Back to black: Goths to arrive in Whitby next weekend

There's just one week to go until the town will swell to almost double its capacity for one of the big events of the year.

Thursday, 19th April 2018, 3:52 pm
Updated Thursday, 19th April 2018, 3:56 pm
Whitby Goth Weekend.

Guesthouses and B&Bs are often booked up months in advance as visitors from far and wide head to Whitby for the world-famous Goth Weekend.

The main attraction is often the live music at Whitby Pavilion on the Friday and Saturday nights.

The line-up for this month includes: Rayguns Look Real Enough, Dr Haze’s Freak Show From the Circus of Horrors, Desmond O’Connor, 1919, Sigue Sigue Sputnik Electronic, The Last Cry and Aurelio Voltaire.

Other key attractions include the Bizarre Bazaar alternative market – dozens of stalls selling all kinds of alternative products, including Gothic baby clothing.

Now in its 24th year, it is estimated that the festival brings a welcome £1 million boost to the town’s economy, with restaurants, bars and hotels some of the biggest beneficiaries. An estimated 10,000 Goths and people from alternative lifestyles come to town for the weekend.

The festival was founded in 1994 by Jo Hampshire of Top Mum Promotions and has grown each year to become one of the world’s premier Goth events.

It used to be held just once a year until it became a twice-yearly event in 1997, taking place in April and October.

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