Fugazi Posted July 4, 2021 Share Posted July 4, 2021 The story of Nightwish is rich and full of twists... and so is the story of Nightwish' fandom! Here are some of the main events that shaped the community over the years. Of course this is not an exhaustive list, and I have probably involuntarily ignored many important events, so feel free to send in your additions. -------------- 1997 November: Angels Fall First is released, and Nightwish start touring. Fandom is born! Very few details survive from the early days... 1999 The official NW website hosts a fan chat that eventually becomes a forum, the Nightwish.com discussion board. Built with Finnish, English and German sections early on, it will soon evolve to include many more languages. 2003 February: Launch of the Nightwish-France website and forums. October: Oceansouls of America, the North American NW fan club is born. December: The Russian Nightwish fan club, Nightcom (at Nightwish.com.ru) launch their first forum. 2004 December: Launch of the fan site Ocean Soul at TuomasHolopainen.net, run by a Polish fan named Agnieszka (a.k.a. deathwish). 2005 April: The Polish Nightwish fan club launch their forums, eventually named Ocean Souls. 2006 September: TuomasHolopainen.net gains official status as Tuomas' web presence. 2007 The English section of the official Nightwish forum at Nightwish.com is shut down. 2008 February: Nightwish World, a semi-official international forum run by Nightwish France, is launched. February: TuomasHolopainen.net stops being updated, and the associated forum will slow down and become inactive by 2011. 2009 The Escapist, a Tuomas Holopainen fan site, is launched by Carol Walker, a British fan. 2010 October: After gaining official status, The Escapist moves to Tuomas-Holopainen.com 2011 February: Launch of The Islanders Fan Forum, home of the Nightwish British Isles fan club. November: The Nightwish English Forum (at NightwishForum.com) becomes the official English-language band forum, replacing Nightwish World. It will gradually include sections for Finnish, German, Spanish and Portuguese-speaking fans. 2015 April: Launch of Nightwish Family, currently the largest NW fan group on Facebook. October: A server crash signs the demise of Tuomas-Holopainen.com including the forums. 2016 August: Premiere of the fandom documentary "To Nightwish With Love". 2017 March: The official NW forum is moved from NightwishForum.com to NightwishOnline.com 2019 March: NightDreamers' Reacticide server on Discord is created. December: The official NW forum at NightwishOnline.com crashes... and burns, given the absence of backups. 2020 January: Part of the Nightwish Online community moves to a new Discord server, eventually named "A Walden Of Our Own". January: The band cease their involvement in fan community coordination and therefore community support. 2021 August: When the Nightwish France web site is revamped their forums are powered down, possibly replaced by their Facebook presence. 2022 January: Floor Jansen introduces FloorWorld, a social platform with free and paying tiers, replacing her YouTube memberships. The future... 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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