Neko Newbie Guide – Neko Purrth – Madman Anime Festival After Party Edition
Neko Nation is coming up this Caturday and while for many Neko Nation fans here in Perth, they will be excited about returning to Neko Nation in 2017 after some amazing 2016 events. For some however they may not have been to our events for quite a while or it might even be their first time! Whether you’re new to Neko Nation or an experienced goer, we’ve got a great guide below on how to make the absolute most of your night.
If you want full details about our event you can also check them out here.
What is Neko Nation?
Welcome to Neko Nation, an event inspired by the anime nightclubs of Akihabara taking place here in Australia! Neko Nation is a unique nightclub experience for those who love anime, cosplay and Japanese culture to dance, drink and party the night away in a safe environment.
Neko Nation is a club event designed by anime fans and cosplayers for anime fans, cosplayers, gamers and geeks alike. The event features DJs that specialise in anime, gaming and Japanese music and in the case of this event, attracting legendary hardcore act S3RL, specialising in fast paced anime, gaming and pop culture tracks.
Neko Nation isn’t all about dancing the night away, with anime and gaming themed cocktails, beautiful decor, state of the art sound and lighting setup and attractions such as video gaming, firetwirlers, our famous catgirls and catboys serving free sushi and more. It is also an environment that encourages cosplay and an opporturnity for anime fans and cosplayers to party in a safe, fun environment.
The first Neko Nation event originated in Perth in 2011 and would later grow into the largest event of it’s kind and the only event to take place in all 5 major capital cities of Australia, becoming a national phenomenon. In the last year, Neko Nation expanded it’s presence in Mexico and Argentina, attracted the likes of TeddyLoid and in 2017 is proud to announce it’s partnership with the Madman Anime Festival!
Preparing for Neko Nation
While you can definitely just rock up and have a blast, we recommend the following to make the most of your time at Neko Nation
Tickets: If possible, get your ticket beforehand, this guarantees entry into the event. While the Perth event has technically never sold out, there is always the possibility, as a number of interstate Neko Nation events sold out last year.
ID: You will need current (not expired) photo ID, the only acceptable forms of ID are passport (any nationality), Australian Drivers license or Proof of Age card. Birth certificates, student IDs and mecha licenses do not count.
Planning a way to get there and back: Plan a way to and from the venue, especially if you plan to drink or take public transport, we have a guide below on the best way to and from the venue. Please don’t drink and drive.
Getting to and from the Event
Getting to the Venue from Madman Anime Festival
All public transport within the CBD is free!
Train: Take the train from the nearby Esplanade Train Station to the Perth Underground Train Station. Get out to Murray Street Mall, keep going through the mall and cross two roads to reach Gilkison Dance Studio.
Bus: From the Esplanade Busport, there are numerous buses that run down East down St George’s Tce. Get off at an exit around St. George’s Cathedral, walk up either Pier Street or Irwin Street to Murray Street
Walk: If you have the legs for it, it’s approximately a 15 minute walk to Gilkison Dance Studio.
Car: There are a number of carparks near Gilkison, there is a carpark at the end of Murray St, which has the cheapest parking , while Kings has more secure parking off Hay Street nearby. If you are lucky there is free parking available on Hay St.
Leaving the Event:
Public Transport: Please be aware of timetables and getting back home, buses and trains do run late but less frequently at night.
Taxis and Uber: Can be caught outside the venue, please don’t drink and drive and consider using a taxi or Uber if you plan to do so.
Aesthetics and Attitude
What to Wear?
Neko Nation is a nightclub that highly encourages cosplay and you’re more than welcome cosplay your favourite character at our event! We do have a few key points worth noting:
Cosplay is optional: We are one of the only clubs in Australia where people feel safe cosplaying, so many take advantage of this or wear alt, rave or Japanese fashion outfits. If you do not wish to cosplay, there is no pressure to do so and you’re welcome to rock up in whatever outfit you feel like.
Props, weapons: We highly discourage the use of props or weapons, unless absolutely necessary to an outfit. Props and weapons are more dangerous at our event compared to a convention due to the darker environment, people dancing and drinking. If you must bring an item, make sure it’s small, can easily be put away or attached to yourself, doesn’t look dangerous and can ensure you are safe with it.
Reduce Layers: Neko Nation does have air conditioning and industrial fans, but it’s expected to be a warm weekend and the temperature does increase when more people enter the venue. We highly discourage heavier cosplays such as trenchcoats, armour, etc.
Sexy Cosplays: Unlike many cons we have family friendly policies towards cosplay, we do not have this and therefore is a viable option for our event, keep in mind that Madman Anime Festival earlier in the day will have a family friendly cosplay policy. There is a strong Cosplay is not Consent policy with our event for those worried about wanting to be safe with this option.
Neko Nation is designed to be a safe and fun environment for all. All attendees have a right to enjoy their night, free of any harassment from others. We have a strict anti-harassment policy in place and are firm believers in Cosplay is not Consent. If someone makes you feel upset or unsafe, then please report to security immediately. Everyone deserves to be treated with respect and a right to a good night, even Hanzo and Genji mains.
Neko Nation will be featuring 7 DJ’s playing a variety of genres across the anime, gaming, Japanese music spectrum and a number of other genres, we have more details on our DJ further down on this post, this is a quick guide to the genres.
Synthwave: (7:30-8:00): A retro futuristic electronic music genre, inspire by video games and films of the 1980’s. Think Hotline Miami, Farcry Blood Dragon, Kung Fury and futuristic anime from the 1980’s.
J-Pop: (8:00-8:30): Japanese pop music, basically any popular Japanese music artist, this extends to a wide variety of genres and styles for Neko. So of whom include, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, BABYMETAL, Momoiro Clover Z, TeddyLoid and Perfume.
Anime (8:30-9:00): Pretty self explanatory, music and remixes from animes, this will include dance remixes of anime tracks, classics inspired by Cheez TV, music from the most popular animes of all time and tracks from the latest animes.
Gaming (9:00-9:30), Like anime, pretty obvious, video gaming from a wide variety of popular PC games, consoles, remixes of classic tracks to todays latest blockbuster games.
K-Pop (9:30-10:00): The most popular music genre to come out of Asia. K-Pop has a massive cult following around Australia which features a variety of cute K-Pop girl groups, sexy K-Pop boy bands, hip-hop and electro inspired beats, acts include Girls Generation, G-Dragon, Big Bang, 2NE1, f(x) and more.
Hardcore (10:00-11:30): A fast, high energy electronic music genre, it’s also known as nightcore on Youtube (which is a producer and not a genre). The most well known DJ in this genre is S3RL himself.
Bubblegum Pop (11:30-12:00): One of Neko Nation’s most controversial genres (after we banned lolicore, XD). 90’s pop, think Aqua, Spice Girls, Vengaboys, the really cheesey stuff from that era. It is simultaneously one of the most loved and most hated genres at Neko Nation events.
J-Core (12:00-12:30, 1:00-CLOSE): Short for Japanese hardcore, much like hardcore, high energy, fast paced however this features lesser known Japanese producers who often include Japanese vocals and even remixes of anime tracks.
DnB (12:30-1:00): Short for Drum and Bass, it’s a genre made famous by Perth’s own Pendulum, tracks feature a prominant baseline and irregular drum beats (compared to hardcore’s consistent beats). For Neko Nation, this will be Japanese Drum n Bass tracks, plus anime and gaming remixes.
Welcome to Neko Nation, a party inspired by the anime nightclubs of Akihabara. Welcome to our world awesome K-Pop, Japanese, gaming, anime songs and remixes delivered by our awesome Neko Nation DJ’s. Taste and devour amazing sushi served up by our sexy and cute catgirls and candy served by our catboys! Plus there’s lots of anime themed cocktails plus prizes, competitions and AMV’s on the big screens and this all takes place in the mega 2 story Gilkisons Dance Studio complex! (ﾉ´ヮ´)ﾉ*:･ﾟ✧
On the upper floor we have the awesome Pyon Gaming arena with their video game arena. Get ready to rumble, race and get your game on with multiple TV’s and a variety of different consoles. This is an absolutely awesome way to chill out and game on against friends and other fellow Neko Nation goers!
Welcome to a party that feels like a magical anime wonderland being brought to life! For anime fans and those with an interest in Japanese culture this is an event not to be missed, considered by many to be one of the major highlights of the anime scene all around Australia. Neko Nation welcomes veterans and newcomers with a friendly and loving atmosphere, this is one night not to be missed! ヽ(=^･ω･^=)丿
Neko Nation is Madman Anime Festival’s Official After Party
Exciting news to kick off 2017, Neko Nation has been chosen to host all the Madman Anime Festival after party events, which kicks off on March 4th 2017 in Perth. To celebrate this occasion, we will also be bringing in the amazing DJ S3RL, famous for his work on many anime, gaming and pop culture inspired hardcore tracks, including Princess Bubblegum, Neon Genesis, MTC and his remix of the Neko Nation anthem.
With ticketing for this event, there are two ways you can save by buying presale tickets in advance from either online or Tokyo Underground in person, which we recommend as our Perth shows with S3RL prove to be incredibly popular. If you don’t buy in advance but have an Madman Anime Festival pass you will still be charged the presale price on the door, if you’re one of the lucky people with a VIP Pass, even better as you’ll get free entry!
We will also be opening our doors one hour earlier, so you can head straight from Madman Anime Festival to Neko Nation Purrth and start partying. Expect all the usual awesome DJs, video gaming, firetwirlers, entertainers and free sushi served by catgirls and catboys as the perfect way to party hard on the most mega anime weekend of the year in Purrth!
Neko Nation Purrth
Caturday, March 4th 2017
♦ VENUE ♦
Gilkison Dance Studio
45 Murray Street
♦ TICKETS ♦
Madman Anime Festival VIP Pass Holders: Free!*
Presale Tickets: $20
Door with Madman Anime Festival Pass: $20
Standard Door Price: $30
*Please present VIP Pass and token to claim free entry
Featuring an amazing array of DJs, Neko Nation Purrth will feature a number of amazing DJs specialising in a variety of styles, whether it’s anime, video gaming, pop culture, Japanese music, K-Pop, electronica and more, we’ve got something to make you want to move. On the right you can find our lineup and below you can find bios about some of the DJs on the night. ヾ(⌐■_■)ノ♪
One of the world’s most legendary happy hardcore producers, his pop culture hardcore hits including the likes of Pika Girl, Princess Bubblegum, MTC, Neko Nation Anthem remix and more! In 2005 S3RL was signed by Kevin Energy and Sharkey’s Nu Energy Collective in 2005, being one of the first in Australia to be signed to a major hardcore label. S3RL was highly sought after by numerous record labels which would later lead to him creating one of the largest happy hardcore labels, EMFA Records.
S3RL’s popularity knows no bounds, with massive success worldwide, which has seen him travel all over the world, developing a large fan base across America, Europe, Japan and many other destinations across the world. S3RL has come off the back of an absolutely incredible 2016, he was the official support DJ for TeddyLoid, did an absolutely mega tour in America and recently had a successful DJ tour in Japan and 2017 is only going to get bigger and better as after a number of successful American anime convention after parties, he will be playing at his first official Australian anime convention after party!
Miss Meow has been Neko Nation Purrth and Adelaide’s resident J-Pop and K-Pop for a few years now. A massive fan of all things J-Pop and K-Pop, avid lover of PopAsia, cosplay and alpacas. Miss Meow is a mega talented star well known for her work in the convention, alternative and cosplay events scene and is looking forward to playing at Neko Nation Purrth!
Anime + J-Pop + J-Core
One of the biggest names in the Japanese music DJing scene having played a number of conventions across Australia including SMASH! (Sydney), AVCon (Adelaide), Furwag and has played support for TeddyLoid, Livetune, Yui Kanan, Hachioji P and more. One of the most versatile DJs in the pop culture scene who is excited to kick start 2017 in his hometown of Perth!
One of Perth’s most famous and experienced hardcore DJ’s. Oki Doki has been playing at a number of club events and raves around Perth for the likes of F.O.R.C.E., Nightmare Crew, Electrified and more. For this superstar Japanese DJ, Neko is her chance to play a wide variety of her favourite Japanese hardcore hits and fast paced anime remixes which are not to be missed!
2016 has been a big year for Synthwave and Neko Nation has celebrated that with a number of awesome Synthwave DJ’s who have joined Neko Nation last year and we’re looking to continue that in 2017. In Perth we have Mek, a long time lover of Synthwave both musically and aesthetically with his love of 80’s sci-fi films both good and cheesily bad. Once again prepare for an amazing retro futuristic trip with the sounds of Mek!
Some of you may know this man from his epic gaming setups not only conventions like Furwag & Neko. Now we are pleased to bring to you the Neko Nation Debut of DJ Fractals! With their first live event at furwag getting an encore request, he’s sure to get your ears twitching with some epic gaming tunes!
By far the most experienced DJ Neko Nation has to offer, Razz has been a resident DJ at numerous Gilkison Dance Studio events, clubs, boat parties and is quite well known in the Perth DJ party scene. He brings to Neko one of the bizarrest sets Neko Nation has to offer and that is Bubblegum Pop, 90’s cheese, for some it’s the most amazing set and music you’ll hear, for some it’ll be the most cringiest set you can imagine, either way it’s always gotten quite a reaction and popular with those who love it!
Video Gaming Section
In the upstairs room we will be having an entire room dedicated to video gaming. Game on with friends and fellow Neko attendees to prove yourself in a wide variety of games or just to chill out and have fun! Thanks to our friends at Pyon Gaming we’ve got a wide variety of video games and consoles so there’s something for everybody to enjoy! o(^▽^)o
Poi, Hoop and Fire Performances
Things will start to heat up once thanks to our amazing poi, hoop and fire performers!
Sages hoop journey started as just a basic movement therapy after an accident, but soon progressed into an absolute love for circles. Add in flashing lights, multiple hoops and now fire, her passion for hoop dance just keeps growing!
“This is more than just a sacred circle, this is my lifestyle. I hoop because when my body spins, my mind doesn’t. And hey, good vibes come to those who play!”
Probably one of Perth’s most spectacular fire performers. MissObscene, has made a massive name for herself in everything that she does, whether it’s through modelling, photography, freak show performances and of course fire performances for numerous events around Perth including Twisted Vaudeville Circus, Incursion and more. Always stunning, sexy and spectacular, MissObscene will be bringing one hot performance to Neko!
He’s been one of Neko Nation Sydney’s top dancers and has been absolutely amazing with twirling and poi on stage at Neko Sydney events. A talented firetwirler and eater, due to venue restrictions in Sydney he had to make his fire debut at Neko Nation Purrth. Incredibly talented in his ability to manipulate fire, we are excited to have Salamander put on an amazing fire show for Perth!
Stuff It Creations
There will be a stall for all your cat accessory needs. Whether it’s paws, claws or much much more, Stuff It Creations are known across Australia as one of the best creators of amazing hand made accessories. With a wide variety options of styles and colours, there’s plenty to choose from and if not they’re happy to do custom orders!
We will have free balloon making with the incredibly talented Aaron Smyth. Aaron Smyth is one of the best balloon artists in Australia, having taken out the best party entertainment award in the Australian Whats on 4 Junior’s awards for 2014, 2015 and 2016. You won’t believe some of the amazing things he can create! He will be available from 7pm-9pm in the upstairs area.
The Project Glitter girls are taking WA by storm! A crack team of Perth’s most badass glitter addicts will coat you in as much sparkly stuff as your heart can handle. For a small fee, you get get shiny and become extremely glittering!
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!
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, teenagers can pilot mecha anyways.
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! For this event, we definitely encourage you to come straight from Madman Anime Festival with your amazing cosplays and outfits.
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), look non threatening, (guns and swords are generally a no-go, compared to staffs and wands) and can be holstered while moving. 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.
How do I bring my ticket to the event?
You can display the ticket using one of three methods:
– Displaying the ticket on e-mail on your phone
– Displaying the ticket by downloading the free Eventbrite app on your phone
– A printed paper copy of the ticket
If I buy a presale ticket and also have a Madman Anime Festival pass, will I get a further discount?
No, there is no further discount for having both bought in advance and having an Madman Anime Festival pass
What time will S3RL’s set be?
This will be announced closer to the date, we will be aiming for his 90 minute set to be finished before midnight, most likely earlier.
How can I contact the organiser?
Via e-mail, email@example.com, please note emails must be sent within 24 hours of the event will not be replied to before the event.
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