Festival still going strong 20 years on

Whitby is set for a gothic invasion later this month
Whitby is set for a gothic invasion later this month

Whitby Goth Weekend has been nominated for a pair of awards as it celebrates 20th anniversary.

Originally a meeting of a group of pen pals in the Elsinore pub, it is now a major bi-annual event that attracts thousands of people to the town.

Established since 1994, this year’s 20th anniversary celebrations have been made all the more special after the festival was shortlisted for a pair of gongs at the UK Festival Awards.

The event is competing in the Best Metropolitan Festival and The Grass Roots Festival Award categories.

Jo Hampshire, founder of Whitby Goth Weekend, said: “I was really pleased to find out that for the first time in our history we are in the running for these awards. It’s very nice to be recognised, although it has been a long time coming.

“Hopefully people in Whitby will vote for us as this would be a great accolade for the town as well as the festival.”

The second meeting of the year takes place between October 31 and November 2, and, as is traditional, Whitby Pavilion will act as the main venue for the weekend’s events.

Headlining the festival are 1980s chart toppers Heaven 17, while there is also the chance to catch new wave act Visage performing a rare live show.

Also taking to the Pavilion stage over the course of the weekend are Aurelio Voltaire, Hugh Cornwell and Deviant UK.

“We’ve tried to think outside the box with the acts we’ve booked this time,” Ms Hampshire added.

“Tickets sales have gone very well. We have almost sold out.”

The charity football match between locals and Real Gothic FC, will take place at the Turnbull Ground at 2pm on the Sunday in aid of the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign, the Willow Foundation and SOS Children.

A custom car rally will be held at Whitby Leisure Centre and shoppers can peruse a variety of stalls at BizarreBazaars across the town.