Goths return ‘home’ for April spectacular

Olivia Hyde, Nikki Kontinen and Stephen Kilpatrick of Bad Pollyanna who performed at the Pavillion''w124401e
Olivia Hyde, Nikki Kontinen and Stephen Kilpatrick of Bad Pollyanna who performed at the Pavillion''w124401e

Next week, thousands of goths will travel over the moors to Whitby to soak in the atmosphere of what has become one of the biggest festivals of its kind in the world.

From the official events taking place at Whitby Pavilion to the host of fringe events including live music and the more bizarre which pop around town, there is something for everyone including families who are increasing in number year on year.

The April event which is on Friday 26 and Saturday 27 April this year, is often said to be the quieter of the two weekends.

However, organiser Jo Hampshire said she has worked really hard to ensure that it caters for everyone’s tastes as they have to fight to attract music fans to their event against competition from other festival promoters.

This year’s line-up at Whitby Pavilion will see Voltaire, Doctor and the Medics, Zombina and the Skeletones and Pussycat and the Dirty Johnsons take to the stage on the Friday night at a what has been described as a ‘party night’ while the Saturday will feature performances from Clan of Xymox, Skeletal Family, The Danse Society and Deviant at what will be more of a ‘trad goth night.’

Jo said: “We are trying to sell it more from a day ticket point of view.

“People have only got so much money but if they are wanting to come both nights they are getting something completely different on both nights.

“We have had really good feedback when we announced it.

“Whitby Pavilion will be doing drinks promotions both nights, we want people to come and support all the bands.”

Jo said since Sheffield International Venues (SIV) took over the running of Whitby Pavilion last year their working relationship has been extremely positive.

“They have been wanting to listen to what the festival is all about, it’s problems and how they can help is with their expertise at other venues and other events. I’ve found them really helpful.”

Jo, who has been running the event for the past 19 years, said she hopes, so long as people continue to support the event, whether through buying tickets or sponsorship, it will continue long into the future.

“I don’t think it will ever move from Whitby,” she added. “Whitby is it’s home. Goths come to Whitby all year round, whether it’s goth weekend, they come because of its connections to Bram Stoker’s Dracula or for Whitby Gothic Weekend, it would not be the same to run it in another town, Whitby is at its heart.”

In addition to the live bands and markets which will take place at Whitby Leisure Centre and Whitby Pavilion plenty of fringe events are also planned starting mid week before the official weekend and continuing into the following week.

They include live music at the Shambles throughout the weekend, a Nostalgia night is planned at RAW nightclub on Sunday 28 April featuring classic and new goth, post punk, death rock, dark indie/alternative and twister rock and roll sounds while on Monday 29 April DJs Martin Oldgoth and Siren will get everyone dancing to music from the darker side of the eighties including post punk, new wave, new romantic and indie.

For the early birds the club will also host a Rewind night of eighties classics from 8pm to 2am.

Whitby Rifle Club will become Steampunk Centre and will have market stalls throughout the weekend as well as free entertainment on Friday night.

The Resolution is also hosting live music with an 80s night on Thursday 25, live music on the Friday and Saturday and will be hosting live music on Sunday too when covers band A Cure for the Morning will peform an array of goth music.

To celebrate April’s Whitby Gothic Weekend the Whitby Gazette has teamed up with Top Mum Promotions to give a pair of tickets worth £110 to one lucky reader.

To be in with a chance of winning email your name and contact details to marked Whitby Gothic Weekend Competition.

But be quick - the winning entry will be drawn out of a hat on Tuesday 23 April and the winner contacted by telephone so please include a daytime phone number.