Whitby Goth Weekend (WGW) is a biannual alternative music festival, that celebrates diverse characters, art and music. The event is located in Whitby, North Yorkshire and welcomes punks, emos, bikers, steampunks and metallers, along with goths and non-goths. View our cottages in North Yorkshire if you consider staying in the area!
History of WGW
The weekend is organised by Jo Hampshire from Top Mum Promotions and was originally created by a group of around forty pen-pals who met in 1994 through an advert placed in the NME. It is thought that the group chose Whitby as the location to host WGW, because of its Dracula connections and diverse and welcoming atmosphere.
The festival was originally held once a year until 1997. It became so popular that it began to be held twice a year, in April and October. It is now considered to be one of the world’s most popular and well-known goth music events and each year attracts more than 1,500 people from not just the UK, but from around the world too.
Over the years there have been a number of traditions during Whitby Goth Weekend. These have included a popular Monday evening beach party, with fireworks and a bonfire.
Celebrating music, art and diversity
The festival begins during the day on Friday, with many of the bonus events being held on the Thursday, Sunday and Monday. These include markets, club nights, and even a charity football match that takes place between visitors Real Gothic, and the local goth team Stokoemotiv Whitby. There is also the popular Bizarre Bazaar Goth Market, which sells Gothic jewellery, clothing music and art.
The weekend events consist of two nights of live music bands at the town’s biggest venue, The Spa Pavilion (referred to locally as The Spa). There is also three days of alternative trade stalls that are held at Whitby Leisure Centre, Whitby Brunswick Centre, along with at The Spa.
The Metropole was frequently used as the overspill venue for the Spa Pavillion. But more recently it is used to host the clubs, Manic Monday and Sexy Sunday and the markets. The town’s Abbey Wharf and RAW Nightclub are generally used for the main fringe events. The other venues such as The Metropole, The Rifle Club and The Resolution tends to now be used for the non-official events.
For those people who have never attended the event before, known by regulars as Whitby Virgins, can go along to a WGW Virgins Meet up, which takes place on the Friday morning at The Spa Pavillion.