Welcome to Neko Nation, Australia’s unique and leading anime party inspired by the anime nightclubs of Akihabara, Japan! Neko Nation is home to anime, gaming, Japanese music DJs, plus chiptunes, Bubblegum pop, J-Core and a wide variety of surprises musically from local Sydney DJs and an awesome list of special guests interstate DJs supported by catgirl go-go dancers and poi twirlers!
Neko Nation is home to a safe environment and is more than cosplay friendly, as a matter fact it’s encouraged with awesome prizes for amazing cosplays and outfits! We’ve got amazing security from both the venue and the Neko safety squad to ensure that everyone has a safe and fun time. On top of that we have a mega awesome Neko team to look after you to energise you throughout the night with catboys serving candy for a sugar rush and catgirls serving sushi for the ultimate in taste. There’s no need for a late night trek for an expensive kebab when you can experience our twist of maid cafes where can get catboys and catgirls to serve you throughout the night for absolutely free! (ﾉ´ヮ´)ﾉ*:･ﾟ✧
Welcome to our ever expanding world where we combine our love of anime with amazing sound and lighting technology in a massive state of the art new venue which has hosted many of the music greats from all over the world! Alongside the amazing decor setup Neko Nation features a bunch of awesome surprises including a free kandi making table, massive video gaming room, pillow forts and more awesome surprises for one amazing night.
Welcome to a party that feels like an anime wonderland being brought to life. For anime fans and those with an interest in Japanese culture this is your chance to experience the world of the Anisong (anime song) clubbing scene of Akihabara brought to Sydney, Australia! This unique event has been well considered and raved by many to be one of Sydney’s top underground events with a unique, friendly, welcoming and loving atmosphere, this is one night not to be missed! ヽ( ★ω★)ノ
Daylight Savings Affect on show
On Sunday at 2am, Sydney shifts their clocks one hour forward for daylight savings, meaning that the event loses an hour, we originally were getting an extension to run the event an extra hour with a dry bar (non-alcoholic) but this has been revoked. Unfortunately this is a situation out of our control, so the event will end at 2am (3am with daylight savings).
To compensate, we will be opening our doors at least 30 minutes early at 7:30pm and all performer and DJ set times have been pushed one hour forward. Meaning the event will still go very much to what was originally planned. While we would like to open an hour earlier at 7pm, it is unlikely due to logistical and technical issues, there was no DJ or entertainment planned for the first 30 minutes so this shouldn’t have much of an effect on the event anyways.
Ticketing Link: http://www.manningbar.com/Home/Shows-Gigs/Neko-Nation.aspx
Neko Nation Sydney
Caturday, October 1st 2016
♦ VENUE ♦
Manning Rd (University of Sydney)
♦ TICKETS ♦
Earlybird Tickets: $19+bf
*Door tickets available *UNLESS SOLD OUT PRIOR*
This is a strictly 18+ event, photo ID required.
It’s not just all about the DJs at Neko Nation we’ve got amazing entertainment up on stage that’s sure to rock your world at Neko Nation Sydney!
Zichxyna is one of Australia’s leading Visual Kei and J-Rock vocalists. Since a very young age, Zichxyna has been incredibly musically talented, taking up piano and singing. It wasn’t until her teenage years she discovered the world of Japanese fashion and music and in particular many J-Rock and Visual Kei bands that would inspire her style and singing. She made her singing debut at Neko Planet Brisbane in 2014 alongside international acts. She would later release her self titled EP in 2015 and recently made a comeback at the mega Neko Nation Brisbane relaunch earlier this year. Raw, powerful and downright demonic, a powerful presence on stage through both her amazing fashion sense and her amazing voice. Her first interstate performance, we are very excited to have Zichxyna on board for this event!
We’re celebrating the end of Love Live Sunshine in style, with a special Love Live DJ set which will be followed by a dance performance. From the dance team that brought you that incredible Me! Me! Me! video comes an awesome Love Live dance performance featuring some of Sydney and Melbourne’s best cosplay dancers. Even for those who are yet to see Love Live, we’re sure that this amazing dance performance will win you over and for fans of the show, it’s going to be one amazing performance to get excited about. μ’s STARTO!
Poi and LED Performances
On stage we will have the lovely Luna (pictured), Cem, Krash and our amazing array of catgirls and catboys on stage supporting the DJ’s on stage. Whether it’s with LEDs, Poi, staffs, hoops and a variety of tools, they’re sure to provide an amazing atmosphere and performance alongside our DJs.
We have a spectacular array of DJs who have come from all over Australia, who are the very best and specialise in their genre of choice, learn more about our talented interstate acts below
Silhouette D’Amour (Vic)
J-Pop and K-Pop
An absolutely stunning cosplayer who is considered one of the best anime, gaming, J-Pop, K-Pop and alt DJ’s and event promoters in the East Coast and returns to Neko Sydney!
Brisbane’s leading J-Core DJ although this time he will be bringing the debut of Japanoise in Sydney, it’s loud, aggressive, noisy that is sure to wake up Neko Sydney and get you moving!
Gaming and J-Rock
The gorgeous Meji makes his second stop on the Neko Nation East Coast tour with a fast paced set of awesome gaming remixes, plus some of his J-Rock favourites as a warmup for Zichxyna.
J-Core, Love Live and Vaporwave
The man behind TeddyLoid’s Australian tour, he’ll be starting off the show with Vaporwave for the first time in Sydney, doing the Love Live set before the performance and finishing off with J-Core anthems.
Neko Nation Sydney features some of Sydney’s best DJ’s in their genres of choice, who are sure to get you moving and grooving throughout the night.
This absolutely stunning cosplayer is one of Sydney’s most famous cosplay DJ’s, back from her recent Neko East Coast tour, she’ll be playing lots of pop culture anthems and remixes!
The man behind the mind blowing Scavengers of the Wasteland series, he’ll be bringing out the cheddar for one cheesy gaming anthems and remixes set!
Trap and DnB
A DJ with lots of history in Sydney’s rave scene, this amazing J-Core DJ is bringing something a bit different with a Japanese Trap and DnB set.
Making his DJ debut at the mega Brisbane show recently, Little Raven is bringing his awesome array of J-Trance classics to Neko Nation Sydney for the first time.
A music producer who has a background in a wide variety of styles, he be bringing his favourite anime remixes, Vocaloid tracks and more.
Neko Nation steps back to 1980’s science fiction with Synthwave, this talented clothing designer is bringing his unique funky retro style for this first time.
7:30-8:00 // Catalystic / Vaporwave
8:00-8:30 // Tessel / Synthwave
8:30-8:45 // Meji (QLD) / J-Rock
8:45-9:00 // Zichxyna (QLD) / J-Rock (Live)
9:00-9:30 // Little Raven / J-Trance
9:30-9:55 // Catalystic (WA) / Love Live
9:55-10:00 // Love Live / DANCE
10:00-10:30 // Jadeabella / Pop Culture
10:30-11:00 // Kenaz / Gaming
11:00-11:30 // Silhouette D’Amour (VIC) / J-Pop + K-Pop
11:30-12:00 // Meji / Gaming
12:00-12:30 // Cherax / Anime
12:30-1:00 // Essi / Trap/DnB
1:00-1:30 // Sei (QLD) / Japanoise
1:30-2:00 // Catalystic (WA) / J-Core
Neko Nation’s famous free sushi served by catgirls and also catboys will once again be taking place at this event, as usual make sure you get in early to get plenty of sushi while it’s fresh and plentiful. If you’re not a fan of sushi we’ve also got candy being served as well. Our venue also has food options if you prefer other food later on in the night. Below you can find some details on some of our catgirls and catboys for the night!
The official head catgirl of Neko Nation, Rachel has been involved since the start of Neko Nation both as a catgirl and artist. Outside of Neko Nation, she’s a stunning model, anime artist, seller of amazing clothes and creator of absolutely amazing and spectacular outfits.
More than just a talented cosplayer, MegaPollen has had a background of almost a decade of ballroom dancing and is comfortable both up on the stage and behind the sewing machine. In her downtime she’s a massive gamer and loves Overwatch and Bravely Default.
A massive League of Legends fan, she’s taking a break from delivering pentakills on Summoners Rift to serving sushi at Neko Nation. A massive fan of Re:Zero, as you’ll be able to spot her serving sushi in her Ram cosplay serving sushi with her Rem twin.
Angelic Demon Figs
One of the most fun, quirk and upbeat people you’ll ever meet, she’s been at Neko Nation events ever since it’s beginning and is making her catgirl debut. A massive lover of all things Full Metal Alchemist and Borderlands.
One of the few catgirls with the rare honour of having had experience both East and West (Perth). She’s a talented synthetic dread creator who makes amazing creations for both herself and others, a mega fan of all things League of Legends and Game of Thrones.
Cosplayer, raver, pin-up model, catgirl and foster mum to numerous kittens. By night she loves to dance the night away, while during the day, she’s studying ancient history, archaeology and museum practise. Big fan of Rozen Maiden and God of War.
A legit real life catgirl both at Neko Nation and in her personal life. One of Neko Nation’s J-Pop and K-Pop DJs in Perth and Adelaide and now set to catgirl in Sydney. The only thing she loves more than a fluffy kitten, is a fluffy alpaca or alpacasso.
A very talented indivdual who is well known in the doof, rave and alt scene for her many talents. Whether it’s go-go dancing, firetwirling, poi, acting, cosplaying, hair, makeup, costuming, she’s able to make magic happen. A massive fan of Trigger animes, especially Kill La Kill.
A catgirl with more ears than you could imagine, she’s living the feline life 24/7. A massive fan of Ghost in the Shell and Metal Gear Solid, she’s spending her spare time trying to complete her pokedex and is very excited to be making her Neko Nation catgirl debut.
It’s not just all about the catgirls, we’ve also got free candy being served by our catboys. Don’t get upset once all sushi has been served, we’ve still got plenty of candy to be served by our amazing catboys, learn more about our amazing catboys below! <3
This sparkly demon is well known for their hospitality and down to earth personality. You’ll generally find them making someone laugh or just twirling around the dancefloor. Your catboy leader is back with a new team and fearless attitude and let’s not forget delicious candy!
Nyan Doki Doki
Nyan is a kitten through and through. They mew, purr, pounce and nap! This adorable kitty will keep you entertained with their adorableness and butt twerking! Nyan is no stranger to Neko and as one of our veterans, this kitty is sure to make you meow with their delicious candy!
The mastermind behind Scavangers of the scarlett wastes, an epic DJ and firetwirler, this amazing cosplayer will be here to make sure you are happy.! Keep an eye on this one as they not only delight your ears with amazing tunes but also serve you delicious Candy!
Crayon is a kitty in real life. They like to adapt to a hassle free environment and adores Korean culture. Having lived & travelled in other countries, this well-travelled kitten is set to entertain you with their adorable personality, a hint of sarcasm and a lovely smile! See this kitten in their habitat as they serve you delicious candy throughout the night!
Video Gaming Arena
We have a spectcular video game arena with 10 playable multiplayers games across a wide variety of videos games across various consoles. Our latest additions are featured below.
Super Smash Brothers (WiiU)
A popular favourite amongst gamers at Neko, the latest Super Smash Bros has arrived. Battle on your favourite arenas of the past with amazing new graphics plus new arenas, all your favourite characters are back with some awesome new ones, including DLC characters such as Cloud (FF7), Ryu (Street Fighter), Bayonetta and more! Best of all, there’s a crazy new 8 player mode, so pickup a Gamecube controller and get brawling!
Pokemon fans will have the opportunity to experience Pokemon’s new fighting based game. Made by the team behind the successful Tekken franchise, the game allows you to pick numerous Pokemon for combat and support in numerous arenas. Very simple to pick up and lots of fun, make sure you make a Pokestop here to battle other fellow trainers!
Throughout the night, you can get free sushi from catgirls, free candy from catboys and maybe some free glowsticks if you’re lucky. However just before the dancefloor, get some free souvenirs from Neko while you can!
Kandi Making Station
In the rave scene making kandi is a beloved past time of many ravers. For those unfamiliar with kandi making, it’s simple, you get a piece of string and thread together beads to make a bracelet, using a variety of different coloured beads including letter beads, you can personalise it based on your favourite colours, anime characters or even your Pokemon Go team!
Free Balloon Sculptures
Georgie Loons is one of Australia’s best balloon sculpurist and easily the best in the anime, gaming and pop culture scene having recently made a lifesize Koro-Sensei as seen at Sydney Supanova! Georgie Loons will be working near the start of the night but make sure you get in early to guarantee getting some awesome balloon scultptures made up, especially since they can light up too!
Little Raven Photobooth
Dressed to impress, then be sure to stop by the Little Raven Photobooth, throughout the night you can either pose solo or with friends in a brightly well lit area to show off your amazing outfits, be sure to add Little Raven Photography on Facebook to see your photos as soon as they are released!
Neko Safety Squad
Every Neko Nation attendee has a right to have lots of fun in a safe and secure environment. To ensure that we commit fully to these beliefs on top of our venue security we also will have the Neko Safety Squad, a team dedicated to maintaining a peaceful, fun, safe environment for all.
The Neko Safety Squad will enforce a strong zero tolerance policy towards any kind of harassment. Regards of your race, gender, sexual preference or disability, everyone should be allowed to enjoy the event without fear of any harassment.
The team will take a strong stance on anyone taking actions on any unwanted behaviour. This can include making any unwanted advances or taking photos of other guests without permission, it never hurts to ask for permission when taking photos!
Above all, it’s all about being respectful, kind and fun to one another, the safety squad will be taking a much more personal and understanding towards our guest than venue security who are more specialised in providing a physical presence.
The Neko Safety Squad is lead by Herbie the manager of Neko Nation Sydney who is security by moonlight and making outfits by daylight. Being a professionally qualified security guard plus incredibly experienced and understanding in the cosplay scene makes him incredibly experience to lead and also educate his team to ensure that Neko Nation Sydney is a safe, fun, awesome environment for everyone!
For stops on Parramatta Rd (closest to the Quadrangle) catch buses on routes 412, 413, 435, 436, 437, 438, 440, 461, 480 from George St or Railway Square.
For stops on City Rd (closest to Darlington campus) catch buses on routes 422, 423, 426, 428 from Castlereagh St or Railway Square.
Get off at Redfern Station and walk for about ten minutes to Manning Bar. You can also get off at Central Station and take a bus.
For Timetable information
Call 131 500 or visit www.131500.info
From Broadway heading west along Parramatta Rd, take the first left after the big intersection and parkland on the left up University Rd. Veer left around the main Quadrangle, which is on your right, and the Library on the left. Go straight then turn right onto Manning Rd, and follow down to Manning on the left.
Several parking stations on campus are within walking distance of Manning Bar. Parking costs $6 after 3pm. Please don’t drink and drive.
Taxis Combined – 133 300
RSL Ex-Servicemen’s Cabs – 9581 1111
St George Cabs – 132 166
Legion Cabs – 131 451
Manning House has lifts, hydraulic wheelchair ramps, wide doorways, access ramps and disabled bathrooms on every floor.
Manning Bar also has a Hearing Loop so hearing-impaired guests can tune their hearing aids to the local frequency for better amplification.
Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?
Neko Nation is an 18+ event. Neko Nation takes place in a licensed venue, according to the liquor licensing act, only the following current (not expired) ID is acceptable
– Proof of Age Card
– Australian Driver’s License
– Passport (Any nationality)
Student cards, bank cards and mecha licences are not acceptable by law, sorry even teenagers can pilot mecha.
What is the dress code for Neko Nation?
Cosplay is highly encouraged! We encourage cosplay, alternative and unique outfits for you to dress to impress for your chance to win prizes! We are very open minded with our dress policy, although please cover up all your appropriate parts and wear enclosed footwear.
What is the weapons and props policy for Neko Nation?
Weapons are highly discouraged at our events, unless made out of weaker materials (foam, cardboard) and look non threatening, (guns and swords are generally a no-go, compared to staffs and wands). Our policy is similar to many cosplay conventions although we tend to be a bit stricter, due to the darker environment, people dancing and alcohol. Security has the final say in regards to props and weapons.
What are my transport/parking options getting to Neko Nation Sydney?
Please visit the Manning Bar website which features a number of options getting to the venue
Is there a cloak room on site?
Yes, Manning Bar will providing a cloak room for $5.
Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Via the Facebook event page or website. Please note, we will not answer any questions within 48 hours of the event due to production work.
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