4th Annual Steampunk Yule Ball

Professor Elemental’s Steampunk Pirate Yule Ball
10th December 2016 from 8pm till 1am
Exeter Phoenix – Gandy Street, Exeter, Devon
Full Tickets: £15 – Limited Earlybird Tickets: £12



Ahoy, me Hearties!
Its back! The 4th Annual Steampunk Yule Ball returns to The Exeter Phoenix on Saturday 10 December …. And this year there has been a mutiny on board …. It’s a Pirate Takeover! Shiver m’timbers!

Featuring some of the best names in the Steampunk world awash on a desert island searching for Pirate treasure. PROFESSOR ELEMENTAL curates this year’s Steampunk Pirate Ball and has invited some his most favourite performers to join him including: Birdeatsbaby, The Sweetchunks Band, Gurdybird, Pirate Copy, and Jonty Depp.

Alongside this motley crew we also have a naughty (and nautical) sideshow including Walk the plank with The Wattingers; Von Trapp’d in the hold; Phantasmagorical Photography with Paul Ligas; Raucous tunes on the Poop Deck with DJ Professor Purblind & DJ Arthur Fawkes-Hake (playing the danciest music from around the globe and beyond). Plus many other wyrd and wonderful characters from the Steampunking universe.

Avast ye! Batten down the hatches and slap on your best steampunk and/or pirating couture and set sail for the Exeter Phoenix this Yule. Weigh anchor and hoist the main sail!

Professor Elemental has created a unique neo-Victorian blend of hip hop and comedy, and is the man behind the world’s first steampunk rap album. His music charts subjects such as steam-powered flight, underwater discovery, and nice cups of tea. With a heart of brass and a fine pith helmet, he embodies the Victorian spirit of invention and exploration. His act has gone like clockwork at Steampunk events and music festivals around the world including White Mischief, the Steampunk World’s fair and The San Francisco Edwardian Ball. He was recently awarded Best Musical Act in the Brighton fringe as well as most Eccentric Englishman and most Eccentric artist.

Link to music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tFL5GTKwonQ

Main website: www.professorelemental.com/

Dark and orchestral Rock band from Brighton, UK. “Birdeatsbaby celebrate the strange and obsessive, the freakish and the free-thinking” – The Quietus

Birdeatsbaby are far from your average rock band. Incorporating a varied collection of influences, the band combine piano-lead power-pop with orchestral and melodic rock, resulting in something that sounds hauntingly original and delicate. After forming in 2008 the band quickly became known for their theatrical and visual live appearances, and their infamous music videos. The most well-known being ‘The Trouble’ (directed by Philippa Bloomfield) which has been shown at many film events across the UK.

Recently the band released their third studio album ‘The Bullet Within’, which was crowd-funded by their fans, aptly names ‘The Flock.’ The album was pioneered by Chris Hawkins on 6 Music who called it “splendid cabaret style art-rock”. It also received 4**** from Q Magazine and R2 (Rock n Reel), and continues to prove that the weird and wonderful world of Birdeatsbaby is something that all music enthusiasts can enjoy across the genres.

Link to music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tjuBV4NbCng

Main website: http://www.birdeatsbaby.co.uk/

Symphonie Shenanigans, folktronica soundtracks & remixes. Most commonly found in costume and attending festivals, shows and events as a minstrel. Based in Cornwall in the UK GurdyBird is inspired by the worlds occupied by Playford, the City Waites and Nine Inch Nails, via Adam Ant. She plays a symphony Hurdy-Gurdy over her backing tracks which she performs, programmes and records herself, creating original compositions inspired by Cornish culture and folklore, Tyburn and unusual renditions of traditional folk tunes and shanties. She combines her musical performances with poetry and, for the full shebang, projects her music videos during performances, which she collaborates on for a multimedia, story-telling effect. She also roams acoustically at events, performs plugged in without the videos if the venue isn’t able to facilitate and also dabbles in remixing.

Link to music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bYPMCnMT5mQ

Main Website: www.gurdybird.co.uk

“’The Sweetchunks are so good that I would happily sell my own grandmother just to watch them play live again. Funny, lively and superb musicians, they are perfect accompaniment to any party, social gathering or hostile takeover. I love them. And I love their beards. I wish I had a beard like them. I wish I was them.’” – Professor Elemental

The Sweetchunks Band are a Southampton based eccentric comedy outfit, performing bastardised versions of songs that you know and brilliant versions of songs that you don’t. They are known for their ability to entertain any audience with a fun, engaging performance that leave people smiling, dancing and humming the tunes for hours afterwards. The Sweetchunks Band create a memorable evening of fun and dancing. The Sweetchunks Band play an unusual, yet compelling amalgamation of parodic folk, rock, chap-hop and drinking anthems, fused into a Steampunk horse carriage of farcical and anecdotal comedy. Not to be missed.

Link to music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ATmwniXnVo

Main website: http://www.thesweetchunksband.com/

High-octane, rum-fuelled punk rock from Cornwall, the home of piracy!
“It’s a pirate-punk-rock party! These Scurvy dogs seamlessly blend punk, rock and pirate shanties! These guys will absolutely blow you away with their originality and energetic performances. Get your pirate on!” – Lily Promotions

“Pirate Copy are the ultimate party band.” Marcus Osborne, On The House music blog
“Pirate Copy put on a show. The fearless freebooters are impossible to watch without a smile on your coupon. And if you’re not smiling, it may well be that you’re some kind of humourless misanthrope, but then that’s your problem matey.” – Dick Porter, TrakMARX

“Rum induced folk/punk debauchery – expect a party when the Pirate ship sails! Get in early as their show is one you don’t wanna miss!” – KWK Promotions

Link to music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HiviGJtcOBQ&list=PLmjpuqKUAHwtW3OWFJFl-fEXKYaF7UYxt&index=3

FB: https://www.facebook.com/piratecopyband/home

We are very privileged to have the great JONTY DEPP joining us as this year’s compere assisted by the wayward & mischievous Miss Von Trapp. Jonty is the UK’s most versatile Johnny Depp character impersonator/lookalike and you will be invited to enter his wonderland of pirates, scallywags, outlaws, villains, eccentrics and chocolatiers!

Main Website: http://www.jontydepp.co.uk/

On the Poop Deck (aka Phoenix Bar)
We are honoured to welcome the fantastic Professor Purblind of THE GASLIGHT TROUBADOURS as guest DJ this year. Not only has this eccentric producer and DJ performed at some of the UK’s best venues and festivals he is also enjoying a lot of BBC6Music airplay and acclaim with his new album ‘The Spectropic Illusions Of… Professor Purblind” which features Soft Cell’s iconic singer Marc Almond, who appears on two tracks, guitarist Neal X (the Montecristos, Sigue Sigue Sputnik, Marc Almond), and Gaslight scratch DJ Victor Vector.
Expect some fantastic dance numbers coupled with spooky & paranormal elements

Link to Music: https://soundcloud.com/professorpurblind/the-dead-return-feat-neal-x

Main Website: http://professorpurblind.com/

We are very pleased to welcome Arthur Fawkes-Hake to our line-up. Hot off his World Tour on board a Pirate ship of dubious nature. Arthur Fawkes-Hake will be bearing musical gifts of swinging dancey numbers from around the globe to get our toes a tapping and our bottoms a wiggling. Don’t forget your dancing shoes! You may also know Arthur as Kye Godfrey from The Mysterious Freakshow, The Wattingers and others …

Link to Music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-gy_11fzTLk&list=PLrJiXMGvL-WlhAVvcs5WbRhc0vJpZbOUz

FB: https://www.facebook.com/Arthur-Fawkes-Hake-Soundsystem-1171940499523724/?fref=ts

Wattinger Corner – fancy a bedtime story with The Wattingers – not for the faint hearted.
Pirate Piñata
Lego Walk the Plank
Pin the poison on Cthulhu with Miss Von Trapp
And more to be announced ….

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