Minnesota Goth Events and Gatherings for May 2018

MN Dark Scene Events May 2018
Welcome to Minnesota Dark Scene, your guide to goth events and gatherings in Minnesota for the month of May 2018. It’s a busy month again, so let’s get to it!

Special Events

Dark Energy Monthly

What: Club Night
When: Saturday, May 5th at 10:00 p.m.
Where: Kitty Cat Klub (Minneapolis, MN)

Dark Energy’s DJs have the goth this month for your dancing and listening enjoyment. Niki Kitz, Amy Pickett, and Hyperkarma will be bringing the music while Mach Fox brings the visuals. Admission is 21+ with a $5.00 cover.

Dark Energy Presents Alice Glass and Zola Jesus (Snowblood Tour)

What: Concert
When: Tuesday, May 8th at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Turf Club (St. Paul, MN)

Dark Energy brings Alice Glass (formerly of Crystal Castles) and Zola Jesus to delight us with dark and socially relevant lyrics against a more upbeat electropunk sound. Both have been praised for their music in the world of social justice, and we’re fortunate to have the opportunity to see them live. Special guests Pictureplane and DJ Grant Mayland join them for a night of amazing music. The show is 21+ and tickets are available for $20.00 in advance.

Absynthetic Productions Presents: Grendel and Ghostfeeder (Severed Nations Tour)

What: Concert
When: Tuesday, May 8th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Amsterdam Bar and Hall (St. Paul, MN)

Absynthetic Productions and Darker Side of Light Productions bring the Severed Nations North American tour to St. Paul for a night of stompy aggrotech and hardcore techno. Hailing from the Netherlands, Grendel brings life back to the electro-industrial genre with steady beats, samples, and guttural whispering vocals. Supported by Ghostfeeder and Peter Turns Pirate, and DJed by Fenris, this show is a great one for the rivetheads. Admission is 18+, $30.00 in advance or $35.00 at the door.

GoDeeper Presents Asukubus with La Curandera and the Ritual Plus EoV

What: Concert
When: Thursday, May 10th at 9:30 p.m.
Where: Loring Bar & Restaurant (Minneapolis, MN)

GoDeeper and Music of the End Times present Asukubus, a queer- and femme-fronted experimental group from Texas and Louisiana described as a “purge against the patriarchy”—a haunting, industrial, and primal sound. Along with them is La Curandera and the Ritual, which brings music and performance art together to portray the Latinx diaspora, transgender dysphoria, and ancestral mourning. Rounding out the set is EoV (Etiquette of Violence), which unites members of Delores Dewberry and Psychosomatic Ritual Death Cult for a deep and dark sound that is hard to describe. DJ Angelica Ottavia spins between sets. Admission is 21+; $10.00 cover.

The Electric Touch Presents Neon Nights

What: Club Night
When: Thursday, May 10th at 9:00 p.m.
Where: Basement Bar (Minneapolis, MN)

The Electric Touch has been hosting Neon Nights and Stop Drop N Roll in Minneapolis for the last year. Formerly SynthWaves on KFAI, they have gone off the air and into the clubs, bringing synthpop, new wave, and classic ’80s hits to clubs around the Twin Cities. Admission is 21+ and FREE!

A Night of Dancing and Darkness

What: Concert
When: Friday, May 11th at 8:00 p.m.
Where: Club Underground (Minneapolis, MN)

On May 11, a great group of bands comes together for a casual evening of dancing and friends to bring you some great electro and ambience. Performing are La Hearse, Lies From The Wolf, Christopher Wray, and Dissociate. Admission is 21+ and $5.00.

The Forbidden Bazaar Presents: All Tied Up

What: Show
When: Friday, May 11th at 9:00 p.m.
Where: Gay 90’s (Minneapolis, MN)

The Forbidden Bazaar is back for its third monthly installment at the Gay 90’s. All Tied Up focuses on rope play, featuring a shibari fashion parade and trained bondage riggers. Aerial acrobatics, fire magic, burlesque, art, and a photo booth certainly make this one you’ll . . . knot want to miss. Admission is $10.00 for 21+ and $15.00 for 18+.

Zwaremachine Be A Light All-Ages Release Show

What: Show
When: Saturday, May 12th at 7:00 p.m.

Where: Dead Media (Minneapolis, MN)

This album is amazing. I’m going to say it again: this album is amazing. I was completely blown away by it. Released on April 11th, Mach Fox has hit an all time high with this album. Every note, every lyric, every synth is spot on. With beautifully composed and mixed music, Minnesota group Zwaremachine has risen high on my list of favorite bands and favorite albums. At Dead Media on May 12, there will be sets by Zwaremachine and ENDIF, DJ sets by CGW, and CDs, cassettes, and posters available for purchase. You can also check out Zwaremachine’s other release party this month on May 17, below.

Northern Invasion 2018

What: Concert Weekend
When: Saturday and Sunday, May 12th and 13th starting at 11:00 a.m.
Where: Somerset Amphitheater (Somerset, WI)

Okay, I know this one is technically not goth—however, there are a ton of excellent rock bands in the lineup. Plus, Saturday night is headlined by A Perfect Circle and Sunday is headlined by Tool, so all the Maynard James Keenan you can handle. General admission full-weekend tickets are still available now for $129.50 (plus fees) but go up to $150.00 nearer to the event. Single-day tickets are $70.00 now, $80.00 later. Camping packages are sold out.

Hard Mondays Presents: Darker Mondays

What: Club Night
Where: Rouge at the Lounge (Minneapolis, MN)
When: Monday, May 14th at 10:00 p.m.

This month’s Hard Mondays takes you deeper down the dark tunnel with a night of goth, darkwave, post punk, etherial, deathrock and melancholy synthpop. Hard Mondays has always brought some of the best dance music, and this night will be no exception. The night will feature DJs Dv8, Noise, and Fenris with special guest DJ Curium. Admission is 21+ with a $3 cover.


What: Event
When: Wednesday, May 16th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Hard Times Café (Minneapolis, MN)

A quiet coffee klatch for the goth in all of us. Come out for conversation, board and card games, and of course coffee. You might even hear some new information regarding Goth Prom in the process. GothiCoffee, organized by the Twin Cities Elysium Society, is generally on the third Wednesday of each month.

Zwaremachine Be A Light Release Party Hosted by Cassette

What: Show
When: Thursday, May 17th at 9:00 p.m.

Where: Kitty Cat Klub (Minneapolis, MN)

As mentioned above, this album is amazing. May 17’s show is a full release party with live performances by Zwaremachine, ENDIF, and Cassette regular CJs Bach, Naughty Wood, and Sasha B. CDs, cassettes, and posters will be available for purchase. Admission is 21+ with a $5.00 cover.

World Goth Day

What: Holiday
When: Tuesday, May 22nd
Where: Everywhere

World Goth Day was founded in the United Kingdom in 2009 and has become a worldwide holiday of celebration for all things goth. It’s a day to love who we are, love what we do, what we enjoy, what we wear, and how we live our lives. The Hocico show (above) is a great way to spend the evening, but really it’s a day for you, my goth friends, to just be you. Go hug a goth (with their consent).

Gothess Presents Dark Wave and Goth Dance Night

What: Club Night
When: Thursday, May 24th at 9:30 p.m.
Where: Honey (Minneapolis, MN)

Gothess’s monthly nights continue with dark-wave and goth tracks to keep you swaying and dancing in the darkness and fog. This month’s DJs are DJ Miss Q, DJ Mercury, Illuminate Steele, and DJ Heartbreak, with visuals by Leda Zawacki. Admission is 21+ and a $5.00 cover.

Leo Presents: Combichrist (Everybody Still Hates You Tour)

What: Concert
When: Tuesday, May 29th at 6:30 p.m.
Where: The Cabooze (Minneapolis, MN)

Combichrist is back in town again to bring the group’s signature sound, exceptionally danceable tracks, and some controversy. Playing the standards and making a ruckus are what Combichrist does, and they are ready to do it again at the Cabooze. Their brand of music is not for everyone, but they do put on an energetic show that can be worth seeing at least once. They are touring this time with Wednesday 13, Night Club, Prison, and Death Valley High. Admission is 18+, $20.00 in advance or $25.00 at the door.

Sanctuary Festival

What: Concert Weekend
When: Thursday, May 31st–Saturday, June 2nd
Where: Club Anything (Milwaukee, WI)

Bear with me here. Yes, it’s in Milwaukee, and at that point you might as well go to Chicago, but there are two very good reasons why you should think about going. One, local band and promoters Absynthe of Faith are on the docket for Saturday, and they are awesome. Two, Suicide Commando is saying this will be the band’s farewell to touring the United States tour, they are amazing live, and they’ve never come close to Minneapolis. I flew down to Austin, Texas, to see them the first time they toured here, and it was worth cramped coach airfare and being around a bunch of people I didn’t know. Also, there are a ton of other really excellent bands. Admission is 21+, single-day tickets are $27.50, 2-day passes are $50.50, and the full VIP, 3-day, meet-and-greet, early-admission bonanza is $100.00. That’s a bargain at twice the price.

Weekly Events

She’s in Control: The History of Goth and Alternative Culture

What: Radio Show
When: Tuesdays from 4:00 p.m. and repeated on Saturdays at 11:00 p.m.
Where: 98.9 FM or online at KRSM Radio

DJ Mercury brings you the musical and pop-culture history of the goth and alternative scene in her one-hour show for the Southside Media Project. Blending interviews, history, and music to tie it all together makes her show one to catch.

Transmission with DJ Jake Rudh

What: Club Night
When: Wednesdays at 10:00 p.m.
Where: Uptown Minneapolis VFW (Minneapolis, MN)

For 17 years, DJ Jake Rudh has been bringing the best of ’80s new wave and synthpop to the clubs every Wednesday (and more recently to the airwaves on the Current every Thursday). Transmission is an amazing night of music, videos, dancing, and ’80s nostalgia for all fans, and there are people who have met and gotten married thanks to this unparalleled night of music. Come out and see what it’s all about, you won’t regret it. This event is 21+ and free!

Across the Board with DJ SLT

What: Radio Show
When: Friday Mornings from 2:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m.; DJ Mercury from She’s In Control hosting on May 18th
Where: 90.3 FM Minneapolis/106.7 FM St. Paul or online at KFAI Community Radio

DJ SLT has been bringing his wide-ranging musical interests to KFAI for over 10 years. His show features anything and everything from ’70s glam rock to EBM, industrial, pop, and all the David Bowie you never knew existed. He frequently has theme nights, guest hosts, collaborations, and collectors’ corners to make a varied and greatly interesting radio show worth staying awake for. He also plays his own original works under the name Kradis.

Bondage A-Go-Go

What: Club Night
When: Saturdays from 10:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.
Where: Ground Zero Nightclub (Minneapolis, MN)

Ground Zero has been the goth community’s mainstay for nearly 24 years. Today it is the best place to grab a drink and dance to the best music the goth world has to offer (and some it hasn’t). With three rotating DJs keeping the music fresh and interesting, it sets the scene for what’s going on in the back—where the in-house dominatrixes keep your blood pumping with safe and consensual scenes you can either watch or participate in (after signing up, staying sober until your time, and tipping the mistress). No photos, 21+, $7.00 cover, cash-only bar. Come casual or dress to impress.

So, which of these events will you be attending? What events would you like to see featured in the future? Let us know in the comments section below or contact us via email. And don’t forget to add your events to the Twin Cities Geek Community Calendar!


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