The news that rockers Linkin Park would be heading to San Diego for an ‘intimate performance’ during Comic-Con understandably sent rock fans into quite the tizzy. Little would they know that ‘intimate’ would actually mean ‘absolute bloody massive’, concidering that the audience will be made up of anyone who happens to be in possession of an SDCC badge.
Hosted by MTV, the band will be the headliners of an event called ‘The mtvU Fandom Awards’ that will ‘[honour] fan [favourite] programming’ and paying ‘pay tribute to the best offerings in genre film and television from the past year’. I’m not entirely sure what that means but seeing as this is from the music channel that puts on the utterly meaningless MTV Movie Awards, hey, if it convinces Linkin Park to come to town and play a free concert, so be it.
The event will be held in Petco Park on Thursday 24th July, on the evening of the first official day of the Con, and will act as the party to kickstart the whole she-bang. The Fandom Awards will be the centrepiece to a ‘larger fete, called the MTV Fan Fest’ – nope, no idea what that entails, either. But, considering this is ‘fete’ via MTV, I get the sneaking suspicion there isn’t going to be any Morris Dancing involved.
When Nerds Attack quotes executive producer Ryan Kroft:
“The mtvU Fandom Awards will reinvent the traditional award show format. In addition to handing out trophies, we will recognize the achievements of fans and their favorite obsessions with special surprises and experiences. It’s the perfect event to reward the fans at Comic-Con, the epicenter of all fandoms.”
This is not the first time that a free Petco Park event has been organised for the Comic-Con attendees, of course – in 2012, Rob Zombie curated a multimedia event for VH1 Classic, entitled ‘Dawn Of The Con’, and last year saw MTV2 take over to present their ‘Party In The Park’, featuring sets from DJ Dillon Francis and Danish rockers The New Politics. However, this is certainly the most prestigious headlining musical act to be invited to this event, considering that no RSVP is required and it’s completely free to enter.
If you’re unable to make it to San Diego Comic-Con for the Thursday, or you aren’t attending the Con at all and you happen to be a Linkin Park fan, don’t worry: you can catch an hour-long special with highlights from the evening, showing on MTV and MtvU on Sunday 27th July. No nominees or hosts have been announced but, trust me, the second we hear of anything, we’ll let you know.