Steampunk band in Battle of the Bands final

The Copperfield Ensemble Project

The Copperfield Ensemble Project in the Final of Battle of the Bands

The Copperfield Ensemble Project is an imagining of Victorian music played today: a cross between Chamber Music and Music Hall, this is Classical music to sing along to.
Born out of an experimental attempt to put the ideas Drustan Durman had bouncing round his head in the summer of 2012 into something he could hear instead of being driven mad by, the experiment continues. With Mel Orriss’ incredible musical ability and The Rev JD’s tweaks and engineering, Drustan’s slightly odd song ideas continue to reach reality in a catchy, breathtaking and completely unpredictable way!

The Copperfield Ensemble will be performing in front of 1500 revellers in the final of The Okehampton Battle of the Bands as part of The Big Party in the Park on 2nd August 2014 – http://www.okehamptonbattleofthebands.org.uk/ before undertaking the first leg of the 2014/15 South West UK tour, details attached.

From The Okehampton Times / Battle of the Bands Review:
‘The last heat of the 2014 Okehampton Battle of the Bands crashed its way through the Charter Hall on Wednesday night making it difficult once again for the judges but a great one for the crowd. First Band of the night, and winners of the heat were The Copperfield Ensemble Project. This Okehampton based outfit described themselves as Neo-Victorian Steam Punk and came dressed as the part. A string quartet, amazing vocals and percussion and a hauntingly mesmerising performance where dark cabaret meets theatre.’

As you can see we believe we are the most authentic Steampunk Band in the UK, bringing music of the time into the 21st century and will be playing at a host of major Steampunk & alternative festivals next year.

Catch a live performance of ‘Steampunk March No1′ here –  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mnOZvMIE7r4
The Copperfield Ensemble Project are on Facebook here – https://www.facebook.com/TheCopperfieldEnsembleProject

Tips on staying safe when modelling outside of events

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Group Captain Tony “Bootstrap” Bates

Tony Bates is the Group Captain of Steampunk Doncaster and he’s taken time to draw on his vast experience to give us all a few guidelines when arranging photography shoots outside of steampunk events. Continue reading

Heresy n Heelz Alternative & Burlesque Fair birthday revisit

alternative & burlesque fair performer

Slinky Sparkles. Copyright photofairground, used with permission

I mentioned in the Journal’s birthday post that the Alternative & Burlesque Fair was my first official press event, so I thought it fitting that, as they were back in Sheffield so close to the anniversary, I would pay them another visit and I’m ever so glad that I did. Continue reading

Ladies spotted having tea on London Bridge

Tea Bombing

Two ladies in Victorian outfits set up a table and chairs then had tea in the middle of London Bridge.

A member of the steampunk community posted a link to a news story about two ladies that got dressed up and had tea on the central reservation of London Bridge on Monday morning. No-one is entirely sure why they did and it doesn’t look like anyone has found out who they are.Were they wearing Victorian? Someone has speculated Georgian.

Could it be a PR stunt? Prank? Or they simply got thirsty and just happened to have a full brew kit, china cups, Victorian outfits and a wrought iron bistro table and chairs on them at the time.

Whatever the reason, the term “Teabombing” has been coined and I’m willing to create a page dedicated to examples of it. Well as long as it’s in more sensible areas than the middle of a road in one of the World’s busiest cities at rush hour.

Image provided courtesy of @VEaslea on Twitter

Images from The Alternative & Burlesque Fair, Sheffield July 2014

Ahead of my article about the Alternative & Burlesque Fair that I revisited in Sheffield, here are 63 pictures featuring a dance from burlesque performer Slinky Sparkles and pole art from Dance Blush studios.

 

Silver Mirrors by A.A. Aguirre review

Silver Mirrors by A.A. Aguirre

Silver Mirrors by A.A. Aguirre

Introduction
As the sequel to Bronze Gods, Silver Mirrors picks up directly after the first novel. Detectives Mikani and Ritsuko now have to investigate unusual happenings in the city they thought they’d already saved. Priced at £7.99 from Titan Publishing, Silver Mirrors is part of the Apparatus Infernum novels. Continue reading

What steampunk are you?

Playbuzz steampunk icon challenge

Playbuzz asks what icon of steampunk you are.

 

Sometimes I have the urge to categorise myself and on this particular occasion I tried to get some help. It seems there are a number of websites out there with the intention of helping you from finding out which steampunk icon you’re most like, to being able to take your own character test. Continue reading

Ali Baba and the Clockwork Djinn review

Steampunk Fairie tale

Ali Baba and the Clockwork Djinn front cover

Review written by Louise Segar

Introduction
This is a new take on the Tale of Ali Baba and the Forty-Thieves – Ali’s family have a secret. When he receives a puzzle box from his father and a summons to return home he sets off on his journey. Ali Baba and the Clockwork Djinn costs around $3.12 for Kindle or $12.26 in paperback if you buy it from Amazon. The link to do so is at the bottom of the review. Continue reading

Gear Con returns in 2014

Gear Con 2014 poster

Gear Con 2014 poster

It’s back again and this time celebrating the skies. If you’re happening upon Portland, Oregon, during the American Independence weekend, you could pay a visit to Gear Con 2014. Continue reading

Interview with Constance Bashford

steampunk model close up

Constance Bashford
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Constance Bashford is an enigma. She began modelling only a few years ago and has built herself up seemingly from nowhere to become an iconic figure in European steampunk. For the two years that Steampunk Doncaster has been running, she’s been on hand to help notable steampunk photographer Ruud de Korte with his workshops. Photographers like me can only wish for an alliance such as they have where they work for each other and get the quality photographs that they produce each shoot.

I managed to pull Constance to one side after a shoot workshop at Steampunk Doncaster and I had a chat with her about her modelling, what her future plans are and her obsession with Kato. Continue reading