Published on May 12th, 2014 | by Anthony Price0
Get Your Geek On – Geekfest 2014
I both love and loathe this time of year. I love it because it’s the traditional convention season when I get to spend a fortune on Geek Chic, meet lifelong idols and make new friends with some often strange, but awesome people. I loathe it because they’re never local and so it means weighing up the best travel methods, or finding affordable accommodation. It all eats into my spending power at the trade stalls. I’m sure it’s a familiar problem for a lot of regulars on the con circuit. However, I had a very pleasant surprise when I heard that a local organisation, Planet Folkestone, were running a nearby convention called Geekfest. I wasn’t sure at first, what with it being a small, local affair. But it piqued my interest and I went along. Omg, I’m so glad that I did.
For an inaugural event, Geekfest 2014 was awesome. The venue was the perfect location with plenty of parking and a couple of places to get refreshments after battling it out on the giant Fragfest 360 screens; an area that seemed very popular all day. I was also surprised by the number of trade stalls at the event, as I’m always on the hunt for that next collectible. It was a great turnout, with a lot of familiar faces that trade at other conventions. And I haven’t even mentioned the celebrities that graciously turned up to sign autographs all day and take pictures. There were lots of faces that fans of science fiction t.v and film would recognise with the highlight being Darth Vader himself, David Prowse. The entire cast of British T.V show, Red Dwarf, was also there cracking jokes and reminiscing about their time on set. Everyone was really friendly and you could see that they were enjoying themselves.
As usual, Cosplay was a highlight of the day with people making a real effort to give the place that traditional Comic Con feeling. Some of the costumes were fantastic and spanned the entire Geek-o-Sphere. There were more than enough Doctor Who’s on hand to tackle any unruly Cybermen, or Daleks; Star wars was well represented too, with Boba Fett, Darth Vader, Storm Troopers and C-3PO all on hand for pictures. It really was amazing and there were far more than I’ve mentioned here that were equally as good.
I have to say, that overall, I was really impressed by Geekfest 2014 and everything that it had to offer and the good news is that it can only get bigger and better. The credit for that has to go to the organisers and the volunteers that clearly put a lot of thought and effort in to the event to ensure its success. I had a brilliant time and it appears that I’m in the majority with praise for Geekfest being very high on social network pages. It was well worth the fiver entrance fee. I can’t wait to see what they do next year.