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Wednesday, February 7, 2018 - 09:07

It's back for another round folks. Last year we had the pleasure of taking part in the first SFW in the City and it looks like we'll be back for more.

Stand by for action! Following the rip-roaring launch of SCI-FI IN THE CITY 2017, its second coming will descend upon the O2 Academy in Sheffield in October 2018, reborn as SFW IN THE CITY II: Sci-Fi – Fantasy – Warriors!

SFW IN THE CITY II will hit the City of Steel between Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th October, 2018 (Earth Time) with a special pre-party on Friday 5th. Come early for the pre-party, then enjoy our action-packed, three-zone, two-day event, with guests, panels, talks and signings during the day, not to mention cosplay, props, traders, comics, drones, and much much more! Plus (of course) a FULL EVENING of out-of-this world entertainment on Saturday night!

Among the headlining guests, you’ll find:

Tim Rose - best known for playing Admiral “It’s a Trap!” Ackbar in Return of the Jedi, Tim reprised...

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Tuesday, January 23, 2018 - 14:39

Here we go folks... Nominations for the 90th Academy Awards have been announced... Let the speculation begin.

Performance by an actor in a leading role

Timothée Chalamet in "Call Me by Your Name"

Daniel Day-Lewis in "Phantom Thread"

Daniel Kaluuya in "Get Out"

Gary Oldman in "Darkest Hour"


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Monday, June 26, 2017 - 10:13

Only four months to go before the Chic Starship again touches down on UK soil on October 6 and 7 2017 at the O2 Academy in Sheffield with the biggest and brightest Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Spectacular ever to grace the city. Some details have already been announced, and now it’s time to add to that, with a cavalcade of talent and excitement, all of which is waiting for the attendees of SFW IN THE CITY 2017!

There have already been announcements of the headline guests SYLVESTER McCOY (Saturday), JAMES COSMO (Saturday), NICK KELLINGTON (Sunday) and STANISLAV IANEVSKI (Sunday) … and now we can add to this three more top names:

JULIAN GLOVER’s film roles have included a wide range of iconic characters, including General Maximilian Veers in The Empire Strikes Back, the James Bond villain Aristotle Kristatos in For Your Eyes Only, Walter Donovan in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, and Brian Harcourt-Smith in The Fourth Protocol. He also voiced the giant spider...

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Thursday, February 2, 2017 - 11:06

This year, Europe’s #1 Sci-fi and Fantasy Festival adds extra talent, pizzazz, and magic to the mix when it returns to Camp SFW, Pwllheli, Gwynedd, North Wales between 30th March and 2nd  April 2017 for SFW 8: the legendary Sci-fi & Fantasy Weekender!

“We’ve always had magic,” admits CEO Jonni Davis, “How could you not, surrounded by landscapes like these in North Wales? This year, though, we’re putting on the biggest and best Sci-fi & Fantasy Weekender yet. How magic is that?”

SFW is delighted to announce its line-up of guests, including three new exciting additions:

For Buffy the Vampire Slayer fans, Nicholas Brendon will be attending on the Friday. Nicholas played Xander in Buffy (one of Buffy’s core ‘Scooby Gang’ vampire slayers) in this incredibly popular, influential and (let’s face it) kickass series.

We’re also delighted to welcome Chris Barrie Famed as Arnold Rimmer in Red Dwarf (the only ‘Dwarf character with his own super-catchy...

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Monday, December 5, 2016 - 11:44


For eight 21st century years Chic Festivals has guided and organised the ever-popular Sci-Fi & Fantasy Weekender: a packed weekend of entertainment, guests, films and partying all set in the magical surroundings of North Wales. Now the team are turning Metropolitan and bringing the show to the City of Steel!

In 2017, stand by for SFW In The City! All the fun, fandoms, and vibrant experience of the legendary Weekender crammed into three zones over two days, plugged right into the heart of the UK: Sheffield.

Join the SFW team for stars, experts, and genre guests; for fascinating panels; for films, music and entertainment; for gaming, books and cosplay.  In fact, for as much geekery and adventure as can be crammed into the space of a weekend! What? We canna break the Laws of Physics? Never heard of them, Mr Scott. Full speed ahead!

The O2 Academy in Sheffield has been booked for 7th and 8th...

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016 - 10:23

Here you go folks... The latest guest announcements for next year's SFW8:

Paul McGann, Daphne Askbrook, Wendy Padbury and a legion of Cybermen join James Marsters, Gareth David-Lloyd & Frazer Hines at the 8th Cycle of SFW (Science Fiction & Fantasy Weekender )

SFW (Europe's biggest residential Science Fiction & Fantasy Festival) are proud to announce another fantastic array of actors, authors & special effects.

For this year, we’ve promised a big focus on Doctor Who and have reached out, across the galaxy and beyond, to bring in a shining spectrum of talent to discuss and interact with our Doctor Who Special Panels.

First in (as voted by the fans) the amazing talents of Paul McGann (who played the Eighth Doctor in the 1996 UK/USA-produced Doctor Who TV Movie, and returned in a special mini-episode The Night of the Doctor, for the 50th Anniversary in 2013). Making a rare UK appearance, SFW is delighted to welcome Daphne Ashbrook, who had...

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016 - 09:03

Many years ago I used to run a music venue. When you do this for a living, certainly at that time, you spend an inordinate amount of time listening to demo CD's from bands trying to get gigs at your venue. Mostly this is an exercise in stringing together acts for a triple bill evening of similar themed music. However, every once in a while you stumble across an absolute gem. Silverman were exactly one of those gems. Soulful, heartwrenching tunes of love, loss and anger, backed by swirling, dark beats and haunting melodies. And then there's Anna's voice. Dear god. I've always been a sucker for a strong female vocal, but Anna's is right up there as one of my all time personal favourites. 

The problem that I had at the time was both very simple and conversely complex. I could not for the life of me find a slate of bands to put together with them for a gig night. Certainly not ones that fell within our budget at the time. I'd have dearly loved to put on a showcase of...

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Tuesday, April 12, 2016 - 16:01

As excited as we all are about the forthcoming release of No Man's Sky in June, we were not expecting this latest bit of juicy news:

65daysofstatic are set to release the official soundtrack to the most anticipated game of the year, No Man’s Sky on June 17th.

Formed in 2001, the Sheffield four piece have continued to evolve from their chaotic, thrashy inception to the measured, sonic brutalism of recent years. Releasing 6 albums of experimental, noisy instrumental music since 2004, they have developed a unique sound with a broad aural palette, a healthy disrespect for genre and a delight in mashing the extremes of both guitar and electronic music together.

Their most recent record ‘Wild Light’, released in 2013, was the band’s most widely received album to date with the likes of NME, Clash, Kerrang, Rock Sound, Independent, Q, DIY Magazine, Line Of Best Fit and Drowned in Sound all heaping praise on the band’s work.

In 2016 they hope to take things to a...

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Friday, February 5, 2016 - 12:00

‘Look out I’m coming to get you…’ says award winning actress Eve Myles. Torchwood’s Gwen Cooper will appear at SFW 7 alongside her Torchwood onscreen husband Rhys Williams portrayed by Kai Owen.

SFW, originally known as the Sci Fi Weekender and now in its 7th year, will bring like-minded people together for a weekend to fully immerse themselves in a sci-fi & fantasy culture. The weekend will play host to some of the world’s most popular science fiction and fantasy films and TV-shows.

The legendary Brian Blessed, will be returning for the third time. This larger than life Cult hero will be entertaining guests again with his brilliant storytelling and adding real star quality to the event.

Other big names lined up for the event include Star Trek's Garrett Wang, The Time Travellers fantasy favourite, Outlander’s Stephen Walters and Grant O’Rourke. Game of Thrones stars, Kerr Logan and Miltos Yerolemou will fill us in on their perception of the hit TV series....

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Friday, January 8, 2016 - 13:00

SFW are excited to announce the exclusive pre-screening of a stunning new British Sci-Fi Horror’ Pandorica’ followed by Q & A discussion with Writer & Director and cast.

The film revolves around the leadership trials of the Varosha Tribe. Eiren, Ares and Thade are all in line to lead the next generation of their people. They journey out of the safety of their home towards a dark forest miles away where tradition dictates a new leader will be chosen. Only one of them will return. 

Pandorica is an edge of your seat action horror that keeps the twists coming thick and fast.

Written and directed by Tom Paton who has directed music videos for an array of artists including Flux Pavilion (Bass Cannon), Artful Dodger and Disclosure as well as a multitude of TV commercials. Tom is a regular feature writer for various internationally published magazines and is also a skilled video editor and FX designer. Tom has started his own sales and distribution company...

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