Sci-fi Weekender 19th – 22nd March 2015
Hafan Y Mor Holiday Park, Pwllheli
Hard to believe it’s been a year since our last visit off-world to the magnificence that is Sci-Fi Weekender. But here we were again, for our second journey to the stars, with a guest list of thousands from the realms of science fiction and fantasy.
As a convention, what makes Sci-Fi Weekender stand out is that all the guests stay on site at the Hafan Y Mor holiday park in North West Wales. For one weekend each year, the geeks inherit the earth and take over in intergalactic style.
This year our band of explorers included Adam, Greeny, Kurt and myself as per last year, but with good buddy Ste along for his first voyage. Amongst the features on offer were all day gaming, merchandise for sale, props to view, films to see, and numerous luminaries being interviewed and partaking in Q and A’s.
Let it be said that the entertainments were many, and that much alcohol was consumed.
On the Friday, I was eager to see an interview with actor Julian Glover. He appeared as General Veers in The Empire Strikes Back so this was a pretty big deal. I have at least three different Star Wars figures of this guy, for a start. He also appeared in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, For Your Eyes Only and Quatermass and the Pit, for good measure. Mr Glover was extremely interesting to listen to and seemed like a thorough gentleman.
Next up was James Cosmo, who I remembered from Highlander (classic!) and as Ewan McGregor‘s dad in Trainspotting. He’s also appeared in dozens of other films and TV shows, not least Braveheart, so his Q&A was top notch.
I took a few photos and milled about a bit, we had some drinks and I caught the One Man Star Wars show. For the uninitiated, this is one bloke recreating all three films from the original trilogy (Episodes IV to VI, fact fans!) in an hour – on his own. There are no effects other than what can be recreated with his own voice and actions. I have to admit that this was very impressive. The audience laughed along, but me as a full on Star Wars nerd was engrossed in how he made the sounds. I need to learn that R2 whistle for my action figures! I AM A NERD!
The finale of the day was once again the genius of Darth Elvis and the Imperials. What do you get? A band of Dark Side troops, fronted by an Elvis Jedi, rocking the stage like a crazed Bantha herd. They look great, they sound awesome!
Elvis classics are re-worked to suit the Star Wars theme, so we get “Return to Endor” and “Viva Mos Eisley”, amongst many more. Brilliant! The band rock out and also put a huge Hutt-like grin on your face with the genuinely witty spin on various classics. Not just Elvis either – nice to hear some Faith No More in the set this year. Absolutely epic entertainment and a perfect end to the night. Hot Dang!
What’s more, I can personally vouch for the fact that the band are 100% decent folks. I got a signed poster! Greeny got a poster and a photo with the Dark King himself! I got excited and forgot to ask for a photo of myself with Darth Elvis! I AM A NERD!!!
Part 2 of our adventure to the stars soon…
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