Town to go back to black for April gothering

Laurence Mitchell and Elaine Edmunds at the last Goth Weekend. Picture: Ceri Oakes.
Laurence Mitchell and Elaine Edmunds at the last Goth Weekend. Picture: Ceri Oakes.

It’s now only a month to go until this first of Whitby’s bi-annual Goth Weekends.

And preparations are now at an advanced stage for the hotly anticipated event, which sees thousands of enthusiasts flock to town.

The town will go back to black on the weekend of April 21-23 for an event celebrating the best in alternative music and lifestyle.

The acts confirmed to play at Whitby Pavilion on the Friday night are: Toyah, Bad Pollyanna, Deviant UK, Healthy Junkies.

Saturday: Aurelio Voltaire, Abney Park, The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing, Magic Eight Ball.

Tickets for the weekend are on sale now at the official Goth Weekend website:

The weekend was first founded in 1994 by Jo Hampshire and has since grown into one of the most popular Gothic events in the world.

Alongside the music, Goths coming to town can also enjoy the Bizarre Bazaar, an extensive range of market stalls offering the best in alternative clothing and other Gothic products.

A huge range of stalls pitch up in the Leisure Centre, Pavilion and other locations around town.

A club event in aid of the Sophie Lancaster Foundation is also planned for the Thursday night at Raw, featuring a live performance from Zeitgeist Zero. It starts at 9pm.

The weekend doesn’t just see Goths attend either, with a hug variety of alternative lifestyle groups heading to Whitby, including Punks, Steampunks, Bikers, Emos and Metallers.

Dates for the second Goth Weekend are yet to be confirmed but it usually takes place in late October or early November.