down, donated, walked around, shopped, taken photos, listened to music and grabbed some licensed merchandise.  We just set up the playground every year. You guys are the ones who fill it, and we love you for it.

-AK