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04 Nov 2009 - 13:0721790
We're going to have a party? (MCM expo may/oct)
right. straight to brass tacks...

the MCM run party has never appealed to me. ever. (sorry mcm people!) yeah, it's nice and local to the site and all, but really, it's a bit.... predictable.

so!

i'm investigating the possibility of creating a community run mini-event on the saturday night of each london MCM event, but before taking the plunge from event goer to event management, i was wondering if you good people would give a little input. but first, a little about the event idea...

expo is in london. we all know that. and london has far more to offer than the norm to have parties in. i attended an event this weekend which had a thames boat party, and it was amazing. the boat had two interior decks (seated lower and dancefloor upper) and an upperdeck for those who love fresh air and nicotine. the party ran for 4 hours and was generally amazing.

here's the idea.

we steal the format.

i've roughly priced it up, and while it is more expensive than the hotel party, it's a BOAT party. how cool? real cool. the capacity would be 250 heads, so what i'm thinking is make it so we overshoot the expense a bit to cover us, and any left over dosh we give to a nice deserving charity. per head, i'm estimating it will cost £15-£20, but that is a very provisional estimate.

i dunno if we all really have time to set it all up for may, but i'm certainly hoping we could club together and get this thing up and running for october 2010.

to give you an idea, the boat went as far as london bridge, turned around, passed where we'd set off from in canary wharf and went really far past several noteable locations such as the houses of parlement, the O2 arena, etc etc.

so, input please! remember, this is a community run project (essentially the same as a quazar meetup but with a little more pre-organization and cash needed) and we need 250 of you good people to make it work. if it does, it will certainly be a reoccuring thing (possibly even an out of expo event).


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04 Nov 2009 - 14:5721795
That sounds interesting, I'm not a big fan of boats, but this will be a really cool idea, as people can go round london by boat and see the sites, that most people don't see as they are at the expo centre most of the weekend...

I definately up for a London cruise by night-time... The party will have to be in between underground times though as some people may not be able to get back to excel centre..

This will also be a great location for some cosplay photos to be taken place, maybe a running commentary on what people can see along the banks of the thames...

Maybe have dinner on board and then on the way back abit of music and dancing before docking once more...

limegreenjelly x


04 Nov 2009 - 16:0021802
Sounds like an excellent plan, but I think limegreenjelly has a point about the train. You would at least have to time it before the last DLR train, since that is the main train going to and from the Excel centre.


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04 Nov 2009 - 16:2021804
Sounds like a great idea! I remember going on a Thames boat party once. Does it have to be at least 250 people to make it work? The one I went to back then had probably 100. I guess the boat was smaller maybe.


04 Nov 2009 - 17:2621809
Sounds very cool
I'd possibly be interested in giving you a hand if you want/need it

I'm assuming the £15, or however much, would only cover the boat ride?


04 Nov 2009 - 17:2621810
Sounds very cool
I'd possibly be interested in giving you a hand if you want/need it

I'm assuming the £15, or however much, would only cover the boat ride?


04 Nov 2009 - 17:4821811
People can do abit of research into how much a boat would cost and how many the boat will take, and where it goes from?? ... I'm sure that some people can ring companies to see what quotes they will give us and see whether they will do any discount or add anything to the experience...

It should get cheaper, as the number of people increase, I reckon the price per head shouldn't be more than at least £20 - £25
that's including music, drink, food and other extras to the cruise... (sorry marketing degree coming into this ^^'

If we want some money to fund this event, maybe holding draws, auctions, collections within anime societies, and websites like cosplayisland...

Another way is to do is to get the venue sorted and sell the tickets to get the revenue to fund the event.

limegreenjelly x


04 Nov 2009 - 17:5121812
yeah. £15 each would roughly cover 250 people + hiring a DJ. drinks would be extra, but to be honest, in the 4 hour trip, i only had one drink.

if i can get enough interest, say 1/2 the numbers, i'll do some seriously indepth investigation into the logistics and pricing of it all. really, i could do with borrowing the minds of some of the UK organized event runners, but i'm busy with interviews and projects right now. maybe if this thread starts glowing with heat from interest i'll start bugging them ;p


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04 Nov 2009 - 18:0521813
All hands on deck! ^^ (cue bad boat puns).

Just kidding - would love to help in setting up, etc or just helping out on the day/night if it goes ahead.


04 Nov 2009 - 19:2721822
Sounds like a really good idea and should be great if it goes ahead!


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04 Nov 2009 - 21:1121824
Sounds like a wicked idea Xea, I'd be up for it. I'm sure my friend would be aswell.

We would be ok, becuase we can always crash at mu brothers place, near the o2 lol.


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04 Nov 2009 - 21:4521827
Ah! So kinda like the ABC Cosplay party? I loved that idea so if it's not being continued then why not take up the reins?

Plus, from what I've seen, a lot of cosplayers (SWEEPING GENERALISATION ALERT) have been bullied in the past and as such, perhaps the Anti-Bullying Charity route would be good to keep as well?


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04 Nov 2009 - 22:0121829
I like the idea but I'm not sure I'd be willing to choose another planned event for a night out when I could just as easily spend the night in a bar close to my hotel and not be 'chained' to someplace that I'm likely to get sea sick.
That and because it's on a boat means that those who have late commitments wouldn't be able to join until we docked again, probably towards the nights end.

Don't get me wrong I love the idea and if it goes ahead I may just dose up on sea sickness tabs and not drink if only to support the endevour but it would require a lot of planning, probably the pre-sale of tickets because 'walk ins' are not guaranteed.


04 Nov 2009 - 23:0321831
this sounds like fun i'd be up for this and i could get a few mates to go aswell


04 Nov 2009 - 23:3121833
Quote sjbonnar:
Ah! So kinda like the ABC Cosplay party? I loved that idea so if it's not being continued then why not take up the reins?

Plus, from what I've seen, a lot of cosplayers (SWEEPING GENERALISATION ALERT) have been bullied in the past and as such, perhaps the Anti-Bullying Charity route would be good to keep as well?


that would be a prime choice for charity. and cosplayers being targets for bullying during their school years doesn't suprise me at all (for all the wrong reasons).

i've not heard about the ABC party, but yes, i think from several people that i've spoken to we need a less "part and parcel" event during the weekend, just to add some interest to the weekend (which for me is already getting stale, 4th expo in).

this thread, and some feedback over MSN is starting to look very positive towards actually trying to make this happen! keep the ideas and idea support coming!


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04 Nov 2009 - 23:3821835
Quote sjbonnar:
Ah! So kinda like the ABC Cosplay party? I loved that idea so if it's not being continued then why not take up the reins?

Plus, from what I've seen, a lot of cosplayers (SWEEPING GENERALISATION ALERT) have been bullied in the past and as such, perhaps the Anti-Bullying Charity route would be good to keep as well?


Seconded. Can I also suggest the possibility of donating to S.O.P.H.I.E (Stamp Out Prejudice, Hatred and Intolerance Everywhere) Foundation, which is run by the family of Sophie Lancaster, who you guys might remember was killed back in 2007 just for being a goth? The official site has more info.


05 Nov 2009 - 01:0721839
Pez: Love that idea!

Xaerael: The ABC Cosplay Party (Anti-Bullying Charity Cosplay Party) was run by Rachel/Arkayen I think three times but maybe just two...she bascially hired out a large portion of the Excel Custom House Hotel and had a party in there and it was actually really good. Had a bar and everything and any money that was "profit" went straight to the anti-bullying charity ^_^

So, same kinda event really!

Any idea how much tickets'd cost? It's gonna be expensive as you'd have to hire a boat, sort out music equipment, sort out drinks or pay extra for staff to run a bar etc.

I don't doubt at all that you've considered all this, just highlighting it to others LOL


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05 Nov 2009 - 11:1021848
I think this is a great idea, and i know lots of people (who rarely use this forum) would definitly be up for this idea!
i love the idea of giving money/profits to charity.
The ABC party at custom house was a great hit, rach was able to get prizes from some companies to raffle off, which went down really well, and encouraged people to give a little extra cash. It may be worth trying to get in touch with rach to get some ideas, or team up in fact. i can try and point her this way
This is a really great idea and im hoping this turns out really well ^^
im happy to help spread the word around aswell!

d(^x^)b 2 thumbs up!


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05 Nov 2009 - 13:5021851
While I'm sceptical that 250 people will be up for paying £15-£20, I'd be happy to! Especially since during October it'll be dark at that time, and all the lights on the dome and thing would be pretty, I love seeing all the lights in London at night.

Might I suggest you post this in the party section of the MCM Expo Forums? The core of the people attending will be there, so it'll be a good place to get opinions.


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05 Nov 2009 - 14:0121852
I'll definitely come to this if it goes ahead. It is a little different to the usual parties and sounds like it would be cheaper then the actual Expo one. WHen I went to the Expo one a few years ago, it was just under £10 to get in and the drinks cost a bomb (it was in the Crowne Plaza).

If it is on a boat though a lot of people will be on the deck and, if it is October 2010 you do it for, then it will be pretty nippy! Might be best for May?


05 Nov 2009 - 16:0421854
I don't think you're allowed to post things like this on the MCM forums. Just a heads up - Rachel, mentioned earlier, posted about the ABC party there and the thread got locked, if i remember correctly.

I'd be very hesitant to pay so much for a party, even if it is on a boat. And as someone did mention, those who have previous commitments, or want to come a little later won't be able to.

It's a great idea though! After the dismal display MCM gave everyone this october, something needs to be arranged seperatly.

On an afterthought, has anyone ever thought to contact MCM and offer to help run a party with them? It would mean a lot more people would hear about it that aren't in certain social loops, and it would be an official event which could possibly have additional funding from expo (because lord knows they must get enough money from us for entering..) They must have realised by now that they absolutly suck at organising these kind of things.


05 Nov 2009 - 17:3621868
Quote Kan-chan:
On an afterthought, has anyone ever thought to contact MCM and offer to help run a party with them? It would mean a lot more people would hear about it that aren't in certain social loops, and it would be an official event which could possibly have additional funding from expo (because lord knows they must get enough money from us for entering..) They must have realised by now that they absolutly suck at organising these kind of things.


someone actually stated early on that if the MCM wanted their party to work, they simply shouldn't run it. it could be worth approaching them, but on the same hand, i'm skeptical about whether they will leave creative control to myself and whomever becomes involved in the organisational side of things.

i'll hopefully (with the help of others) be starting an LJ community and twitter feed soon where more people can become involved. right now, word of mouth is paramount. so tell your friends about it! with any luck, MCM will realise where they are going wrong through the actions of others.


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08 Nov 2009 - 23:2322194
I love this idea After attending the expo one in may this year i was REALLY disapointed. Not only was it in a small space, but the music choices were erratic and nothing that was advertised happened (such as contests) not to mention the whole thing ended far earlier that advertised.

I would suggest that May would probably be best for this kind of thing due to the weather (hopefully) being warmer than october ^_~


09 Nov 2009 - 14:4622239
This is sounding like it's gonna be great, but that ABC party thing that was mentioned got me thinking. If this party was hosted somewhere other than a boat (Excel centre, nearby pub) then you could possibly bring the ticket price down and attract more people, while still hosting an awesome party that will show MCM how it's done.


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09 Nov 2009 - 16:2622244
I kind of get the feeling that the MCM expo party isnt the greatest one around and so forth we need a better party somewhere else either another hotel or a resturant, not necessary on a boat...

We could always ask Fox's the resturant, the one on the way to the DLR... just passed the excel entrance on the left walkway (if your on the same side as novotel) Good location, they can provide some food and the drinks, and they could cater for a few amount of people... what you think??

limegreenjelly x


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