Sci Fi & Fantasy Weekender 9 is GO!
Friday, 5 May 2017 16:50:44 Europe/London
First of all, how could we celebrate all things SciFi and not have a bona fide princess in attendance … We’re delighted that Ingvild Deila, Rogue One’s Princess Leia will be joining us. Ingvild studied acting for the stage for three years in Norway and then pursued other interests like fine art, philosophy and history while living in Bergen, Norway, Switzerland and France. She has taken the lead in several feature films, short films, plays, music videos and commercials. Another name who needs no introduction is Colin Baker! Colin played the sixth incarnation of the BBC’s favourite Time Lord from 1984 to 1986. Colin played Paul Merroney in the BBC1 series The Brothers (1972), and had a guest role in an episode of Blake’s 7 (1980) before appearing in Doctor Who as Maxil, a Time Lord Guard, who shot the then current Doctor Peter Davison! Colin has also appeared in many shows on stage, including Doctor Who’s ‘The Ultimate Adventure’, and continues to work on stage and television, even making an I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here appearance as one of the contestants in the Australian jungle in 2012. We’re also delighted to welcome Hugh Quarshie, an actor and director, known for Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999), Highlander (1986), Doctor Who (2007), Jason and the Argonauts (2000), Red Dwarf (1983) and The Tomorrow People (1992) amongst many other genre credits. Actor Alistair Petrie will also be with us. As well as Rogue One, Alistair has appeared in Jonathan Creek (1998), Cloud Atlas (2012), Sherlock (2014) and Utopia (2014). As usual, SFW9 will also see a host of author guests, and leading the charge is best-selling author Kevin J Anderson. With over 50 bestsellers to his name, Kevin has written spin-off novels for Star Wars, StarCraft, Titan A.E. and The X-Files, and with Brian Herbert is the co-author of the Dune prequel series. His original works include the Saga of Seven Suns series and the Nebula Award-nominated Assemblers of Infinity. He has also written several comic books, including the Dark Horse Star Wars collection Tales of the Jedi written in collaboration with Tom Veitch, Dark Horse Predator titles, and The X-Files titles for Topps. Some of Anderson’s superhero novels include Enemies & Allies, about the first meeting of Batman and Superman, and The Last Days of Krypton, telling the story of how Superman’s planet Krypton came to be destroyed. Kevin has published over 120 titles, and he has more than 23 million books in print worldwide. BANDS AND DJ’S SFW isn’t just about the guests though … oh no … and continuing the great tradition of entertainment at every opportunity, we have the following people, acts and events already lined up and rehearsing like crazy for the event, and more to come, all to ensure that we bring you the biggest, the best, and the most amazing and awe-inspiring event ever seen! PROFESSOR ELEMENTAL It wouldn’t be SFW without a bit of Prof! Returning with a full set, and hosting throughout the weekend. He embodies the event, enjoying it just as much as everyone loves to have him there. BBC RADIOPHONIC WORKSHOP Founded in 1958, the BBC Radiophonic Workshop was home to a maverick group of experimental composers, sound engineers and musical innovators. In a series of small studios within the labyrinthine corridors of the BBC Maida Vale complex, the Workshop explored new ways of using – and abusing – sound. Following their epic and show-stopping appearance in 2016, the world-famous sonic pioneers return to SFW9 to perform their renowned soundtracks, including the iconic Doctor Who theme. Witness original Workshop members joining together for an incredible live performance of their truly groundbreaking work. DARTH ELVIS AND THE IMPERIALS Darth Elvis & The Imperials are a Star Wars themed Elvis and rock ‘n’ roll parody band from Viva Mos Eisley. In 1977 Elvis didn't die: he turned to the dark side of the Force and ever since he has been playing music venues around the Outer Rim Territory. Having already (jail house) rocked the house at SFW they already have a big following and have been requested for a big return this year. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4YzSIvg3e8M BLUES HARVEST Blues Harvest has built up a cult following through their diverse song choices from the world of movies, TV and a few guilty pleasures along the way. With set highlights including music from Star Wars, Back to the Future, Ghostbusters, Guardians of the Galaxy and many more, Blues Harvest is the perfect band to celebrate the sci-fi, comics and fantasy genres. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=71lDjCnc3gM DJ LEROY A must have return after his storming first set at the Weekender in 2017. His use of video and perfect reading of what the crowd wants in his set have made him a popular favourite for return. https://www.facebook.com/djleroy.mix/videos/10154480662585857/ GREIG STEWART Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalist, Greig plays the laser harp and other nerdy instruments. His performance is visual with lasers filling the room as he plays his music. LIVE INTERACTIVE THEATRE / VIDEO GAME SHOWS JOHN ROBERTSON (THE DARK ROOM) Calling all Darren’s!! It’s hard to miss how The Dark Room stole the show at the Weekender this year. Expect to see a lot more of John at SFW9 – be sure to bring a potato and prepare to DIE, DIE, DIE all over again… and let’s see if we can progress a little further than screen 9 of the game this time shall we? (There are over a hundred!) POP UP PUPPET CINEMA Riotously successful last time around. Punch & Judy meets Hollywood as Pop-up Puppet Cinema perform adaptations of your favourite movies, lovingly mocked and condensed into a short live show. Returning with 2 new movie adaptations for your delectation.. MMORPG SHOW The MMORPG show combines improvised comedy with table top gaming, in an epic sprawling open world. Entirely made up fantasy quest of the audiences own devising. From the makers of Knightmare Live, made to be the antithesis of Knightmare, in that it’s manned by only a single person and only need a very simple stage and a larger than life 20 sided dice. Lots of audience interaction, Very witty, very Geeky. KNIGHTMARE LIVE The critically acclaimed stage adaptation of the cult TV show. Every show will be different, every quest unique. Multiple dungeoneers take part in the interactive show and the quest is formed from the object ‘obtained’ from the audience. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4VucZez0k2s CABARET THE MIGHTY MOUSTACHE – GENTLEMAN STRONGMAN Please allow me to respectfully introduce the one and only Sir Leopold Aleksander. Sportsman, strongman, circus artist, adventurer and all round paragon of gentlemanly conduct. ‘The Path To Victory!’, his lecture on gaining the necessary attributes of the true gentleman, will amaze, astound and amuse any audience. MERLIN CADOGAN – ESCAPOLOGIST Merlin has over 15 years of experience in escapology. He also incorporates comedy and a whole host of skills into his shows. He performs the world’s only underwater juggling escape routine – which got him through to the finals of BGT and garnered a 10 out of 10 from Angel of Darkness Simon Cowell! COMPUTER GAMING / ACTIVITIES RETRO COMPUTER MUSEUM Providing retro games for all to play for free. Always a popular and busy area of SFW. JEDI TRAINING ACADEMY This time we’ll be replacing those poor battered drones with an actual robot – so prepare to level up all you Jedi’s! Tech wizard Luis Villazon is hard at work on a real live battle droid that will become your undoing. Keep your lightsabres primed! COSPLAY Our Cosplay section is yet to be finalized – but expect some huge announcements and a plethora of special guests once again. Plus we’ll be overhauling the competition for everybody’s benefit! All that as well as Area51’s walkabout and amazing stage presentations; there’s the Cinema showing a variety of films all day and all night; further film presentations in the cabins on a special SFW channel; The Imaginarium presentation on Friday night – a Cabaret of music, dance, special effects and acts to blow your socks clean off; more Authors and Artists to be announced; more Media Guests to be announced; the ‘earlybird’ panels and entertainment on Thursday afternoon and evening; SFX and costume making demos; A brand new LAN gaming Arena; Cosplay competition; guest DJs; more Karaoke … Where are you going to be in March 2018 if not living it up Geek Style at the Sci Fi Weekender 2018!!! SFW takes place at Camp SFW, Pwllheli, North Wales, UK on 22nd - 25th March 2018. To book one of the last few remaining rooms or boarding passes either do so online at www.scifiweekender.com or ring Lisa on 0207 097 1521. BILLING ORDER MEDIA: Ingvild Deila (Rogue One), Colin Baker (Doctor Who), Hugh Quarshie (The Phantom Menace, Highlander, Doctor Who), Alistair Petrie (Rogue One). AUTHORS: Kevin J Anderson (Author: Star Wars, StarCraft, Titan A.E., The X-Files, the Dune prequel series, Predator , The Last Days of Krypton) ENTERTAINMENT: Professor Elemental, BBC Radiophonic Workshop, John Robertson (The Dark Room), Darth Elvis And The Imperials, Blues Harvest, DJ Leroy, Greig Stewart, Pop Up Puppet Cinema, MMORPG Show, Knightmare Live, The Mighty Moustache – Gentleman Strongman, Merlin Cadogan – Escapologist, Retro Computer Museum, Jedi Training Academy