List of gothic festivals

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List of gothic festivals
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General Information
Related genresGothic rock, gothic metal, dark wave, industrial music, cybergoth
Related eventsConcert tour, music festival, rock festival, heavy metal festival, electronic dance music festival, technoparade, teknival
Related topicsGoth 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 Years active Country Location Notes Picture
Wave-Gotik-Treffen 1987– present Germany Leipzig,
One of the largest Gothic festivals in the world. A four-day event covering most of the city of Leipzig, Germany. Wgt 05 agra vorplatz.jpg
Whitby Goth Weekend 1994– present United Kingdom Whitby, North Yorkshire, England Twice-yearly goth music festival. Screaming Banshee Aircrew WGW April 2005.jpg
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 1997 the ruin is the site of the annual "Castle Party" Gothic rock festival. First three editions were on Grodziec Castle. Smialek Castle Party 2012 0 14.jpg
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. Convergence Goth festival.jpg
Dark Storm Festival 1997– present Germany Germany One day festival on Christmas Day, city hall of Chemnitz.[2] Dod darkstorm.jpg
Infest 1998– 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. Marsheaux 2008 Infest 2.jpg
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.
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. Lacuna Coil Mera luna 2005.jpg
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, Belarus, Moldova and other former Soviet Union countries. Annually passes in September in Kyiv, Ukraine. Festival detinochi chornarada4 2007 visitors club.JPG
Lumous Gothic Festival 2001– present Finland Finland Commonly known as Lumous, it 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.
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. Summer Darkness.jpg
Eccentrik 2004– present United States Raleigh, North Carolina A three-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.[3]
Lima Gothic Wave Festival 2004– present Peru Lima,
An event that brings together the Peruvian and Latin American Gothic subculture. [4]
Amphi Festival 2005– present Germany Germany A two-day festival of dark music. It is held annually on the third weekend of July, in Cologne, Germany. Blutengel6.JPG
Blacksun Festival 2005 – 2007 United States New Haven, Connecticut Was created in 2005 is a three-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.
Darkland Fire 2008– present Estonia Rakvere, Estonia The Neofolk/Dark folk /Industrial Music Festival DARKLAND FIRE is inviting all music lovers to Rakvere in December. As a unique event of its kind in the nearby region, the dark music festival Darkland Fire offers a perfect opportunity to discover various shades of dark folk and industrial music, exciting symbioses and enchanting soundscapes from some of the most outstanding representatives of their genres.[5]
Dark Bombastic Evening 2009– present Romania Romania Festival spanning several days in Ryma, Alba Yulia, Romania.[6]
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. CASTELO DE LEIRIA.jpg
Castrum Nigra 2011– present Germany Brodenbach,
One day festival within the complete castle Ehrenburg (Brodenbach) featuring a mixture of electronic, industrial and gothic music. The festival features DJ and club events, artists and performances.[7]
Dark Munich Festival 2012–2015 Germany Munich,
Runes & Men 2012–2016 Germany Leipzig,
Two day neofolk festival.[9]
Alt-Fest 2014 United Kingdom England A crowd-sourced alternative music and lifestyle festival, intended to run from 2014 onwards at Boughton Estate, Kettering, England.[10] 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.[11]
Autumn Moon Festival 2015– present Germany Hamelin,
Two day Gothic festival in October.[12]
SPECIES 2015– present Republic of Ireland Co. Leitrim,
Annual Gothic arts and culture gathering, a grass roots collaborative festival run by its creative contributors.[13] Music from a diverse array of Ireland's dark, Gothic and Industrial DJs with live bands and Performances, Gothic Décor, Art Installations, Live painting, Gothic market and camping over a span of two nights and three days. Speciesteaparty.jpg
San La Muerte Festival 2016 – present United States Austin, Texas Texas-based music festival for goth, deathrock, and dark punk musicians from across the world. [14]
Goth City 2016 United Kingdom Leeds, England A Leeds-based Goth festival over two weeks from 11 – 26 November.
Subkultfestivalen 2016 – present Sweden Trollhättan, Sweden Two-day culture festival with a focus on subcultures like goth, synth, postpunk, indie, metal, punk, emo, lolita, industrial & electronica. Scarlet performing at Subkult 2019.jpg
Dark Side of the Con 2017 – present United States New York Metro,
United States
A Celebration of the Darker Side of Popular Culture: Villains, Goth, Horror, Halloween Parsippany, NJ.[15]
Gothic Dark Wave Festival 2017 France Tilloloy Castle, France A two-day festival with 22 bands, at a castle in the north of France. It took place on 19 and 20 August 2017.[16] The festival is unlikely to have a second edition.[17]
Darkside of Belgrade 2017– present Serbia Belgrade,
One day festival featuring a mixture of electronic, industrial and gothic music. The festival features club/DJ events,live bands and performances
Deepland Festival 2017 – present Brazil São Paulo,
Goth music event held by Brazilian alternative record label Deepland Records. [18]
Dark Malta Festival 2018 – present Malta Montekristo,
Two-day festival featuring a mixture of EBM, industrial, gothic & Metal music. The festival features live bands, dj- & club-events.



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  1. ^ Abebe, Nitsuh (24 January 2007). "Various Artists: A Life Less Lived: The Gothic Box | Album Reviews | Pitchfork". Retrieved 10 March 2013.
  2. ^ "The Dark Storm Festival". Retrieved 2015-02-05. | →de:Dark Storm Festival
  3. ^ Eccentrik Festival Archived 18 February 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ facebook Darkland Fire
  6. ^ "Dark Bombastic Evening". Retrieved 2018-07-12. | →ro:Dark Bombastic Evening
  7. ^ Castrum Nigra
  8. ^ "DMF | Dark Munich Festival". Retrieved 2015-02-05.
  9. ^ facebook Runes & Men
  10. ^ "Alt-Fest 2014 Site/location announced!". 2013-02-22. Retrieved 2014-09-05.
  11. ^ "Facebook cancellation statement". 2014-08-01. Retrieved 2014-08-31.
  12. ^ Autumn Moon Festival
  13. ^ SPECIES Gothic arts and culture gathering Ireland
  14. ^ [2]
  15. ^ "Dark Side of the Con: Un-convention for Freaks, Geeks, Goths and the Dark Aesthetic | Dark Side of the Con". Retrieved 2017-03-17.
  16. ^ The festival's web page.
  17. ^ "Le festival Gothic Dark Wave : les dessous d'un échec". France 3 Picardie. 27 August 2017. Retrieved 13 September 2017.
  18. ^ [3]

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