List of gothic festivals

List of gothic festivals

General Information
Related genres Gothic rock, gothic metal, dark wave, industrial music, cybergoth
Location Worldwide
Related events Concert tour, music festival, rock festival, heavy metal festival, electronic dance music festival, technoparade, teknival
Related topics Goth subculture, goth fashion

The following is an incomplete list of gothic festivals, which encapsulates music festivals focused on gothic music. Goth festivals may feature genres such as gothic rock and gothic metal, as well as industrial music. The festivals also tend to feature aspects of the Goth subculture, such as fans and bands in goth fashion. Goth is a musical subgenre of post-punk and alternative rock that formed during the late 1970s. Gothic rock bands grew from the strong ties they had to the English punk rock and emerging post-punk scenes.[1] The genre itself was defined as a separate movement from post-punk due to its darker music accompanied by introspective and romantic lyrics. Gothic rock then gave rise to a broader subculture that included clubs, fashion and publications in the 1980s.


Name Year Location Notes Picture
Dark Storm Festival 1997– present Germany Germany 1-day festival on christmas day, city hall of Chemnitz[2]
E-tropolis Festival 2010– present Germany Germany Dark electronic music festival in Germany (2010–2013 in Berlin, since 2014 in Oberhausen).[3]
Dark Munich Festival 2012–2015 Germany Munich,
Wave-Gotik-Treffen 1987– present Germany Leipzig,
Annual festival is the largest gothic festival in the world. Every year hundreds of artists and band from various genres perform at different venues throughout the city over a span of four days.
Whitby Goth Weekend 1994– present United Kingdom Whitby, North Yorkshire Twice-yearly goth music festival.
Castle Party 1994– present Poland Poland Above the town Bolków stand the ruins of Bolków Castle, built in the 13th century. Devastated in the Thirty Years' War it became a property of Grüssau Abbey in 1703, though restoration efforts did not begin until 1905. Since 1994 the ruin is the site of the annual "Castle Party" Gothic rock festival.
SPECIES 2015– present Republic of Ireland Co. Leitrim,
Gothic arts and culture gathering, a grass roots collaborative festival run by its creative contributors. [5] Music from a diverse array of Ireland’s dark, Gothic and Industrial DJ’s with live bands and Performances, Gothic Décor, Art Installations, Live painting, Gothic market and camping over a span of two nights and three days. June bank holiday weekend.
Convergence 1995– present United States
North America annual net.goth party run by and for members of the alt.gothic and newsgroup, and other related Usenet newsgroups.Events at Convergence typically included live bands and club nights, bazaars, fashion, art shows, panels, and tours of goth-themed locales in the host city. In recent years, however, the festival aspects of this event have been stripped away leaving the event transformed into a meet-up for old friends from past Convergences to get-together.
Bats Day in the Fun Park 1999– present United States Anaheim, California Started in August 1999 as a joint effort between the promoters of the goth/industrial and deathrock clubs Absynthe and Release the Bats. It has become an annual three-day event
Infest 2000– present United Kingdom Bradford, England An annual festival featuring a mixture of electronic, industrial and gothic music. The festival features club/DJ events, live concerts from established international artists & new bands to the scene, both clothes & music stalls.
M'era Luna Festival 2000– present Germany Germany A festival of goth, metal and industrial music. It is held annually on the second weekend of every August, in Hildesheim, Germany.
Children of Night : Black Soviet 2000– present Ukraine Ukraine A festival of goth, metal and industrial music. The largest on Ukraine and in the CIS festival of gothic/dark/electro music and art. Now a journey on a festival became annual tradition of admirers of gothic/dark/electro aesthetics from Russia, Ukraine, Belorussia, Moldavia and other former soviet union countries. Annually passes in September in Kyiv, Ukraine.
Lumous Gothic Festival 2001– present Finland Finland commonly known as Lumous) is the largest festival dedicated to the goth subculture in Finland and the northernmost Gothic festival in the world. covering musical genres such as gothic rock, deathrock, industrial, EBM and neofolk
Reverence 2003– 2009 United States Madison, Wisconsin An electronic music festival. Featuring primarily aggrotech, electro-industrial and synthpop bands, it has also included other electronic dance music genres as well.
Runes & Men 2012–2016 Germany Leipzig,
2-day neofolk festival.[6]
Summer Darkness 2003–2013 Netherlands Utrecht, Netherlands Acts perform in various clubs throughout the city of Utrecht. The festival was a joint venture by Cybercase, Tivoli (Utrecht), EKKO and Mojo until EKKO made the decision in 2009 to quit.
Eccentrik 2004– present United States Raleigh, North Carolina A 3-day industrial and goth music festival. Started in October 2004, Eccentrik features various musical styles including deathrock, gothabilly, industrial, gothic rock, psychobilly, post-punk, synthpop and other related genres.[7]
Amphi Festival 2005– present Germany Germany A 2-day festival of dark music. It is held annually on the third weekend of July, in Cologne, Germany.
Blacksun Festival 2005 – 2007 United States New Haven, Connecticut Was created in 2005 is a 3-day industrial and goth music international festival. Because larger goth festivals take place in Europe, the festival gives American bands a closer opportunity to play.
ENTREMURALHAS 2010– present Portugal Portugal It's Portugal's biggest goth and industrial music festival. It is held annually on the last weekend of every August, in Leiria, Portugal.
Alt-Fest 2014 England England a crowd-sourced alternative music and lifestyle festival, intended to run from 2014 onwards at Boughton Estate, Kettering, England.[8] The inaugural festival promised six stages and 180 bands, but instead, the event was cancelled due to lack of funding, with the controlling company consequently going into liquidation.[9]
Goth City 2016 England England A Leeds-based Goth festival over 2 weeks from 11th - 26th November.

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