This past weekend was the 8th annual Wicked Faire in Somerset NJ. As expected, Wicked Faire was a completely wonderful experience full of entertainment, fun and informative panels, and vendors of all kinds.
On Friday night I arrived at The Goblin Market (see photo of Belladonna at TGM right) to catch This Way to the Egress as they serenaded with a special acoustic set. This Way to the Egress is one of the most talented musical acts I’ve had the pleasure of hearing. I’d describe them as similar to Amanda Palmer but less pretentious and depressing. They are most definitely a band I’ll be adding to my everyday playlists. I don’t know why they aren’t rock stars yet.
The Goblin Market was also host to a mad tea party who served delicious tea (no kidding, it was great) for the price of a secret or a period of servitude. Also at The Goblin Market were delightful characters such as the nervous Winston (played by Ben Hamby) and the creepy “Tree Demon” (costume by Dr. Grymm, played by Alison Duda). While these characters added ambiance to the market, I think The Goblin Market’s placement in the second hotel early on in the convention made it less accessible for some attendees. There were periods where the market was very busy, and periods where the crowds died down. Where the entertainment value was very high, I would have liked to see it packed the entire time.