David Carlson, organizer of the convention, is exiting steampunk events following a dispute with another event organizer in Connecticut. Stupid Cupid was scheduled for Feb. 2-4 near Hartford. Carlson also operated the Silk City Steampunk group.
Once again, thousands of steampunk fans along with curious onlookers will converge on Lincoln, U.K. for the Asylum Steampunk Festival, billed as “the longest running and biggest steampunk event in the world.”
It’s another busy weekend for steampunk fans in the U.K. with events at Belvoir Castle in Leicestershire; the Lynton & Lynmouth Cliff Railway in North Devon; and Doncaster City Centre in South Yorkshire. Here’s a rundown.
This year’s musical highlights included new albums from Frenchy and the Punk, Abney Park, Victor and the Bully, Madam Misfit, Feline and Strange, and Unwoman. CPYist, a new steampunk-inspired band from Germany, released its debut album along with some eye-popping videos.
Professor Elemental and Victor Ghastly have collaborated on a new EP while Unwoman unveiled an EP of holiday tunes and Madam Misfit released a new music video from her album Pandora's Box.
Music acts that cater to steampunk fans have been busy lately, with new releases from Frenchy and the Punk, Fate Gear, and Unwoman, while Madam Misfit’s second album is waiting in the wings. Here’s a roundup.
Want to celebrate the holidays in steampunk style? Here’s a sampling of holiday-themed music, old and new, from musical acts that cater to steampunk fans. They include selections from Abney Park, Madam Misfit, Professor Elemental, and more.
They include symphonic gothic metal from Valentine Wolfe, a nautically themed number from Ghostfire, and an electro-swing collaboration by Madam Misfit and Victor and the Bully, plus Unwoman’s terrifying take on Dolly Parton’s “Jolene.”
Wild released a video with accompaniment from Madam Misfit. Helland paid another homage to spy shows of the 1960s. And Catfish Comstock is out with “Steampunk Woman” from his new solo project Cyborg Assassins.
September will be another busy month on the UK steampunk calendar with at least five major events scheduled over the next few weeks, beginning with Crich Steampunk Weekend and Steampunk Essextraordinaire VI this Saturday and Sunday.
Mr. B The Gentleman Rhymer released a lockdown-inspired video as Madam Misfit offered an environmental message in “The Wombling Song.” Meanwhile, Sir Reginald Pikedevant, Esquire released a new video after a long absence.
Chap hop artist Professor Elemental joined The Gaslight Troubadours in “Devil in the Desert” and had a prominent guest role in “Swinging Safari,” from Emma Clair and Madam Misfit.
“True You” is from her debut album The Elixir of Swing. She describes the sound as “Crisp Swing House” with chap hop vocals.
Professor Elemental and Mister Frisbee released “The Cat’s Pyjamas,” a new video from Let’s Get Messy. It followed a spirited rap beef with Madam Misfit over her song “Step Aside Boys.”
Madam Misfit, a frequent performer at UK steampunk events, is planning a June 23 release for The Elixir of Swing. Her sound combines electro-swing, hip hop, and rap. One track features Professor Elemental.