Sci-Fi In The City returns for it’s second voyage in 2018!!!


Following the acclaimed success which was SCI-FI IN THE CITY 2017, October 2018 sees the premiere convention party team returning to the O2 Academy in Sheffield for another full weekend of fun and frolics guaranteed to warm the hearts of all like minded folk!

Another two day event, with guests and panels and talks during the daytime, and a full evening of entertainment for Saturday night – so come early to take part in the build-up on Friday, and remember to come back for Saturday evening … and then leave some energy for another day of events on Sunday! No other event packs as much into the schedules as the Science Fiction Fantasy Weekender! So while you’re eagerly waiting for SFW10 in March 2019 … why not come and enjoy the fun in Sheffield!

We here at HQ were gutted when we had to miss Sci-Fi in The City last year due to our awesome trip to Cincinnati Comic Expo (I think we covered that right?). However we managed to keep informed on all the awesome goings on and it looked to be a roaring success, so it was a pretty much set in stone it was coming back for 2018 and we already have a damn fine line-up to be getting on with.

You wanna see who we have already confirmed??? Starting with Admiral freaking Ackbar, yes you will have your chance to meet him and we can all **Spoilers** collectively mourn one of Star Wars fan favorites…

Tim Rose is best known for playing the role of Admiral Ackbar in the 3rd Star Wars film, Return of the Jedi, a role which he played again in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Star Wars: The Last Jedi. In addition, Rose also puppeteered the characters of Sy Snootles and Salacious Crumb in that film, and has been involved with other Lucasfilm and Jim Henson Studios movies, including The Dark Crystal and Howard the Duck. He also helped in puppeteering the character of Tik-Tok in Disney’s Return to Oz.

Not enough Star Wars for you?? How about A New Hopes Biggs

Garrick Hagon appeared in Star Wars: A New Hope as Biggs and on the 2011 Blu-ray release of the Star Wars films, Biggs’s establishing can be seen in full. Hagon’s many films include: Tim Burton’s Batman, Mustapha Akkad’s The Message, Tony Scott’s Spy Game, Richard Linklater’s Me and Orson Welles, Xie Jin’s The Opium War, Philip Stolzl’s The Expatriate, Richard Attenborough’s A Bridge Too Far, Paul Verhoeven’s Black Book, Charlton Heston’s Antony and Cleopatra, and Olivier Dahan’s La Vie en rose. His voice is featured in the video game, Divinity II: Ego Draconis and he has recorded over 150 audiobooks for major UK publishers. He has also directed over 100 audiobook recordings including Michelle Paver’s Wolf Brotherread by Ian McKellen and the Audie Award-winning, full cast, unabridged His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman.

SFW favorite Fraser Hines is back for more… Do I need to go into what Fraser has done he is kind of a big deal after all…

Any Hobbit fans in the house??? well Sci-Fi in the city is bringing you a Dwarf and that weird looking weasel-y guy that dressed up as a woman to escape and we also got to see his amazing turn in Red Dwarf as Hitler!!!

Ryan Gage is best known for his roles as King Louis XIII in the BBC series The Musketeers and Ted Bundy in the TV film Serial Thriller: Angel of Decay. In the cinema, he played the Master of Laketown’s deputy Alfrid Lickspittle in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, and Ted Bundy again in the film Angel of Decay, which earned him a Best Actor Award at the British Independent Film Festival in 2016. In video games, Gage has portrayed Charibert in the Final Fantasy XIV expansion pack Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward. In theatre, he has worked for the Royal Shakespeare Company on plays such as HamletA Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Macbeth.

Adam Brown trained in Performing Arts at Middlesex University, London, where he met Clare Plested and helped co-found the British comedy theatre troupe Plested and Brown. He wrote and performed in all seven of their shows: Carol Smillie Trashed my RoomThe Reconditioned Wife ShowFlamingo Flamingo FlamingoHot PursuitMinor SpectacularHealth & Stacey and The Perfect Wife Roadshow. A regular at the Edinburgh Festival he toured with his company across the UK as well as performances in Armenia, South Korea and New Zealand. With the rest of the Plested and Brown team (Amanda Wilsher and Clare Plested) he has worked with David Sant (Peepolykus), Phelim McDermott (Improbable), Cal McCrystal (The Mighty Boosh) and Toby Wilsher (ex-Trestle). Brown plays the dwarf Ori in the film series based on J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit. The films marked his first film appearance.

Harry Potter Fans?? we got you guys covered too, we have Harry’s dad James and the great Brit actor Nick Moran…

As well as all our Media guests, we’re delighted to again showcase the work of the artists who create the amazing imagery which inspires, and this year we’re delighted to welcome along Jeff Cummins! An artist whose work you are probably familiar with from Radio Times as well as many album covers from the seventies.

We still have more guests, artists, authors and other folks to announce … so keep watching the website for details as they are released.

And then there is all the entertainment and activities on offer for you lucky lucky people!!!

As well as all the panels, discussions and signings with our guests, we also have a packed weekend of other activities for people to partake of. Here’s just some of the things which have been confirmed…

EZXP is a video game band making their debut at SFW IN THE CITY this year: taking the old 8 bit tunes of our childhood and turning them into rock classics to dance the night away to. From Pokémon to ZeldaMega Man to Star Fox, gamers are guaranteed to know these classic tunes turned into something modern and rocking.

Pandemic Live: Four players battle ‘the spirit of disease’. Played by guests and audience alike and lead by comedian James Cook, this is a live version of the wildly popular board game Pandemic. After many attempts, the extirpated group of epidemiologists have yet to triumph over the virulent illness. Maybe this time we can hold the tide of plague. This time we can all hold back the Pandemic!

Pop Up Puppet Cinema: We welcome back the crazy puppets from the popular Puppet Cinema. Hugely successful, last year the main complaint was that people could not get in the room!  So arrive early to ensure your place! This time with a new show: JAWS!

We love Pop Up Puppet Cinema and really wanna see the guys do Jaws…

Level up Leroy: Welcoming back our resident Sci-Fi nerd DJ. Really going from strength to strength this year with his growing popularity taking him around the country. Always pushing the boundaries for nerd Djing. His newest mix he proudly admits ‘This one’s all nerd’ … And that’s why everyone loves it!

As usual Saturday evening will play host to the spectacle and carnival of the SFW Posse doing what they do best … with costumes and music and dancing, as well as speciality acts … there is nowhere … NOWHERE … in Sheffield offering such entertainment on a Saturday night … and what’s more, it’s all included in the price of your ticket!  All you have to do is turn up, buy food and drinks, settle down … or gear up … and ENJOY!

So I am guessing you are all pretty tempted right? well here are some details of times and Ticket Prices for you all to chew over…

Lock and Load for the 6th and 7th of October 2018, with a pre-party on the night of the 5th October, at the O2 Academy, Sheffield.
And get in quick for a special launch deal for the weekend:
£25 (no booking fee) Standard pass for the full weekend.
£45 (no booking fee) VIP pass. Includes the full weekend, with Signing Pass* included.
£55 (no booking fee) Royalty Pass. Includes the full weekend, PLUS an exclusive personal Meet n Greet with the guests on Saturday and Sundaymornings.
VIP and Royalty attendees also have access to the balcony area and a private bar.
*The Signing Pass entitles the holder to one autograph from each of the Media guests who are signing during the arranged signing sessions. Please note that this will include as many Media guests as can be accommodated, but might not be all of them. Information will be available closer to the event. Signing passes can also be purchased separately prior to the event.
We have also negotiated a stonking 30% off rooms at the Royalty Hotel. This includes 2 nights at the Hotel, breakfast included. If you wish to take advantage of this offer, then please discuss with the Chic Team – a private link will be emailed to you if you choose to take the offer.
All the deals include the Friday Night Pre-Party (accommodation add-on available).
These prices will only be available for SIX DAYS and go on sale Tuesday 6thFebruary at 12.00 GMT!
Contact Dan NOW on 0207 193 0490 or email to find out more and to book your tickets.
Booking is also available at