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Triton Festival: 3 September 2010

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Live Act(s): Triton Festival (@)
Event Date: 3 September 2010
Type of Event: Small Club Concert
Venue: Oceana Hall
Promoter/Organizer: Vampire Freaks & Audiolust
I'm really impressed with what Vampire Freaks and AudioLust have put together: Triton festival was an incredible three day long festival (technically three very very long nights!) featuring 25 established and up and coming bands. Contrary to what you might expect, there were almost no dark/goth bands and the line up consisted mostly of electronic/industrial bands with the occasional guitar and maybe a drum set thrown in there. The turn out was great and bands flew it from all over the world for Triton, and some of the most respected names in the genre were there too, including: Icon of Coil, Apoptygma Berzerk, Clan of Xymox, Celldweller, Aesthetic Perfection, Hanzel und Gretyl, Razed in Black, Imperative Reaction, Reaper, Ayria, State of the Union, FGFC820, Syrian, Terrorfakt, System Syn, Deadstar Assembly, Komor Kommando, Life Cried, Northborne, Ink Dot Boy, Panic Lift, The Gothsicles, Interface, September Mourning, Anti-Mechanism... and of course a ton of DJ's in between the bands!

In the heart of Russian Brooklyn and in an unusual location for this type of event, Triton festival took place over Memorial Day weekend (Sept 3, 4 and 5) and brought out and together the entire dark/goth/industrial scene of NYC and surrounding areas for a full immersion and in-depth experience. Although having it at the most southern tip of Brooklyn presented its challenges for some, I'm sure, being by the beach and away from the craziness of the city had it's perks for others (especially for who like me happens to live in Brooklyn!).

My only complaint is that there was so much music for so many hours that they should really have had a couple of stages going at the same time to contain the duration of the nights and allow people to see more stuff without the 9 hour marathon commitment every day. Due to personal scheduling conflicts but also to the unforgiving and relentless timeline of the festival I was unable to attend all the shows (and I am sure it was the same for many), while producing the event with shorter set times and two stages would have allowed people to see more if not almost everything. Amongst the ones that I was able to see, my favorite were Celldweller (EBM done well and with a great stage presence), Terrorfakt (finally somebody brings back real industrial into the watered down industrial scene: these dozen dudes used metal baseball bats, electric saws and grinders to smash and sparkle cans, metal plates and wheelchairs) and Apoptygma Berzerk (great show and great stage presence, although their new sound is borderline almost too mainstream!).

The organization of the event was almost impeccable too: showtimes and stage changes were perfectly timed the first night (although there were the expected delays the following two), sound was powerful, loud and clear, visual and lights were excellent, the bar and the merch stands were popular and the crowd was all leathered-up, latexed-up, chained-up, sprayed-up. Needless to say both the vampires and the freaks came out and we all had a good time together checking out bands, dancing, buying records (yeah really!) and people-watching or enjoyed being seen (or photographed). Great event all together.

Vampire Freaks and AudioLust have really done it and have demonstrated that when you put your money where your mouth is you can make great things happen. I can't wait for the second edition of the festival and I wish these guys all the best with everything.

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