Saturday 18 August 2018


Skeletal Family: Mel Butler Photography

Leeds' very own goth cultural festival Goth City returns in October for 10 days of top quality music, theatre, writing and art.

Goth City Festival is a city-wide musical and cultural festival that celebrates the gothic and post-punk heritage of the city and of Yorkshire generally. Events include, gigs, clubs, discussions, spoken word, acoustic and social events at more than six venues and feature more than 20 different bands and performers. In keeping with the DIY and underground spirit of the event, the festival is held at the best alternative venues across the city, including the co-operatively owned Wharf Chambers and renowned underground Leeds' venues such as the Fenton, Bad Apples and Fox & Newt.

This year sees West Yorkshire goth legends Skeletal Family, pagan rock heroes Inkubus Sukkubus and recently reformed '90s goth favourites Rome Burns headline. Other notable acts include local rising starts FEHM, the Sisters of Murphy, and Saigon Blue Rain from Paris amongst over 20 acts over ten days.

All proceeds from Goth City Promotions events during the festival are donated to PAFRAS (Positive Action For Refugees and Asylum Seekers), a local charity for destitute refugees and asylum seekers. Their work providing financial and practical support to destitute refugees is vital in the current political and economic climate

Joel Heyes from Goth City Promotions said; “We are delighted to have so many fantastic acts from around the UK and Europe playing at Goth City Festival this year, as we continue to build a progressive and inclusive independent event that celebrates the past, present and future of Yorkshire gothic culture.

Goth City Festival is proud to have raised nearly £6,000 for PAFRAS doing our first two years. We support the charity not only for their invaluable work but also because we feel it is important to root the festival in grassroots community activism. Funds raised bat the event will fund a specific project providing therapeutic support to destitute women refugees. We have a set a fundraising target of £3,000 to ensure that this project is fully funded.”

Goth City Festival 2018 - Confirmed Schedule

Thursday 11th October - Launch Party featuring:
Churchgate + Aether Skies + The Seventh Victim and the infamous Goth City Raffle!
Bad Apples Rock Bar, Call Lane, Leeds. Doors 8pm-11pm, Pay as you feel. Festival tickets £35.

Friday 12th October -
Goth City Festival Opening Ceremony featuring:Inkubus Sukkubus + Dyonisis + Seventh Harmonic + DJs to be announced
Wharf Chambers, Wharf St, Leeds. Ticket £10. Festival tickets £35. Doors 8pm-late

Saturday 13th October -
Occupy LS6!: The Goth City Otley Run Otley Road/Woodhouse Lane, Leeds. 2pm start.

Saturday 13th October -
The Sisters of Murphy
The Fenton, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds. 8pm-11pm. Ticket £5. Festival tickets £35.

Sunday 14th October -
Black Gold!: dry social featuring food & stalls
Wharf Chambers, Wharf Street, Leeds. 3pm-6pm. Free admission.

Monday 15th October -
Shadows of Goth - open mic ghost story night
Hyde Park Book Club, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds. 8pm-11pm, free admission

Tuesday 16th October -
An Evening with Anne-Marie Hurst
Live interview by
Tim Synyrstyr (The Blogging Goth) and Q&A
Wharf Chambers, Wharf Street, Leeds, 6pm-8pm. Tickets £5 . Festival tickets £35.

Wednesday 17th October -
A Night of the Dark Arts III featuring: Alice Nicholls + Anna Smith Spark + The Two Buskateers. Compere: AMereKat
The Fox & Newt, Burley Street, Leeds. Doors 7.45pm, entry £5. Festival tickets £35.

Thursday 18th October - the Penny Magpie Theatre Company presents
'Edith in the Dark'
The Lending Room @ The Library, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds. Door 7.30-10pm. Tickets £5. Festival tickets £35.

Friday 19th & Saturday 20th October -
Goth City Festival: Season of the Witch featuring:Skeletal Family + Rome Burns + Saigon Blue Rain + FEHM + Last July + The Way of All Flesh + Isolation Division + The Golden Age of Nothing + Voi Vang + DJs to be announced
Wharf Chambers, Wharf St, Leeds. Weekend tickets £20, day tickets £10/£15. Festival tickets £35.

Sunday 21st October -
Goth City FC vs Real Gothic FC
Middleton Leisure Centre, 1pm-4pm, 2pm kickoff. Pay as you feel. Festival tickets £35.

Sunday 21st October –
Aftermath featuring DJs and surprises
Bar Santiago, Grand Arcade, Leeds, 8pm-11pm. Festival tickets £35.

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