MCM Show Guide: If you’re feeling overwhelmed…

While conventions are the perfect place to meet new people and dive into your favourite fandom, we know they can also be A LOT. If you’re feeling anxious about attending MCM, here’s a handy guide for how to manage this on the day, along with some less hectic spots on the show floor you can head to when you need a breather.

Before the show…

There are several things you can do before you even arrive at the venue to make your day run as smoothly as possible:

Have a look at all the information on our website or download the official MCM app to make a plan for your time at the show. Which panels do you want to watch? Which guests do you want to meet? There will be lots to take in on the day, so making a priority list you can check off will help things work for you. Be sure to take into account queueing time, and give yourself lunch and bathroom breaks!

You might also take the time to familiarise yourself with the venue layout, so you have a good understanding of where the amenities are located. Visit the ExCeL, London’s website for further details. 

At the show…

First (and most importantly!) don’t put too much pressure on yourself; you’re there to make memories and have fun, after all!

If you feel like things are getting a little too much, don’t hesitate to take a second away from the crowds until you’re feeling comfortable enough to carry on with your day.

Here are a few areas around the event to head to when you’re looking to catch a break…

  • Sidequest

Brush off the show floor noise by checking out an old favourite from our console gaming library, or try your hand at something new in the tabletop gaming area. We’ve got titles to play solo, or try with like minded folk - the choice is yours.

  • Pop Asia Workshops

Creativity can be the best stress reliever of all. Pull up a chair and try your hand at the tranquil art of paper folding, or put pen to paper in our Manga drawing drop-in station.

  • Watch a Panel

Panels: like podcasts, but live! Give yourself a minute (or 40) to take a seat and hear from pros, discover your new favourite author, or catch a screening in one of our many scheduled panel sessions.

Still not feeling great? Head to the Reset Room.

The Reset Room is a dedicated spot for you to rest, relax and reset. This year, our Reset Room will be staffed by the team from “Gaming The Mind”, a charity run by mental health experts, combining healthcare expertise with a passion for video games and geek culture.

Whether you’re feeling anxious, overstimulated, or just need a moment by yourself, our Gaming the Mind volunteers will help you recharge and get back to enjoying the convention. They’ll be happy to have a chat, provide lo-fi activities to help you unwind, or even supply further information on managing your mental health. 

Moreover, if you feel like you, or someone you’re with, requires emergency medical assistance, please don’t hesitate to alert a staff member or visit the Organiser’s Office, who’ll be able to get you the help you need. Remember, you’re not in this alone!

We’ll see you at the show!


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