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Feral Vector 2020: 21st to 23rd of May

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In 2020, Feral Vector will run in Hebden Bridge from Thursday the 21st to Saturday the 23rd of May.

Hostel tickets will go on sale Monday the 24th of February. If you want the ticket link in advance of hostel tickets going live, sign up to the mailing list before 19:00, Thursday 20th February.

As with last year, we’ll be running a crowdfunder for FV 2020, but wanted to announce dates and sell the hostel tickets first. The main reason for this is that we want people to have as long as possible to arrange accommodation and transport.

The hostel tickets are very limited, and sold out in minutes last year. Not everyone who wants one can get one, and if that’s you, we want to give you as much time as possible to arrange your own accommodation.

On that note, we get that everyone likes being in the hostel, and that it’s a nice place to hang out with people. It’s also one of the cheaper and simpler ways to come and stay in Hebden Bridge for Feral Vector. If you can stay elsewhere, passing up a hostel ticket in favour of others who can’t, we’d ask that you please consider it.

People also worry every year that we’ll sell out of non-hostel tickets. Don’t, because we’re not likely to. We’ve been careful to only let FV scale up slowly, and the venues we use have more capacity than we sell tickets in any given year. So, if you’re worrying about booking accommodation now when non-hostel tickets go on sale later, there’s no need to. You can go ahead and book somewhere to stay in the knowledge that you’ll be able to get a ticket.

As ever, we’re excited to be doing FV again, and looking forward to seeing you all in Hebden Bridge.

Tickets and First Speakers

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We’d like to extend a huge thank you to all of our early supporters! All tickets are now up, including student/unwaged ones (If you’re not a student or unwaged, there are only a limited number of early tickets, so if you want one get it while they’re up).

As well as that, below are the first of our speakers/doers with some of their work. We’re bringing some Yorkshire natives back from further afield, and tempting a few people up from the Peak District too.

Kerry Turner, originally from up here but now based in Brighton, works as The Rabbit Club to put out experimental work. With her friend Dan Bibby, she recently made the excellent and spooky short gamelike thing Heartwood (we here at Feral Vector are very much in favour of things).


Eliott Johnson and Matthew Warshaw are currently collaborating on the astonishing looking A Light in Chorus, which they describe as a game/art project. You can watch a magnificent trailer for it here but before you do that look, look. Look at it:


Tom Betts is another child of Yorkshire now based in Brighton. As well as doing procedural generation for Sir, You Are Being Hunted (which often looks eerily similar to the moors around Calderdale), he’s currently completing a PhD on videogames and the digital sublime. He’s also a bit of an expert on computer art. You can find out more and see many beautiful examples of his work at his site.


Graham T. Spence is, mysteriously, from The Northern Backbone of England, and will be coming a short way to speak about the connections between memory and place, as well as a current related project of his. Along with games and apps, he sometimes makes interesting experimental hardware, and has a good eye for trig points. Here’s some of his work in progress:


Once again, tickets are at:

Yorkshire! May 29th and 30th, Hebden Bridge.

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We’re doing Feral Vector in Yorkshire this year, more precisely the lovely wooded town of Hebden Bridge, nestled in the Calder Valley, on May 29th and 30th. That’s right, two days. Supporter tickets are available at feralvector2015.eventbrite.co.uk, and more types will be available in the coming weeks.

We know. It’s Not London. Surprisingly there is an entire world beyond the M25. Please retrieve your jaw and read on.

Nearby Todmorden

There are lots of reasons for this, but primarily it’s that we can make it a better and longer event up North. We’ve been getting to know some amazing developer communities up here that are large, but struggle to be heard nationally. As well as chafing at the default centres of gravity that seem to pull events in, we’ve always wanted Feral Vector to be in venues closer to good outdoor spaces. What better than the entirety of the Pennines?

We have a fantastic venue that we’ll talk about soon. It’s not quite a cold war fishing trawler, but it is lovely and gives us a chance to do things we’ve not been able to before. UK weather makes things like picnics and other outdoor stuff challenging to organise, and believe me we’ve tried. I think we might solve that problem this year by spreading through time and space.

Stones, near Dobroyd

There’s nowhere to site an event that’s easy to get to from everywhere, but Hebden Bridge comes close. By rail it’s only thirty minutes or so from Manchester or Leeds, two hours from Sheffield or Birmingham; two and a half from Newcastle, Middlesborough, Leamington Spa, or Nottingham; three and a half from London; and just four from Glasgow, Edinburgh, or Bristol.

We’re going to make it worth the trip from any of those places, and we’re particularly excited to be so close to Leeds and Manchester, giving you a lot more options than London does when it comes to travel and places to stay. Also, we get to be near the woods, the moors, and the hills! The Pennines are a lovely place, and we’ve been surprised at how well connected they are. It’ll be worth sticking around for an extra day or two with your walking boots or mountain bike. These photos are what Calderdale looks like in winter. Imagine the spring! Expect bluebells and baby rabbits.

The Basin Stone

Loads of announcements to come, but you can see the lineups from the past few years here and here for an idea of what kind of people and stuff will be around.

Tickets for 2015 are at feralvector2015.eventbrite.co.uk. If you’re a student, unwaged, or just struggling and £40 is a stretch, we’ll be putting different ticket types up soon. Sign up to the mailing list to hear about that as soon as it happens, or follow us on Twitter. We do hope you’ll join us to play, make and discuss games and gamelike things this spring!

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