Tomorrow’s Ghosts Goth Festival Returns to Whitby for Second Year
by Sarah Morgan
You may think that early November is the time for fireworks and all things Guy Fawkes-related, but if you head to Whitby during the first weekend of the month, you’ll find something else dark and possibly devious being celebrated.
Yes, from Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd November, the second Tomorrow’s Ghosts Gothic & Alternative Festival takes place. The event has quickly become established in the coastal town’s calendar, and since October 2018 has been organised by Absinthe Promotions, a Leeds-based company specialising in literature, film and music festivals and gigs.
Whitby is, of course, synonymous with the novel Dracula; parts of it are set in the area. As a result, it’s the perfect setting for the films, bands and alternative market that will be popping up throughout the weekend.
It’s also the only event of its kind to be officially endorsed by the Bram Stoker family estate – last April’s date even saw Dracula historian and the writer’s great-grand-nephew, Dacre Stoker, share the stage with some of the stars of the classic Hammer horror movies.
This time around, Dutch goth rockers Clan of Xymox are the music headliners for Friday, while on Saturday, Wayne Hussey, lead singer for one of the all-time great Goth bands The Mission, appears with The Divine for a one-off exclusive set.
Other bands set to feature include October Burns Black, Grooving in Green and She Past Away.
Visitors can also expect a barnstorming theatrical performance of Dracula’s Ghosts, which will take place on Sunday evening in the old Victorian Pavilion Theatre. Nestled on the cliff tops above Whitby, just a short walk from where Stoker was inspired to write his most famous novel, it provides the perfect setting for such a chilling tale.
Further details can be found at tomorrowsghostsfestival.co.uk and tickets are available at buy.sivtickets.com