Another year, another Summer of Sonic! It’s hard to believe that our little meetup in a Covent Garden community hall that holds 300 back in 2008 could become definitively the celebration of Sonic in the UK, and this year we went bigger than ever.
Even last year we wouldn’t have dreamed that the face of Sonic for 15 years, Yuji Naka, would agree to come to our show, let alone in the company of current face of Sonic, Takashi Iizuka – or that they’d be snapping photos just as much as all of you guys were! In fact – and we hear this from all our Sega-related guests, actually – they were truly overwhelmed by the event and the love we all show for their creation.
So many of our guests see SoS and want to be part of it, or are part of it and want to come back. Returning after last year was our official best friend, Jun Senoue, as well as serial visitor Nigel Dobbyn. He joined up with colleague Nigel Kitching – who was last with us way back in ’08 – and Archie’s own Ian Flynn and Tracy Yardley(!) for our biggest comic group yet.
We also had an eardrum-popping performance from electronica rockers Julien-K, and performances from fans ShadowGirl and Zonic. And some guy called Roareye, whoever he is. All interspersed with a load of stage events including Kevin’s Wrecks Factor, Dave’s Never Mind the Buzz Bombers, and a host of videos from Frobman and our friends at Sonic Paradox, Sonic the Comic Online and OverClocked ReMix. Rounded off nicely by Club Sonic DJ’d by Mark Hawley, and a surprise keyboard and guitar performance by Jun (and his new lead vocalist, Kevin!).
And did I forget to mention that we recorded a birthday greeting for Sonic from you guys, live at the show? A greeting that Sega, dare I say it, are going to put into Sonic Generations? Surely not?!
All told, about 1,250 of you joined the party on Saturday. Unfortunately we didn’t reckon on so many of you joining us – it’s the biggest increase in visitors we’ve had in our four year history – and a lot of you had either a really long wait, or didn’t get in at all. To all of you, I’d like to extend my sincerest apologies. It’s something we’ve never had to face before, and never want to really, and I’m sorry you had to go through it.
For those that did make it, however, I hope you all had an amazing time with everything we had to offer. At the end of the day, we’re just a bunch of Sonic fans that somehow convinced Sega to support us with our hairbrained Sonic conventions. Without them, and indeed without all the companies that support us for no reward – Archie, Microsoft, Nintendo, First4Figures… – Summer of Sonic would never be what it is, so thank you to all of them as well.
That isn’t quite the end of the story though. Over the next week or two, some of the people that helped run SoS this year will be sharing the show through their eyes on this blog. Looking in from the outside, you wouldn’t believe what goes into the show, and I thought last year’s was well worth the read, so you knowwhat to do, don’cha?
Summer of Sonic ’12? Well, who knows, really?