Festival Of The Dead – The Troxy


A review by Tanya Howard

Starting out as a single Halloween party at The Troxy to an experiental clubbing phenomenon, the Festival Of The Dead is a hugely successful carnival spectacular. Infusing circus, theatre, clubbing and all things Halloween this year’s festival followed one man’s journey into the Underworld, a story that included giant creatures, creations and a whole new cast of characters.

The Troxy is a big part of East London’s history and was made a Grade II listed building in 1990 and now plays host to music concerts, immersive cinema events, product launches, parties, weddings and so much more. It’s a stunning venue and the perfect place for the festival to take place, with a capacity of 3,100 there is plenty of room for not only the guests but the creations too, like ‘El Diablo’ a huge, mechanical skull backdrop full of hidden surprises, acrobats, circus performers, spectacular carnival processions through the crowd and much more.

If like us you didn’t have a chance to get into character, we had been at Oktoberfest before, they have professional face painters on hand to get you into the spirit of Halloween. I would recommend getting there early and going straight to the face painters as they get very busy and we were lucky to only have half a dozen waiting ahead of us when we arrived, by the time we were done the queue had to be about 30 people deep.

Alongside the incredible live performers and amazing props, we were entertained for the evening by the Festival of the Dead DJs and their soundtrack designed to keep you on the dancefloor… Even if you happened to be sitting on that dancefloor after your feet had given up and needed a break from the long day of dancing. The crowd got so involved and I don’t actually remember coming across anyone that hadn’t gone to the effort of getting into costume and character for the evening. As a big fan of Halloween, it was incredible to see so many like-minded individuals getting into the spirit.

The Festival of the Dead tour covers Bristol, Edinburgh, Bournemouth, Glasgow, Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool, Cardiff and Brighton. I would be intrigued to see the Brighton venue and event as I usually go there for Halloween as you are guaranteed a good night out where everyone is dressed up and themed nights are aplenty across the bars and clubs. Tickets start at just £19, plus booking fee, and I would definitely recommend attending if you live near one of the venues.

Festival of the Dead organiser, Nathan Reed said, Festival Of The Dead just keeps getting bigger and better. We’ve really pushed the boundaries once again on the level and quality of our production, with the new giant creatures, characters and live performers – you won’t believe your eyes! We’re very excited to tour the new show across the UK and take all our guests on a journey to the underworld they’re never going to forget. When we say there is no other party out there like Festival Of The Dead, we mean it.”

Festival Of The Dead 2018 Tour (Remaining Dates)
NOV 2 – MANCHESTER / Bowlers / 10pm – 3am
NOV 3 – LIVERPOOL / Mountford Hall / 10pm – 3am
NOV 9 – CARDIFF / The Great Hall, Cardiff SU / 10pm – 3am
NOV 16 – BRIGHTON / Pryzm / 10pm – 3am

*Festival of the Dead is not part of the Dia de los Muertos public holiday, which has significant religious meaning and many traditions that will not be happening at these shows.