Crewe will celebrate the extravagant Victorian-led Steampunk scene this weekend with live shows and craft markets at the Crosville Club.

The Winter Steampunk Convivial will cap a busy weekend of events in Crewe when the first show begins immediately after the Christmas Lights switch-on celebrations in nearby Market Square.

The steampunk genre is inspired by 19th century Victorian ideals and fashions, with enthusiasts championing an alternative future that is still driven by steam machinery.

Glorious costumes mix with sci-fi fantasies and mad-cap inventions, with high-energy music and eccentric performances sure to delight crowds.

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Crewe, described as “a perfect fit for steampunk” by organiser David Smith, staged its first steampunk get-together back in May to great reviews.

He said: “The rich Victorian history of the famous railway town is the ideal backdrop for steampunk. May’s event put a smile on faces, and that’s the point – people having fun.

“Anyone still wondering what it is all about should come and enjoy one of the Winter Convivial shows that will deliver fabulous musical entertainment and some quirky on-stage shenanigans.

“To get a real taste of the genre, pop along to the steampunk market that will be running on the Saturday and Sunday.

“The craft market area has proved so popular that we have been forced to turn some traders away!”

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A ticketed welcome event (£12) will take place at the Crosville Club on Friday 25 November, starting at 7.30pm.

World-famous Montague Jacques Fromage will wow the crowd, plus acts like The Retro Clones, Wattingers, and burlesque performer Foxee Stole will bring something unique to Crewe.

More evening entertainment takes place on Saturday 26, featuring The Paul Snook Band, Lux Delioux, BB LoneDog, and headlined by the excellent Victor & The Bully (£15).

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During the afternoon on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 November, there will be a free-to-enter steampunk market at the Crosville Club.

There will be crazy teapot racing, a fashion show, plus arts, crafts and mask making with Amy Nicole from the Period Costume Shop.

For further information and ticket details visit http://www.crewe-steampunk-convivial.co.uk.

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Press release issued on Friday 18 November, 2016

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