Leeds nostalgia: why the Goths are preparing for a 30-year reunion

Leeds nostalgia: why the Goths are preparing for a 30-year reunion

So it is with the subject of this week’s column, which looks at the counter-cultural movement known as the Goths, which, believe it or not, is more than 30 years old, achieving its height in the 1980s.

It conjures up images of The Wendy House in Leeds, which closed its doors for the last time this year, of the Squash Club in Dewsbury and the Xclusiv in Batley. Anyone who went to any of those nights would have heard the industrial grind of songs churned out by the likes of The Sisters of Mercy, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Killing Joke, the Cult and The Cramps. It was a lifestyle embraced by many.

Now, 30 years on, there are plans for a grand reunion at one of the main haunts: the Squash Club in Dewsbury.

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