Spellbound is my most loved party, and an inspiration for this blog. Held monthly at Voltage lounge, it incorporates live acts and Spellbound crew and guest DJ’s. The crowd is a mixed demographic of young and older goths. People tend to dress up more for this party so you see an eclectic group of goths.
This is one of those parties that has a certain magical vibe about it. What I love about it is that, unlike a lot of parties, queer people, POC’s, women, etc. are in the forefront. The tolerance level is high for different demographics. DJ Nightwitch started this party almost three years ago and she is very in tune to throwing a socially progressive event for everyone.
What makes this party different from many events in the city is that it proactively is a safe space. A lot of parties may have a disclaimer of sorts that says “no intolerance, positive vibes, etc.”, but when push comes to shove I have found that those words aren’t always put into action. It’s true that some bad apples can show up at any party, but when you go to Spellbound you know you can let someone know if a person is making you feel unsafe or uncomfortable.
Before I begin to talk about this particular Spellbound, I want to mention our friend Casey. He is someone who has been involved in the community for a long time. He has done visuals for Void Vision, just as one example, and has sadly has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. For this edition of Spellbound, we had a donation jar set up for him and raised $212. Casey and his partner Michelle (of Mesh Vintage) have set up a Go Fund Me. Please give what you can and share:
The live act was Hogwasche, and they were what I would describe as industrial metal. While that genre of music isn’t really my thing, Hogwasche put on a great show and the crowd was into it. Guest DJ Mike Saga is the best. I first was introduced into the wonder of Mike back in the Nocturne days (R.I.P.). He is an entity of his own and the way he has marketed himself is really brilliant. Despite his larger than life persona, he is totally sweet and down to earth. Resident DJ’s Strykk9 and Nightwitch always play amazing and eclectic sets and this time was no different.
I love the collaborative spirit of Spellbound and it’s a party I look forward to every month. I’ve had friends come out to it who aren’t part of the goth scene, or have never been to this particular party before, and have given rave reviews on the spirit of this event. We would love for you to share in the experience too!
See ya next month!
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