Once again it is time for the weekend many of the weird and the wonderful await all year, Dragon-con. The con is the South east's largest and is really only second to Comic-Con now in terms of size and scope, as it continues to grow. As the geeks continue to inherit the earth, it's becoming clearer that con culture is exceeding music festivals these days in terms of numbers.
There is music on the concourse in the Hyatt throughout the day as well as full blown concerts at night. The range seems to stay in a similar compass of dancey goth , Celtic and steam-punk themed bands. There are a few exceptions to the rule this year as Nerf Herder , the band that plays the theme song to Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Bella Morte, who leans more towards rock than the poppy con main stays the Cruxshadows.
Of course music is only a fraction of what happens here as stars of film and TV, share their experiences with fans on panels and fans join in on the fun allowing their imitation to be the sincerest form of flattery by dressing as them. Cosplay has now risen in popularity earning it's reality t.v. show. Dragon-con goer spare no expense often taking the bulk of the year to craft their costumes , which include Super-heroes, video game creatures, to any number of pop culture figures. Some of them are even music related as in the past Cosplayers dressed as Kiss, Guns N Roses, Daft Punk, Micheal Jackson, Freddie Mercury, Motley Crue, Ghost and King Diamond have made appearances.
A few thing Con-virgins should know are
Take Marta parking is expensive and scarce.
Pack snacks the hotels are rather pricey as well.
If there is something you want to do plan ahead and get there early, it takes time to maneuver through the growing crowds and there are lines.
Tickets for the weekend started at 140 dollars , but as the weekend progresses the daily passes drops with each day. This even is something that must be crossed off every bucket list if you are a Trekkie or not.