The Festival of Thrills has returned in 2023 in a much more scaled back format.
The 2023 version features The Smiler Takeover and largely jettisoned the ‘music festival’ vibe across the park and instead features a few shows in the X-Sector with Smiler themed props scattered elsewhere in the park.
The original version of The Festival of Thrills was a music event, which debuted in 2022. Over Easter and beyond, Alton Towers 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:
◉ 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