Dates and prices row blamed for music cancellation

THE CURTAIN has come down on the live music planned as part of the Whitby Alt Fest’s April Goth weekend.

Organisers Dark Daisy promotions fronted by Sam Hoyle said they were sad to announce this week that the live music scheduled to take place in the Pavilion over that weekend (April 1, 2, 3 and 4) will not be happening and refunds are going to be issued to anyone who has already bought tickets.

He said the decision was partly due to Jo Hampshire’s decision to host the Whitby Gothic Weekend on different dates causing a divide in the goth scene and increases in venue prices.

Mr Hoyle told the Gazette: “We feel Ms Hampshire’s decision to split events has had a negative impact upon the scene.

“During this year and last we have had to deal with many issues affecting Whitby including new festivals announcing on the same dates, events beyond our control and increased venue prices all of which have led us to this decision.

“After a lot of number crunching and talking to other promoters we have decided to focus on the main reason people are coming in April, the Gothic Market, the fringe events, the pubs and the friends. It would be impossible to imagine letting the bands play to a smaller audience than they deserve, or continuing the event with no atmosphere in such an extensive venue.”

Mr Hoyle said he was aware the Pavilion was no longer the draw it used to be and fringe events were increasing in popularity so had decided to stick to what they know best making April the biggest fringe and shopping event possible.

He was keen to stress other events would still be taking place as planned and new nights were being introduced and extra emphasis placed on the Gothic market.

Ms Hampshire’s dates for the Whitby Gothic Weekend are Friday 25 to Sunday 27 March.

Scarborough Borough Council Head of Tourism and Culture, Brian Bennett, said: “All our customers are treated equally and fairly and are charged in accordance with the pricing policy agreed annually by councillors.”