Whitby is the perfect setting for a Goth experience. Taken by Chris Jones

Whitby Goth Weekend 2012

31 October to 5 November

Halloween to Guy Fawkes Night

www.whitbygothweekend.co.uk

Whitby Goth Weekend was started in 1994 by Jo Hampshire as a musical get-together for people who liked Goth music. It’s grown over the years into something much more than that though, as it’s now a celebration for all things alternative and unconventional.

Rocky Horror Show Goth below Whalebone Arch. Taken by Chris Jones, Bow House
Rocky Horror Show Goth below Whalebone Arch © Chris Jones/Bow House

At Whitby Goth Weekend, the town turns into a haven for non-conformists, people who enjoy dressing up, fans of the music, and the many sight-seers who come along to see the wonderful costumes and to experience the “otherness” of the occasion.

There is a huge range of styles. Taken by Chris Jones, Bow House
Goths come in a huge range of styles © Chris Jones/Bow House

For the “real Goths”, the music is still the central thing and the two biggest gigs take place in the Whitby Spa Pavilion on Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd November and tickets are available online from the Whitby Goth Weekend website and other outlets for either or both nights. There are three other club nights at RAW nightclub (on Thursday, Sunday and Monday), admission for these is not covered by the Goth Weekend ticket so you’ll need to buy a ticket on the door.

Men enjoy dressing up as much as women. Taken by Chris-Jones, Bow-House
Men enjoy dressing up as much as women © Chris Jones/Bow House

The line-up for Friday and Saturday is:

Friday 2 Nov
Mesh
Fangs On Fur
Inertia
Dutch Order
Last July

Saturday 3 Nov
Alien Sex Fiend
Blitzkid
All Living Fear
The Last Cry
Angels Of Liberty

Performances usually start from approximately 8.30 pm and finish around 1.00 am.

A perfect combination of vivid colours. Taken by Chris-Jones, Bow-House
A perfect combination of vivid colours © Chris Jones/Bow House

Many of the Goths enjoy having their photo taken and will gladly pose for photographers if they ask politely but if you intend to take photos please respect the privacy of those who don’t want to be snapped.

A more sober look but just as effective. Taken by Chris Jones, Bow House
A more sober look but just as effective © Chris Jones/Bow House

A lot of Goths make their own costumes by hand and it takes a lot of skill, time and creativity to produce them. You can see a huge variety of styles amongst the people parading along the seafront and on the steps leading up to Whitby Abbey, from pure Victorian through vampire-themed costumes right up to futuristic fantasies which evoke images of a dystopian (or, in some cases, utopian) other world.

 

Goths can also buy accessories and ready-made clothes from some of the outlets listed on the Whitby Goth Weekend website and at the Bizarre Bazaar locations in the town (several of which are at the Spa Pavilion). There will also be a charity Bring and Buy Stall in the Resolution Hotel in aid of the Bat Conservation Trust.

Prices for tickets for WGW’s main events at the Whitby Spa Pavilion are as follows:

Weekend (2 & 3 November) £50
Friday-only 2 November £26
Saturday-only 3 November £29

Many costumes make use of Whitby’s nautical connections. Taken by Chris Jones, Bow House
Many costumes make use of Whitby’s nautical connections © Chris JonesBow House