Coalescaremonium, Pagan Electrics

Coalescaremonium really cares about its visitors and makes every edition better than the last.

Coalescaremonium Pagan Electrics Etterbeek Belgium
Selfie in progress at Coalescaremonium, Pagan Electrics, in Etterbeek, Belgium, April 8 (Hilde Heyvaert)

Coalescaremonium, Pagan Electrics, was the fifth (time does really fly) installment of the yearly Grandioso Gothic Happening (that’s really how it’s marketed as, I’m not making it up) taking place at the revamped monastery Bouche à Oreille.

Which, with its many side rooms, is the perfect location for a Gothic event of this magnitude.

First of all, Coalescaremonium separates itself from other Gothic events by its very concept. It’s a festival, party and socializing event all in one. Which means there’s something for everyone.

On top of that, it’s all-ages-friendly. Every year, you see more and more people bringing their (young) children. Mostly the kids are dressed up for the occasion, which is just extra cute.

Coalescaremonium is also probably the only event that successfully manages to merge not only all styles of Goth but also warmly welcomes other subcultures, such as various Japanese fashion styles, steampunk and dieselpunk. While those are still a minority, much like kids, you see more of them each year. Which is awesome and a testament to the all-inclusive attitude of this event.

Every year, there is a theme and in theory there is a dress code, but they are very relaxed about it, so you see people in simple black outfits they probably wear every single day to people wearing (casual) suits and people dressed to the nines and everything in between you can imagine from the Goth scene.

Much like last year’s edition, Art Nouveau Noise, Pagan Electrics featured live performances, spread over three rooms: the concert hall (main stage), the Chapel and the dance floor, where DJs ruled supreme. (Which was a little loud, mind, which is actually my only complaint I have on the event: loud is good, too loud not so much.)

Performances were, like the entire event, very varied, ranging from EBM to electro to metal to rock and more. Which is awesome, because mostly you only find very few musical options at these things.

It was nigh impossible to not know when and where something was happening, as not only was the program listed on their website well in advance, they had spread out program flyers all over the venue and hung up time tables on the doors. Which were much appreciated extras.

Food and drinks wise, Coalescaremonium excels at providing options. Don’t expect to have the choice between a vegetarian and regular burger, the regular soft drinks and beer. No, expect to have the choice between at least a handful of non-alcoholic beverages, probably just as many alcoholic ones (I don’t drink alcohol so I didn’t count them, but they have absinthe, just say no to the dry ice, trust me). As for food, yes, there are burgers, but there is also a lot more, even taking vegans into account. And if you have special dietary requirements, no one will stop you from bringing in your own meal either. Because Coalescaremonium really does care about its visitors.

Oh, and no one will hold it against you if you bring some candy/snacks in either. Especially not if you share.

If all of that isn’t enough, there is a variety of shops, a cozy tearoom-style area downstairs (there are seats and tables pretty much all over the event, so there’s a good chance you’ll find a spot to sit down) and a photo corner. Variation, your name is Coalescaremonium and we love you for it.

Once again, Coalescaremonium managed to bring us an amazing event with Pagan Electrics. Every year, they really pay attention to what they can improve on and then proceed to do so, making every new edition better than the last. I’m looking forward to next year!

More photos here and here.

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