XTC fans say convention forced to change venue from Steam

By Barrie Hudson - 15 September 2022

Arts and Culture

Fans of Swindon music legends XTC claim the council has forced their convention out of Steam.

The event - XTC convention 2022 - had been due to take place at the town's museum of the Great Western Railway from Friday 16 to Sunday 18 September.
The gathering had been postponed from last year.
In recent days fans of the band have been arriving in Swindon from all over the world.
However, according to the front page of the convention's private Facebook presence, the event will now be held at three venues - MECA on Friday, Christ Church Community Centre on Saturday and Jury's Inn Swindon on Sunday.
Some fans have taken to social media to criticise Swindon Borough Council.
One wrote that some 200 fans had been left in the lurch and added: "Utterly deranged behaviour."
Another said: "Swindon Borough Council hang your heads in shame! Forced STEAM Museum to cancel the XTC convention forcing organisers to switch venues because of the Queen's funeral on Monday."
The same fan pointed out that the convention was due to end on Sunday and added: "No actual reason given, how little do they care about our town's history or art and leisure."
Steam's website says the museum will be closed on Monday.
The council has been approached for comment.

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