The fourth annual convention “Amanda Tapping – A Weekend With Her Fans” is set for November 13 to 15, 2009 – and sold out in just minutes when tickets went on sale Saturday, organizers from GABIT Events told GateWorld. Titled “AT4 – Reflections,” the event will take place in London, and offers fans of the Samantha Carter actress a rare opportunity to meet the actress in a relatively small and intimate setting.
Two hundred and seventy fans will attend the event, with 90 of those able to attend the Friday night cocktail party with Amanda. “The cocktail party tickets sold out in less than seven minutes for AT3,” G4 director and GABIT chairman Julia Hague said.
With Tapping having moved on from Stargate to her new series, Sanctuary, last year, organizers hope that her fan base will continue to grow.
“This year, as well as the interest we’ve received from our past GABIT attendees, we’ve also been receiving a lot of enquiries from fans new to Amanda’s fandom. They’ve become fans through watching Sanctuary and some are even discovering Stargate because of it.”
GABIT Events was formed in 2002 by four fans, nicknamed the “G4” – Julia Hague, Becky Preen, Kay Jacobs and John Goode. Their goal is to organize small and relaxed weekend events for Amanda and her fans, and in the process to raise money for Amanda’s own preferred charities.
“When we first started with AT1, we had a vision of what we wanted to do. Amanda had faith in us and we just hoped that her fans would also have faith in us and turn up,” Hague said. “That first event was in 2005 and we were bowled over by the response. When we played the surprise promo film for AT4 at our last event in May and the entire hall erupted with excitement, I knew we’d got it right.”
“We had over 500 people trying to register within minutes of the registration page going live, and only 270 tickets available,” she said. “I think that speaks volumes about how much Amanda’s fans want to attend our event in London. We’re thrilled and completely bowled over.”
Find out more AT4 at GABIT’s official Web site.