Armageddon Expo (October 23rd to 26th) is celebrating it’s 20th year as the Mecca of geekdom, expecting 50,000 plus fans to storm the ASB Showgrounds this Labour Weekend.
Bigger in scale, full to the brim with swords and light-sabers, Sci-fi actors and costumed fans, wrestlers and gamers, the event is expected to blow away all previous records for attendance.
Founder William Geradts says he is braced for a huge weekend and his massive team is well-trained in geek-crowd-control. For the first time they’ve limited entry on the busy Saturday sessions to pre-sales only and reduced the allowable ticket numbers to cope with anticipated crowds.
“We’ve made that decision so that fans get a better experience and the crowds don’t get out of control,” says Geradts.
“There are three big days of show, plus a preview night on Friday, so there is plenty of opportunity for fans to attend the show and meet the guests and see all the features,” he said.
“And don’t forget our free ‘Armageddon Pyro Man’ event on Sunday night, with fireworks and the burning of a monstrous effigy.”
It is no surprise that Armageddon Expo continues to be so popular, with an this years exciting guest lineup of international stars already announced for Auckland, including Natalia Tena (Harry Potter, Game of Thrones), Maggie Roswell (The Simpsons), Michael Rowe (Arrow), Manu Bennett (Arrow, Spartacus, The Hobbit), Keisha Castle-Hughes (Star Wars, Game of Thrones, Whale Rider), John Wesley Shipp (The Flash, Teen Wolf), Dina Meyer (Starship Troopers, Saw, Birds of Prey), Casper Van Dien (Starship Troopers, Sleepy Hollow), Sean Maher (Firefly), Nicki Aycox (Supernatural), Rachel Miner (Supernatural), Alex Heartman (Power Rangers), Azim Rizk (Power Rangers), Rainbow Sun Francks (Stargate Atlantis), Emmett Skilton (The Almighty Johnsons) and Robert Maschio (Scrubs). Just announced, Bernie Kopell (The Love Boat, Get Smart).
Anime, Cartoon and Cosplay guests include: Cristina Vee (Sailor Moon Crystal, Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Fate/Zero, Kill la Kill), Mela Lee (Rozen Maiden, Vampire Knight, Fate/Stay Night, Magnolia Memoir), Chuck Huber (Dragon Ball Z, Yu Yu Hakusho, Dragon Age: Dawn of the Seeker), Hal Rayle (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Transformers, The Ant and the Aardvark, G.I. Joe), Aimee Blackschleger (Attack on Titan, Final Fantasy XIII-2, Phantasy Star Portable 2, Living Universe) and Courtenay Taylor (Regular Show, Resident Evil games, Skylanders, Mass Effect, Fallout 4).
For wrestling aficionados, wrestling legend Jake the Snake Roberts will be a highlight alongside local wrestlers from Impact Pro Wrestling.
And Comics, Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Cards fans will be thrilled to meet Christian Gossett (The Red Star, Warden, Attica), Kevin Maguire (Captain America, Justice League, X-Men), Dave Johnson (Deadpool, Punisher Max, 100 Bullets), Zander Cannon (Top 10, Smax, Kaijumax), mixed-media artist Jessica Von Braun and Richard Fairgray (Blastosaurus, I Fight Crime, Anoraks and Acolytes).
Gaming has grown every year since the creation of Armageddon Expo and this year will see a huge commitment to the many gaming genres and the technology of now and the future. It is fitting that the 20th anniversary of Armageddon is also the 20th anniversary of the Sony PlayStation. The company will be showcasing a host of highly anticipated games from this year and beyond.
Activision, Warner Brothers, Xbox will also be previewing their latest games including Call of Duty Black Ops 3, Halo 5 and Streetfighter V and so many more, all in massive gaming areas on the expos main show floor.
Thunderbirds Are Go at Armageddon and local fans will get the opportunity to meet Richard Taylor (Executive Producer), David Scott (Series Director), Ben Milsom (Production Designer), and Theo Baynton (Art Director). They will be holding a panel on the Main Stage at 11am on Sunday before signing FREE autographs in the Celebrity Signing Area (pick up your signing token from the MightyApe stand).
The 20th Anniversary Party this year will feature three celebrity performances of different styles, including Nicki Aycox (Supernatural), musician Aimee Blackschleger (Attack on Titan) and Mela Lee with Magnolia Memoir. Sunday October 25th 7pm until 10pm – come in costume, dance and enjoy the R18 bar. Entry is $20.00 – All ages
And the annual celebration of Armageddon wouldn’t be complete without the 2015 Burning Man ritual, a free event happening straight after the 20th Anniversary Party at 10.15pm, Sunday October 25th, followed by an incredible Fireworks display thanks to Pyro Company Fireworks!
The Armageddon Expo 2015
Auckland, ASB Showgrounds
Friday October 23, 6pm-9pm (Gaming and exhibition only),
Saturday October 24, 10am-6pm (Pre-Sales only),
Sunday October 25, 10am-6pm and
Monday October 26, 10am-5pm
To see a full list of stars and events happening at the expos go to www.armageddonexpo.com/nz
Tickets for the show will be available at www.iticket.co.nz/go-to/armageddon-expo-2015
For more information head to www.armageddonexpo.com
About Armageddon Expo
From its inception in 1995, the Armageddon Expo has grown to become the largest fantasy event in Australasia. With shows in Dunedin, Christchurch, Manukau, Wellington and Auckland, the Armageddon Expo embodies the ever-growing pulp culture phenomenon.
For more information head to www.armageddonexpo.com