It’s almost time for Orlando Nerd Fest again. This year runs from August 7 – August 10, and the main events are being held at the Orlando Science Center, making it just that much more awesome! Of course, as always Friday and Monday (The Day Before and The Day After) are completely free and being held at the Geek Easy.
This year is a bit scaled back from last year, but that doesn’t mean it won’t be any less awesome. Let’s start off with the venue itself. How cool is it that it’s being held in a science museum? Very cool! Both day passes and weekend passes include entrance into the museum, plus the special Mummies of the World exhibit. So if you need a break from the music for a while, you can go exploring the museum.
Of course, the music is the main attraction. This year features many new and returning acts, with plenty of genres for everyone. New acts that I’m particularly excited about include steampunk band The Cog Is Dead, Allie Goertz, Broken Pixels, Smashy Claw, and Nuclear Bubble Wrap. That’s not to slight the other new bands, I’m just not as familiar with their music. But I’m definitely intrigued by Moonmen from Mars and Brothers of Alien Rock, two bands adding to the subset of rock bands with costumes. Another new artist for Nerd Fest, but certainly no stranger to big nerd music events is mc chris! Having seen him three times already, I can definitely say he puts on a high-energy, fun show.
Plenty of returning artists have me equally excited. Marc with a C (making for a total of three podcast guests performing), Milk Carton Superstars, Richie Branson, Professor Shyguy, EyeQ, and Mega Ran are just a few more.
Honestly, I have barely scratched the surface so this doesn’t just become a list of artists. And there are more announcements to be made, so keep an eye on the ONF Facebook page for more details (so far no mention of Schäffer the Darklord, but there’s still time, so I’m crossing my fingers).
This year also features some interesting non-music related guests. For the wrestling fans, there’s Leva Bates, aka Blue Pants, a wrestler on the independent circuit. And there will also be at least two writers as well: Keith Rommel and Erin Pyne. Be sure to check out the Special Guests page for updates.
Once again, there will be a costume contest as well as exhibitors and vendors. The costume contest requires registration and includes some really cool prizes for Best in Show, Best Craftsmanship, Best Technical, and Best Junior. And there may be more announced as well. It makes me wish that I had a really good cosplay, but sadly most of mine is pretty simple.
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