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Q1. Why are ticket prices changing?

The event landscape we find ourselves in in 2022 is hugely different to the one we’d planned ahead for our TFN 2020 event.

Attendees who were kind enough to roll over their tickets after 2020’s event was cancelled helped us to keep TFNation secure during the coronavirus pandemic. The three years between events have been very difficult as our continuing bills needed to be paid in spite of us not being able to generate income. As a result, the rolled-over ticket money has been almost entirely depleted.

To add to this, by our calculations our various suppliers have increased their charges to TFNation by an average of about 20%. Some of these are modest rises which should be expected annually, whilst some of the elements we hire for the event have dramatically risen in price by over 45%. We anticipate there will be additional charges to the event in this new more safety-conscious age.

Simply put, the prices attendees paid in 2020 cannot pay for a TFNation-quality event in this new landscape. We’ve therefore had to take the difficult decision to change our offering to ensure the event remains viable.

Q2. Why is TFNation adopting a new price structure, rather than simply increasing the price of existing tickets?

There are two main reasons for this;

  1. We may need additional income, but upping prices across the board would mean all attendees would have to pay more, regardless of whether they wanted to attend elements such as Clubcon. By dividing up the offerings, we are enabling attendees to only pay for the elements they want.

    If you want to attend every part of the convention, that’s brilliant! If you’re not a big Clubcon person but would rather attend the Friday show, that’s a choice you can make now.

  2. Now more than ever, room capacity is very important. Separately ticketing different events will help us to secure and hire the most appropriately sized halls in future.

Q1. What’s happening with Weekend Tickets that were rolled over from the abandoned 2020 event?

2020 Weekend Tickets which were rolled over (with a face value of £75.00) will now be transformed into 2022 Saturday and Sunday Tickets (with a combined face value of £80.00); in addition to this, attendees who rolled over will also be afforded free access to the Saturday Evening Clubcon event (face value £15.00).

We know this is slightly different to the ticket you originally purchased, and hope you will understand the efforts we have made to look after you as best we can, whilst also securing the event for future years.

Q2. Can I also purchase the new Friday ticket?

Yes, Friday tickets can be purchased separately. Rollover ticket holders will receive advance access to Friday ticket purchases.

Q3. Can I upgrade my Saturday ticket to include Early Access?

Yes you can! (Subject to availability).

If your rolled-over booking included Saturday tickets, you can upgrade them to include Early Access by visiting the Order History page, selecting the ticket(s) you wish to upgrade and then clicking the new "Purchase Upgrades" button.

Q1. What happens on Friday?

Scheduled to run from early afternoon until late, Friday is a whole day of panels and entertainment, before our Trader Hall opens on Saturday morning. Traditionally Friday has hosted elements such as the fan favourite Matrix Test Quiz; officially-licensed movie viewings; rarity panels, and special guest entertainment segments.

Q2. Why is Friday now a separately ticketed day?

Friday started as a day the crew used to provide entertainment for attendees who arrived a little early, in an office room which seated 75 people. As the convention has grown, we have had to upscale our Friday room hire needs dramatically to meet demand. Up until 2019 the TFN crew were able to subsidise the event for attendees, but as a result of rising costs this is no longer possible. Rather than ending our Friday offerings, we’ve instead decided to make it a ticketed day like any other, which will help us budget accordingly and book the correct-sized halls.

Q1. What does a Saturday ticket include?

Saturday tickets get you access to our highly anticipated Opening Ceremony, Trader Hall access from 11:00am, and access to all of Saturday’s panels. With the exception of special attraction type tickets (such as 2020’s Leader Ticket) there are no additional charges for autographs once you’ve entered the event; this is different to many conventions where you are charged extra after entry. (Exact schedule to be announced closer to the event. Guestlist subject to change)

Q2. Is early access included?

No. If you wish to enter the Trader Hall from the earlier time of 9:30am, you will need to purchase the Early Access add-on ticket.

Q3. Is Clubcon included?

No. If you wish to enter the Clubcon evening entertainment event, you will need to purchase the Clubcon add-on ticket.

Q1. Why is TFNation now offering a Saturday Early Access Ticket?

Since 2016, an Early Access Saturday Ticket has been something attendees have asked us for a lot. 2019 was our trial year for separating the Trading Hall from the Main Panel room; with that change having been well received, we are now in a position to offer early access tickets whilst still catering for our other valued attendees. (Early Access was originally scheduled for our 2020 event which was abandoned during the coronavirus pandemic)

Q2. Why is it just for Saturday?

Saturday morning is the busiest time at the convention and the first opportunity for attendees to enter the trading hall, so a Saturday morning early access ticket makes the most sense. This new ticket will also help the crew to safely control the flow of attendees into the halls, at a time when event capacity and safety is more important than ever.

Q3. How early is early access?

Early Access to the trader hall will be from 9:30am on the Saturday morning, with regular access following at 11:00am.

Q4. Will you offer Early Access tickets for other event days?

That's not in our plans right now, but as ever, we’ll keep an eye on attendee feedback to see whether there is any demand for this.

Q5. Is there a charge for Young Adults? (16-17 year olds)

Yes. Whilst Young Adults still get their general entry tickets for free, Early Access tickets are offered at a set price to everybody aged 16 and over.

Q6. Is there a charge for Children (Under 16s)

No. As with general admission tickets, children can enter during Early Access provided they are accompanied by a person holding an appropriate adult ticket. (Though please note, the Early Access period is expected to be very busy, so please keep this in mind)

Q7. If I buy a Saturday ticket can I upgrade to early access later?

Yes you can, subject to availability.

Once you have purchased a Saturday ticket you can upgrade it to include Early Access by visiting the Order History page, selecting the ticket you wish to upgrade and then clicking the new "Purchase Upgrades" button.

Q1. What is Clubcon?

Clubcon is TFNation's annual Saturday evening entertainment segment. Past Clubcons have included advertised and surprise segments including quizzes, live script readings, a comedy improvisation show and our fan favourite presentation of Transformers Animated Season 4: Trial of Megatron. Clubcon is also home to TFNation's annual Pretenders Cosplay Parade.

Q2. Why is Clubcon now a separately ticketed event?

Clubcon is an expensive event to produce, making heavy use of staging, sound and lighting effects for which we hire professional engineers. Up until 2019 the TFN crew were able to subsidise the event for attendees, but as a result of rising costs this is no longer possible. Rather than ending Clubcon, we’ve instead decided to make it a ticketed event, which will help us budget accordingly.

Q3. Do I need to have a Saturday ticket to purchase a Clubcon ticket?

Yes. Clubcon is a Saturday evening upgrade, so you must hold a Saturday ticket to purchase a Clubcon ticket.

Q4. Will I be able to purchase toys during Clubcon?

No. Whilst there may be some convention-exclusive merchandise available for purchase, the Trader Hall does not form part of the Clubcon evening entertainment event.

Q5. Is a Clubcon ticket optional?

Yes! Clubcon takes place on the Saturday evening. Whilst we hope many attendees will enjoy the event, we also appreciate some attendees may not wish to attend. For this reason, the Clubcon ticket will be an optional add-on.

Q6. Is there a charge for Young Adults? (16-17 year olds)

Yes. Clubcon tickets are offered at a set price to everybody aged 16 and over.

Q7. Is there a charge for Children (Under 16s)

No. As with general admission tickets, children can enter Clubcon provided they are accompanied by a person holding an appropriate adult ticket. (Though please note, as an evening event Clubcon may from time to time include adult-themed humour).