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  • Charnel House – The Curtain Closes for a final time

    After careful consideration, we at Charnel House have decided that after October 2016 we will be drawing the curtains on Charnel House for the final time.

    We will continue monthly until October, and then, no more…

    When we originally started in 1999 it was just a small event, somewhere to go for people who like bands associated with the Gothic genres that you couldn’t really hear anywhere else.

    At many times in our early years people said we wouldn’t last 6 months – and – well – 17 years later…

    It’s been a very good innings. Club nights have a fairly limited shelf-life and for us to clock up 17 years is a massive achievement we are very proud of. We have seen many other nights come and go in our long tenure – both locally and nationally, and we now believe it is time for Charnel House to join them, to march into the pages of history with head held high (well, okay, gothic-3 step it’s way into the pages of history while gazing at it’s shoes and listening to the cure, if you prefer).

    Over the 17 years we’ve had many highs and lows – some things that between us we’re proud of include, but are not limited to;
    Running a band event for Prime Time BBC,
    Bringing bands like Cruxshadows to Newcastle for the first time and bands like The March Violets, Christian Death and Skeletal Family to Newcastle for the first times after a long period of time,
    Running a huge Masquerade Ball in Whitby (a sell out event!)
    and between us we’ve done many guest DJ slots in conjunction with the night in cities such as London, Liverpool, Leeds, Belfast, Colchester, Cluj-Napoca and Bucharest… yes… we’ve had our DJs in Translyvania… we’ve also had award-winning online radio shows, helped produce TWF Magazine and even put out our own CD… we’ve been busy 😉

    As said above – we plan to continue to run until October. This makes our remaining dates : May 7th, June 4th, July 2nd, August 6th, September 3rd and finally October 1st.

    We wanted to give our supporters notice, to give you the option to make plans to come along, should you wish. We also elected to make the last night October as our November date would have clashed with WGW and December is always a tricky month.

    I’m sure we’ll say this again in the next few months – but – genuinely – thank you for all your support over the years. We wouldn’t have made it this far without the support you lot have given us – some people have followed us the whole time, but anyone who has given us any support at all has been the difference between us being here or not.

    We look forward to the next 6 months proud of what we’ve achieved over the past 17 years – but the time we all knew, deep down, must come some day is, we believe, finally here. Nothing lasts forever, we hope you have had as much fun as we have.


  • Cauda Pavonis : Promo Give Away at Charnel House

    promo003Long time Charnel House favourites CAUDA PAVONIS have a new EP out entitled ‘The Devil’s Looking Glass’

    It’s really quite good and you can purchase it from their website, www.caudapavonis.com

    However, they’ve been kind enough to send us a few copies of the release alongside some t-shirts.

    Sooo… to celebrate, we’ll be playing a couple of tracks from the EP and giving these goodies away at this Charnel House on February 6th at Butlers Bar – just £3.50 entry.  Hurray.



  • Charnel House January Sale

    Yes, ladies and gentlemen – the first ever Charnel House January sale.

    What’s this then, how does it work?

    Well – our next night is February 6th, as you’re probably aware. As normal it’s £3.50 entry. Buuut… if you ‘pre-book’ before the end of January then we’ll do it for you for £2.20. Ooh.

    A lot of clubs do “early bird” and advance sales and this is our trial version of it – so – we’ve got a batch of 50 tickets listed on WeGotTickets.com and they’ll be available at £2 (plus 20p fee) until either (a) they’re all gone (b) January 31st. Link to get tickets.

    Sounds ok? I mean, the saving is almost a pint at our bar 😉

    So yes, February 6th – same great mix of music – same great night – but now with cheaper early bird options – but strictly til the end of Jan, else it’s £3.50 on the door.


    Facebook Event


  • Top Played Bands of 2015

    If anyone cares, below is our top played bands of 2015.

    Normally we only do a top 50, but, with so many tied – we’ve done it up to 60.  Canny mix. Plenty of classics, a lot of great modern acts.

    A Place to Bury Strangers, Adam and the Ants, Alien Sex Fiend, Angels of Liberty, Apoptygma Berzerk, Bauhaus, Billy Idol, Blutengel, Celldweller, Cold in Berlin, The Cure, Depeche Mode, Dream Disciples, Duran Duran, Echo And The Bunnymen, Fields of the Nephilim, Gary Numan, IAMX, Into Paradise, Joy Division, Killing Joke, Killing Miranda, Laura Carbone, Lindemann, Lords Of The New Church, March Violets, Marilyn Manson, mesh, New Model Army, New Order, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, O Children, PINS, Placebo, Post War Glamour Girls, Rammstein, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Skeletal Family, Smiths, Soft Cell, Suspiria, The Chameleons, The Clash, The Cramps, The Cruxshadows, The Cult, The Damned, The Jam, The Lords of the New Church, The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing, The Merry Thoughts, The Mission, The Sisters of Mercy, The Skids, The Smiths, The Undertones, Virgin Prunes, White rose movement, William Control, Zeitgeist Zero


  • End-of-Term Alternative School Disco

    chsummer06 copyYou may have heard us mention we were working on a little surprise for August. What we’ve come up with is shaping up to be one great night.

    With schools and colleges and universities coming to a close for the summer, we had the idea of an ‘End of Term Disco’ – but with all the tunes you wanted to hear.

    Let’s be honest – they were guff really, end of term discos. A sample of the top 40 and some of the usual hits from compilation albums. So, we’re going to go back to the proper alternative hits of the day : less Bananarama, more Bauhaus – Less Billy Joel, more Billy Idol – less ‘Don’t You Want Me?’ more ‘Being Boiled’ – less Prince more Pop Will Eat Itself – less Village People, more Virgin Prunes – you get the vibe. See Bart’s blackboard for more ideas of the sort of stuff we’ll play.

    So the music policy is going to be more tunes from your youth really, providing of course that your youth was spent with backcombed hair and a Gothic attitude.

    Now… because this is going back to being a student, we’re going to be charging everyone Rock Soc prices on the door. This means that for August we will be priced at just £2 entry.

    You don’t have to dress up for this one (you didn’t have to for your school disco) but we’re not gonna stop you if you want to.


  • Next Charnel House : This Sat

    Just a quick reminder that the next Charnel House is this Saturday, June 6th, at Butlers Bar (Upstairs Room).

    DJs Ghost, Queenie and Kev bring a massive mix of tunes across the Goth spectrum, from classics to modern day.

    Join us this Saturday from 7pm


  • CH Recommends : Post War Glamour Girls

    pwggWe are stoked to be helping promotion company Common People with their first gig : Post War Glamour Girls

    The gig is at The Head of Steam on May 15th, priced only £5

    PWGG are a Leeds 4-piece, hints of Nick Cave and lashings of dark-indie pop, they’re currently working on their second album.

    Their debut, Pink Fur, was ranked number 3 in my albums of 2014 although don’t just check out my word for it : this is a recent single and this is one of their tracks off the album

    They will be joined by special guests Wake – my ears are still ringing from seeing them on Saturday night.  Noisy as fuck local duo – explosive and attention grabbing.  Mint.

    Tickets are £5 in advance and selling well already.  Their Leeds gig has already sold out.

    ::Buy Tickets::


  • Next Charnel House : Sat May 2nd

    Just a quick reminder that the next Charnel House is this Saturday, May 2nd, at Butlers Bar (Upstairs Room).

    Shake off the post-Whitby blues, if you’ve been, or boogie to some great music regardless.

    DJs Ghost, Queenie and Kev bring a massive mix of tunes across the Goth spectrum, from classics to modern day.

    Join us this Saturday from 7pm


  • CH Recommends : Cold in Berlin, Danse Society and Wake

    OK – so here is a tasty show and a half we well recommend if you can make it.

    Cluny 2 – April 11th

    Headlined by Cold in Berlin, to celebrate their 3rd album, ‘The Comfort of Loss and Dust’.  The bill is completed by the legendary Danse Society and local post-garage rockers Wake.

    More about each band, to wet your appetite.

    Cold in Berlin are one of the many excellent bands in the UK post-punk scene and put on a spellbinding live performance, they’ve played a range of events from Whitby Goth Weekend to Candle-Fest and woo’d crowds at each.   Their new album promises to be darker, slower and better – to lift directly from the press release : A black mass of punk rock, doom-gaze awaits the listener, fired by the Gothic imaginings of vocalist/lyricist Maya. With its dark soundscapes spun in haunting imagery and a feeling of the uncanny, The Comfort of Loss & Dust plays like the aural accompaniment to a Hermann Hesse nightmare. The down-tuned guitars and powerful drums create a tide of sound; carrying Maya‘s vocals as she twists and writhes through the murky waters of love, loss and bone-shaking lust.

    The Danse Society : Originally formed in 1980, The Danse Society had assorted hits in the indie charts including ‘Somewhere’, ‘We’re so Happy’, ‘2000 Light Years from Home’ (see below) and the double A-side of ‘Clock’/’Continent’.   Although the band split in 1987 they recently reformed and are doing shows again.

    Wake : aka Joseph O’Donnell and Jack Hope are known for being one of the most explosive and attention-grabbing bands on the local scene at the minute, expect their set to contain deafening levels of riffage and some serious sick rhythms.

    OK, I nicked that from NARC – but they summed them up perfectly.

    And… the best bit…

    Tickets are just £6 in advance.  Yep.  £6 in advance.  You can grab them from seetickets here – or from Reflex Records – or pay a bit more on the door on the night (£8)


  • Dark Nation : March Event

    Dark Nation is a club night held at The Globe on Railway Street in Newcastle Upon Tyne.

    The music is an ‘all shades’ of dark alternative, from the classic bands of the 80s to the modern day – Gothic, Post-Punk, New Romantic, Steampunk, Industrial, EBM, Synthpop and much more.

    The next night is this Saturday, March 28th – kicking off at 10pm through to the wee hours.  Entry is £5 all night, although happy hour at the bar is between 10pm and 11pm.

    DJs this time are Charnel House regulars Kev and Queenie alongside DJ Terror Twin – hooray.

    The facebook event is here if you like that sort of thing and for more info.