Next month, TOMORROW’S GHOSTS will return for its highly anticipated HALLOWEEN GATHERING.
On Friday 27th and Saturday 28th October, the Whitby weekender is back for a true celebration of all things gothic at its spiritual home, with very final day tickets on sale here.
As a final appetiser, today (5 September), Tomorrow’s Ghosts is delighted to announce a special additional event for its Saturday… ‘The Art of Darkness: A History Of Goth’ with John Robb.
Owner of Louder Than War, member of The Membranes and Goldblade, a renowned music journalist, talking head, and established author in his own right; John Robb has established his reputation as a pillar of the music community over several decades.
Having long flown the flag for gothic culture throughout his career, in 2023, he published his labour of love to the genre in ‘The Art of Darkness: A History Of Goth’; a new book that promises the first ever complete overview of Goth culture. After a decade of work, countless interviews, and immersion deep into the culture, John Robb’s definitive book documents a journey deep into The Art Of Darkness. And on Saturday 28th October he will be appearing at Whitby Pavilion to talk about it in-person.
A deep dive into the enduring culture and the social, historical and political backdrop that created the space for the art of darkness to thrive, John’s book traces Goth’s journey from the fall of Rome and to its ongoing legacy in with Instagram and Tik Tok influencers, via diversions through Lord Byron, European folk tales, Indian Sadhus, Gothic architecture, Romantic poets, philosophers, and idealists before coalescing through the dark end of etc the sixties youthquake and then blooming like Baudelaire’s Les Fleurs Du Mal in the post-punk period.
Speaking about the Gothic legacy and his book ‘The Art of Darkness: A History of Goth’, John Robb says:
“Every generation has got to deal with the blues – embrace the melancholy! Find a beauty in the darkness, a poetry in sex and death! Whether it’s the Roman love of ghost stories, Middle Ages European macabre folk tales, Romantic poets or the original Gothic tribes sacking the eternal city, a walk on the dark side had always had its attractions. In the post-punk period Generation Xerox saw music, clothes and culture come together to create one of the most enduring pop cultures of them all that still resonates to this day.”
With the book featuring guest interviews with a who’s who of famous goths from Killing Joke to The Cure, John Robb will be animating his Whitby appearance with a special live Q&A with bonafide goth originals Rosie Garland and Tom Ashton (of The March Violets, who will also be performing at the festival later that night).
‘The Art of Darkness: A History Of Goth’ In Conversation with John Robb + Q&A with special guests Rosie Garland & Tom Ashton (of The March Violets) takes place on Saturday 28th October @ 4.00pm. Tickets will cost just £7.50+BF – available n HERE.
FINAL REMAINING TICKET WARNING!
All Weekend Tickets and Friday Day Tickets for the Tomorrow’s Ghosts Halloween Gathering are now SOLD OUT.
A limited number of Saturday Day tickets are still available, with the evening line-up boasting THE 69 EYES, THE MARCH VIOLETS, SALVATION and AUGER. Remaining tickets are available HERE, but be quick!
TOMORROW’S GHOSTS 2023 LINE UP
Hosted at the Whitby Pavilion between the 27th to 29th October, the Tomorrow’s Ghosts Halloween Gathering is the UK’s ultimate gothic destination festival. Following the runaway success of the SOLD OUT Halloween 2022 edition, the festival will be back at the birthplace of Dracula once more for a weekend celebrating the very finest the dark arts have to offer.
Unveiling its full line-up earlier this year, the 2023 edition will see a Friday night headline slot from UK Goth torchbearers THE MISSION, followed by a Saturday night headline set from Finnish ‘Goth ‘n’ Roll’ supremos THE 69 EYES. There will also be Very Special Guests appearing including Kirk Brandon’s 80s’ scene originals THEATRE OF HATE, Yorkshire’s own post punk mavericks THE MARCH VIOLETS, plus an exclusively curated performance of ‘Singles & EPs 1983-86’ from Leeds legends SALVATION especially for Whitby ‘23. Elsewhere, Blackpool’s leading industrial rock outfit AUGER and Whitby goth scene legends WESTENRA will also be painting the town black.
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CLUB NIGHTS, MARKETS AND MORE
Offering a celebration of the gothic subculture on all levels; look out for markets, 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.
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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.
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Remaining tickets for Tomorrow’s Ghosts Festival Halloween Gathering 2023 are on general sale now.
Tickets are priced as follows:
Weekend Tickets – SOLD OUT
Friday Tickets – SOLD OUT
Saturday Tickets – £42.00 Advance STBF – HERE
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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 2.00am
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TOMORROW’S GHOSTS FESTIVAL – HALLOWEEN GATHERING LINE UP
Friday 27th October 2023
+ 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
+ ‘THE ART OF DARKNESS: A HISTORY OF GOTH’
IN CONVERSATION with JOHN ROBB
+ A Q&A WITH SPECIAL GUESTS
ROSIE GARLAND & TOM ASHTON (THE MARCH VIOLETS)
Tickets on sale HERE
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