Gotham Nights was conceived in February 1995, by the help of Stefan Rosell and Atle Boysen. They were both missing a place where they could go out and listen to their favorite music, namely Gothic Rock (TM). They realized that the only way to get their wishes fulfilled was to create a club on their own, and so they did. Thus Gotham Nights was born. The "baptizing" was held on the 16th of February 1995, and was suitably called The Awakening. It was meant as a one time thing, but all the positive feedback they got from the substantial crowd that attended, made them reconsider. They decided to try to have an event once a month, and so it came to be, and still is, so many years later.
The goth subculture is a contemporary subculture found in many countries. It began in the United Kingdom during the early 1980s in the gothic rock scene, an offshoot of the post-punk genre. The goth subculture has survived much longer than others of the same era, and has continued to diversify. Its imagery and cultural proclivities indicate influences from nineteenth century Gothic literature along with horror movies and to a lesser extent the BDSM culture.