Resurrecting for another Halloween extravaganza – TOMORROW’S GHOSTS FESTIVAL – will return this Autumn and with a devilishly good-looking line up to boot.
Following the runaway success of the SOLD OUT Halloween 2022 edition, the UK’s ultimate gothic destination festival will be taking over the birthplace of Dracula once more for a weekend celebrating the very finest the dark arts have to offer.
A headline set to die for THE 69 EYES will be topping the bill on Saturday night. Conceived in darkest Finland in 1989, the band have been peerlessly shaping the genre for over three decades and counting. With several platinum selling albums under their belts including ‘Blessed Be’ and ‘Paris Kills’, the quintet have become paragons of the goth subculture, securing #1 records in their home country and widespread acclaim across the globe. With the cogs currently in motion for their first activity since 2019’s star-studded 12th album ‘West End’, prepare to be plunged into their sinful cosmos of love, death and eternal melancholy all over again as they rock-up to Whitby for this momentous headline show.
Keep your eyes peeled for news on the Friday night headliners TBA very soon…
On Friday and Saturday, the headliners will be flanked by supporting slots from some very special guests each night. Stepping out of the shadows and into the limelight, 80s’ scene originals THEATRE OF HATE will be returning to Yorkshire to perform some of their pitch-black post/punk creations. Featuring founding members Kirk Brandon and Stan Stammers, plus esteemed musicians Adrian Portas, Chris Bell & Clive Osborne the band will continue their successful reunion of recent years with an appearance at Tomorrow’s Ghosts. Expect indie chart hit singles like “Do You Believe In The West-world?”and deep cuts from their untouchable early 80s period, plus modern classics from their acclaimed comeback albums ‘Kinshi’ and ‘A Thing Of Beauty’.
Following in their footsteps, Saturday’s very special guests will be Yorkshire-born alt/rock mavericks THE MARCH VIOLETS. Extending their first live tour since 2015 with a show at Tomorrow’s Ghosts, the boundary-shredding Leeds band will be serving up one of the weekend’s most sought-after sets. With dark majesties like “Walk into the Sun” or “Crow Baby” in their canon, TMV will be bringing them to life with a live collective featuring founding members Rosie Garland (performer, poet and author) and Tom Ashton (Guitarist, producer and studio owner), plus William Faith (musician and vocalist with Faith & the Muse, Conflict, The Bellwether Syndicate). Intending their 2023 shows to be a celebration of The March Violets’ legacy, while also honouring the irreplaceable contribution of friend and founding member Simon Denbigh, expect a set strewn with classics and surprises, and so much more.
Elsewhere on the bill, Leeds based superheroes SALVATION will be delivering a specially curated performance, hand-picked for the 2023 edition of Tomorrow’s Ghosts. An exclusive set for Whitby entitled ‘Singles & EPs 1983-86’, expect the psychedelic goth trailblazers to revisit classics from their pivotal extended play releases including ‘Girlsoul’ and the ‘Seek EP’, plus many other highlights from that formidable, formative period.
Drilling down into their own gothic-shaded archives, Blackpool’s leading industrial rock outfit AUGER are also confirmed for a Saturday appearance. Releasing their acclaimed album ‘Nighthawks’ last year, the band fronted by Kyle Blaqk will be cherry picking highlights from across their four albums to date and delivering a set of their magnetic stagecraft and definitively dark electronica.
And, cutting the ribbon for the 2023 gathering will be local legends of the Whitby scene WESTENRA. Sailing through the goth-rock ranks in recent years, the trio have been winning over audiences with their dark and emotional, yet uplifting and danceable songs that fall somewhere between the realms of Siouxsie & The Banshees, Fields of The Nephilim, Within Temptation and Evanescence. Having performed at Whitby Abbey as part of the official celebrations for the 125th anniversary of the novel Dracula, Westenra are well versed in what it takes to get a gothic crowd going and will be kicking off proceedings for the Tomorrow’s Ghosts Halloween Gathering 2023 with a set of their addictively melodic gothic rock.
CLUB NIGHTS, MARKETS AND MORE
Offering a celebration of the gothic subculture on all levels; look out for markets, literature, performances, club nights and more, across Whitby throughout the weekend.
Hosting choice club nights each night at the Whitby Pavilion, alt/rock DJ royalty Carpe Noctum will be taking the reins for a death disco into the early hours.
The Gothic and Alternative markets at the festival are FREE entry and are open between 10AM – 5PM on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
As with the 2022 edition, the Tomorrow’s Ghosts festival will be partnering with the Sophie Lancaster Foundation. A charity committed to stamping out prejudice, hatred and intolerance everywhere, the ideals of the Sophie Lancaster Foundation and Tomorrow’s Ghosts couldn’t be any closer aligned. 16 years on from Sophie’s tragic passing in a vile hate-related crime, Tomorrow’s Ghosts will be supporting the exceptional work of the Sophie Lancaster Foundation throughout the weekend.
The festival will also be teaming up with the exceptional, Vive Le Rock Magazine, who will be the festival’s official media partner for 2023.
Tomorrow’s Ghosts Festival Halloween Gathering 2023 are on general sale now. Tickets are priced as follows:
Friday Tickets – £42.00 Advance STBF
Saturday Tickets – £42.00 Advance STBF
Weekend Tickets – £82.00 Advance STBF
Under 14s to be accompanied by an adult over the age of 18 at all times.
Over 18s only for after show club night events.
Doors 6.00pm / Curfew 02.00am
TOMORROW’S GHOSTS HALLOWEEN GATHERING LINE UP
Friday 27th October 2023
** FRIDAY HEADLINERS – TBA **
+ Very Special Guests
THEATRE OF HATE
Saturday 28th October 2023
THE 69 EYES
+ Very Special Guests
THE MARCH VIOLETS
+ SALVATION – A Whitby Exclusive Performing…‘A Singles & EPs 1983-86’ Set
+ CLUB NIGHT HOSTS CARPE NOCTUM