GOTHS LAND IN LEEDS

Leeds Goth legends THE ROSE OF AVALANCHE are to headline the city’s Goth City Festival next week.

Now in its sixth increment, the festival takes place at various locations around the city from 7th to 10th July and will also feature a set from international special guest CAROLINE BLIND from the USA. Formerly frontwoman of San Francisco band Sunshine Blind, her band features members of Red Lorry Yellow Lorry, The Mission, Switchblade Symphony and Lost Tapes.

“I’m totally gobsmacked at the feedback from our recent tour supporting The Mission across the UK, it’s surpassed my expectations and indeed the band’s,” says Rose Of Avalanche guitarist Paul James Berry. “Our goal was to play hard and show everyone that we still had the fire and vengeance needed to return to the high-table. To be invited to headline this year’s Goth City Festival in our own town, and support a remarkable charity is an honour and privilege! See you there…”

“I’m so excited to play Goth City,” says Blind. “Not only is it my first post-Covid show, but my first full-band show in years, at a larger festival with many bands, and to top it all off, we’re going to have Wolfie onstage with us to play some Lorries songs. It’s going to be legendary!”

Festival organiser Joel Heyes adds, “We were delighted at the success of last year’s event against the odds, and extremely pleased that our move to our new summer dates can go ahead planned. Rose of Avalanche are the perfect headliners for Goth City, providing a link between the pot-punk roots of Leeds goth and the vibrant current scene in the UK. We’re looking forward to quite the party in July!”

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. The festival has raised over £15,000 for PAFRAS during its first five years.

The full schedule for the festival is…

Thursday 7th July 2022
Boom Leeds, Byron Street Mills, Leeds
‘A Night of the Dark Arts 6’ cabaret night featuring:
CAROLINE BLIND, CARLIE MARTECE, IAN FTG and (g)host AMEREKAT
Doors: 8pm-11pm

Friday 8th July 2022
Left Bank, Cardigan Road, Leeds
ROME BURNS
BYRONIC SEX & EXILE
THE WAY OF ALL FLESH, DJ PINKABELLE
8pm-12.30am

Saturday 9th July 2022
Wharf Chambers, Wharf Street, Leeds
WITCH OF THE VALE
LA RISSA
JOHN MERRICKS REMAINS
CELAVI
ASTROFAUN
Doors: 5pm

Boom Leeds, Byron Street Mills, Leeds
RHOMBUS
GOTHZILLA
THE BLACK RIDERS CULT

DJs HGV and KITTY KLAWS
Doors: 8pm-late

Extreme Stage: Boom 2, Byron Street Mills, Leeds
PENANCE STARE
PAK40
Doors: 7.30pm-10pm

Sunday 10th July 2022
The Old Red Bus Station, Vicar Lane, Leeds
T&A Productions present – market & stalls
Doors: 12-5pm, free admission

Wharf Chambers, Wharf Street, Leeds
THE GOLDEN AGE OF NOTHING
THE WEBB
DOWN FROM ABOVE
THE SCARLET HOUR
Doors: 5pm-10pm

Boom Leeds, Byron Street Mills, Leeds:
THE ROSE OF AVALANCHE
CHAOS BLEAK
DEATHTRIPPERS
Doors: 8pm, 11pm curfew

For tickets and further information go here.

Pic by Mel Butler

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