A: While Otakorp, Inc. is a nonprofit, the companies that we work with are not. It is quite expensive to put on a show of this caliber, and the artists and crew need to be paid, as well as flown in from Japan, fed, and housed.
Working with Anisong World Matsuri gives us the ability to put on a better show for the fans than we could afford on our own. The trade-off is that some of those costs will be passed along to the people who see the concert, rather than being entirely paid for by the membership fee.
A: Absolutely. Seats are assigned at the time of purchase.
There is a limit of 10 passes in a single transaction for the general seating, 4 VIP passes in a single transaction, or 2 accessible seating passes in a single transaction.
A: For about 10 years, Otakon has had concerts on Friday and Sunday; our Sunday concert (to be announced) will remain open to all members and will not require an extra fee.
A: No, and no. Anisong World Matsuri is an established event which Otakon is hosting and partly sponsoring.
The Thursday Otakon Matsuri is taking a break this year for several reasons tied primarily to our move to DC, including lack of an appropriate venue. But don't fear, we're planning on having some of that Matsuri content during the weekend! Read more info about the Otakon Matsuri here..
A: Assuming we don’t sell out completely in advance, then yes.
A: You’ll purchase the passes through ShowClix, a company that specializes in event sales. They’ll send you an electronic version of your pass, which you can show using your phone or tablet, or print out if you like.
A: Like any other show with limited seats, the deadline is “whenever we run out of seats”.
A: There are approximately 2500 regular seats and about 300 VIP seats.
A: VIP passes give you premium seating, a signed poster, a limited edition pass, and the chance to do a “high touch” (high five) with the bands after the show -- fairly standard offerings for AWM. Premium passes offer a way for us to keep the cost down for most people who see the show, while ensuring that those willing to pay extra get something valuable for their money.
A: Yes; look for both panels and autographs information a little closer to the convention as our schedule comes together.
A: They are NOT refundable; they ARE transferrable.
However, we will act to prevent scalping -- if you’re caught buying or selling concert passes at a markup, you forfeit both your concert pass AND your badge.
A: Your Otakon badge gets you into the convention center. Your concert pass gets you a seat during the concert.
Limiting the concert to our members is another way we keep the costs down and provide a benefit to our members.
A: We won’t rule out surprises, but this is it for the headline acts.
A: Yes, all our badges, including child, industry, dealer, staff badges, etc. will work just fine.
A: Seats at the same price level may be exchanged for one another within the same concert. Additionally you may upgrade to a VIP seat within the same concert. You may not downgrade from a VIP seat to a standard seat. Please contact Showclix at (https://www.showclix.com/contact) or 1-888-718-4253 opt. 1 to request a change.
A: The order you purchase doesn’t matter, but you will need both your Otakon membership badge and a concert pass to see the show.