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Gathering Shadows 2023

January 20 @ 9:00 pm - January 22 @ 11:00 pm

Gathering Shadows returns for its third event! Darkness dwellers from throughout Aotearoa will be making their way to the hallowed halls of Poneke’s Valhalla and San Fran this summer for the third edition of the festival Gathering Shadows.
A long weekend of dark arts and music presented by Shadowplay in collaboration with Valhalla Touring, the three night festival will showcase live bands, producers, performance artists, art and markets from 20th to 22nd January 2023 (Wellington Anniversary Weekend) — traversing such morbid sonic realms as goth, industrial, post-punk, darkwave and more.
Friday 20th Jan – Valhalla – 9pm
– Creassault (AUCK)
Creassault is an Auckland-based electro-industrial project formed by Drew Lyon in 1996. The sound of Creassault is a combination of dark ambient electronic downbeat soundscapes all the way through to industrial techno. Unable to play at GS22 due to mysterious sickness, we are very happy to have Creassault headlining one of our three nights at GS23.
– Flout (AUCK)
The 90s EBM-inspired music of Flout comes from a cold place in the soul. It is born out of anger, depression, and a constant unease with the world. It is intimate yet brutal. It is an industrial offering. Flout is Rene Fritzen (Patea) and Adam Colegrove (Auckland).
WEBS is a gothic doom three-piece from Tamaki Makaurau (Auckland) that pairs sombre melody with crushing funeral doom riffs. With lyrical themes exploring the darker side of the human condition, mental health, trauma and uncomfortable self reflection, WEBS endeavours to weave dread with beauty to create a darkly sanguine atmosphere.
– After the Flesh (WLG)
Welly four-piece After The Flesh is back to serve up some fresh, locally sourced darkwave tunes. Their sounds range from mild, soaring melodies to spicy and slick guitar riffs garnished with a perfectly balanced combination of angst and mystery. Debut EP coming soon.
Saturday 21st Jan – Valhalla – 9pm
– The Mercy Cage (AUCK)
The Mercy Cage is cyber-noir from the edge of the world who have pioneered New Zealand electro-industrial. The group will perform live for the first time in more than a decade at Gathering Shadows 2023 with a new four-piece line-up including guitarist Dean Young of Built & vocalist Justine Ó Gadhra-Sharp.
– Nullity (WLG)
Awakening slightly from a long sleepwalk down many random alleyways of Wellington’s underground music scene, Nullity are regrouping with some fresh tunes and renewed vigour. A family trio of Kate, Bryan, and Isobel, Nullity will be weaving together a hybrid of electronic industrial-rock and noisy trip-hop atmosphere for the enjoyment of your squishy brain meats.
HEXUS is an audio-visual dark ambient project based in Te Whanganui-a-Tara (Wellington). HEXUS currently has a focus on themes of nature, the politics of power, and war utilising raw and created sounds to bring the listener closer to current issues around these themes.
– Justine O Gadhra-Sharp (TSMN)
Tasman’s Justine Ó Gadhra-Sharp will be performing her debut EP “Sídhe” which blends brooding and seductive cabaret with dark electronica brought to life by producer and multi-instrumentalist Josh Wood (of The Mercy Cage).
Sunday 22nd Jan – San Fran – 8pm
– Stormborn FEAT. Plum Green (MELB)
Following the dark lullaby album Somnambulistic, Plum Green has joined with producer Daniel Cross in founding Stormborn, a mystical force summoning ghosts, lovers and other creatures of the night. Joined by Duncan Nairn on bass and a variety of guest musicians the direction alighted by Somnambulistic is continued, exploring the simple with the obscure, dreams and reality. Stormborn rouses dark folk with an otherworldly enchantment.
Plum Green’s voiced poetry travels through walls of rhythm and bowed soundscape. Performances take on the quality of a ritual journey into darkness, delivering listeners safely back in the sunlight on the other side.
– Mina’s Veil (WLG)
Stepping from the faded pages of a forgotten gothic novel, Wellington’s own Mina’s Veil creates symphonic music with a darkness that invokes the spirits of Stoker, Rice and Poe. With rich orchestral arrangements backing the soaring soprano lines, Mina’s Veil is the soundtrack to romantic tales of mist-soaked graveyards or decaying gothic towers haunted with the wails of the departed.
– Tristan Cordelia (WLG)
Tristan Cordelia is a gothic country rocker from Te Whanganui-a-Tara. She sings like Johnny Cash, dresses like Sporty Spice fell in love with black metal while drunk at Burning Man, and plays guitar like it’s still Seattle in the early 90s. She is currently preparing her second EP for release in 2023.


January 20 @ 9:00 pm
January 22 @ 11:00 pm


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