Friday, May 15th - Sunday, May 17th, 2015
Piscataway, NJ

So Much Fun Awaits You!

The Velveteen Band is joining us in 2015 and they are so excited that they made this wonderful promo video for us! Check it out!

Tickets are now live!

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The Steampunk World’s Fair’s robot – picture taken at last year’s Fair, by Babs Who Takes Pictures

The knack of flying is learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss.”
Douglas Adams

Tickets for The Steampunk World’s Fair, The World’s Largest Steampunk Event, are now on sale!

BIG NEW NEWS: Peter Ulrich, veteran of Dead Can Dance, will be there with The Peter Ulrich Collaboration, and their album Painted Caravan!  Hear their Steampunk/world music/enthralling music live and in person!

This year, we have, as our guest, one of Steampunk’s best-known authors: Gail Carriger! Gail is an award-winning New York Times bestselling author whose books are filled with delight the way fine sherry fills a truffle.

And…the return of the completely inimitable, terribly famous, and extraordinarily extraordinary STEAM POWERED GIRAFFE!

There’s more! We have not just an encore of last year’s authentic and glorious Belle Epoque Absinthe Workshop & Tasting by Scott Macdonald – this years’ event now includes special rare imported French absinthe!

Quick! Quick! VIP tickets are limited, catered tickets are limited, the discount ends soon, and for all we know, time travelers may recognize how great a deal this is and try to swoop in and buy up all the registrations before you can get yours! Go forth and buy your tickets! Egads! There’s no time to waste!

Get your tickets here!

A Gigantic Adventure Awaits!

 

From our Costume Contest - photograph by Knightmare 6.

We were so happy to have had you all at the 2014 Steampunk World’s Fair!  Come find us over on Facebook, or join our mailing list, to stay up to date!

Next year’s Steampunk World’s Fair is  May 15-17, 2015. Radisson hotel rooms are already available at (732)-980-0400. Embassy Suites has online registration. Use the code STK. Hotel updates can be found on the venue page.

If you have interest in performing with us next year, fill out our Performer/Presenter application. If you have wares that you think people would be interested in, fill out our Vendor Application.

In the meantime, think about coming to our other events…


International Steampunk City: Morristown, NJ, October 11-12, 2014

steamcity-short An adventure (and benefit event) which is for, and takes place at, the birthplace of the telegraph, namely the village of Historic Speedwell.  Music, entertainment, museums, historic buildings, picnics, and wonderful people – all at a low price and for a good cause!  Like World’s Fair, this is an all-ages show.


Wickedfaire: Princeton, NJ, February 20-22, 2015

The world’s largest alternative (Steampunk-friendly!) indoor Renaissance Faire. (This show is for ages 16 and up)

And more at Jeff Mach Events!

New Jersey’s Forgotten History

njforgottenhistNew Jersey has a history much deeper than popular thought. The Garden State is Ground Zero for the American Revolutionary War, the Industrial Revolution, and the birth of the Modern Era. Small State, Big Impact: New Jersey has offered this world many unimaginable contributions. From small inventions to the Industrial Revolution, New Jersey has greatly impacted the Modern World.

Fred Eckert is an Educational Speaker who expounds upon New Jersey’s vast history. Fred has spent countless hours researching the truth behind New Jersey’s past and has made discoveries that other historians are unaware of. For Fred, it is all about Education & Inspiration. More fascinating tidbits can be found on Facebook.

The Clockwork Dolls

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The Steampunk World’s Fair is thrilled to announce the return of a perennial favorite, The Clockwork Dolls!

Formed in 2007, The Clockwork Dolls began with a simple concept: beautiful, epic, grand music for those who dream and dream big. From the decks of an airship to the battlefields of war, you will laugh, you will cry, and you might just find yourself singing along.

These are the stories of dreamers, the stories of warriors, the stories of freethinkers. These are the tales of people who fly.

Featuring the talent of Trinket Bramage, vocalist extraordinaire; Colette Lovelace, vocalist virtuoso and lyricist; Christopher Bass; and Allison Curval, composer and keyboardist.

Take a look here, and find out more on SoundCloud,  Facebook and Twitter!

Steam Powered Giraffe Returns

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Third time’s the charm! The Steampunk world’s Fair is thrilled to welcome back Steam Powered Giraffe for a third amazing, exciting, ungulate-inspired year!

The robots of Steam Powered Giraffe are like nothing you’ve ever seen. The malfunctioning joke-spewing robots play a collection of original Vaudeville inspired tunes fused with modern flare and executed in a super-sleek, one-of-a-kind performance.

East Coast appearances by SPG are rare, and SPWF is excited to again offer fans and fans-to-be the chance to experience this unique performing group!

Stay tuned for details on special programming with SPG members!
More information about SPG can be found at
http://www.steampoweredgiraffe.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/SteamPoweredGiraffe

Photo credit: Amelia Reichley

Photo credit: Amelia Reichley

The Peter Ulrich Collaboration

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UNBELIEVABLE STEAMPUNK MUSIC NEWS – AND YOU HEARD IT HERE FIRST!  Internationally renowned musician, Peter Ulrich of “Dead Can Dance”, joins the Steampunk Universe…and kicks it off with an appearance with his 16-piece band and an album release at World’s Fair!

When The Peter Ulrich Collaboration performs as a headliner at the Steampunk World Fair in May 2015, it will continue Peter Ulrich’s journey from his beginnings in the Dead Can Dance, where he first began forming his trademark sound to a new place, strange and wonderful and full of black and white magic, utter darkness and brilliant light—an alternative reality that will resonate with Steampunkers and their kindred spirits. The World Fair performance will feature a blend of ravishing music from a mini-orchestra as well as theatricality and costumes reflecting Steampunk and alternative reality influences.  The show will feature the best of music from two Collaboration albums, the 2014 release, The Painted Caravan and the upcoming 2015 release, Tempus Fugitives.

The influence of Dead Can Dance will definitely be felt. After all it was in service of Dead Can Dance, that Peter Ulrich supported Brendan Perry and Lisa Gerrard on drums and percussions from 1983 to 1990 as the group made its mark as a brilliantly innovative band that utilized African polyrhythms, Gaelic folk, Gregorian chants, Middle Eastern mantrasand art-rock to spellbinding effect; read more about them at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dead_Can_Dance.

However The Painted Caravan and the upcoming Tempus Fugitives are works quite unlike any other works that have come before, as is the Ulrich headed collaboration of brilliant musicians and vocalists that put the albums together. The albums are a musical journey, a magical mystery tour of an entirely different kind invoking the alternative reality of Steampunk, psychedelia, alternative reality, Goth, speculative science fiction, magic realism and re-imagined history.

The latest video from “The Painted Caravan” is “Tempest,” featuring I.V. Webb, Peter Ulrich Collaboration member, on vocals along with Peter.

Reflecting international influences that are ancient, modern or immediately contemporary, the album presents to its listener mesmerizing grandeur, solemn beauty, intricate-craftsmanship, sonic depth, wonder and delight.

Reviewers in the U.S. have been fascinated with this new music. All Music Guide described The Painted Caravan as a The Painted Caravan“big, unruly band full of personality” featuring a “variety of instruments ranging from horns to electric guitars to bagpipes” and as a “colorful and enjoyable record…a bold step forward for the artist.” RollingStone.com described the album as “a rich and song-filled showcase,” while Modern Drummer called it a “grand mix of folk and world music” and Popdose described The Painted Caravan as a “riveting and intriguing” album.

U.K. reviews have been equally enthusiastic. Top UK music magazine, R2 has given the album a four star rating. Online reviewer Simon Smith of Higher Plains Music said “Quite simply The Painted Caravan is utterly phenomenal from start to finish. Peter Ulrich and his collaborators…have pulled out all the stops, said goodbye to any conformity and became trailblazers and pioneers of musical art.”

 Erin Hill - featured performer in The Peter Ulrich Collaboration playing the concert harp

Erin Hill – featured performer in The Peter Ulrich Collaboration playing the concert harp

We are incredibly excited to have one of the world’s great touring artists, a visionary who’s performed literally thousands of arena show internationally, come to be a headliner at The Steampunk World’s Fair, playing music flavored by Steampunk, pyschedelia and other influences.  It’s more proof that Steampunk is a living, growing entity, which becomes more creative, unique, diverse, and amazing every day.

 Do not miss this year’s Steampunk World’s Fair!  A regular ticket enables you to see the show; a VIP Meet and Greet enables you to come meet him in person.  Be prepared to see one of the genuine musical legends of our time, ready to greet a Steampunk audience as he kicks off his tour with an album launch of their new Steampunk work, “Tempus Fugitive”!  This is a great day for Steampunk, and an amazing leap for an internationally-acclaimed performer.

 

A couple more wonderful music videos!