Mega Preparation Guide! – Neko Sydney 2018
It’s not too long to go till Neko Nation Sydney and we’ve got one absolutely amazing and exciting show for you to enjoy!
For you to make the most out of Neko Nation, we’ve created this guide so you can enjoy Neko Nation to supercharged levels of maximum fun. Below you’ll find a guide which will help you prepare your night, including handy tips on what you need to bring, how to prepare and how to make the absolute most of your night. So if you’re new to Neko Nation or an experienced fan who needs a few tips to make the most of the show, see below!
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, including famous names such as Youtube sensation The Living Tombstone, Happy Hardcore legend S3RL and SBS Popasia host and DJ Andy Trieu.
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, photobooth, our famous catgirls and catboys serving free sushi, candy cupcakes and more!
Check out our preview video and our past show videos to learn more!
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. This show has had our fastest ticket sales in history, our earlybirds sold out within a day! Door tickets might be available but if so they might be limited, so it’s recommended to buy in advance, plus it’s cheaper too!
With Eventbrite and Oztix, you will be able to display your tickets in a number of ways on the door:
– Via the Eventbrite App on mobile (Free to download on Android and iOS)
– Via E-mail on mobile (please show the pdf of the ticket not the confirmation email)
– A printed paper copy
ID: You will need current (not expired) photo ID, there are 5 official forms of ID that are accepted, these include
- Passport (any nationality)
- Drivers License (Any State)
- Proof of ID (Any State)
- Keypass identity card (any state)
- NSW Photo Card
Birth certificates, student IDs and mecha licenses do not count. (mecha licenses are for teenagers anyways)
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
Max Watts is conveniently located just outside the CBD in the entertainment district, as this venue is near the likes of SCG, Allianz Stadium, Fox Studios, parking and public transport is quite good in this area.
Public Transport: Get to central station and there are numerous buses you can take to the venue including 339, 372, 374, 393, M10, M50 to Anzac Road. It is a short walk from the main road to the venue.
Buses are limited after 11:30pm, but Uber/Taxi’s to Central are cheap and there is a taxi rank outside the venue. There are numerous hotel options which you will be able to find on Google if you are planning to spend the night there.
Car: There is plenty of parking near the venue.
Groups and meetups (Sydney Area): We encourage people to organise groups and meetups in the Neko Nation Sydney group. We are looking at seeing if we can organise a pre party event in the CBD area.
Groups and meetups (Newcastle Area): There is a special Neko Nation train trip planned by one of our catboys, which will allow you to get to and from the event safely and also pass the time on the long trip to and from the event! Full details here.
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 encouraged: 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 cosplay props, dance props (poi, hoops) 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, with people dancing and drinking.
If you must bring a prop please make sure it is able to meet the following three criteria:
– It is made of weaker and safer materials like foam or plastic (not wood or metal)
– It does not look dangerous or threatening in real life, wands and shields are fine (guns and realistic swords are not)
– It can be put away safely and only taken out for photos and not for swinging on the dancefloor
Reduce Layers: Max Watts 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 or items such as trenchcoats, armour, etc.
Sexy Cosplays: While many cons we have family friendly policies towards cosplay that ban “sexy cosplays”, Neko Nation is an 18+ event and we do not have any restrictions on more revealing outfits. There is a strong Cosplay is not Consent policy with our event for those worried about wanting to be safe with this option. (Please see a staff member with a lanyard or security guard)
Looking after yourself
Attitude: 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 or a staff member immediately. Everyone deserves to be treated with respect and a right to a good night, even Hanzo and Genji mains.
Cloak Room: If you have brought any big bags or large coats or jackets, you’re more than welcome to use the venues cloak room facility, this will be $5/item.
Passouts: We are proud to announce that we will have passouts in this new venue unlike many of our past venues. This will mean that you are free to leave and enter the building with a valid ticket! The venue is air conditioned but due to the number of people we are expecting at the event, the best way to cool down will be outside and there are numerous benches and safe chillout areas outdoors.
Drinks: The venue will have a great multitude of alcoholic drinks of selection. We encourage everyone to enjoy their drinking and avoid being severely intoxicated, limit your drinks, look after your friends, space out your drinks and enjoy some non-alcoholic drinks too. If you are driving, please do not drink and drive.
Stay Hydrated: Remember to drink plenty of water throughout the night, especially if drinking and/or dancing a lot. We will have free water available, so please make the most of this to stay safe and hydrated. Try to also take advantage of chillout areas and passout to have breaks to also help stay cool.
DJs + Performers
Neko Nation has a wide variety of entertainment on offer, including three major headliners, three awesome performances and incredibly array of local DJs.
The Living Tombstone: A mega Youtube, Video Gaming and Pop Culture DJ based in America. Famous for his work inspired by the likes of Spooky Scary Skeletons, Overwatch, Super Mario Bros, Five Night’s At Freddy’s, Ghostbusters, My Little Pony and more!
S3RL: Well known video gaming, anime and pop culture happy hardcore DJ. Famous for his high energy tracks such as Princess Bubblegum, Music Is My Saviour, Space Invaders, Pika Girl, Hentai, Neko Nation Anthem and more!
Andy Trieu: Host and star of SBS PopAsia. Considered the prince of K-Pop in Australia, he is set to make a Big Bang as he is part of the K-Pop hour, of power, power!
Performances: We will have an amazing array of performances from Muse, Play Girls and VINA, they will perform amazing songs and dances based off animes, video games and K-Pop.
Local DJs: We have a wide variety of local DJs from Sydney and Melbourne who will be playing Japanese music, anime songs and remixed, video gaming inspired tunes, K-Pop and pop-culture inspired hits and remixes.
Free sushi served by catgirls and catboys: Neko Nation’s famous catgirls and catboys will be serving free sushi for all our attendees, make sure you make it in early to grab lots of free sushi. That’s not all, our catgirls will be serving free candy, glowsticks and even cupcakes! Our catgirls and catboys are going to help make your night even more amazing!
Photobooth: Our friends at Little Raven Photography will be having a photobooth where you’ll be able to take amazing photos of your outfits and cosplays, definitely make the most of this earlier in the night before heading onto the dancefloor!
Video Gaming: Thanks to our friends at Sydney Gaymers, we will be having a mega video gaming room for you to chill, jump, race, fight (not irl, pls!), your way to victory.
Balloons: We will have the amazing Georgie Loons making free balloon artistry on the night. A specialist in anime and LED balloons, check her out earlier in the night near the photobooth!
Bar Area: There will be plenty of drinks available from multiple bars in the venue. The drinking areas has a number of seats and balcony to watch the action.
Countdown to Neko Nation Sydney