A DEATHLY fiesta which promises to take clubbers on "a journey to the underworld they'll never forget" is heading to Bournemouth this autumn.

Festival of the Dead takes place at the O2 Academy in October as part of a 2018 UK tour.

Mixing a carnival atmosphere with circus and theatre, Festival of the Dead is described as an immersive night club experience.

Organiser Nathan Reed said the event, which made its debut last year, 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," he told the Echo.

"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."

New for 2018, will be one man’s journey into the underworld; a story featuring giant creatures and creations, including The Vulture and 'El Diablo’ - a huge, mechanical skull backdrop full of hidden surprises, a whole new cast of characters and otherworldly acrobats, circus performers, spectacular processions through the crowd, and live DJs spinning a killer club soundtrack.

Clubbers are encouraged to become part of the show, dressed to eerily impress. Professional face painters will be on hand, complete with macabre decor.

The Festival of the Dead takes place on October 5. Tickets start at just £19 from website festivalofthedead.co.uk.

Festival of the Dead grew from a single Halloween party at The Troxy in London to an experiential clubbing phenomenon, selling over 60,000 tickets across the UK and Europe last year.

Mexico has celebrated Day of the Dead for 2,000 to 3,000 years, traditionally consisting of quiet family gatherings at the graves of their departed loved ones bringing them music, drink and conversation.

Mexico City started their own parade after the city was featured the 2015 James Bond film Spectre amid Day of the Dead celebrations.

The film opens with a Day of the Dead parade in the city, but at the time no such parade took place.

A year later, due to interest in the film, the government decided to hold a parade to promote pre-Hispanic Mexican culture.