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Spring 2014 US Tour ( Martin OldGoth)

In March 2014 I will be undertaking a US tour with two bands, DJing alongside them at events & clubs across the country


I have a plan...
I'm martin oldgoth and I've been DJing on the goth/dark alternative scenes for fast approaching 28 years now, I host the thirteen13 radio show and promote the club nights 'Nostalgia' and 'Recollection' at the Whitby Goth Weekend. My work has taken me to Austria, The US and Germany, as well as to several high profile gigs and events in the UK.
In March 2014 I will be making an appearance at the Age of Decay festival in St Augustine, Florida. with The Last Cry and Pretentious Moi?, and DJing alongside them. After this we'll be taking to the road and heading across the US to end in California a week to ten days later, playing a few more shows and meeting as many people as we can. I'll be filming the tour and our adventures and posting updates as we go. We plan to end the tour in Los Angeles.
In order to help fund part of this tour, I offer the limited edition goodies you see here, including the much demanded return of the infamous 'Glowstick' T shirt slogan. These are very special 'not to be repeated' items. 
If you have any questions, or you'd like to book us to play your club or event during the period 23rd March to 2nd April 2014, please contact me through my website (below) and we'll do our best to visit you.
We have a few other shows currently being discussed, and will release information on those as soon as we are able to.
Important Stuff...
Postal Charges are NOT included in the price of the items, and need to be added by you (where applicable) upon checkout.
Please use this guide:
Badge and Sticker packs (incl combo packs), Nostalgia Laminates:
£1.00 (UK), £2.00 (Rest of World)
Posters - £2.00 (UK), £3.00 (Rest of World)
T Shirts 
£3.00 (UK), £5.00 (Rest of World)
If you choose the radio or flyer advertising, you will need to send me the artwork for the flyer, or an MP3 file (or similar) for the radio ad. I will contact you with an email address to send your files to and details of what I will need from you.
T-Shirt sizes - Since there is no way to tell me what size of t-shirt you need on the order page, just order the t-shirt you want and I will contact you via the email address you give to get the size of t-shirt that you require.

The art of darkness: Thousands descend on quiet English seaside town for festival celebrating Goth culture


The biannual Whitby Goth Weekend attracts people from all over UK 
Event held in Whitby as town was where Bram Stoker wrote Dracula
Spooky: Goths Heath Waller and his daughter Meagan, 10, pose during the Goth festival in Whitby
A quiet seaside town was besieged by thousands of Goths at the weekend during a unique festival that celebrates the art of darkness. 
Goths, romantics and macabre fans travelled over the moors to Whitby, which has become their spiritual home. 
The town in North Yorkshire was chosen because it was where Bram Stoker wrote the gothic classic Dracula.
Armour: Liam Murray was dressed in an elaborate costume when he visited the festival
Zombie walk: The festival in Whitby is now in its 19th year and attracts around ten thousand people
Glamorous Goths: Artist Anne Sudworth, left, and festival goer Tara Price, right, strike a pose 
  It is filled with Goth landmarks including Whitby Abbey, which is said to be the inspiration behind Dracula's castle.
The Whitby Goth Weekend is currently in its 19th year and is one of the biggest festivals of its kind in the world.
Since being launched in 1994, the event has become so popular it is held twice a year. 
Festival founder Jo Hampshire said the town is 'the heart' of the event.
Piercing: Tara Price shows off her nose, lip, cheek and eyebrow studs
Eye-catching: The festival celebrates Goth culture including the music and fashion styles that grew from Punk
Bleak scenery: Rex Beck, left, and Scarlet Readman-Riley, right, dress up in full Goth costume





Colourful: Festival goers show there is more to Goth fashion than just wearing black 

Ian Curtis and Ravi Zacharias: Dealing with Suicide


By; Brian Nixon (ASSIST News Service)
I was working on an article for ANS that dealt with suicide, and how others can find help in the midst of pain, when the tragic news came in of Rick Warren son's suicide.
After reading this sad news, it seemed to be even more appropriate for me to release it at this time of pain for Pastor Rick and his wife Kay, as they deal with the death of Matthew, their 27-year-old son, who had long struggled with mental health issues.
Back in the mid-1980's one musical group loomed large in my faction of friend's consciousness: Joy Division. Considered by many as the architects of gothic music, this Manchester post-punk band helped pave the way for music that combined atmospheric sounds with punk-rock guitars. To say the least, my friends-and the group I was in-were fascinated by this seemingly incompatible combination. Early on, our band modeled our sound on Joy Division-using string tones on the keyboard mixed with loud guitars and driving tom-tom drums.
What we didn't seem to notice-or at least talk about-was the fact that the band was no longer together. After only two official album releases - "Unknown Pleasures" and "Closer" - the band ceased to exist after the suicide of its troubled singer, Ian Curtis.
Curtis, who suffered from depression and epilepsy, was born on July 15th, 1956 in the town of Stretford, Lancashire. Along with his friends, Curtis was enamored by the new sounds coming from America and London-what became known as punk rock. In 1976 Curtis and his future band mates-Bernard Summer and Peter Hook-witnessed the spectacle of a Sex Pistols concert, only to form their own band shortly afterwards.
Initially called Warsaw, the band changed its name to Joy Division, a title taken from a 1955 novel, House of Dolls, which focused on a Nazi concentration camp. Signed to an upstart record company in Manchester called Factory, Joy Division recorded the two albums mentioned above.
Around the same time, two other life changes occurred in Curtis' life: he married his girlfriend, Deborah Woodruff, having a child several years later in August 1979, and Ian began to have epileptic fits. The toxic combination of marital problems, epileptic drugs, a touring band, taking care of a family, and depression led to his untimely suicide on May 18th, 1980. All of this turmoil was on the heels of Joy Division's first American tour. It was never to happen.
Now turn to another country: India.
Ravi Zacharias was born in Chennai, India in 1946. Descended from a Nambudiris caste - a priestly Hindu order, Zacharias was brought up in a culturally Christian household, products of Swiss-German missionaries sharing the Gospel with his family. But in his early teenage years, he considered himself an atheist, fighting against God and life.
I was able to listen to Ravi discuss his upbringing at a NRB radio conference in Nashville, Tennessee, a couple of years back. Ravi talked about the pain of his childhood mindset, which eventually led to his attempted suicide. The ache and grief Ravi felt was overwhelming. The only hope he foresaw as death. As it happened, he swallowed poison. But death didn't come. Instead, during recuperation at a local hospital someone shared with him from Gospel of John. From that moment on, Ravi dedicated himself to the cause of Christ. Since that day, Ravi has written dozens of books and spoken to people about Christ the world over.
In a recent Christianity Today article, Ravi describes his suicide attempt as follows: "I waited for my family members to leave for school or work.I filled a glass from the kitchen tap and took it to the bathroom, then bolted the door behind me. I poured the toxic packets into the glass, pushing all the thoughts of my mother aside, and started drinking as quickly as I could."
He concludes, by saying, "I was haunted by failure to the edge of suicide-and then came life."
The life he spoke of was Christ.
So how did two people with similar bouts of depression have two different endings: one to life, the other to death? To tell you the truth, I'm not sure. It would be a dishonest statement for me to summarise it in simple terms, saying that one was lucky and the other one not so fortunate. Or even couch it in spiritual terms: God was with Ravi but not with Ian. From a Biblical standpoint, God loved both Ravi and Ian. Maybe it came down to simple surrender: Ian surrendered to death; Ravi surrendered to Christ. And this surrender made all the difference. Or maybe it was because someone reached out to Ravi.
The point is we may never know this side of eternity.
What we do know is that people around the world commit suicide every day. According to SAVE (Suicide Awareness Voice of Education), "suicide takes the lives of nearly 30,000 American every year". With "half of all suicides occurring in adult men, ages 25-65". Even more shocking, SAVE states that "for young people 15-24 years old, suicide is the third leading cause of death".
With such sad statistics, the question for the Christian is what are we to do to help those individuals in need?
According to an article by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, entitled, "Godly Wisdom for Suicide Prevention", the article gives concrete-spiritual advice-on helping folks deal with suicide:
One, offer hope to the person: "There is hope - eternal hope - in a relationship with Jesus Christ."
Two, help them recognise their need for Christ: "Put your faith and hope in Christ and His love for you. You are never alone if you know Him."