Punk/Goth/Metal Finds A Home

Nearly two weeks after a Lowell, Mass., city commission voted to keep the inaugural New England Punk, Goth & Metal Festival (NEPGM) out of the city’s LeLacheur Park, organizers found two alternative venues for the two-day fest.

Organizers Anderson Mar and Matthew Marchesi announced that Bradford’s Club 125 and Worcester’s Palladium will host the October 1-2 event, respectively.

Lowell’s License Commission unanimously denied the festival’s application September 8th, saying that Marchesi failed to clear numerous permit and insurance issues with the city, which owns the park, according to the Lowell Sun.

City Manager John Cox reportedly cited potential damage to the park, poor planning and concerns about the fest’s content.

Despite that, Marchesi hasn’t ruled out using the park – which is home of the Lowell Spinners minor-league baseball team – for a future NEPGM.

“After this goes off, I’m going to start working on it and we’ll see how it goes,” Marchesi told Pollstar. “I’m still willing to do it. … I just want it to be done the right way from the start.”

NEPGM had sold 1,100 tickets to the weekend event when the city nixed plans to use the park. The festival’s budget was less than $20,000.

The 600-capacity Club 125 and 2,660-capacity Palladium will accommodate concert-goers of all ages.

“That was one item that was sine qua non with me,” Mar told Pollstar. “Any venue we approached absolutely had to acquiesce to hosting an all-ages audience, or we would choose to not do business with them for this particular event.”

She guessed that at least 60 to 70 percent of the NEPGM audience is underage.

Approximately 40 bands were set to perform including Bella Morte, Trashlight Vision, Dr. Chud’s X-Ward, and Sardonica.

Mitchell Peters