ALT 98.7 Presents: Big Adventure Festival 2018

Costa Mesa, CA

From time to time, we like to clue our readers in on interesting musical events or theatrical happenings or general cultural arts festivities.  Well, today, we've got something that kind of combines a little bit of everything, and given the inclinations you probably already have if you're a reader of this site, this festival might be very appealing.

The first-ever Big Adventure Festival is a Frankenstein'd combination music, comedy, cosplay, gaming, sci-fi, fantasy, comic con, and all around nerd festival coming to the OC Fairgrounds this November.  Yes, that's the same site as the OC Fair (starting today, by the way!), hosting two days of all things funny and groovy and nerd culture (for lack of a better phrase).  The musical line up is full of alternative and indie artists, while the Dance Stage will host a series of rising EDM artists.  That's before you get to the comedy lineup, which features heavy hitters and brilliant stand-up comics you've seen on TV, movies, and comedy clubs around.

 Festival lineup poster courtesy of Big Adventure Festival.

Festival lineup poster courtesy of Big Adventure Festival.

Usually, festivals stick to one genre, but Big Adventure seems determined to blend multiple interests together.  Fortunately, the resulting combination looks to be an exceptionally fun time.  Tickets go on sale today, and the discounted Early Bird passes are sure to go fast.  If you feel like you'll be in need of some cheering up after Halloween passes this autumn, go check out Big Adventure Festival! It's sure to be an exciting time!

From the press release:

ALT 98.7 PRESENTS BIG ADVENTURE
Music • Comedy • Cosplay • Gaming • Sci-Fi • Fantasy • Comic Con Festival
Set For Saturday, November 3 & Sunday, November 4
At The OC Fair & Event Center In Orange County, CA

Music Performances By
Empire Of The Sun, Modest Mouse, Phantogram, Cold War Kids, What So Not, Rusko, Feed Me, Bro Safari & More

Plus Comedy Sets By
Patton Oswalt, Jim Jefferies, Kristen Schaal, Rhys Darby, Natasha Leggero & Many More

General Early Bird Tickets On Sale Friday, July 13 At 10:00 a.m. PT

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Gear up for the must-see event of the year happening this fall, Alt 98.7 Presents Big Adventure — a brand-new music, comedy, cosplay, gaming, sci-fi, fantasy, and comic con festival, coming to the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, CA on Saturday, November 3 and Sunday, November 4. Serving as a celebration of pop culture and fandom of all sorts, Alt 98.7 Presents Big Adventure is a one-of-a-kind entertainment experience, set to immerse attendees in a world where comics, sci-fi, fantasy, and gaming collide with music and comedy.

During the day, attendees will have the opportunity to see some of their favorite cast members and special guests during the TV, Film, Gaming, and Comic Book panels, participate in interactive fan experiences, VR, laser tag, table top and video gaming, and tech demos, and visit the artist alley where some of the comic book industry's top artists and creators will be speaking about their craft, selling artwork, meeting fans and signing autographs. In the evening, the focus will shift to live performances, when fans will witness sets from acclaimed comedians including Patton Oswalt and Jim Jefferies, along with some of today's top alternative and dance music artists including Empire Of The Sun, Modest Mouse, Phantogram, Cold War Kids, What So Not, Rusko, and many more, spread across three entertainment stages.

 Festival map courtesy of Big Adventure Festival

Festival map courtesy of Big Adventure Festival

Produced by Synergy Global Entertainment (SGE), Alt 98.7 Presents Big Adventure will also boast a massive comic con exhibitor village, a marketplace with a variety of handmade and exclusive items, carnival rides and games, and wandering cosplay performers.

"More than just a comic con, more than just a festival, Big Adventurereally is a one-of-a-kind celebration of pop culture and fandom in all forms," says Big Adventure co-producer Rob Tweedie. "I've waited in my fair share of comic con lines over the years, sometimes even overnight. I love the tangible, face-to-face fan experience and the freedom to be yourself that the cons offer. Our goal is to combine that great sense of wonder and community with the excitement and energy of an outdoor festival to create an authentic entertainment event that is truly unique and out-of-this-world. Big Adventure has been a passion project for us at SGE for a while and we're buzzing with excitement to see it come to life with all of you."

The performance lineup for Alt 98.7 Presents Big Adventure is as follows (subject to change):

  • Live Stage:

    Empire Of The Sun, Modest Mouse, Phantogram, Cold War Kids, Echos, Nvdes, Allie X, and Party Nails
 Modest Mouse will be among the bands playing at this unique festival. Photo by James Joiner, courtesy of Big Adventure Festival.

Modest Mouse will be among the bands playing at this unique festival. Photo by James Joiner, courtesy of Big Adventure Festival.

  • Comedy Stage:

    Patton Oswalt, Jim Jefferies, Baron Vaughn, Emo Philips, Hari Kondabolu, Kristen Schaal, Maria Bamford, Natasha Leggero, Rhys Darby, and Ron Funches, hosted by April Richardson and Marcella Arguello
  • Dance Stage:

    What So Not, Rusko, Bro Safari, Feed Me, Bonnie X Clyde, Luca Lush, Party Thieves, Ducky, Nitti Gritti, and Chime
 Ducky is one of many electronic artists to be featured.  Photo by Sean Moore, courtesy of Big Adventure Festival.

Ducky is one of many electronic artists to be featured.  Photo by Sean Moore, courtesy of Big Adventure Festival.

A preliminary list of participating comic companies include Skybound, Kodansha Comics, Boom! Studios, and Top Cow Productions. Comic artists will include Andrew Robinson, Andy Belanger, Chris Burnham, Ivan Brandon, Matt Hawkins, Nick Dragotta, Andy Kuhn, Robert Wilson IV, Ande Parks, Brent Schoonover, Farel Dalrymple, Jai Nitz, Justin Greenwood, Matt Horak, Matt Wilson, Matthew Southworth, Morgan Breem, Ramon Villalobos, Brian Level, Tess Stone, Tim Doyle, and many more to be announced.

General tickets for Alt 98.7 Presents Big Adventure go on sale Friday, July 13 at 10:00 a.m. PT at www.BigAdventureFest.com, with Early Bird Single Day tickets starting at $39.50 (plus fees) and Early Bird Weekend tickets starting at $69.50 (plus fees), while supplies last. A limited number of Single Day and Weekend VIP packages will also be available for purchase:

VIP Lounge + Festival AdmissionStarting at $99.50

  • One VIP festival admission ticket (Saturday or Sunday)
  • Dedicated VIP entry lane into Big Adventure festival
  • Big Adventure VIP laminate
  • Limited edition poster
  • Priority access to comedy show seated ticket raffle, located inside the VIP area
    *VIP Lounge package does not guarantee seating within the comedy shows, however it does give you a better chance to grab a ticket to the show from the comedy show tickets area by entering the comedy show seated ticket raffle, located inside the VIP area.
  • Access to Big Adventure VIP Lounge which includes:
    • Comfortable areas to hang out and relax
    • Giant games and photo op areas
    • Viewing area of The Hangar Music Stage
    • Access to Baja Blues Beach Club with bar and food available for purchase
    • VIP restrooms

Weekend VIP Lounge + Festival AdmissionStarting at $198.50

  • One VIP festival admission ticket to both Saturday and Sunday
  • Dedicated VIP entry lane into Big Adventure festival
  • Big Adventure VIP laminate
  • Limited edition poster
  • Priority access to comedy show seated ticket raffle, locate inside the VIP area
    *VIP Lounge package does not guarantee seating within the comedy shows, however it does give you a better chance to grab a ticket to the show from the comedy show tickets area by entering the comedy show seated ticket raffle, locate inside the VIP area.
  • Access to Big Adventure VIP Lounge which includes:
    • Comfortable areas to hang out and relax
    • Giant games and photo op areas
    • Viewing area of The Hangar Music Stage
    • Access to Baja Blues Beach Club with bar and food available for purchase
    • VIP restrooms

Ultimate VIP
Comedy & Panel Preferred Seating + VIP Lounge + Festival AdmissionStarting at $249.50

  • One VIP festival admission ticket (Saturday or Sunday)
  • Dedicated VIP entry lane into Big Adventure festival
  • Big Adventure VIP laminate
  • Limited edition poster
  • Big Adventure sponsor swag bag with cool stuff
  • Priority line for entry into daily panels with VIP seating within rows 1-2
  • Priority line for entry into comedy show with VIP seating within rows 1-2
    *Seating is available on a first come, first served basis. Ultimate VIP seating closes 5 minutes prior to show start time. Don't be late!
  • Access to Big Adventure VIP Lounge which includes:
    • Comfortable areas to hang out and relax
    • Giant games and photo op areas
    • Viewing area of The Hangar Music Stage
    • Access to Baja Blues Beach Club with bar and food available for purchase
    • VIP restrooms

Alt 98.7 Presents Big Adventure is proud to partner with the following sponsors in its inaugural year: Angel City Brewing, Corona, Kraken Rum, Cosmic Fog, Rockstar Energy Drink, Musicians Institute, Mike's HARDER, and D-Link.

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