In its inaugural year, Alt 98.7 Presents Big Adventure brought thousands of music, comedy, comics, and pop culture lovers together at the OC Fair & Event Center, with 16,000 in attendance over the weekend of Saturday, Nov. 3 and Sunday Nov. 4.
Celebrating pop culture and fandom of all sorts, Alt 98.7 Presents Big Adventure attendees had the opportunity to see some of their favorite cast members and special guests during the panels, participate in interactive fan experiences, tabletop and video gaming, tech demos, and visit the artist alley where some of the comic book industry’s top artists and creators were speaking about their craft, selling artwork, meeting fans and signing autographs. In the evening, fans witnessed sets from acclaimed comedians including Patton Oswalt,Jim Jefferies, Kristen Schaal, Rhys Darby, and Natasha Leggero, along with some of today’s top alternative and dance music artists including Empire Of The Sun, Modest Mouse, Phantogram, Cold War Kids,What So Not, Rusko, Feed Me, Bro Safari, and many more.
Alt 98.7 Presents Big Adventure co-producer Rob Tweedie says, “Our goal with Big Adventure was to create a fun, authentic, one-of-a-kind experience for fans, and in its inaugural year I think we did that. There was such a great feeling of excitement, wonder, and community that washed over the entire grounds as people bounced from the artists and exhibitors, to the comedy, to the panels, to the interactive experiences, and ultimately to enjoy the fantastic music we had on stage. Big Adventure began as this crazy vision of everyone coming together to celebrate who they are and what they love, and we at SGE were ecstatic and honored to make this beautiful dream a reality.”
The two-day festival featured panels and live podcast tapings from: Stan Against Evil, Wrecked, American Satan, Superfight LIVE!, Alison Rosen Is Your New Best Friend, Cool Playlist With Eliza Skinner, Machinima Presents Voice Acting In Gaming, Nerdbot Presents Back In The Shell: A Ninja Turtle Fan Series, and The Nerdin’ Out Podcast; comedy sets from Patton Oswalt, Jim Jefferies, Kristen Schaal, Natasha Leggero, Emo Philips, Ron Funches, Hari Kondabolu, Rhys Darby, Monty Franklin, Maria Bamford, and Marcella Arguello; live music from Empire Of The Sun, Modest Mouse, Phantogram, Cold War Kids, Echos, Allie X, Nvdes, Party Nails, Rusko, What So Not, Bro Safari, Bonnie X Clyde, Feed Me, Luca Lush, Party Thieves, Ducky, Chime, Nitti Gritti, and Chuck None; and a number of comic themed discussions, signings, and more in the artist alley. A full list of participating guests and talent can be seen at: https://bigadventurefest.com/guests/
Additional highlights included The Geek Gatsby Cosplay Contest; the Machinima area, which featured classic arcade games and a lounge; the Nerdbot Compound which featured a zombie shooting range, the ‘ultimate retro display’ photo opp with Ninja Turtle costumes, 9 foot Transformers, and more; LARP Battles put on by The Belegarth Medieval Combat Society; and much more.