I usually keep this blog pretty light, but I have to get up on the old soapbox for just a bit. Feel free to skip this post if you’re not interested in any controversies, but since I think I probably retweeted something about the Sherlocked convention at some point, I feel the need to put out this post. The official convention will again take place in London, in September. This is the second annual event, last year’s having been a big success.
I love BBC’s Sherlock as much as anybody, and when it comes to Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, anyone who reads this blog knows I’m a fan of both. The event is by Hartswood Films, the company behind Sherlock, and the producers and creators of that show will be attending the event. That includes Mark Gatiss, Steven Moffat and Sue Vertue. The other guest that has been confirmed at this point is Natasha O’Keeffe, from the recent Victorian-era special The Abominable Bride.
You will notice that Benedict and Martin have not been confirmed to be appearing.
Regular one-day passes for the event are 35 British pounds, or around $50 American. Already a little pricey, but if you’re a big fan and are dying to go, okay. The two highest types of tickets, however, are causing quite a ruckus, particularly the VIP pass. This three-day pass guarantees the buyer autographs and photo shoots with the guests, along with a lot of swag and special VIP treatment. All for the low, low price of 3,000 pounds, or $4,280. Any way you cut it, that’s a lotta cabbage.
If you buy a ticket on the hopes that the two main stars will be there, it’s a big gamble. If Benedict and/or Martin cannot appear due to work commitments (very highly likely), then there are no refunds. Now, as nice as it would be to meet Steven and Sue and Mark and anybody else who signs up, you know that if someone pays over $4k for a VIP ticket, they really want to meet the two main stars. And from the comments I’ve seen, there are folks out there who are willing to break the bank to fly out to London (already a lot of dough), and fork over that much money.
Unless you have money to burn, and I mean the loss of $4,000 to you isn’t worth balancing your checkbook for, then please think twice — or four times — about buying a VIP ticket! For one thing, there are other ways to meet the stars if you’re just dying to (Benedict, for instance, does theater upon occasion and almost always signs autographs at the door).
If you still want to go and take the chance on who will be appearing, there is a somewhat cheaper alternative ticket, and that is the Platinum Pass, which still gives you an autograph and a photo shoot with the guests (just not as many as the VIP ticket), and goes for 595 pounds, or just shy of $850. Still pricey, but at least it’s not as much as the down payment on a house.
You can get more details about the event here on the official website. It looks like a lot of fun, but just fair warning to be careful and make sure you know what it is you’re buying. You can see a complete list of all each ticket level buys you when you click on that level, so make sure to check it all out before purchasing. Nonrefundable is nonrefundable!
While $4,000+ is a lot of money, I have to say that unfortunately it’s not unusual for celebrity meet and greets to come with huge price tags. In listening to a podcast a while back I learned that the podcaster shelled out $2,500 to get a picture taken with Britney Spears. Seriously. I can’t remember the last time Britney Spears was actually relevant (catty, I know, but true). I can’t help but think how much better it would be if that money had gone to an animal rescue group instead.
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