There was a change to the Sci-Fi Weekender this year, as the weekend event held in Pwllheli was running alongside HRH Prog, an event of progressive rock music from a large list of bands. Sadly due to time I wasn’t able to grab a chance with many of the bands, but I did grab a interview with one and that will be posted as audio soon.
But as always, my visit to Pwllheli was mainly for the Sci-Fi Weekender which was in its 6th year and my 3rd year attending the celebration of all Sci-Fi.
The thing to remember is that Sci-Fi is not a “Comic Con” unlike many other events that have a humongous collection of stars from the likes of Game of Thrones or Torchwood for example, sitting in a large area signing autographs etc., SFW is more of a get together to talk about Sci-Fi and its many sub-genres as well as celebrating the world of the wonderful and weired.
This years event, may not have had as many guests as earlier years and there was a slight change around to the areas, but it still had the amazing others etc and shows in the “Main Void” to enjoy over the weekend.
So this year, I travelled to Pwllheli with a newcomer to the event, The Rhyl Jedi, who I brought along as my guest for the SFW6 weekend, this was the first time he had ever been to an event and he absolutely loved the weekend and how everyone he met made him feel welcome to the weekender, check in times had changed from earlier years and people were able to check in earlier and able to settle down without the big queues from earlier years, so a bonus there for the queueing times from previous years.
We checked in on Thursday at around 1PM and settled in to our accommodation and this year it was a rather nice caravan with all the mod-cons you could possible ask for, including a built-in audio system, yep the iPod was plugged in and the Sci Fi soundtrack was sorted out, being not far from the main venue also helped during the coverage of the weekend, for speed of access to everything.
Thursday was a bit of a quiet day this year and after talking to many people they mentioned that they had travelled all day and just wanted to settle down before the official opening on Friday morning, heck even we just chilled for most of the afternoon and evening.
Friday saw more people arriving at the event and more arriving in to the night it was filling up, not as many cosplayers this year, catching up with people during the day they were mentioning how they were checking out the HRH Prog that SFW visitors also had access to.
As always the opening ceremony was a brilliant experience on the Friday, Caspian wowed us later in the evening with cuteness from a rather cute bunny rabbit in his act.
One of the things I do love about the Sci-Fi Weekender is the Imaginarium show and this year was still something to enjoy, not with just the acts but also the routines from SFW regulars, Area 51.
Then, slightly later than billed, came a band that for the last three years I’ve met up with for chats and laughs, but then missing their show, I’m talking Darth Elvis.
What a show these guys put on for everyone on Friday night, as soon as the guys hit the stage the crowd went in to a frenzy, Darth Elvis have a fantastic fan base and on Friday night I could see why.
What a performance, it was just fantastic live music, with all the tracks having that Star Wars twist, lead singer Greig is brilliant as Darth Elvis and I was over the moon that I finally got chance to shoot their show from the pit in the Main Void.
I’d you get the chance to see Darth Elvis live, then go for it, it’s been a while since I’ve enjoyed live music this much, what a night.
Saturday saw an influx in people arriving as those that may have not been able to make it on Thursday and Friday for some reason, the sun decided to make Saturday a lovely day, with clear skies and a little warmth coming down on visitors to warm their hearts.
More cosplayers arrived and the Main Void had some great discussions etc that were welcomed by a full main void, with regular panel shows such as Just a Minute with Sylvester McCoy and Sophie Aldred and hosted by regular David J. Howe.
We also had a lovely talk between the wonderful Robert Rankin and the lovely Sylvester McCoy and unlike most Q&As, Sylvester left the stage and walked around the audience, spending time with SciFi fans answering all sorts of questions, many Doctor Who based.
While standing in the pit watching Sylvester in the audience, I noticed Sophie Aldred taking a seat in the audience, raising her hand to grab his attention, I leaned over to Sophie and said may be we should get all the front row to raise their hands to get Sylvester’s attention.
He looked over to all of us and said, “I’m not finished yet“, which lead to a roar laughter from the audience, then he came to the front and said, “ah, I see a young lady that wants to ask a question“, and then Sophie took over, stood on the chair and thank Sylvester.
Now it was time for Sophie to chat with David J. Howe about her career, voice roles and much of the work she has done over the years and her upcoming projects, sadly Sophie had to run for a train, so we all said bye to a lovely lady and off she went.
We take a visit to Papa John’s and bring you a massive photograph slideshow in part 2 of our Sci-Fi Weekender special.