A brand-new event created from the ashes of Alt-Fest – by the fans, for the fans!
Many music fans and members of the Alternative community worldwide were left devastated by the recent announcement that Alt-Fest music festival was cancelled. Not wanting to see good friends and fellow musicians disappointed and left with wasted and expensive travel tickets, Dale Rowles of Steampunk rock band BB Black Dog started working furiously behind the scenes to create something new.
Over the weekend of 15-17 August, this new festival – which was named ‘Full Steam Metal Racket’ by the Steampunk community on Facebook – will play host to over 20 Steampunk, alternative and metal artists from across the UK and as far afield as Berlin and New York.
Dale, who had been due to curate The Steampunk Experience area at Alt-Fest, explains “By the time the official announcement came out, we’d done most of the ground work and were able to very quickly follow up with an alternative event – a ‘Plan B’, if you like – so people still could make the most of their plans.”
Ceri Roberts, of NeonTiger Productions UK Ltd, was excited at the prospect of helping create this new festival. “I’ve had the pleasure of working with Dale quite a few times and when he approached us, we jumped at the chance to get involved.”
When it proved impossible to stay near the original Alt-Fest site in Kettering, Dale was able to call on a beautiful and suitably historic venue – The Workhouse, near Welshpool – to be the home of this community –created festival. With ample space for two stages, a bunkhouse and room to spare for camping and caravans, this hidden gem of a site is just what the project needed.
It has also been agreed that the festival will also be raising funds for The Sophie Lancaster Foundation (Reg. Charity no. 1129689).
The Sophie Lancaster Foundation are not involved in the organisation of this event.