Every year goths from all over the world gather in Whitby for a celebration of gothic culture, music and fashion at Whitby Goth Weekend.
Whitby Goth Weekend is an alternative music event founded in 1994 by Jo Hampshire. Top Mum Productions is the company responsible for putting on the event and is staffed by friends and family.
This year, the Halloween Goth Weekend is running from 29th – 31st October.
What is Whitby Goth Weekend?
The original event was the result of around forty pen pals meeting at the Elsinore Pub in Whitby. The Little Angel is still a main meeting point during the Whitby Goth Weekend. Since then Whitby Goth Weekend has become the world's premier goth festival, attracting thousands to the town each spring and autumn.
Famous bands such as The Damned and artists including Toyah have graced the stages of the festival over the years. Fields of Nephilim and The Sisters of Mercy have become more recent favourites. It is estimated that the event brings north of a million pounds into the town each year, filling more than 10,000 beds-nights. Here are nine reasons Goths love Whitby.
What is Tomorrow's Ghosts Festival?
In 2018 there was a breakdown in the relationship between Whitby Goth Weekend and the Whitby Pavilion operators. This meant that the Whitby Goth Weekend could no longer book the Spa venue for the October festival.
A new promotor was found and with it, there came a whole new event, causing much confusion for both locals and the goth community who travel to Whitby. Absinthe Promotions were appointed to run the live music events at the Whitby Pavilion venue and the new festival, Tomorrow's Ghosts was born.
Bizarre Bazaar alternative market
The Bizarre Bazaar is one of the highlights of the Whitby Goth Weekend. It is one of the UK's most well established and longest-running alternative markets and has been a longstanding supporter of the Whitby Goth Weekend.
Expect to find many unusual trinkets, gifts and rarities from makers and suppliers from the world of alternative merch. There are gothic hats, dark art and a sea of curiosities just waiting to be explored. Be sure to make a trip to the Bizarre Bazaar on your visit to Whitby Goth Weekend. The Bizarre Bazaar extends to more than 100 stalls and is hosted across six venues.
Fringe events around Whitby Goth Weekend
Whitby Goth Weekend plays host a plethora of fabulous fringe events during the long weekend of celebrations. Beyond the main stages, there's club nights, group meet-ups and a host of unofficial goth events at venues across the town.
Our favourite fringe event is the Alternative Model of the Year. Alternative Model of the Year is an annual contest that aims to question mainstream views of beauty, fashion and style. They will be coming to the Whitby Goth Weekend this October. Join their pop-up photography studio for a free photoshoot!