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FANS of all things gothic have had plenty to choose from recently with the Alt Festival and Bram Stoker Film Festival both proclaimed huge successes and the Whitby Goth Weekend well under way.

The two events which took place last weekend drew and estimated 1,000 visitors to the town and Alt Fest events were run at The Resolution, The Rifle Club and The Met.

Trade stalls were also spread across three venues, including a large trading event at the leisure centre.

The Bram Stoker Film Festival was also very successful, demonstrating its broad appeal by selling out several events to an international audience, including many visitors from America.

This year’s festival was more varied than ever, featuring unique events such as the Vampire Ball.

Founded by Jo Hampshire in 1994, the Whitby Gothic Weekend has grown into one of the world’s most popular Gothic events, regularly attracting thousands of people.

This weekend Whitby will once again be abuzz as it welcomes all manner of weird and wonderful characters through its doors.

It’s not just Goths attending either as Punks, Steampunks, Emos, Bikers, Metallers and people from all genres of the alternative lifestyle turn up for a weekend of music, dancing, drinking and shopping.

The coming event takes place at the Whitby Pavilion Complex over this Bonfire Weekend, which is a first for the festival.

The weekend certainly has an international feel with bands travelling from Seattle & California USA, Sweden and Australia to take part.

The Whitby Goth Music Line-up on Friday sees performances by Abney Park, The Mist of Avalon, Devilish Presley, Cryogenica and Berlin Black.

Saturday sees Chameleons Vox, The Last Dance, Rhombus, The Dark Shadows and The Death Notes all perform.

Also at the Pavilion is the Bizarre Bazaar, an alternative market selling a whole range of items for almost every aspect of the goth and alternative scene.

The Bizarre Bazaar market features stall holders that sell gothic baby clothes through to barbed wire earrings.

Jo Hampshire, Whitby Goth Weekend founder, said: “We are really looking forward to this year’s autumn weekend.

“Tickets sales are going well at present and we are excited about are programme over the weekend.

“To get bands from across the globe to perform at our weekend shows how big the weekends have become”.

The usual charity football match between Athletico Gazette and Real Gothic takes place at Whitby Town FC.

The clubhouse opens from 1pm on Sunday, with kick off at 2pm.

Half time sees the second penalty shoot out between the Gazette Babes and Sisters of Real.

Admission is £1 and money, including a raffle, is to be split between Runswick Bay Rescue Boat, The Willow Foundation and SOS Children’s Villages.

l Don’t miss your Whitby Gazette next week for pictures from the weekend’s events.