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Confusion Over Dates for Whitby’s April Goth Festival

Whitby Goth Festival

Whitby is famous for its bi-annual Goth Festival which has attracted revellers from across the North of England for over 25 years but changes to the event risk confusion for both festival goers and local accommodation owners.

Last year saw Whitby Pavilions operators SIV cut ties with the previous promoters and a new gothic festival ‘Tomorrows Ghosts’ was launched as the main event alongside many other gigs, markets, film and club nights across the town.

Tomorrow’s Ghosts Festival is to return 26th to 28th April, with headliners Pop Will Eat Itself and New Model Army on the Friday and Saturday. Tomorrow’s Ghosts has the backing of Scarborough Borough Council and is officially endorsed by The Bram Stoker Family Estate. The new festival is also supported by other long-standing events that are a feature of the weekend, such as Marquee Masquerade and Sexy Sunday at The Met ballroom.

To help festival goers plan their accommodation, the future dates for 2019 were released last year. However, the previous promoter (Whitby Goth Weekend) has announced different dates for earlier in the month (12th to14th April) but at the time of going to press, no main acts had been announced. This has left some veterans of the scene confused as to when to book accommodation and there is concern among the town, that some festival goers may arrive at the Pavilion on the earlier dates expecting a weekend of entertainment to be sadly disappointed. The advice is to therefore check event dates on the festival websites and to book accommodation accordingly.

In addition to the bands, horror film festival, three days of markets and films, Tomorrow’s Ghosts are also hosting a new event this April on the afternoon of Sunday 28th – ‘Hammer Glamour – The Ladies of Hammer Horror’ and ‘The Secrets of Dracula with author Dacre Stoker’ This will be held in the Pavilion Theatre from 1pm. The female stars of Hammer horror will be appearing along with Dacre Stoker; the bestselling author of Dracul, Dracula historian and great grand-nephew of Bram Stoker.

Full details are available at

Book Online:

Tomorrow’s Ghosts Festival

Whitby Pavilion, Friday 26th – Sunday 28th April

Weekend Band Tickets: £60 (plus booking fees)

Day Band Tickets: £35 (plus booking fees)

Hammer Glamour & Secrets of Dracula : £10 (plus booking fees)

Films: Film Tickets here:

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