Hosted by Atticus Oldman of the Steampunk Almanac – Miss Shelley’s Secret Shenanigans is an informal collective of musicians, performers, artists and creative individuals brought together with the mission of devising and hosting steampunk themed alternative events in Scotland.
How It All Began…
“The project initially came together in the Summer of 2017 when several musical artists based in the south of England enquired about the possibility of potential gigs in Edinburgh. Those involved were attending the Airship Northstar Festival planned for early July just outside Berwick upon Tweed and thought the trip provided the perfect opportunity to arrange a visit north of the border.
Sadly, safety concerns over outrageously extreme weather forced the unavoidable 11th hour cancellation of Airship Northstar – Much to the disappointment of everyone attending, performing and involved in the organisation and management of what was set to be an outstanding event.
After consultation with the performers, many of whom were already in the north or on their way, It was decided to continue with plans for the Edinburgh event. The idea was also warmly welcomed by Steampunk Facebook communities from Edinburgh and Glasgow and they continued to enthusiastically support the endeavour throughout.
Held over two days and two venues the original ‘Miss Shelley’s Secret Shenanigans’ was a full on mini Steampunk Music Festival that featured an international selection of some of the community’s finest musical artists…
Steampunk Resurrection – Saturday afternoon recording session before an invited audience held at Woodland Creatures on Leith Walk and streamed live via Facebook. This intimate nightclub setting provided a backdrop to spellbinding live performances from Feline & Strange and Mishkin Fitzgerald of birdeatsbaby with sound engineering provided by The Wattingers.
Steampunk Cabaret – Sunday night international cabaret hosted at Frankensteins Pub on George 4th Bridge by the one and only Lord Montague Jacques Fromage (USA) and featuring Feline & Strange (Germany), Teahorse, Mishkin Fitzgerald and The Wattingers (UK). Once again everyone involved gave outstanding performances to the hugely appreciative audience. The weekend came to a close with plans already being drawn up for further projects and potential possibilities.
Based on this The Wattingers later returned to Auld Reekie at Halloween to participate in the Edinburgh Horror Festival with a brace of performances at The Waverley Bar, just off the capital’s legendary Royal Mile. Streamed live via Facebook, these shows were also recorded for the Absinthe Affair web radio broadcasts hosted by myself (Atticus Oldman) as well as being filmed by 24/7 video productions.
Planning for further events has been underway since early in the new year. New equipment has been friend-funded and experience gained working on major projects such as the fantastic Whitby Steampunk Weekend.
With the launch of this online programme for Aliens, Angels & Airships I am also launching a new crowdfunding campaign to assist with covering the costs of basic essentials such as accommodation, promotion and equipment hire. The crowdfunding element of the project is intended to ensure participants of a secured return on their expenses relating to visiting Scotland whilst ticket prices can also be kept low so as to encourage and build the audience for Steampunk music and events in and across Scotland.
If you would like to participate, perform in, support or sponsor Miss Shelley’s Secret Shenanigans then please get in touch via the contact form provided!” – Atticus Oldman
Poster from the original Saturday Cabaret recording session – 8th July 2017
Poster from the original Steampunk Cabaret held on 9th July 2017