BBC4, can we please get Goth Britannia made?

522704_195067337277650_2039313857_nWhat a fantastic idea.

“BBC4, can we please get Goth Britannia made?” is a Facebook campaign – a year old this week – imploring the beautiful BBC to make “Goth Britannia”:

We’ve had Soul Britannia, Prog Britannia and Synth Britannia and others, but surely there is a snakebite & black sized gap in the schedules for the daddy of ’em all… GOTH BRITANNIA.

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“The Cure & the Story of the Alternative 80s” Magazine

So this dropped through my letterbox today.  The curiously titled “The Cure [IN GREAT BIG LETTERS] and the story of the alternative 80s.” [in apologetically small, non-descript, genre avoiding letters].

It’s a potted history of Goth (the Cure don’t even really get any extra coverage), with new interviews and good, in-depth articles.  This is definitely not as gritty as Mick Mercer’s excellent Gothic Rock (still available through LuLu, and highly recommended), but it seems like a pretty good intro.  It does have a lot of really nice photos, many I haven’t seen before.

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Killing Joke part way with the Cult and Mission shows

Not content with downsizing the Cult, Mission and Killing Joke tour, it now looks like the  shows may be off, but, either way, Jaz aint happy, and Killing Joke are off the tour!

It gives me great pleasure to announce the cancellation of the upcoming gigs with The Cult and The Mission.  Frankly, playing at a gig with The Cult never appealed to me in the first place. The only reason we allowed ourselves to be talked into it was to blow both bands off the stage and to steal their respective audiences.

As the concert has been downgraded to a venue that we have recently headlined (and sold out) it doesn’t make sense. In addition to this Gatherers would only get to listen to a one hour set.  Then there would be a problem with the dressing room and witnessing The Cult charge the fans $200 per head for a Meet & Greet.  Lastly, all their songs suck! They clearly have no integrity (they refer to their hometown as L.A.).

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The Cult, Mission and Killing Joke tour has been downsized…

The Cult, Mission and Killing Joke September “arena” tour has been, er, downsized, to more of a “hippodrome” tour.  Tickets are to be re-issued, and, if you booked through the same customer friendly website I did, a tape recording will soon be calling you to tell you this.

Sept. 11: Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle, UK
Sept. 12: Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield, UK
Sept. 14: Manchester Arena, Manchester, UK
Sept. 15: LG Arena, Birmingham, UK
Sept. 16: Wembley Arena, London, UK

Sept. 10: O2 Apollo Manchester, Manchester, UK
Sept. 11: O2 Academy Newcastle, Newcastle, UK
Sept. 12: O2 Academy Sheffield, Sheffield, UK
Sept. 15: O2 Academy Birmingham, Birmingham, UK
Sept. 16: HMV Hammersmith Apollo, London, UK

Via the ever-knowing Slicing Up Eyeballs.