NEON is not an 80s convention.
It's also not your typical pop culture event. Rather, NEON is a celebration of Retrofuturism from the late 20th century. And unlike the crowded expos that have become commonplace in 20XX and are happy to sell that nostalgia back to you, NEON is aesthetically and sonically immersive. It's a three-day escape off-world to a place that never really existed, but we wish it did.
Retrofuturism is a term coined in 1983, defined as “a revived enthusiasm for depictions of the future created in the past; also, the use of a style considered futuristic in the past.” NEON celebrates what the near past imagined our future would be, most commonly seen in the Cyberpunk genre, but NEON is the first event of its kind that incorporates the unique aesthetic of this world in its entirety — it's what incredibly popular shows like Stranger Things and countless art, music, game, and film producers are creating right now. Its essence is epic synths, midnight drives, obsolete tech, hard video games, faded summer polaroids, and neon-drenched danger.
NEON is a music festival; a huge 80's and 90's arcade consisting of original restored cabinets; all-day film screenings of rare and hilariously terrible titles; discussions led by innovative creators of yesteryear and today; a retro computing time capsule and LAN room; and a Yacht Rock-inspired chillspace for when you just need to sail away from it all. Add to it curated shopping, vendors, and artists, and you may never want to leave.
A new tomorrow begins again in August 2020. You are not alone.
"Retrofuturism is a term coined in 1983, defined as “a revived enthusiasm for depictions of the future created in the past; also, the use of a style considered futuristic in the past.”