Festival of Thrills

Grab your litter pickers! The festival is over and all that’s left is to clean up after. The Festival of Thrills will not be returning in 2024

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Alton Towers debuted The Festival of Thrills in 2022, as a new early season event, which took place around Easter.

The original version of the event was a music festival, which celebrated the park’s main coasters through the power of music. Stages across the park featured musicians and performers, with each act bring a style of music, suitable for their particular ride:

2022 Music Acts

Nemesis – The Junkers ft Lunafall, a grunge and pop rock band
Galactica – The Galactica Airways AI droids with electro pop from StacÆ 3
Rita – 80’s rock sounds courtesy of Glow
TH13TEEN – Gothic Strings will bring a pop/classical crossover
The Smiler – Dance beats from Hyperhaus
Oblivion – Drum and bass courtesy of DJ Sidor – the Lord of Darkness
Wicker Man – Indie folk-rock band The Rituals and folk duo Mia and the Moon

2023 – The Smiler Takeover

Festival of Thrills Logo The Festival of Thrills returned in 2023 in a much more scaled back format.

The 2023 version featured The Smiler Takeover and largely jettisoned the ‘music festival’ vibe across the park. Instead, the concept was now that the Ministry of Joy had taken over the park’s main rollercoasters.

In reality, this rather odd concept manifested as a few shows in the X-Sector with Smiler themed props scattered elsewhere in the park.