What's on this Whitby Goth Weekend?

Laurence Mitchell and Elaine Edmunds are ready for Goth weekend. Picture by Ceri Oakes
Laurence Mitchell and Elaine Edmunds are ready for Goth weekend. Picture by Ceri Oakes

Town prepares to go back to black

Whitby’s bi-annual Goth weekend has become one of the most popular Goth festivals around the world.

Faye Hilton from Middlesbrough and Catherine McMurray from Loftus. Picture by Ceri Oakes

Faye Hilton from Middlesbrough and Catherine McMurray from Loftus. Picture by Ceri Oakes

This weekend, thousands will flock to the town to enjoy live music and to celebrate all things alternative.

It is not just Goths who visit the town either, with Punks, Steampunks, Emos, Bikers, Metallers and people from all genres of alternative lifestyles turning up for the unique occasion.

The main music event will take place across Friday and Saturday night.

Tomorrow evening’s music line-up features: Heaven 17, Sigue Sigue Sputnik Electronic, Manuskript and Kitty in a Casket.

Laurence Mitchell and Elaine Edmunds. Picture by Ceri Oakes

Laurence Mitchell and Elaine Edmunds. Picture by Ceri Oakes

Saturday night’s performers are: The Mission, Skeletal Family, Children on Stun and Chasing Dragons.

There is also a chance to attend a charity football match on Sunday, held at the Turnbull ground at 1pm, which aims to raise funds for three charities: The Willow Foundation, SOS Children’s Villages UK and Whitby RNLI. Tickets for the game are priced at £1 per person.

Lovers of shopping all things alternative can also enjoy browsing a huge selection of Gothic items at the Bizarre Bazaar alternative market, held at various locations across town, including the Whitby Pavilion and Whitby Leisure Centre.

The event was started by Jo Hampshire in 1994 when a group of penpals met in the Elsinore pub on Flowergate.

The festival started out as a yearly gathering, but due to its extreme popularity, has been held on a bi-annual basis since 1997.

Laurence Mitchell and Elaine Edmunds, pictured, from Whitby organised the Dark Arts exhibition over the Bram Stoker International Film Festival and are getting ready to welcome the Goths for another weekend of fun.

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