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home of the dark arts

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What started as a one off event to showcase the best of underground & offbeat entertainment has grown into a global community of artists, influencers, creators, performers & appreciators obsessed with everything dark, mystical and deathly.

We bring everything together at our yearly events & weekenders where we have entertained over 150,000 people in since 2015, each creating incredible characters and costumes of their own.

events

ROCK ORCHESTRA BY CANDLELIGHT

Get ready to be moved as The Festival of The Dead Rock Orchestra takes you on a journey through the biggest Rock & Metal tracks of the last 30 years, performed in stunning, candlelit surroundings.
More info here

HALLOWEEN RETURNS

A unique blend of circus, carnival & chaos set to a huge soundtrack spanning rock, indie, bass, dnb, house & industrial techno performed by our DJ’s & live band.  

Our giant creatures, magical scenery & unreal performers command the stage and roam the crowds, getting up close and personal with guests who, in amazing costumes of their own, create a fully immersive world.

Festival of The Dead is quite simply like nothing you’ve experienced before. 

If you have more questions on how our events work, you can see our FAQ here.

FIND tickets

19 DEC 2021
Rock Orchestra by Candlelight
Victoria Hall, Stoke
27 Jan 2022
Rock Orchestra by Candlelight
Millenium Forum, Derry
28 Jan 2022
Rock Orchestra by Candlelight
TELEGRAPH BUILDING Belfast (18+)
30 Jan 2022
Rock Orchestra by Candlelight
THE HELIX, DUBLIN
3 FEB 2022
Rock Orchestra by Candlelight
MARBLE FACTORY, BRISTOL
5 FEB 2022
Rock Orchestra by Candlelight
ENGINE SHED, LINCOLN
6 FEB 2022
Rock Orchestra by Candlelight
KIng GeorgeS Hall, Blackburn
10 FEB 2022
Rock Orchestra by Candlelight
O2 Academy LEEDS
11 FEB 2022
Rock Orchestra by Candlelight
MANCHESTER OPERA HOUSE
13 FEB 2022
Rock Orchestra by Candlelight
WATERSIDE THEATRE, Aylesbury
16 FEB 2022
Rock Orchestra by Candlelight
TBA, GLASGOW
17 Feb 2022
Rock Orchestra by Candlelight
EDINBURGH CORN EXCHANGE
2 MAR 2022
Rock Orchestra by Candlelight
THEATRE ROYAL, BRIGHTON
4 MAR 2022
Rock Orchestra by Candlelight
SCARBROUGH SPA
19 MAR 2022
Rock Orchestra by Candlelight
Zaandam - Netherlands
22 MAR 2022
Rock Orchestra by Candlelight
Köln - Germany
25 MAR 2022
Rock Orchestra by Candlelight
Praha - Czech Republic
25-27 March 2022
Prague WEEKENDER
Prague, Czech republic
TBC 2022
BARCELONA WEEKENDER
BARCELONA, SPAIN

weekenders

We organise weird weekenders to strange, beautiful or gothic locations across Europe creating an itinerary tailor made for the dark touristThis is usually accompanied by a Festival of The Dead event.

Click on either Prague or Barcelona below to find out more.

COMMUNITY

Join our global community of make up artists, creators, performers, appreciators & influencers as we document the dark side.

We have brought together over 250,000 people between our social media channels and reach over 20,000,000 monthly worldwide with our content from our shows and the community.

about us

Founded in London in 2015 by Nathan Reed as a one off event to give a platform to the best of the ‘Dark Arts’. The show booked offbeat & underground circus acts, performers, musicians & artists with incredible talents, sidelined by mainstream events and media, bringing them together for a so called ‘Festival of The Dead.

The idea was simple & an enormous ground swell of interest emerged for a genre of event that quite simply, had been missing. The FOTD community materialised, selling out the huge Troxy Theatre within a few weeks, each with their own amazing costumes and characters; the community had been born.

Today the show has entertained over 150,000 guests & transformed into a global community of artists, creators, performers, influencers & appreciators obsessed with the dark side.

Each year we bring everybody together at our events & weekenders.

Since 2015 we have entertained over 150,000 people across the UK & Europe and brought together over 300,000 people online.