There are several dark festivals operating under the (slightly unoriginal) name of GothicFest, namely the following:
- 'North America's Biggest Gothic Festival and Expo', a two-day event showcasing Goth, symphonic, hardcore and Industrial bands as well as fashion, 'extreme' exhibits (what, precisely, is one of these?), body art, magazines, record labels and more. This event describes itself as 'the Gothic subculture's offical expo'. It has previously garnered a lot of media attention, being featured in Spin Magazine (the cover caption read, "Day of the Not-Quite-Dead: Bloody fun at a suburban Goth festival") with a five-page article and recieving attention from other niche magazines such as Fangoria, Red Scream, Mazur PK and Lollipop as well as being featured on Redemption TV in the UK. It has been described as 'America's answer to the WGT'. There is even a DVD available showcasing the 2005 event. However, I can find no information to show that the event has taken place any time after 2007!
- Unless, of course, the above event migrated to the Netherlands, where a festival with the name GothicFest took place in 2010, featuring such exciting headliners as Skinny Puppy and Angelspit. This is an indoor Gothic/EBM/Industrial festival, boasting a market, a whole bunch of DJs, several 'warm-up' parties to get your black blood flowing before the fest proper, and even a selection of food is provided. Unfortunately, there is not going to be a Netherlands GothicFest in 2011.
- So in 2011, those of you determined to attend a 'GothicFest' can pop over to Belgium - Belgium's Gothic Festival is a small festival and expo with a 'friendly' atmosphere which began as a single-day event in 2006 and has become a 3-day event. Such stars of the scene as Anne-Marie Hurst (Skeletal Family, Ghost Dance), Faith and the Muse, Covenant and Alien Sex Fiend have performed here. The 2010 line-up was INSANE. There are also indoor and outdoor markets.
|Market stall at Gothic Festival, Belgium|
Source: Gothic Festival
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Goth gossip: Infamous Gothy cult film The Crow is getting a re-make from Spanish director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo. After all those sequels, is this really a wise idea? Anyhow, the book was WAY better than ANY of the movies. This is coming from someone who LOVES the movies. Yes, even the sequels. (I'm really just a mallgoth with better taste in music, aren't I?)