Whitby April 2012 : Preview

By on 23 April 2012

It’s that time of year again.  Hunting through your wardrobe for a favourite corset, digging out your 1983 The Sisters of Mercy t-shirt, perhaps ordering in a glowstick supply, or making sure your cogs are all dusted off.

Yes, it’s time to pack for Whitby!

A trip to the seaside… plenty of ice cream, sandcastles and crazy golf.   Actually the forecast is for it to be rainy, bleak and miserable…perfect gothic weather?!

As always, there’s a whole host of events and bands between the 26th and 30th April to watch and enjoy in between drinking and nursing hangovers.   We’ve pulled together a few events that might interest you, to give an idea on what to expect.

Please note : This isn’t a comprehensive list and there are even events being added as we speak.

The Early Bird Catches the Worm

Although many people do not arrive until the Friday a lot of people like to start their partying early and there’s often a good selection of events to check out on the Thursday.

The Resolution is usually a good place to go to check out bands, or alternatively there is the Sophie Lancaster fundraiser night at Raw Nightclub from 8pm-2am.

The Main Event

Despite some late line-up changes there are still 9 bands gracing the 2 nights at the Spa Pavillion which is always the centre of attention.  Many of you will have had tickets for months, but there are plenty still available if you want to join in.

There are 4 bands on Friday.  Last July, Spiritual Bat, Ugly Buggs and In the Nursery. It’s a very rare treat to be able to see The Spiritual Bat – and Ugly Buggs, Jay Aston’s new project, are worth checking out.

Saturday is headlined by Gene Loves Jezebel but also features the return of Die Laughing, plus some new names in the form of The Bellweather Syndicate, Dead Eyes Opened and Red Sun Revival.

This was originally going to be GJL’s last ever gig, but Jay has since changed his mind and is planning more shows with GLJ as well as Ugly Buggs.



Shop ‘Til You Drop

With many alt shops struggling in towns and cities – and many areas being without proper alt shopping – the markets at Whitby Goth Weekend are an attraction within themselves.

There are far too many stalls to list them all but you can find traders Friday, Saturday AND Sunday at the following locations –

The Spa Pavillion

The Spa Theatre

The Metropole Hotel

The Rifle Club

The Leisure Centre

(a comprehensive list of WGW traders past and present can be found here)

Some Like It Saucy

The ‘Sexy Sunday’ events are well known and well attended – every event has consistently sold out for the past few years.  This year, the SS team will be running events over 4 nights from the Friday-Monday.  This includes Sexy Sunday and Manic Monday as is traditional, but also includes Freaky Friday which as well as DJ’d music includes Gothic Bingo, Speed Dating and Adult Party Games…

The Saturday hosts Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret, which includes assorted dark cabaret treats and tricks.   All events are held at the Metropole Hotel.


The Best Things In Life Are Free

Of course there are lots of events around town and many ask for door charges, but there’s still entertainment available if you are watching the pennies.

The full cards are still to be announced, but The Resolution is the place to be for DJ’d music and live bands each night.  This includes Vince Ripper on Friday and Dyonisis on Saturday.

For a couple of quid you can also head upstairs in the Resolution where there’s Black Veil on the Friday and Darklands on the Saturday, both well known UK club nights brought to Whitby.




Brass Is The New Black

Of course, it’s not just about the Goth side of things.  The Steampunk movement is growing from strength to strength and their bi-annual Whitby meet will be held in the Rifle Club on Friday and Saturday.

This includes assorted entertainment including live music from Gladstone.

The Industrial Revolution

Bunker 13 has become a bit of a staple in Whitby for Rivetheads and electro-fans, this year it will be held in Raw on Friday.

Plenty of breaks and beats from York’s finest.

See you on The Other Side

The Shambles Bar is a regular place for hungry Goths wanting a Sunday dinner – but it also hosts some events this weekend.

Friday is a fancy dress night with guest rock DJs, Saturday is a ‘Guilty Pleasures’ night and Sunday is a trip back to the 80s.

It’s All Kicking Off

Yes, it literally is all kicking off!  2pm at the Turnbull Ground, it’s the Goths vs Gazette football match.  Will Real Gothic FC get revenge for the 7-1 trouncing they suffered last November?

Probably not.

Walking that Old Road

Nostalgia has become a growing night in recent years (Sunday, Raw) and it’s now got a sister night, Recollection, on the Monday.

The nights look at the lost side of the 80s, specialising purely in Gothic Rock, New wave, Post-Punk and Indie.



See You Next Time

Phew… there really is something for everybody there – and if you survive that lot (physically and financially!) then events are already being planned for November!

The Spa Pavillion has a bill including Alien Sex Fiend, Mesh and Fangs on Fur announced and surely there’ll be lots more planning on going for the madness to happen once again!

But for this time around, wherever you go, whatever you do… have fun!

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