The cast of Stranger Things and E.T are coming to Manchester for huge sci-fi convention

Sci-fi fans are in for a huge treat this December as a science fiction film convention is coming to town – along with some of the cast members from a mixture of classic and current blockbusters.

If you own a Netflix account and aren’t familiar with Stranger Things – first of all, what have you been watching?

Secondly – navigate to the hit series immediately and binge-watch until your hearts content. You won’t regret it.

Set in Indiana in the year 1983, a young boy goes missing and the rest of his family and friends get together to find out what is happening in their town. Things get very strange when a young girl with a shaved head appears.

Attending this year’s sci-fi extravaganza are Gaten Matarazzo and Caleb McLaughlin who play Dustin and Lucas in Stranger Things. You’ll even get the chance to snap a photo on Will’s couch while Winona Ryder’s alphabet and Christmas lights communication technique will also be featured.

The convention will be recreating some world-famous sci-fi sets and scenes fully equipped with original props and costumes. FX models will be displaying miniature versions of Star Wars ships, alongside the Cantina Space Bar and the Temple of Gozer from Ghostbusters.

There will also be live music at the event from the Piccadilly Symphony Orchestra, the Synthlords and an opening concert will feature Gaten Matarazzo and his band Work in Progress, whilst American singer-songwriter Ray Parker Jr, best known for writing and performing the Ghostbusters theme song, will also be taking to the stage.

There will be tonnes more famous faces and things to do at the colossal convention, including live Q&A’s, full-scale movie props and set recreations, a cosplay competition to end all fancy-dress comps, a trading village, live art, miniature model displays and more.

The full list of sci-fi legends heading to Manchester for the occasion is as follows: Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Carl Weathers, Bill Duke, Jesse Ventura, Brigitte Nielsen, Henry Thomas, Dee Wallace, Robert MacNaughton, Matthew De Meritt, Lou Ferrigno, Ray Parker Jr, Spencer Wilding, Nick Maley, Mike Quinn, Nien Numb, Paul Blake.

For the Love of Sci-Fi takes place at the BEC Arena, Trafford Park, on 1st and 2nd December, with an opening concert on 30th November. Tickets for the opening concert cost £11 and adult weekend tickets are £41.80. Day tickets start from £19.80.



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