BLOOD MOON: The Wedding of Kurt and Maree
August celebrated the marriage of two of Cape Town Alternative scenes most charming creatures and proud supporters, Kurt and Maree, with an eccentric wedding at Oude Molen Village. Fair enough; there were rings, an alter, and an isle or sorts. But throw in some leather. Slit and drip in an ounce of metal. Cast a little spell. And you have Blood Moon: spelt in a similar vein to Shock Therapy, but less of a theme party - and more of a dark affair.
The event drew about 200 people into, what seemed like, a medieval banquet. The recipe included a significant turnout of Goths, metal heads, a few bikers, as well as a bunch of us non-denominative folk, all socializing and enjoying the irony. Mercifully, cold stares were at an all time minimum.
In terms of music, we had a selection of Andy’s alternative classics wafting from the DJ booth, as well as three potent bands. The first of which was Tungsten, whose sound indicated some early Slayer influence. Second to play were To The Grave, a young band (17-19) with an installment of promising black metal.
The finale was left up to Mind Assault, who invited Kurt and Maree to join them on stage - for their wedding dance. The performance coaxed an injurious, but invigorating mosh-pit. Andy, in a pair of ridiculous white overalls, had positioned himself as a human battering ram in the center of the pit. Towards the end of the set, Left For Dead vocalist Alwyn - looking concussed - earned himself a bloody nose.
The wedding ceremony occupied a dark romantic ritual. The isle was a string of burning lamps, with spectators spaced out on either side; the alter, with a skull as it’s the base and an arm reaching up into a hand, had upon it a glass of wine. Andy offered a prologue. Kurt and Maree, encircled by their own monks, presented their vows, exchanged rings, and sipped their wine.