This must be some kind of mistake, but here goes: HeavyCon, billed as the world’s first convergence of rock and metal fans, will take place this fall in London.
How is this the first time rock and metal fans brought out their devil horns, long hair and air guitar prowess into one spot? That can’t be right, can it?
HeavyCon is scheduled for ExCel London in Royal Victoria Dock from Sept. 30 to Oct. 2 and will feature “a wide range of activities, from artist Q&As and workshops to collections of memorabilia and merchandise,” according to ClassicRock.com. Attendees should be sure to bring their credit cards: At least 150 stalls with metal and rock-related items will be well stocked for the event.
Add film screenings and meet-and-greets with as-yet-unnamed artists, and it’s bound to be a bombastic weekend.
“HeavyCon is a unique opportunity for fans of rock and metal to immerse themselves in the world they love at the first-ever show of its kind,” say the organizers. “Rock and metal’s living legends – plus stars-in-the-making and key figures from behind-the-scenes – will be in attendance at the ultimate fan convention alongside gear, stage props and memorabilia that have shaped the last fifty years of riotous rebellion.”
While no lineup has been announced, the festival’s organizers sure are throwing around some big names as examples of just how alive and kickin’ rock and metal continue to be in 2016.
“With the biggest and most exciting bands on the planet—AC/DC, Black Sabbath, Metallica, Foo Fighters and Iron Maiden—still flying the flag for brilliantly heavy music, a worldwide army of passionate fans and over fifty years of rock to celebrate, there has never been a better time to create rock and metal’s first dedicated convention,” according to an official statement on the festival’s website. “HeavyCon is organized by Heavy Con Ltd, a company [with] considerable experience organizing consumer exhibitions at all major venues in the UK as well as promoting music festivals and events across Asia.”
Not a whole lot of additional information has been made available yet, but odds are die-hard fans won’t need to know much more than that to take advantage of tickets, which go on sale Friday, Feb. 5.
Not to be all doom and gloom about what’s sure to be a really fun event, but maybe the notable musician deaths of late 2015 and early 2016 have provided a little bit of urgency to create a festival like this. After all, if Lemmy is a mere mortal, and Black Sabbath postponing shows this week due to Ozzy’s health issues, time is of the essence.