Neko Purrth 2018 Event Guide
It’s not too long to go till the final Neko Nation Purrth 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 Happy Hardcore legend S3RL, anime and video gaming superstar D-Jadeabella and K-Pop queen Dakumeow.
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 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 very fast ticket sales and we’re looking at a possible sellout! 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!
Tickets can be bought online at Eventbrite, when you purchase your ticket there, it will be sent to your inbox. Download the .pdf ticket file to your phone and show it to the door person, a printed copy is not required.
Alternatively hard copy tickets can be purchased from Tokyo Underground
ID: You will need current (not expired) photo ID, there are a variety of photo ID that can be provided:
Drivers License: Any state, learners driver permits are accepted if they have a photograph
Photo Card or Proof of Age Card: WA or an interstate equivalent
Passport: Any nationality
Keypass card: Australia post issued 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
Gilkison Dance Studio is located just outside the Perth CBD area and it is close to the Perth train station with nearby parking. It is located away from the main nightclubbing district, making it a safer area to avoid the Northbridge crowds. Plus Gilkison Dance Studio is a super amazing 2 storey ballroom, nightclub and bar hybrid!
Public Transport: Gilkison Dance Studio is a short walk from the Perth Train Station, it’s around a 5 minute walk down Murray Street Mall till you find the lights of Gilkison Dance Studio. Please keep in mind trains are limited late at night, with the last train for most lines at 2:15am.
Car: There are two main carparks near the venue. Fire Station carpark is at the end of Murray Street, and can also be access by Hay Street, the cheapest and closest option. There is another car park near the Kings Hotel on Hay Street, this is a 24 hour multi level car park, this is a more secure option.
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 club events in Australia where people feel safe cosplaying, so cosplay is highly encouraged! We also more than encourage alternative, 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, especially 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: Gilkison does have air conditioning and industrial fans however the temperature does increase when more people enter the venue. While this show will not be taking place in the warmth of March, we recommend avoiding 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 Genji and Hanzo 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.
Drinks: The venue will have a great multitude of drinks both alcoholic and non-alcoholic available. 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 air conditioning, industrial fans and free water available at both bars, so please make the most of this to stay safe and hydrated. Try to also take advantage of chillout areas and venue passouts 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. With a wide variety of DJs and performers there will be something for everyone. Plus there will be an amazing ballroom dancing floor to dance on, amazing sound, lighting and décor to provide an amazing atmosphere for you to enjoy the night!
S3RL: Well known video gaming, anime and pop culture happy hardcore DJ. Famous for his high energy tracks such as Kamehameha, Space Invaders, Pika Girl, Hentai, Neko Nation Anthem and more! He is currently on his 2018 final world tour and this will be his only Perth stop and your last chance to catch him before he retires!
Jadeabella: Neko Nation’s most beloved anime, gaming and pop culture DJ, she’s been one of our most popular DJs at every Neko Nation show and international events. Presenting stunning cosplays, high energy behind the decks and super upbeat anime, gaming and pop culture tracks, it will be her first DJ set in Perth!
Dakumeow: One of the biggest names in the K-Pop DJ scene in Australia, she’s made her name around numerous events across Australia and alongside a performance for KCDC she will be creating a big bang for the K-Pop hour, of power, power!
Performances: We will have an amazing array of performances from KCDC, Stelluna and Miss Nightfeathers they will perform amazing dances based off Love Live, K-Pop and anime. There will also be performers throughout the night specialising in LED and Fire.
Local DJs: We have a wide variety of local DJs from Perth who will be playing a variety of music from and inspired by anime, video games, pop culture, synthwave, bubblegum pop and more!
Neko Nation isn’t just all about the music and on the dancefloor, you’ll be able to enjoy your time away from the dancefloor. Whether it’s socialising at the bar, playing some video games or getting free sushi from our catgirls, we’ll make sure you’ll have a fun night where you’re being looked after!
Free sushi served by catgirls and catboys: Neko Nation’s famous catgirls and catboys will be serving free sushi for all our attendees, we’ve got a wide variety of tasty sushi from premier sushi train restaurant Jaws. That’s not all, our catgirls will be serving free candy, glowsticks! Our catgirls and catboys are going to help make your night even more amazing!
Photobooth: Our friends at Vespa 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 Pyon Gaming, we have got an amazing array of video games on a variety of consoles where you’ll be able to race, fight and score your way to victory. Plus we’ll be giving this room a shiny LED makeover this show!
Project Glitter: We will be having an amazing glitter and make up team on site who will be able to do amazing work transforming our guests for a fee that we highly recommend checking out!
Bar Area: There will be plenty of drinks available from multiple bars in the venue. The main bar will have a wide variety of drinks, including the ability to mix your drinks and our amazing custom cocktails inspired by animes and video games. For those less fussy there is a secondary bar specialising in popular bottled drinks for those who want fast service.
Countdown to Neko Nation Purrth