Top bands at Goth weekend

Whitby Gothic Weekend (1st weekend)''Vicky Morris with her neice Ruby Moreton from Sheffield who visit Whitby every year for the goth weekend
Whitby Gothic Weekend (1st weekend)''Vicky Morris with her neice Ruby Moreton from Sheffield who visit Whitby every year for the goth weekend

BANDS from across the world will descend on Whitby this weekend to perform at the town’s famous Goth Weekend.

The festival has grown into one of the world’s most popular gothic events, regularly attracting thousands of people to the seaside twice a year for extended weekends in spring and autumn.

Bands are travelling from the USA, Sweden and Australia to appear at the Whitby Pavilion Complex.

Whitby Goth Festival organiser Jo Hampshire, who founded the event in 1994, said: “We are really looking forward to this year’s autumn weekend over November 4-6. Ticket sales are going well at present and we are excited about our programme over the weekend. To get bands from across the globe to perform at our weekend shows how big the weekends have become.”

Also at the Pavilion is the Bizarre Bazaar, an alternative market selling a whole range of items for almost every aspect of the goth and alternative scene.

The Bizarre Bazaar market features stall holders that sell gothic baby clothes through to barbed wire ear rings.

The event takes place over three days from Friday until Sunday in the northern lights suite and exhibition hall.

The line-up on Friday boasts Abney Park, The Mist of Avalon, Devilish Presley, Cryogenica and Berlin Black, while Saturday will see Chameleons Vox, The Last Dance Rhombus, The Dark Shadows and The Death Notes.

Last weekend saw the return of the Whitby Goth Weekend Fringe Festival, which was held at a number of venues across the town.

The festival ran alongside the Bram Stoker Film Festival, which continued to establish itself as a firm favourite of the Halloween scene. Organiser Mike McCarthy said: “The Vampire Ball sold out, it could have been sold out three times over.”