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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, special guest entertainment segments and from 2023 our popular Open Ceremony.
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 instead decided in 2022 to make it a ticketed day like any other, which will help us budget accordingly and book the correct-sized halls.
Saturday tickets get you access to our highly anticipated Trader Hall access from 10:30am, and access to all of Saturday’s panels. With the exception of special attraction type tickets (such as 2020’s Leader Ticket and 2023's Legends Pass) 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)
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.
No. If you wish to enter the Clubcon evening entertainment event, you will need to purchase the Clubcon add-on 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)
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.
Early Access to the trader hall will be from 9:30am on the Saturday morning, with regular access following at 10:30am.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
Yes. Clubcon is a Saturday evening upgrade, so you must hold a Saturday ticket to purchase a Clubcon ticket.
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.
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.
Yes. Clubcon tickets are offered at a set price to everybody aged 16 and over.
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).
Sunday tickets get you access to our emotional Closing Ceremony, Trader Hall access from 10:00 am on Sunday, and access to all of Sunday’s panels. With the exception of special attraction type tickets (such as 2020's Leader Ticket and 2023's Legends Pass) 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)
No. There is no Sunday Early Access option this year.
No. Clubcon is a Saturday evening add-on event.
We offer complimentary Essential Companion tickets to those attendees who require additional support in the form of a carer in order to enjoy our events.
In order to offer this we need to first verify attendees suitability by asking that they provide some evidence of their need for substantial, significant or frequent support.
To apply for an essential companion pass you must contact us at email@example.com with details of why the additional support is required, and evidence to support your application, for us to verify.
Once we receive the evidence the team can make a decision regarding your application. If approved, the attendee will need to purchase their ticket(s) for the event and then email us with their booking reference and the full name and date of birth of the essential companion they wish for us to add to the booking. We will then update the booking with the additional ticket and send you an email confirming this has been done. The extra ticket will appear under your order history, where it can also be downloaded at any time.
The evidence we accept includes:
All TFNation 2023 tickets, including the optional Legend Pass, will go on sale at 12:00 Midday (GMT) on Saturday 3rd December 2022 at tfnation.com
Most hotels which were able to avoid going out of business during the pandemic have had to change their offerings for 2023; the Metropole is no expectation, as you probably expected.
The good news though is we have still been able to negotiate a reduction, compared to public rates. We will be providing details of TFNation's discounted hotel rate in the next week.
We intend to have the rooms ready for sale by Saturday 4th March 2023, to give attendees plenty of time to plan their visit, and to enjoy their holiday season robot spend.
Honestly? You try fitting The TFNation 2023 Susan Blu Private Signing, Professional Photography and Limited-Edition Merchandise Experience on a wristband!
We also wanted to give the Legend Pass its own name, to make it very clear that it’s an additional, optional, offering. If we named it after the guest, people may become confused and think it was the only way to meet Susan which isn’t correct.
Short Answer - No, but you might miss out.
Longer Answer - Susan will be taking part in normal signings on Saturday and Sunday and these will be included in your regular ticket price, as usual. (The only slight change we're making here is we will be limiting these to one autograph, to keep the queue moving swiftly and safely.) So you may be able to meet her without buying the Legend Pass.
However – and we’re going to speak very plainly here as we cannot stress this enough – Susan has consistently been one of our most requested guests since the very first TFNation. We expect extra attendees to come for a chance to meet her; we expect her queues to be very long; and we expect that we are probably going to have to cap her queues, to make sure she doesn’t miss panels, lunches, etc. No TFNation staffer, and no guests ever want to turn attendees away – but everybody has to eat (according to our Rota-Bots).
You keep asking for Susan Blu. You’ve asked a LOT over the years, and we’re thrilled to now be able to make it happen. This is how we’re going to make it work for you. So if meeting Susan is important to you, guaranteeing your slot by purchasing the Legend Pass is the way to avoid disappointment.
The Legend Pass will be on sale on 3rd December 2023, with all of our other tickets. Just add it, and anything else you like, to your basket. (Remember, you’ll need to add at least one day ticket too).
Friday, Saturday and Sunday. (exact times TBA)
We did! Placing some of the Legend Pass sessions on the Friday should relieve pressure on the other days. (It’ll also give you a chance to meet Susan, if you have to work the weekend).
Please remember though, Friday is a non-trading day. So whilst there will be lots of entertainment, the trader hall, guest and artists areas will not be open.
Yes. Our plan is for you to get all elements of your Legend Pass in one room, at the same time. We’re planning this way so you only have to queue once, and can then spend the rest of your time enjoying the convention, rather than having to queue multiple times.
If you’ve been to any large comic-con type events, you’re probably familiar with very short signing sessions lasting just a few seconds.
We understand why this can be necessary sometimes, but we’re not fans of this approach. So while our sessions will still be relatively brief as will be required, we’re aiming to give everybody up to a couple of minutes each, so you don’t feel rushed.
Is it a bit strange to give attendees more time, rather than selling extra tickets? Probably, for most conventions. Do we care? Not for a microsecond. That’s how we roll.
We don't want to. Neither does Susan. We’re all fans here.
There may come a point when some guests, through popularity, are simply unable to agree to this sort of access. We think everybody knows that. So this is our way of showing you we’ll only restrict access where absolutely necessary.
It’s okay, sometimes everybody’s wrong.
In seriousness though, if you're happy to attend without purchasing the Legend Pass, that’s 100% cool with us. You can still queue to meet Susan during regular signing times if she’s available and you can still watch her panels during the event.
(Seriously though? It's Susan Blu!)
No, we’re not. We’re always open to the opportunity of bringing incredible guests to TFNation, but we’re not keen on having multiple add-ons in the same year; we won’t say it’ll never happen, but it’s something we try to avoid for you.
There are lots of legends we’d like to meet, and we think you would too. But, let’s see how this first one goes before we make any decisions.
Being very honest with you; you keep asking, overwhelmingly, for us to try and bring some of the most popular Transformers personalities to TFNation. We've heard you loud and clear.
Operationally speaking, TFNation is still recovering after the pandemic, so offering a Leader style pass this year was not something we could do with confidence. The Legend Pass, however, is our bridge (or spacebridge, if you will) between our usual offerings, and the type you’ve asked for.
It's easy to forget because our volunteers are so incredible, but TFNation is a live entertainment event with no time for rehearsals. This year's Legend Pass will help us to make sure our systems are Decepticon-proof, before we start looking into future guest options.