West Yorkshire’s only Gothic festival returns today to celebrate Leeds’ love affair with the subculture


Taking place October 7-10, Goth City is a music and culture festival that celebrates the Gothic and post-punk heritage of the city of Leeds.

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Home to the legendary Sisters of Mercy, March Violets and Red Lorry Yellow Lorry, Leeds has long been hailed as the homeland of goth over the years, with lovers of the subculture traveling from afar to delve deeper into the rich architecture and music on offer.

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Festival organizer Joel Heyes (pictured) said: “New attendees can expect a very welcoming and unpretentious event.” Photo: Tony Johnson

With such a rich history, festival organizers have chosen to host Goth City in Leeds for five consecutive years, creating a four-day event hosting a range of concerts, clubs, talks and social activities in the city center.

This year, internationally acclaimed romantic group Pretentious, Moi ?, along with European conquerors Auger and local band Zeitgeist Zero, will perform at the festival this year.

In keeping with the underground spirit of the event, Goth City takes place in the best alternative venues in Leeds, including the independent Wharf Chambers venue and renowned concert destinations Boom and the Fox and Newt.

Speaking at this weekend’s event, Goth City Promotions organizer Joel Heyes said:

The internationally renowned romantic group Pretentious, Me? Photo: Tony Johnson

“I can’t wait to see everyone again and see some live music again, especially with so many great shows playing.

New attendees can expect a very welcoming and unpretentious event – in Goth City the emphasis has always been on music and fun, and we also try to do it with a sense of humor.

Although some Gothic festivals have a reputation for welcoming participants in elaborate costumes or being a center of “goth-spotting” tourism, Goth City is purely a music festival that emphasizes fun. “

Goth City runs through Leeds all weekend, with doors opening at 5pm at Wharf Chambers and 7.30pm in Boom today. Photo: Tony Johnson

The festival has raised over £ 12,000 for PAFRAS over the past five years.

Goth City runs through Leeds all weekend, with doors opening at 5 p.m. at Wharf Chambers and 7:30 p.m. at Boom.

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