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Sci-Fi & Fantasy Geeks Unite!!! A summer of conventions in London

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03/14/2013 12:50 am

Clare Sidoti

Staff Writer

The UK’s summer of 2012 may have been filled with ticket-tape parades and pomp and circumstance marking not only the summer Olympics and Paralympics, but also Queen Elizabeth II’s diamond jubilee, however, 2013 is shaping up to be the summer of the Sci-fi and Fantasy Geeks as Starfury Conventions brings a number of out of this world events to the UK. Starting in May and running through to November 2013, rush to London and Birmingham as Starfury has something for all you Dollhouse, Firefly, Starkids, Whovians, Gleeks, Serenity and Vampire fans.

All Starfury conventions are filled with guest talks, photo and autograph sessions, competitions, parties and much more. And each night of the convention, attendees are invited to let their hair down and party to a different theme. While costumes for these events are not compulsory, what better time to don those Hogwarts robes, Wolverine claws, vampire fangs or Doctor’s suit???

 

Ticket prices for each convention are £160 for a Gold ticket, £90 for a Full Weekend (Regular), £35 for Children aged 8-14 and FREE for those 7 and under. Tickets can be purchased with a credit or debit card online or over the phone. For online purchases, visit here. For phone purchases, call 07930 319 119 (Mon-Fri 10am-5pm UK Time).

 

And what do you get for each ticket band? Well, the Gold Ticket entitles you to:

  • Entry for all three days of the event
  • Entry to the Opening and Closing Ceremonies
  • Entry to all the on stage guest talks and Q&A sessions
  • Entry to the discos taking place each night
  • An autograph on a personal item from each of the headline guests subject to time constraints
  • A colour souvenir show guide suitable for getting signed by the guests
  • Entry to the Friday evening Meet & Greet Reception
  • Priority seating in the front rows
  • Priority during the autograph session
  • A free autograph on a personal item from the Bonus Guests

The Full Weekend (Regular) ticket includes:

  • Entry for all three days of the event
  • Entry to the Opening and Closing Ceremonies
  • Entry to all the on stage guest talks and Q&A sessions
  • Entry to the discos taking place each night
  • An autograph on a personal item from each of the headline guests subject to time constraints
  • A colour souvenir show guide suitable for getting signed by the guests

First up is the third annual

INVA3ION!

Held over the weekend of 3-5 May at the Renaissance Hotel at Heathrow, this convention is for all lovers of sci-fi. This convention promises to one for the books, especially given the bonus guests appearing. That’s right in their very first UK appearance, members of the internet sensation, STARKID will be there celebrating their hit show STARSHIP! The party themes for this event are Harry Potter (Friday), Marvel Superheroes (Saturday) and Time Travellers (Sunday).

 

Guests scheduled to appear so far are:

Eve Myles (TORCHWOOD)

Thomas Dekker (TERMINATOR: THE SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES)

Fran Kranz (DOLLHOUSE)

Leven Rambin (TERMINATOR: THE SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES)

Miracle Laurie (DOLLHOUSE)

Robin Thorsen (MOVIE MOB, THE GUILD)

And STARKIDS, Denise Donovan, Brian Holden, Lauren Lopez, Joey Richter, Dylan Saunders, Meredith Stepien, Joe Walker.

 

Following the success of 2012’s The 11th Hour and Midnight conventions, the next event is

Return to the 11th Hour

– a three day celebration for fans of the 11th Doctor, Matt Smith. Taking place on 28-30th June at the Hilton Metropole Hotel, Birmingham, this is THE convention for Whovians.

 

Guests scheduled to appear so far are:

Karen Gillian (Amy Pond, appearing Sunday 30th June)

Caitlin Blackwood (young Amy Pond)

Anamaria Marinca (Darla)

Simon Fisher Becker (Dorium Maldovar)

Neve McIntosh (Alaya)

 

To have a look at what’s in store, check out the video from The 11th Hour:

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=05E0v7Kwe8Q]

 

This next convention is for all you Gleeks and especially those Warbler fans.

G3: Teenage Dream

is the third unofficial Glee convention run by Starfury and 2013’s focus is on those a capella, blazer-wearing Dalton boys. You’ll be in ‘Misery’ if you don’t ‘Whistle’ your way down to the Thistle Hotel on 12-14 July and fulfil your ‘Teenage Dream’ with these boys.

 

Confirmed Warblers in attendance are:

Curt Mega (Nick)

Riker Lynch (Jeff)

Telly Leung (Wes)

Dominic Barnes (Trent)

 

Check out the video from the 2011 G1 Convention:  

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s6YrY9QcCtY]

Firefly, Serenity and Battlestar Galactica have all been staple Starfury Conventions celebrations and 2013 is no different. In honour of the 10th anniversary of Firefly/Serenity, a three day Serenity Forever event will be held 13-15 September at the Renaissance Hotel Heathrow.

 

Guests announced are:

FIREFLY/SERENITY                                                  BATTLESTAR GALACTICA

Jewel Staite (Kaylee)                                                          Aaron Douglas (Chief Galen Tyrol)

Sean Maher (Simon)                                                          Leah Cairns (Racetrack)

Nector Rose (Lenore)                                                       

 

Alessandra Toressani (Zoe Graystone - CAPRICA)

Elyse Levesque (Chloe Armstrong – SGU STARGATE UNIVERSE)

Stephanie Jacobsen (Jessie Flores - TERMINATOR: THE SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES)

 

The final event currently planned is the fourth annual

Vampire Ball.

Being held at the Thistle Hotel over three days from 8-10th November, this event is for fans of all different kinds of vampires from Buffy to Angel to True Blood.

 

While it’s still early days, guests for this event include:

Denis O’Hare (Russell Edgington – TRUE BLOOD)

Kris Holden-Ried (Quint – UNDERWORLD: AWAKENING)

Clare Kramer (Glory – BUFFY)

Georges Jeanty (artist – BUFFY)

 

Information about all the conventions can be found at the Starfury website.

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