Saturday, 21 August 2010

Goth invasion in Budleigh?

Surfing the net the other day I was surprised to see one of my photos being used without permission on the above site which was carrying ads for Bondage & Fetish DVDs, especially as the photo was of our own Fairlynch Museum.

I couldn't really see a connection, except that the page at also had ads for a Gothic Beauty Magazine and Free UK Goth Dating, as well as mentioning another site called

And then I wondered whether the Dark Wave Doom people had seen our town's museum as a suitable venue for Goth gatherings.

Fairlynch, with its "Gothic windows and thatch, typical of the 'cottage orné ' tradition" as described in East Devon District Council's excellent Budleigh Salterton Conservation Area Appraisal at
is of course one of our town's famous landmarks.

Publicity poster for Bloodstock 2010: unlikely to be displayed in Budleigh Salterton
And then, on digging further into the Dark Wave Doom site I discovered that there was mention of a Bloodstock festival at It turns out, from looking at that many Goths will be in attendance at what is famous for being the UK's largest heavy metal music festival at Catton Hall near Derby from 13-15 August 2010.

Budleigh Salterton of course is famous for its charming little Budstock Festival about which I wrote at

So a further thought has struck me: someone may have confused Bloodstock and Budstock, and the Goths may well be heading south from Derby thinking that Fairlynch is where it all happens in August. They will be disappointed.

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