Inkubus Sukkubus

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Inkubus Sukkubus
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Candia and Tony McKormack of Inkubus Sukkubus at WGT, Leipzig, 2014.
Background information
OriginCheltenham, Gloucestershire, England
GenresGothic rock, Pagan rock
Years active1989–present
LabelsResurrection Records
Cleopatra Records
Alice In...
Associated actsVampire Division, Children of the Moon
MembersCandia Ridley
Tony McKormack
Roland Link
Past membersBob Gardener
Adam Henderson
Howard Worf
Jamie Garner
Matt Rogers
Jason Sutton
DJ Loki
Dave Saunders
Dean Rhodes

Inkubus Sukkubus are a British goth and pagan band, formed in 1989 by Candia Ridley, Tony McKormack and Adam Henderson,[1][2] who have been described as one of the most enduringly popular underground Goth bands in the UK.[3] They also have been described by Mick Mercer as a "zombie version of Fleetwood Mac" in his book Hex Files: the goth bible.[4]


Inkubus Sukkubus have released albums and toured the UK and internationally ever since their formation as Incubus Succubus in 1989.

In 1995, they changed their name to Inkubus Sukkubus, citing numerological reasons, and signed to Resurrection Records. The live line-up changed significantly, adopting the use of a drum machine and sequenced backing, with some additional support by a bodhrán, and Adam Henderson moving back to bass.

In 1996, the band appeared live on UK national television on Channel 4's 'The Big Breakfast[5]', performing the track 'Heartbeat Of The Earth'.[6]

The band have played many of the major European dark alternative festivals including Amphi, M'era Luna, and the Wave-Gotik-Treffen at Leipzig.

Inkubus Sukkubus were due to play a gig in Mexico City on Beltane (1 May) 2009. When it was cancelled due to the outbreak of swine flu, the band received national media exposure, particularly through The Sun newspaper.[7]

In June 2017 the band hosted a weekend event[8] at St Briavels Castle in the Forest of Dean – a celebration of midsummer with storytelling, history, Egyptian dancing, and a handfasting ceremony.

Candia and Tony McKormack at Wave Gotik Treffen, Leipzig.


The group currently consists of guitarist Tony McKormack, vocalist Candia McKormack and bassist Roland Link. The band uses a drum machine and sequencer to provide percussion and orchestral backing. They also perform as a fully acoustic act with Abigail Blackman on cello, Nick Gibbs on violin, and Marcus Gilvear on drums.

In 2013, Candia was the model for a painting called 'The Sukkubus[9]' by award winning fantasy artist, Larry Elmore for use in his Kickstarter.

In 2016, Candia was painted by artist Russell Haines for his Faith[10] exhibition, at Gloucester Cathedral. The band also performed at the launch event which the Bishop of Gloucester, Rachel Treweek, attended.




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  1. ^ Buckley, Peter (2003). The Rough Guide to Rock. ISBN 1843531054. Tony McKormick [sic] (guitars/vocals/keyboards/programming) and Candia Ridley (lead vocal) — originally art college students with a dark, yet optimistic musical vision tor the world — are the heart and soul of Inkubus Sukkubus.
  2. ^ Willin, Melvyn J. (2005). Music, Witchcraft and the Paranormal. p. 260. ISBN 1905226187. The one possible exception to this heavy metal and satanic link is the group Inkubus Sukkubus which was formed in 1989. The original musicians Tony McCormack [sic] and Candia Ridley found that the words they were setting had a strong pagan bias.
  3. ^ Scarf, Natasha. The Art Of Gothic. ISBN 9781783052639.
  4. ^ Mercer, Mick (1996). Hex Files. London: B T Batsford Ltd. pp. 84, 85. ISBN 0 7134 8033 5.
  5. ^ treu4 (4 September 2007), Inkubus Sukkubus - Heartbeat of the Earth, retrieved 27 June 2017
  6. ^ Link to video clip of the TV show
  7. ^ Coles, John (29 April 2009). "Swine flu hits Brit rockers". The Sun. Retrieved 29 May 2015.
  8. ^ Sukkubus, Inkubus. "Tales of Witchcraft and Wonder 2017 - 23 June 2017". Evensi. Retrieved 27 June 2017.
  9. ^ "Larry Elmore · The Sukubbus". Retrieved 27 June 2017.
  10. ^ "Diocese of Gloucester". Retrieved 27 June 2017.
  11. ^ "Wytches & Vampyres: The Best of Inkubus Sukkubus - Inkubus Sukkubus | Releases | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 25 October 2017.

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