Linkin Park Performing at SDCC MTV Fan Fest [UPDATE – Free Event]

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MTV is returning with another SDCC offsite party.

Last week, we learned that iHeartRadio would be giving away a VIP experience for a lucky winner that included access to an “intimate” performance from the band Linkin Park, and now MTV has posted the details on what the rockers will be attending the convention for – and it’s big.

After the success of last year’s MTV2 Party in the Park — which also included live music, an autograph signing from the cast of Teen Wolf, and much more – MTV is returning to the San Diego Comic-Con offsite scene in a big way. The network will be hosting a fan-centric mtvU Fandom Awards show and music festival, with Linkin Park is set to headline the event at Petco Park.

The MTV Fan Fest will take place again on Thursday of the convention, on July 24. The event will also be broadcast on mtvU as an hourlong special later in the week, on Sunday, July 27, at 8PM ET.

mtvU Fandom Awards executive producer Ryan Kroft said in the press release that the 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.

[UPDATE] MTV has now released a release release for the event, which confirms that similar to last year’s event (and you can read our review here), the MTV Fan Fast will be free and “open to all Comic-Con badge holders with food, drinks, games and giveaways”.

Here’s the full press release:

MTV to Launch Ultimate Fan Experience with Linkin Park Providing a Once-In-A-Lifetime VIP Experience with the Band at Comic-Con


New York, NY (June 5, 2014) – MTV’s 24-hour college network, mtvU, today announced that multi-platinum rock band Linkin Park will headline thefirst-ever “mtvU Fandom Awards” and the corresponding “MTV Fan Fest, which will bothtake place on Thursday, July 24 at Petco Park during Comic-Con International: San Diego. The “mtvU Fandom Awards” is the ultimate celebration for diehard fanboys and fangirls to honor their favorite shows and movies of the past year. On Sunday, July 27 at 8 p.m. ET/PT, mtvU will bring the best moments from the show to MTV and mtvU in the 60-minute “mtvU Fandom Awards Special,”showcasing the musical performances and honoring the fans whose tenacious excitement pushes movies, TV, books and comics from subculture to mainstream worldwide success. mtvU will announce Fandom Awards nominees and voting categories at a later date.


“The ‘mtvU Fandom Awards’ will reinvent the traditional award show format,” said Ryan Kroft,“mtvU Fandom Awards” Executive Producer. “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.”


To further honor the dedicated fans of Comic-Con, the “MTV Fan Fest” will feature a stirring set from headliners Linkin Park, part of a free party at PetcoPark open to all Comic-Con badge holders with food, drinks, games and giveaways. The “MTV Fan Fest”will lead into the “mtvU Fandom Awards” on Thursday, July 24.


Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum rock band Linkin Park is gearing up to release their sixth studio album, “The Hunting Party,” on June 17. The band will kick off their North American Carnivores Tour with Thirty Seconds to Mars and AFI on August 8 in West Palm Beach, Florida. For further info, go


Beginning June 17, fans can enter MTV’s latest Ultimate Fan Experience at for a once-in-a-lifetime VIP trip in which one lucky super fan and their guest will get a chance to fly to San Diego for the “mtvU Fandom Awards” at Comic-Con. The day will include a meet and greet with the band and VIP access to watch Linkin Park perform. Additionally, the selected winner will receive VIP tickets to an upcoming “Carnivores” tour date near their hometown, the band’s gear signed and ship to their home (including guitar, bass, key pad) and more.  The MTV Ultimate Fan Experience aims to bring fans and artists together in ways that only MTV can.


Eric Conte and Ryan Kroft are the Executive Producers of the “mtvU Fandom Awards.” Gina Esposito is the Executive in Charge of Music Talent; Wendy Plaut is the Executive in Charge of Celebrity Talent. Joe Buoye is the Executive in Charge of Production.


The “mtvU Fandom Awards” mark the second consecutive year that MTV will be on-the-ground at San Diego Comic-Con honoring the fans. In 2013, the “MTV2 Party in the Park” at Petco Park, featuring performances from Dillon Francis and New Politics, attracted thousands of fans and garnered significant buzz as one of the best parties at Comic-Con.


For more information on the “mtvU Fandom Awards,” visit FandomAwards.MTV.commtvU.comor

Are you excited about this event? Let us know in the comments.

**Photos courtesy of Kyle Peek at Behind The Thrills.

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