SCI-FI FLY HIGH

Britain’s biggest sci-fi festival celebrated its tenth anniversary in style with Area 51 helping to blast it into a new orbit. In total there were 72 hours of out of this world sci-fi high jinks with guest star talks, exclusive screenings, author panels, live music, video gaming, quizzes, celebrity signings and more during the much-loved celebration of all things futurism, the Sci-Fi & Fantasy Weekender.

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Britain’s biggest sci-fi festival celebrated its tenth anniversary in style with Area 51 helping to blast it into a new orbit.

In total there were 72 hours of out of this world sci-fi high jinks with guest star talks, exclusive screenings, author panels, live music, video gaming, quizzes, celebrity signings and more during the much-loved celebration of all things futurism, the Sci-Fi & Fantasy Weekender.

For the first time, the festival moved venues to the Vauxhall Holiday Park in Great Yarmouth and the change was hailed as major success.

A crew of female Area 51 performers were on hand to help with the opening and awards ceremony as well as taking part in a madcap documentary by HRH TV that will eventually be shown on Amazon.

Area 51 has been closely involved with the Sci-Fi Weekender as it has evolved over the ten years it has enthralled enthusiasts from all over Britain.

A cornucopia of horror and sci-fi personalities appeared over the weekend-long extravaganza including Gil Gerard, aka Captain Buck Rogers, 80s Doctor Who assistant Sophie Aldred, Primeval actor Andrew Lee Potts and a clutch of Games Of Thrones stars such as James Faulkner (Randyll Tarly), Toby Sebastian (A Prince Of Dorne) and Fintan McKeown (Ser Amory Lorch).

Among the musical acts on show were the cosmic Henge, that hyper-surreal tribe of extra-terrestrial electronic-progressive-merry pranksters who have torn up the festival scene. Also on stage wasd the award-winning musical-comedy show, “The Elvis Dead”, which is Rob Kemp’s re-telling of the cult horror movie ‘Evil Dead II’ in the style of rock and roll icon Elvis Presley.

Jollyboat, the musical-comedy duo of Ed and Tommy Croft, were also on stage with their infectious pirate pop songs to high acclaim.
Meanwhile, Dacre Stoker, the great-grand-nephew of “Dracula” author Bram Stoker, presented a show called “Stoker On Stoker.”

The event also featured a stunning cosplay competition.

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