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Musicians and Vendors for 2015

May 10, 2015 in Guest Announcement, Programming by Darkly

We’ve done quite a few VIP guest announcements lately, most of whom work on My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. Let’s change it up a bit, yeah?

Every year, we bring you some of our favorite vendors, artists and musicians from within the brony community out to TrotCon so they can do their, you know, thing — whether that’s sell you their lovely wares, draw you a pic of your OC suplexing Guy Fieri through a table, create lovely music for your listening pleasure, or maybe all three if they’re particularly ballin’.

This year is no different! Today, we’d like to announce the official lineup for our 2015 concert/rave, as well as the full list of vendors in our Artist Acres!

First, the music: get ready, because just like last year, we’ll be starting the tunes on Friday night with a mini show to get you warmed up. Then we’ll ramp things up Saturday, first with a set from our two full bands, then we’ll get back into rave mode for the rest of the evening.

Who’s playing? For the third year in a row, Odyssey Eurobeat, known to many of you as Eurobeat Brony, will be part of the festivities, and we’re also bringing out Chang31ing, Aftermath, Mogul Dash and Green Tinted Goggles, all of whom have been with us since the first TrotCon concert back in 2013. KnifePony, Steven A.D. and the Shake-Ups in Ponyville are also former TrotCon performers coming back for 2015.

In addition to them, we’ll have quite a few first-timers, among them BluNoseReindeer, The Wonderbolts, Notica, IvoryBrony, Starlight, StrachAttack, (The) R3ctifier and DJ pinkamenaX! Far out, dudes.

We’ve been slowly revealing the vendor list for 2015, but now the full list is available! You already knew about Pirate Dash’s Treasures, Chocolate Pony and Equestria Tarot, KefkaFloyd Prints & Art, Tsitra360 and the like–now, how about our newest, including Aleximus Prime’s Art, the New Gray Mare and many, many more? Get the full list over on our website, yeah?

Now we just need to get our panelist lineup in order, and then suddenly this is gonna be looking like a ready-to-go convention. We’re stoked. We hope you are, too.

Come hang at TrotCon 2015 at the Crowne Plaza Columbus North in Columbus, Ohio, from July 17-19! Badges are still available through next month, $45 for the full weekend, with sponsor badges also available.

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Our Schedule is up!

June 8, 2014 in Programming by Darkly

Our schedule for the 2014 event is here! Check it out at the link below:

Schedule

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Musicians and Panels!

April 25, 2014 in Guest Announcement, Programming by Darkly

We at TrotCon hope your spring’s going great, because before you know it, it’ll be over — and we’ll be celebrating the end of the season and the beginning of summer with a big ol’ blowout at TrotCon.

As the sun sets on spring and ushers in summer, we’ll be having our own Summer Sun Celebration with a plethora of musical guests. Over not one, but two nights, we’ll be pleasing your ears with the sounds of some of the best of what the fandom has to offer, starting Friday night with our rock showcase. Hard rocker Cyril the Wolf will be our main headliner, with some delicious lead-up action from Survivors of the Siege, the Shakeups in Ponyville and Jeff Burgess. Afterward, we’ll be closing out the evening with a combo of musicians and rappers, including Nexgen and Aoshi.

As for Saturday night? It’s all rave, baby. For the second year in a row, Eurobeat Brony will play the hits for you fine folk, kicking the party into full gear with some of the fandom’s biggest songs. Around him is a smattering of electronic musicians all rearing and ready to get you dancing from early in the evening until late, late, late into the night. You’ll need a cold shower and some breakfast once this is over, because it’s gonna be morning.

At various points over the two days, we’ll have Illinois’ own pony music veteran 7th Element, Los Angeles up-and-comer DJ Garnika, hard-hitting duo Knife Pony, Columbus’ own SMOR3S and a flurry of others. In fact, how about we run down the whole list?

Come to TrotCon to see: Eurobeat Brony, Cyril the Wolf, 7th Element, Additive Subtractive, Aftermath, Aoshi, Chang31ing, DJ Garnika, DJ Lupo B, DJ Tetsuo, Green Tinted Goggles, Jeff Burgess and the Bad Mares, Knife Pony, LizardRock, Mogul Dash, Nexgen, PhillyPu, PonyFireStone, Purity 36.0, SMOR3S, Sonic Breakbeat, Survivors of the Siege, The Shakeups in Ponyville and YourEnigma.

But as the late and great Billy Mays might say, we’re not done!

We also have the first wave of our panel programming announced for TrotCon 2014. You’ll come for the big-name guests like Andrea Libman, Peter New and Heather Breckel, but stay for the extensive amount of programming we’ll offer around the clock from the moment the convention opens until the end of closing ceremonies.

Want to see Chelis, brony stand-up comedian extraordinaire? TrotCon’s got you covered. A panel on how messed up G1 My Little Pony could be? Again, you’re good. How the military and bronies can — and do — intersect? Of course! A plethora of fanfiction panels? Get those pens ready. Improv and episode transcript reading in crazy voices? We thought you’d never ask. We’ll even be featuring the wedding of our very own con-chair, Darkly Cute — and you’re invited! Check out a partial list of panels here, with more to come.

Sound like a good time? Then come on out to TrotCon, this June 20-22 at the Sheraton Columbus at Capitol Square in Columbus, Ohio, and help us celebrate this amazing fandom.

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Musician Application Deadline Change

January 28, 2014 in Programming by Darkly

We had a great time at TrotCon 2013 with Eurobeat Brony, F3nning and many, many more taking our stage during Saturday night’s rave — so much so that, of course, we decided to do it all over again for 2014 — adding a night of music in the process.

However, even though we’ve increased the performance slots available at TrotCon, we’ve still hit our limit — and then some! — and we still have a little less than three months to go before our original musician application deadline of April 26. As a result, we are going to be closing musician applications for TrotCon 2014 a few months early.

The new deadline to submit musician applications will be Feb. 6 at 6 p.m. ET. — in other words, a week from this Thursday. After that, we’ll be closing submissions and beginning the simultaneously exciting and harrowing process of narrowing down our applicants to a nice, sound lineup. By closing applications early, we’re hopeful this will also allow a more convenient window of time for selected musicians to make travel arrangements to Columbus, Ohio, in June, if and when they are chosen.

All other applications — panelists, artists and staff — will remain with their original deadlines, unless otherwise specified in the future.

Want to apply to be a musician for TrotCon? Anyone can, whether you have some talent dropping the wubs, tickling the ivories or rocking the heck out of that kazoo. All we need is some basic information and a URL linking to a sample of your tunes — be it on Soundcloud, YouTube or otherwise. Check out the application here (http://trotcon.net/programming/music-app/).