Like your culture with a side of scares, your tunes on the heavier end of the spectrum, and your performances gloomier than most? Does your festival-going experience feel incomplete if you're not donning a costume while you're taking in a show? Whether you want to indulge your dark side, or you're just looking to attend a different kind of shindig, one event has you covered. That'd be the Dead of Winter, Brisbane's horror music and arts festival.
Because there truly is a place for everything, Australia’s only boutique celebration of all things brooding and mysterious, culture-wise, has enjoyed revelling in the type of stuff most other events overlook since 2009. Think motley crews of horror punk lovers and misfit metal heads — and that's only the beginning.
Rock, hardcore, blues and psychobilly combines with burlesque, comedy and even fashion in an event that really isn't like any other. A lineup of local and international underground bands and sideshows — including Tumbleweed, The Go Set, Lord, Dreadnaught, The Resignators and A Breach of Silence — will span multiple stages for a whole day of on-theme fun of the macabre and moody variety.
It all happens on Saturday July 25 at the Jubilee Hotel, with tickets already on sale. Until then, it is perfectly acceptable to hole up watching horror movies while trying to decide which costumes to wear.