We are still in negotiations with 2 major Lord of the Rings guests! If they confirm they can attend then we will let you all know. However, for those of you holding out for them, please don't! The only reason I am answering this point is because it has been so widely talked about and as such, needs clarification. However, as I am sure you are all aware, we do not comment on guests until they are confirmed, and so I cannot, and will not tell you who the two are. Indeed, I wish that they were just surprises if we managed to get them, rather than people holding out and expecting them to be announced.
Ultimately, if the line up is good enough for you at the moment then great! If it is not then do not travel, or pin your hopes on other people being announced. If they are, then great, but do not expect it. Treat it as a surprise if it happens. But to answer your original question, we are still talking to people!
You cant seal a guest on the day its impossible, or it would defiently seem it. so you will know if a guest is coming before hand, but by your post you are hinting of having the guest as a suprise. do you think a surprise on the day would be fair on people, when you will have sealed that guest before the shows dates, also having the chance to tell fans he/she is going? even if its a day before the event people will travel to attend to see that major guest.
maybe you want it as a suprise so you dont get the same sized crowds and chaos as Collectormania 4. that would seem to be the only reason i can think of.
You said if we seal the guest/s and they can come we will let you all know.. and other posts such as .."as soon as we know..we will let you know"
How could this be true though because with a suprise guest you wont let us know till the day, and only the people attending will be informed. Suely you can't justify a supirse guest as "when the guest is confirmed...we'll let you know"...you will know if they're going a day or more before, but we wont be told about the guests confirmation untill the day or hour or not even being told at all (being at the right place at the right time basis). This will leave alot of fans devestated, and the fans attending angry because if they knew this certain guest was going then they wouldn't have been waiting in line for a different guest which might make them unable to see the 'suprise' guest.
I WOULD like an answer please as i have asked a question, plus you visit the C5 section everyday and will be reading this, i would see no reason why you can't give a response.
I am going to the event no matter what..not really for the guests but to see friends, and a suprise to me is great, but i still want to know.
Im totally agreeing with you on this, i must admit I got alittle worried when I read sm reply aswell.
Warning bells started to ring, i mean c4 was good but it was crazy aswell, what better to cut down the mass rush at c5 then to announce the guests on the day??? Im really hoping im wrong on this.
The thing is, the line up is great at the mo but Ive met all these tonz of times, so as Im short of money it doesn't really warrant spending more money to see these guys again ( as much as i love them lol ) but if a major lotr guest was added I would be there like a shot.
I must agree there would be plenty of fans pissed if you had the guests just turn up on the day- now that wouldn't be fair.
What im really wanting to know is, perhaps a couple of days before c5, are you going to let us know or not?
implying that SMs are withholding guest names to avoid a crush at C5 is blatant scare mongering as this reaction illustrates
i advise anyone who thinks SMs are witholding names unnecessarily to read through the reasons why they can't announce before a certain point in negotiations