6th March Update: All comments have been wiped with the site’s recent server crash. We still have a count of all the people who took the time to write a comment showing their interest. So as not to mess up our ballpark figure, if you have already written in this post before the server wipe please do not so so again. If you do, please let us know you have already posted before. Thanks!

Last year, The Sonic Stadium held, with support from SEGA Europe and Sonic Wrecks, the world’s first Sonic the Hedgehog fan convention in London’s Covent Garden. With a playable demo of Sonic Chronicles, the Guinness Book of Records adjudicating Sonic 2 times, a special song from Dreams of an Absolution singer Lee Brotherton, signings from Sonic the Comic’s Nigel Kitching and a performance from TJ Davis and Richard Jacques (!), the Summer of Sonic metamorphasised overnight from a quaint little British meetup to an internationally recognised, had-to-go-there event.

And as you may already know, we’re doing it all again this year. Only bigger.

I can reveal right now that the confirmed date for the next Summer of Sonic will be Saturday 29th August 2009. The venue has not been finalised, but it will be situated in London, UK.

What I want to know is how many of you will come to SoS 09 on this date.

The reasons I ask this are pretty straightforward, if you knew that we had to turn many people away from the event in 2008. The demand far outstripped the capacity of the poor community hall that we had hired for the day. In a space suited for 200, the Dragon Hall Covent Garden saw 300 Sonic-crazed people flock through their doors. Had we not restricted entry on the Summer of Sonic website, and fully promoted the event in the media as we originally planned, who knows how many people would have showed up.

So what we’re doing here is getting a sample of interested people so we (that’s the Summer of Sonic organisation staff – consisting of myself and AAUK of SEGA Europe for now) can get an idea of how big a hall we can squeeze out of our budget. All you need to do is post a comment stating how many in your household are able to come to this event on the 29th August.

While I can’t reveal anything in regards to what will actually be there this year, here’s some information that will whet your appetite – Jun Senoue knows of Summer of Sonic. Richard Jacques said he would happily attend another SoS. You couldn’t stop Lee Brotherton from getting involved again. Sonic Team’s reaction to SoS 2008 was also reported to be very positive, and SEGA Europe as a whole are both very keen to be more involved yet very respectful as to this being about a fan gathering rather than a buck generator.

This, coupled with the success of Covent Garden last year, should be an indication that there will be at least several things at SoS 2009 to get super-excited about.

So – London, United Kingdom. Saturday 29th August 2009. Who’s able to come? Spread the word!

About Dreadknux

Sexy founder of The Sonic Stadium, and creator and co-organiser of the Summer of Sonic fan convention. By day, I'm a super-fantastic games journalist, el professionale. By night, I'm the mother-loving Sonical Batman. I keep the site ticking, look after the TSS Network, and get all excited about Sonic games so that you can too. May contain nuts.
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115 Responses to So, who wants to go to the Summer of Sonic 2009?

  1. count me in
    (good to see the site back up)

  2. 2 here coming in from Ireland

  3. I’m in! With possibly 2 guests!

  4. Yeah, i’m in.
    The Sonic Stadium will never die!

  5. The Blue Striker says:

    You can count me in! This time, I’ll be loud as ever! Jun Senoue, he’s the best!

  6. I’d be able to make that date, with around 4-5 guests.

  7. Dartanian says:

    You can count me in aswell!
    I wouldn’t miss this for the world

  8. I’m there, whatever it takes! :)

  9. Dartanian says:

    Oops…(I commented before the server wipe).

  10. I’ll be there again! Looking forward to it, last year’s was amazing. :)

  11. ProjectZuel says:

    I’m thinking about it, most likely me and a friend. I’ll be able to catch the train, don’t care about travel expenses as I really wanna see what this is all about.

  12. Aye aye! I’ll be there again. Thats me +2
    I’ll bring lots of comic goodness this year.

    Feels odd to be writing this… again. :p

  13. I’ll be coming. Either 1 or 2 places please.

  14. Yeah I should be coming to the event. Plus the possibility of bringing a guest with me :)

  15. Sonic boomhog says:

    YAY! Sites back up. Dreadknux i emailed saying i was bringing 3 people. Make that 4.

  16. I’m still going, re-aranged my holiday and everything. May have a +1 if she can make it down… really hope she can xx.

  17. “TYPING IN CAPS TO GET ATTENTION FROM MOD DUDE” Sorry I missed the warning about the ballpark figure, already mentioned I would be coming in the last news item pre-crash/wipe.

  18. Thank goodness this doesn’t clash with Ayacon, I missed this last year due to a clash. 1 place for me ^^

  19. ProjectZuel says:

    YAH!! I posted before but now my friend said he can definetly come! So that’ll be another 2 places. Hope theres an artist from the comic series there like I heard about last year, coz me like signings!

  20. Myself, Hannah, plus an additional 2 guests (so thats 4 people in total)

  21. I’ll be there for sure.

  22. Expressing interest again! <3 will more than likely be bringing +2 with me! Looking forward to the event already, and will be posting on my dA journal that people will need to resign!

  23. hedgetigress85 says:

    Save a spot for me!

    I missed it last year, but i won’t this year b^_^

  24. Err, put two down, Balthamos and cab00se-1 :3

  25. Hey everybody!

    i will come to this event! yeahhhh =)

  26. I’m still holding a spot. Better make it +2 just in case X3
    So 3 in all from Ireland ^^

  27. Me and someone else should be going. 😀

  28. Incarta Inc says:

    I’ll most likely be there again and will likely bring 1 other. Great to see this happening again.

  29. Why does the summer of Sonic logo look like it was made on microsoft paint? I mean…with all the talent out there, you’d think someone would step up and make it look, I dunno…good?

  30. still coming

  31. 2 people here :)

  32. AnonymousSonicFan says:

    Too bad I can’t join the party. There seriously needs to be a counterpart in the US. Might I suggest Seattle?

  33. I want to come , and when I come, most probably with two other people. Maybe three.


  35. I’d love to go again this year, you can count me in.

  36. *signs interest again*

    Feniiku and Thalia here again. (That’s another 2 in total)

  37. (ps I’d signed it before)

  38. I’m definitely up for this one. Count me in!

  39. I posted before the server wipe, just re-confirming my interest here. :)

  40. Bolt Rider says:

    I’m in. Last years was awesome. I may be able to bring a guest.

  41. And again, confirming that I will definitely be returning to SoS this year! Absolutely can’t wait for it <3<3<3

  42. Reposting – 2 from my household still coming.

  43. I’ll be coming with (Probably) 3 Guests.

  44. Definately be attending this year! may include one guest, although dependant on they’re working arrangements.

  45. I said it before and I’ll say it again. But only because of the site deleation. I will be going and hopfully bringing 1 or 2 people with me.

  46. Two more here. I’m going to try and attend with my girlfriend.

  47. I’ll be there, and I’ll be bringing Torch again!

  48. Im going and might bring someone along

  49. I posted before the server wipe, just re-confirming my entry! I’m most likely coming on my own.

  50. I would loooooove to go. I live in the USA — would need to get a passport, tickets and time off of work… but I so think it would be worth it! Not to mention I’ve wanted to go to London for years. 😛 Can’t say I am going for sure but I’m definitely interested…

  51. i posted on here be4 the server crash thing i just wanna say again myself and 2 others might be going to SoS09 ^_^ Cant Wait ^_^

  52. Jackskellinghog says:

    Reposting – 2 From my household and a guest. Can’t wait!

  53. Sonic boomhog says:

    crap, forgot to say id posted before. just, before i didnt know how many were comin.

  54. Queenmoreta says:

    i will definitely be coming, i wanted to go last year but i found out about SoS a bit too late. but this year now i know of its existance i will be going :).

  55. Slash /// says:

    (i already posted last time round but just incase you didn’t take note)

    I will be coming with my Girlfriend, COUNT ME IN

    you’ll also possibly see Black Knight Cosplay from me

  56. Slash /// says:

    well… not so much him, but expect an Caliburn Replica and matching Gauntlet, sha-zam~

  57. I posted last time, but to secure my place, here I am stating my claim once again.

    I, Lu.F (Rebecca Smith), will be attending Summer of Sonic 09, and I will have no people accompanying me for the forseeable future.


  58. Oli Little says:

    third time i’ve tried to post this lol 😉

    probably two coming here! definately one 😉

  59. Myself and my friends are coming again.

    That’ll be me, my boyfriend, my best friend, Dazz (probably) and Kagura.

    So that’s 5 in my group.

  60. you can count me in

  61. :O I dunno if I’ll be able to go but I’m totally gonna put myself down on the numbers- and I’d probably bring a friend or two…so about 2-3 including myself.

    |D; I’d be attemptin’ to fly all the was from Cali though— sounds expensive.

  62. Max Firestorm says:

    Max Firestorm, signing up.

  63. cause_of_chaos says:

    Ho Ho last year’s one was awesome so definatley in for this year!!!

  64. indexsonic says:

    I’ll be there and will be there with two friends

  65. I might be coming but i need conformation

  66. Sounds awesome, I’ve never attended a SoS event before, but I recon that i’ll be able to make this one with about (max) 4 guests.

  67. Tessadafox says:

    I’d love to go. I had planned to go since last year (which I missed) …. but one problem …. It’s so Late that I’d hardly call it summer (ok it’s still summer but ….) because my Summer holidays Have (probably) ended by then. I’ll have to check with my school first when I start again.

  68. Blueblur12 says:

    Who wouldn’t want to go?
    I will come,but I will need confimation 1st.

  69. Blueblur12 says:

    If so,me,my mum and my 2 sisters.

  70. Me and One please.

  71. Andrew Hersom says:

    I had so much fun last year so im definitely coming again 😛
    Hopfully going with my friend I met there last year ^_^
    Cant wait to cya all there! =D

  72. Eggman123 says:

    geez i want to go there but no chance helll tell me how coolit was!!!


    I live in London and I planned to go last year, but I was visiting my family abroad. But this year I can goo even if I’m going abroad, cos I’ll be back by August 29th! This year is gonna pwn!

  74. shadowzac says:

    i`m coming and i’ll be with my mum i’ll be under the name zachary ”shadowzac” oliver and my mum is called sarah oliver incase u ask for names

  75. Krischaos says:

    I’m in cus i missed last year and had to watch the webcast in tears, possibly two guests

  76. Sonicmark says:

    Just posting myself and my brother, we’re both planning on going

  77. I’m definitely coming again this year, it was so amazing last year!!! Hopefully I’ll won something this time =3!

  78. I have posted before the crash so don’t recount this, but I just wanted to restate that I am coming and it shall just be me in my party.

  79. I`ll try and make it & it`s great to see the site is back up & running :)

  80. I might be able to come this year, but there’s always the possibility of school getting in the way. But still, possibly 2-3 counting me.

  81. Hell yeah! Do you have any information on how to book? I’ve got three here wanna go

  82. Steven Grayson says:

    yeh i’m coming this year cause i got enough money for train

  83. I am going to it.. it will be awesome. i will be going to london meeting a fellow sonic and deviantart frind in Amethsit then going together with her mother. its going to be great and we will probably see suited up sonic characters and get to play on the machines after a very long queue waiting

  84. I AM SO IN!!!!
    cant wait till this

  85. Count me in, sounds like a good excuse to go to London.

  86. I’ll be coming and bringing along 1 guest also :)

  87. Elizabeth the Bathog says:

    Me and my dad! I posted before the server wipe, just re-confirming my interest here!:D

  88. Count me in! Sounds awesome! XD

  89. I left a comment saying I was going before, but I thought I better leave a comment again because I forgot to mention my parents will be coming with me, so that makes 3 of us.

  90. Adam S aka eggman-x says:

    LTTP: Yeah I’m coming with 2 friends, we’re all a bit old so we might need some help on the stairs : )

  91. David Austin says:

    Said on the lost thread, but yes, I’m going to be there, after the blast last year.

  92. could 3 of us come please :)

  93. Count me in plus 2 mates :)
    (Sonic Forever)

  94. Count me in! My sister’s coming with me!

  95. I’m in, could bring up to 6 with me. Count it for…2, just to be safe.

  96. 2 of us will be going 😀 i can’t miss this ^^

  97. me, my brother and sister will be going so count 3 please! :) x

  98. I would like to attend this event also. It looks like it will a fabulous show, with a great atmosphere and it is a huge opportunity to meet fellow Sonic fans. Discussions and debates about the various characters, shows and games will be quite interesting. Hopefully there may be merchandise available for purchase. If possible, a maximum of 2 will be attending, contingent on the amount of room available.

  99. Sleetdingo says:

    I will go.
    Possibly one other as well.
    So two of us.

  100. I’m down.. And I mean it this year.. Aww yeah! Damn, yo!

  101. im in =D

  102. Hi, Im from germany and i visit the event.^^

  103. Damn it! I’m here in America, and the most awesome convention ever is being held over there?!

    I’ll try my best to be there!

  104. 3 People here =]

  105. i will be wearing : dark t-shirt with shadows white chest fur on it,cardboard rings with matching gloves and black trousers though i say no to styling my hair

  106. I’ll going to come to SOS 09 me and two friends

  107. I’m going! Plus 2 others. This is going to be awesome was gutted I missed it last year.

  108. I’m coming to SOS with my parents (3 people altogether) can’t wait! =D

  109. Pete Murphy says:

    1 for me, please!

  110. Aura Starfire says:

    As long as I can get the day free from work, I’ll be there. Probably with a group, but I think they’ve already posted here already, so not including any others. Please let us know where very soon! ^^

  111. Thoroughly enjoyed last year, so count me in again this year!

  112. Though I mentioned it before the website wipe out, thought it’d be safe to mention it again

  113. Euan the Echidhog says:

    Hi there

    Mind giving me a spot, please? ^^


  114. I’ll be there (I posted before, but thought it’d be safe to repost)

  115. 2 adults 2 children are very keen to attend the Sonic Convention in August. Will there be different prices for adults and children or a family ticket available at a reduced price?