concert review: The Violet Steam Experience – live at Phantasium
Phantasium opening Night
Beursgebouw – Eindhoven – The Netherlands
Line-up: The Violet Steam Experience, Abney Park and Victor Sierra
Friday, February 22 2013
Ticket price: € 30 in presale, € 40 at the door.
With their visually enticing combination of beautiful steampunk tribal dance and Victoriana style costumes, taxidermy and adorable steampunk mechanical set pieces, all of this combined with their most excellent music, The Violet Steam Experience was the first of three steampunk bands to please the audience’s ears on the opening night of the 5th anniversary Phantasium convention held at the Eindhoven (The Netherlands) Beursgebouw.
And even though they are a very new band still they did not disappoint, far from it. With Cinnamon Star’s vocals in combination with the soulful music and dance routines the band had no effort getting the attention of the guests that had trickled in early to see better known bands Victor Sierra and Abney Park, who both would play later on the evening, and getting them into the mood for awesome live music, because it was exactly that what the band was bringing. The well-choreographed dance routines performed by both female members were just an added bonus and fine addition to the overall performance.
If you have the chance to see this band live and you like good alternative style steampunk music, female vocals and modern, often tribal and belly dance inspired dance, I would definitely recommend seeing them.
For more photos of The Violet Steam Experience live, click here.
Coming soon: a review of The Violet Steam Experience’s first album, live reviews of Abney Park and Victor Sierra, an interview with Abney Park and a convention report of Phantasium!
About the author Hilde Heyvaert is a self taught fashion and costume designer with a Bachelor's degree in Graphic Design and a speciality in advertising. She has been fashion editor and reviewer for the Gatehouse Gazette since the first issue.