Here is the first announcement for Tomorrow’s Ghosts festival
Halloween Gathering 2023 at Whitby Pavilion, Whitby
Friday 27th and Saturday 28th October.
A headline set to die for, ‘Goth ‘n’ Roll’ supremos 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. 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 headline show.
On Friday and Saturday, the headliners will be flanked by supporting slots from Very Special Guests each night. Stepping out of the shadows and into the limelight, 80s’ scene originals THEATRE OF HATE will 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.
Saturday’s very special guests will be Yorkshire-born alt/rock mavericks THE MARCH VIOLETS. Extending their first live tour since 2015 , the 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.
Leeds based superheroes SALVATION will deliver a specially curated performance, hand-picked for 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’.
Drilling down into their own gothic-shaded archives, Blackpool’s leading industrial rock outfit AUGER are also confirmed for Saturday. Releasing their acclaimed album ‘Nighthawks’ last year, the band fronted by Kyle Blaqk will cherry pick highlights from across their four albums.
And, cutting the ribbon for the 2023 gathering will be local legends of the Whitby scene WESTENRA (main photo). Their uplifting and danceable songs 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.
The Gothic and Alternative markets at the festival are FREE entry and are open between 10AM – 5PM on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
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.
TICKETS are on general sale on Friday January 20th @ 10AM, with select tickets available for pre-sale on Thursday 19th January @ 10AM.
Tickets are priced as follows:
Friday Tickets – £42.00 Advance STBF
Saturday Tickets – £42.00 Advance STBF