Gothicfest 2005 Festival and Expo Premieres This Fall in Chicago

Gothicfest 2005, North America''s largest Gothic festival and expo, will premiere this September 17 at the Odeum Expo Center, located just outside of Chicago.

The all-day event will showcase some of the best Gothic, dark symphonic, hardcore, and industrial bands on the planet. Hanzel Und Gretyl and Slick Idiot (featuring En Esch and Guenter Schulz formerly of KMFDM) will headline the show. A total of 20 bands, also including Grigori 3, Slave Driver, Deepest Symphony, 13 Winters, Ofearia, All Systems Halt, Spyder Baby, Rosenguard, Withering Soul, Drake, and Reverend Agony, will perform on one stage with state of the art sound and lights.

The expo will include 50 exhibit booths showcasing tattoos, extreme exhibits, body art, fashion, clothing and accessories, plus magazines, record labels, and much more. Confirmed exhibitors include Design Toscano, Lollipop Magazine, DeFacto Clothing, Top Notch Tattoos, Projekt Records, MK Magazine, Cutterz Edge, The Gothic Council of Chicago, Phaedra's Philtres, Nocturnal Dominion, Theatrikil Productions, Dark Candles, and 99th Floor. Fallen Eve and Velmonturna host giveaways from, Metropolis Records, and others.

"We feel there is an ever growing crowd of people that consider themselves Goth," Jeffrey A. Swanson of Dark Star Records, which is co-promoting the event with SGL Entertainment. "And we feel that no one has ever put together an expo and festival of this magnitude geared toward this style here in the States. But this event is not limited to any elite Goth crowd. There are many different styles of music and exhibitors that are all connected in some way to the dark world of the Gothic subculture. And for those who are just looking for some extreme entertainment then this is an event you do not want to miss!"

Gothicfest 2005 will run from 11 a.m. to midnight. The show is all ages, 21 to drink with proper ID.

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