On the night of September 12, 2014, monsters invaded the Masquerade. Professor Morté brought his Monstrosity Championship Wrestling to the Masquerade. MCW joined forces with Atlanta Zombie Apocalypse, Chambers of Horror, and Professor Morté’s Silver Scream Spook Show to begin bringing in the Halloween season. More than 100 boisterous spectators rooted for and against Professor Morté, Kentucky Wolfman, Dragula, Papa Marko, and Natureboy Paul Lee all night. In between the supernatural wrestling, Crash Dragon took to the stage. The night ended in mayhem as the majority of the participants came out to try to defeat the Kentucky Wolfman once and for all.
The weather forecast for LaFayette, Ga., this past weekend was grim. Rain seemed to be inevitable. Perhaps that’s why the first-ever psych-rock Meltasia festival—held on the rolling acres of Cherokee Farms, 100 miles north of Atlanta and a world away from the creature comforts of a city—wasn’t packed. It required a commitment. The fest’s organizers probably expected a bigger crowd (though the ratio of Port-o-lets to people was almost laughably inadequate). But Meltasia was never going to be that festival. If anything, it’s the other side of the argument. It’s the festival where you can actually see great bands — the Coathangers, Gringo Star, Quintron and Miss Pussycat, White Mystery, the Black Lips—without pushing your way to the front like an asshole. Rather than feeling like you’re buying into some huge machine, it’s as if you got invited to the coolest birthday party ever. You can get as messed up as you want because nobody’s judging and, let’s face it, this is certainly not anybody’s first rodeo. These are the folks who drove the winding roads from hundreds of miles away to get to the birthday party for New York garage rocker and Stalkers frontman Andy Animal. And, as it turned out, the sun (and a glowing moon) stuck around for the weekend.
Clusterfest has come and gone, but the hangover lingers. Thankfully, we've put together a photo gallery for your viewing pleasure. For those of you who braved through the storm of jerk chicken, Dragon Con , the Atlanta Weekender/House in the Park, Decatur book Fest and the Great Toothpaste Race aka Oral-B USA 500 we've captured images to hold you over till Labor Day Weekend 2015.