To describe the Sci Fi & Fantasy Weekender (SFW) simply as a convention would be a disservice. In reality, SFW is Europe’s largest sci-fi festival, which had over 6,000 sci-fi fans partying hard into the night in March this year.
Although it is still nine months until the next SFW, plans are already afoot to make their next one their biggest yet. SFW9 will have a distinct Star Wars theme, as Ingvild Deila (Rogue One’s Princess Leia) has already been confirmed.
Joining Ingvild Deila will be Hugh Quarshie, who played Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace’s Captain Panaka. Quarshie has become something of a genre actor, as he has also appeared in Red Dwarf, Highlander and Nightbreed. Also appearing will be Alistair Petrie, who played General Draven in Rogue One, as well as starring in Sherlock, Utopia and Cloud Atlas.
For those of a more literary persuasion, then there will be the incredibly prolific author Kevin J Anderson. With over 50 bestsellers to his name, Kevin has written tie-in novels for Star Wars, StarCraft and The X-Files. Kevin was also the co-author with Brian Herbert of the Dune prequel series. Kevin has also written the Saga of Seven Suns series and the Nebula Award-nominated Assemblers of Infinity.
SFW would not be the festival it is today without the nocturnal entertainment, and back once again will be the chap-rap auteur Professor Elemental, who will be returning for a full set, as well as hosting throughout the weekend.
Making their much-requested return will be Darth Elvis & The Imperials, a Star Wars themed Elvis cover band parody from Viva Mos Eisley. Their story that Elvis did not die in 1977: he turned to the dark side of the Force and has been playing rock ‘n’ roll through out the Outer Rim Territory ever since.
If that wasn’t enough, the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, a maverick group of experimental composers and musical innovators, will be making an appearance. Within the labyrinthine corridors of the BBC, the Workshop explored new ways of using – and abusing – sound. The world-famous sonic pioneers will be performing their renowned soundtracks, including the iconic Doctor Who theme and (hopefully) Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.
Bringing something a little different will be Blues Harvest, whose set list celebrates music from the world of sci-fi movies and television. Highlights including music from Star Wars, Ghostbusters, Guardians of the Galaxy and many more
Joining the guests and the bands will be John Robertson with his celebrated The Dark Room. Also appearing will be The MMORPG show, the antithesis of Knightmare, it brings improvised comedy to table top gaming. Finally, there will also be Knightmare Live, the stage adaptation of the classic 80’s TV show.
There will also be a cabaret performances from the gentleman strongman The Mighty Moustache and escapologist Merlin Cadogan. SFW9 will also have its own cinema showing a variety of films all day and all night, with further film presentations shown in the cabins through the special SFW channel.
SFW9 will take place at Pwllheli in North Wales on 22nd – 25th March 2018. The few remaining rooms and boarding passes can be either booked online on by telephoning 0207 097 1521.