It’s nearly time for the spring Whitby Goth Weekend 2018!
Keep your calendars clear for 27th-29th April and get ready.
We thought we’d give you a quick overview of the events that are lined up for the weekend and share a little bit about the history of this long standing local event.
The line up
There’s a great line up in store for you this spring. The event is accessible for both adults and children, though it’s recommended that children wear ear protection if they’re going to the music performances, and it is at their parent’s discretion.
8:00pm Rayguns Look Real Enough
8:45pm Dr Haze’s Freak Show from The Circus of Horrors (Act I)
9:45pm Desmond O’Connor
10:45pm Dr Haze’s Freak Show from The Circus of Horrors (Act II)
8:45pm Sigue Sigue Sputnik Electronic
9:45pm The Last Cry
11:00pm Aurelio Voltaire
Plus, all weekend, you’ll be able to visit the Bizarre Bazaar Alternative Market from 10:00am. It’s open until 5:00pm on Friday and Saturday, and closes at 4:00pm on Sunday.
But how did it all start?
The Whitby Goth weekend started back in 1994 and spent its first few years of life as an annual event. It began when founder Jo Hampshire, of Top Mum Promotions, sat in Elsinor Pub thinking up a way to meet with distant pen friends.
The town, having long been a favourite for goths, was the perfect place to host the events thanks to the Gothic architecture and connections to Dracula.The Elsinor pub is still a crowd favourite for a drink over the weekend thanks to its role in the weekend’s origins.
Until 1997, the event ran once a year, until it became so popular that the organisers decided to host it twice a year, with an event in April and October.
The weekend now draws around 1,500 people each time and is known world-wide as one of the most popular Goth music events.