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UK PonyCon UK PonyCon 2019 (Nottingham, 12-13 Oct) -- FEEDBACK, Info and Discussion

Discussion in 'Conventions Discussion' started by Loganberry, 12 January 2019.

  1. Oilyvalves

    Oilyvalves Railway Pony

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    Looking forward to seeing many of you this weekend! Just starting to pack a few things together. I'll do most of my packing tomorrow morning, but I'll be in Nottingham by early afternoon. No cosplay for me, but I do have a new Luna T-shirt. :D
     
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  2. moody magpie

    moody magpie One shall stand, one shall fall.

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    I hope everyone has a good time this weekend, sadly I won't be attending this year as I'm planning to go to New York next year so my fundings are focused on that.
     
  3. Streamline

    Streamline Well-Known Pony

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    Not long now everypony. I've not been to any convention since Buck three years ago so it's great to return to an event all things pony. Looking forward to meeting some of you from here, I'll be sport a purple t-shirt with the infamous Starlight Glimmer cutie mark. Just there for tomorrow, from about mid-afternoon. I've got an offering for the Grand Charity aution also so hoping to make some funds for our charity too :D.
     
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  4. Eunos the Fool

    Eunos the Fool Proud Hater of Sparity

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    26 weekends later..

    To think on Sunday.. UKPonycon will be the very first Post MLP FIM MLP convention ;D
     
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  5. Candy Yunagi

    Candy Yunagi Wishes she could be a cat

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    I should be in a Lyra cosplay tomorrow, if anyone feels like saying hi. A green/white music note dress and possibly a plastic harp, in case I'm not the only Lyra. I'll be looking more casual on Sunday, though. ^ ^
     
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  6. Loganberry

    Loganberry Element of Custard

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    I think this year, we'll put the feedback in here rather than having a separate thread.

    So, feedback for UK PonyCon here, please! Thank you! :)
     
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  7. Eunos the Fool

    Eunos the Fool Proud Hater of Sparity

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    For me this years Ponycon felt a lot more emotional than usual.

    This mainly had to do with it running along the same time as The Series Finale.

    It's funny how this years Convention was the last of the Friendship is Magic era and the first of the Post Friendship is Magic era.

    Honestly the finale hit me a lot harder than I thought it would.. But I've gone into details in other threads on that so I'll spare you on this one.

    Either way I do like the venue so it was great to get back.. The staff are very friendly as well.

    My one criticism of the venue from last year was I felt the choice of food wasn't great.. However this year I did notice the restaurant at the back.. Maybe I missed it last year, I still don't think the cariety of food was great but it was better than nothing, Jacket Potato Cheese and Beans did me fine :)

    Great to see Artists I get a long with like Ponebooth and Jowy there again..Got some commissions done from Ponebooth, Dormin and 8 Bit Galaxy, Unfortunately Jowy was mega busy so was unsuccessful but had said I can try again on deviant art.

    I won a Pinkie Pie and Starlight Glimmer on the Tombolar which I thought was a great Idea.

    Attended Panels from the likes of Mad Munchkin, Storm Blaze, Irish, Dormin and others (I apologise for forgetting names.)

    Was great running into regular Con goers and old friends again, always great to see familiar faces.

    It makes me very happy to see people still want to attend these things even after the show is now over.

    My eyes are still blood shot from last night but all in all a great weekend and I look forward to Ponycon 2020 :)
     
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  8. Bridle Timeout

    Bridle Timeout I Love Twilight Sparkle

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    This wasn't my first UK PonyCon, but it was my first one in Nottingham.

    I really liked the location and venue, the venue staff always seemed friendly and helpful. My hotel was close enough that it was easy to drop stuff off if I needed to, and it had excellent transport links to the rail station.

    I particularly liked the openness of the Mane Stage and vendors area. The Tombola run by the charity was a great idea and although I technically didn't win anything, @Loganberry was kind enough to give me a Twilight toy he won. :) It looked to be pretty popular too, as there always seemed to be a queue and by Sunday it looked like most of the prizes had been won. :)

    I didn't really attend many panels, as I was usually at whatever main event was going on, or off socialising, but I just wanted to say that the History of UK PonyCon panel was even more interesting than I anticipated. It was interesting to get a bit of an insight into what the convention was like before us bronies showed up. ;)

    I also want to say a big thank you to the staff and volunteers of the convention. Your hard work is very much appreciated and you guys did an excellent job. :)

    Already looking forward to 2020. The pony ride never ends. ;)
     
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  9. Candy Yunagi

    Candy Yunagi Wishes she could be a cat

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    I think the only word that really starts to do this last weekend justice is magical. I thought last year was good, but this experience was something else. I got to hang out with some old friends, made some new ones and somehow won a cosplay competition, to my total surprise. Thanks to the friends who talked me into entering that ^ ^. I'll have to practice Rainbow Dash Attack so I can beat my friends' scores, and maybe try to find myself a juuhachiban for My Little Karaoke next year. I actually didn't get much time to shop around since I spent much of it socialising, but the stalls all looked great, and I was tempted by several things. The few panels I made it to were pretty great, too. And to top it all off, I didn't have any panic attacks this year.

    So yeah, a very warm, friendly atmosphere, proving that as people, we are capable of that. I'm not gonna lie, there have been some tears of joy shed today, and I can only hope that at least some of this positivity can carry me through until next year. I really feel like this weekend, I was at my best.
     
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  10. Oilyvalves

    Oilyvalves Railway Pony

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    I had a brilliant time at this year's UK Ponycon. From getting to hang out with friends, to attending events and buying merch, I'm very much glad I went. :)

    I was reminded whilst there why I keep coming back each year; the general atmosphere/vibe is really fantastic. I'd like to say a massive thank you to all the committee members, volunteers, vendors and panelists for the time and effort you put in to make UK Ponycon happen. You all did a superb job!

    I enjoyed having the same venue in Nottingham as last year. Local transport links, hotel availability and nearby eateries were great. The indoor spaces work well, and the staff were all friendly. The combination of upstairs cafe and downstairs lunchtime dining hall worked better than the catering last year. The air conditioning was also appreciated this time round, and there were plenty of chairs/tables for breaks. I expect the convention to be in a new location next year, as it's good to keep it as a roaming event.

    The events schedule was well put together, meaning I easily filled my time during the day. That including opportunities for breaks and shopping in the vendor area. Highlights for me were the 'UK Ponycon through the years' panel, the G4 movie screening, the 'LGBT+ representation on MLPTube' panel, and the 'Making Music' panel. The Saturday evening music concert was a welcome return, along with the bar selling themed drinks.

    I appreciate the implementation of gender-neutral bathrooms on the lower floor to be inclusive for all attendees. My only previous experience of something like that was at Bronycon (US) in 2017. Unfortunately, these did personally make me feel slightly uncomfortable/on-edge compared to conventional ones. I think it would have helped if these were advertised more clearly early on, for example mentioning them on the website or during the opening ceremony (apologies if I missed either). I am aware that there were other bathrooms on the upper floor, although I only discovered these after a little while.

    Overall, I very much intend to be at next year's con.
     
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  11. Loganberry

    Loganberry Element of Custard

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    I'll try to keep the ultra-textwalling to my forthcoming blog report, so let's see if I can be a bit more concise here!

    UK PonyCon was wonderful. I expected it to be, and it lived up to those expectations. Before I go any further, many, many thanks to everyone who put in so much work to make it happen. You're all absolutely wonderful people :) Now, have a good rest before you even think about SpookyCon in 2020!

    I also liked the venue, since it was very convenient (trams!), the right size and the venue staff were great. The enhanced food provision was a big improvement on last year and was the main reason I had Saturday lunch in the venue rather than outside. Nottingham as a city didn't especially endear itself to me, but that was due to non-convention factors (ie late-night noise). I know it'll be a fair time yet until the 2020 venue is announced, but I'll remember NTU as a venue with a fair amount of affection. It helped that it wasn't so hot in there this time around!

    The gender-neutral toilets on the lower ground floor were a welcome innovation, and I think offering both those and traditional gendered toilets was the best way of making everyone comfortable. I do agree that a little mention at the opening ceremony or in the conbook might have been useful to let everyone know how things were set up, since I had no idea the GN ones were even there until I encountered them in person for the first time.

    Also on the conbook, it was generally a very nice production with plenty of helpful information -- the full-page stalls map was especially useful, and the event descriptions were handy as well. The contributed artworks were nice as well, and I really liked the cover design by Anna Pommes. I was disappointed she wasn't given a specific credit, though -- all the interior artists were, and it meant many of us didn't know who'd drawn the cover for quite some time into the weekend.

    I was pleased with the events schedule, which offered plenty to do without feeling uncomfortably crammed. Highlights for me were "UK PonyCon Through the Years", the movie showing, Stormy's panel and the LGBTQ+ panel. Plus of course the staples like the concert (yay for "Honesty"!), the pub quiz and the charity auction – at my ninth attempt, I actually had a winning bid, too! And talking of charity, I thought the tombola was a brilliant idea, and it was fantastic to hear at the closing ceremony that it had made a really nice amount of money for the RDA. :D

    All in all, it was yet another excellent UK PonyCon, and even if a lot of my happiest memories will be things that weren't on the schedule -- "the magic of friendship" covers it nicely! -- the fact that this event exists and is run so well year after year makes it a highlight of the calendar for a lot of people, most definitely including me. Even if I still can't get that blasted tune out of my head. So... thank you con, doo doo doo doo doo doo, thank you con, doo doo doo doo doo doo, tha—That'll be quite enough of that! —Ed.
     
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  12. Candy Yunagi

    Candy Yunagi Wishes she could be a cat

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    Incidentally, the tune I've had firmly lodged in my head since the con is Always by Erasure. I'm sure some people will know why ;).
     
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  13. Loganberry

    Loganberry Element of Custard

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    Oh, I can guess! Spent a while doing the Rainbow Dash thing at the Bristol UKPC. :)

    Also, apologies for not saying a quick hello at the con. Someone (I think @Oilyvalves ) pointed you out at the cosplay contest, but I was up on the balcony at the time and didn't get down for a while. Maybe next year! :)
     
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  14. Oilyvalves

    Oilyvalves Railway Pony

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    I had that tune stuck in my head yesterday.. and I was wondering what it was actually called! Now I know. :D

    And yes, hopefully one day I'll actually get you two to meet. :p
     
  15. Candy Yunagi

    Candy Yunagi Wishes she could be a cat

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    Yeah, it was driving me a bit insane, so I Googled the lyrics to find out what it actually was :p. To be fair, it's actually lovely that if/when I hear that elsewhere, it'll melt my heart and put a silly grin on my face.

    That's okay ^ ^. I'm sure I must've seen you around, but I just can't put a face to the name. Not least with the many randoms I had calling "Hi, Lyra!" :D. I don't remember looking up that way during the contest, either. It was a bit of a blur to be honest, I'm usually a bit of a wallflower! I had so much fun doing it, though...
     
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  16. Ace

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    I think this year's UK PonyCon has to be my best pony convention so far, It was fun seeing familiar faces and friends again. Not to mention my seapony pirate cosplay ;)
    From singing in karaoke to my first time playing Rainbow Dash attack as well as the incredible vendors at the con, my con experience was way past my expectations.
    The con staff and volunteers did an amazing job this year and looking forward to spookycon next year haha. :)
     

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