Summer of Sonic 2012 To Remain Free; Tickets Required

Summer of Sonic 2012 To Remain Free; Tickets Required

by April 3, 2012

But Venue Outside of London Proper Probable

Today, Summer of Sonic co-organizer Svend Joscelyne further detailed early plans for the UK’s Summer of Sonic convention.  In a welcome but surprising move given Sega of America’s $20 charge for tickets to Sonic Boom, Joscelyne confirmed the event will remain free to attend.

“All you need to worry about is getting your lovely selves down to the venue,” Joscelyne quipped.

But to do that, you’ll absolutely need a ticket this year.  Joscelyne says those tickets will be offered in waves on dates yet to be determined–making them even hotter commodities than they were last year, when tickets were gone in a matter of hours.

“In the past, we’ve allowed a queue to form for those without early-access tickets, so that as many people can enjoy the day as possible. As SoS gets bigger, it’s now unfeasible to do this,” Joscelyne explained. “So you will need a ticket for entry. If you don’t get a ticket, you won’t be allowed in. Sorry.”

Furthermore, due to the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, the venue itself, typically within the city proper, may move outside city limits to accommodate what’s expected to be a huge crowd amid a huge tourism season.

“For 2012, we’re expecting a huge turnout – we’re looking at venues that can hold at least 2000 people – and as a result it is becoming harder to secure a definitive location in central London,” Joscelyne said.

More news should be coming in the next couple of weeks, which we will relay here.  In the meantime, one has to wonder why SOS will remain free while Boom is not; and it may eventually force Sega of America to justify why that is the case, especially if the company in whole is suffering financially.  We’ll search for answers on that front, but in the meantime, tell us if you think the current setup is fair below in the comments.  Thanks to AugieD who tipped us on Twitter.