Catching up with ‘Britain’s Biggest Goth’

It’s always random chance when the British media decides to cover goth. We were very lucky with The Guardian’s article on ‘long-standing goths’, a sterling set of interviews some true veterans including my friends Mel, Lee, Joel and Cinzia. Even so I must admit to some trepidation when I heard Cinzia would be appearing on the Chris Moyles Show on Radio X – and even speaking to the Daily Mail, that dreaded heavyweight of caricature British extremism!

Of course I shouldn’t worry, because she’s a passionate and erudite exponent of the cause. A frequent on the gig and festival circuit, especially around her home county of Yorkshire, I was delighted to see her appear in a couple of the UK’s leading media outlets. I had to catch up with her afterwards and find out more about her experience.

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Whitby Gothic Festival – Halloween 2022

Happy Spooktober! It’s that time of the year when goths begin rooting around in their cavernous wardrobes for their few remaining matching blacks, and disentagling their boot laces ahead of the journey to Whitby for the premier UK goth festival. Once again I’m looking ahead and giving you a roundup of the array of events on offer.

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Goth City Festival VI: Interview with the Promoter

Forget the Batcave, Highgate or Camden Market, Leeds is going to embrace its dark heritage as the true capital of UK Goth with the welcome return of Goth City Festival in just a few weeks time.

A smorgasbord of live music, DJs and traders catering to a vast influx of black-clad fans, it’s popular with old-school and bleeding-edge goths alike. I dropped GCF Comandante Joel Heyes a line to chat about the event, as well as challenging some old-fashioned thinking in the scene!

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Post-punk and Post-COVID: World Goth Day 2022

Hello, welcome and happy World Goth Day all! I hope everyone is celebrating in whatever manner they can. I had a vague thought of actually putting this on YouTube, but time was against me so I’ve had to commit to ‘merely’ an article. In reality of course the blog is the heart of my online presence, so I’m delighted to publish today…

I really wanted to get an overall look at the UK Goth scene this year – with restrictions lifted, how was this long-lived music subculture rallying back? From the regional nights, through the national festivals to how our flagship bands are faring on the international stage, even a cursory glance shows black shoots pushing up through the lockdown earth!

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Whitby Lowkey Weekend – April 2022

Strange times are these indeed. Despite official government guidelines giving the figurative green light to all and sundry events, the expected roaring return of the Goth Weekend to Whitby has ended up more of a tentative toe in the water.

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