Ben Folds Five to Open New York Comic Con

Tiffany Wilhelm
Nerd alert: newly reunited Ben Folds Five will be performing at this year’s New York Comic Con (NYCC), taking place October 11-14, 2012 at Manhattan’s Javits Center. This exclusive opening-night concert appearance will be part of the band's reunion tour following the release of The Sound Of The Life Of The Mind, their first new album in 13 years. Ben Folds Five will perform in the IGN Theater at NYCC on Thursday, October 11 at 8:00 PM, presented by WD, maker of digital storage and home entertainment products. The concert is free for NYCC VIPs and 4-Day ticket holders with entrance provided on a first come, first served basis. Badges must be presented at the door.

With over 100,000 fans in attendance last year, NYCC spans the pop culture universe. The extravaganza attracts top talent and major artists from comics, film, television, music, books and gaming – providing a home to all that is new, nerdy, and cool. In the past, this has included performances from stand-up comics, dinners with all-star chefs and panel discussions with names in fields ranging from cryptid research to theoretical physics. NYCC is proud to be building on this tradition by playing host to Ben Folds Five. The band has been a part of the broader pop culture world since 1994 and their appearance at NYCC will be an opening highlight, ushering in a show filled with pop culture celebrities, guests and entertainment activities.

In commenting on the exclusive concert engagement, Lance Fensterman, Group Vice President and Show Manager for New York Comic Con, notes: "This is an awesome way to be kicking off this year's edition of New York Comic Con, and it is definitely a statement about the type of high quality programming and entertainment that we plan to deliver to our fans on all fronts. We are all about providing killer content from all strains of popular culture. This is simply the latest in a long line of notable announcements that we will continue to make right up to our show. We are grateful to Ben Folds Five for agreeing to fit us into their tour schedule and for getting our 2012 event off to such an auspicious start. The IGN Theater will be packed..!”
"Ben Folds Five personifies the inspiration and creative courage that attendees of New York Comic Con so much embrace and that we applaud at WD," said Jim Welsh, executive vice president for WD's branded products and consumer electronics groups. "We support artists, hobbyists and creative professionals of all types as we know their digital storage devices need to be reliable and entertainment products effortless to use and of the highest quality."

Tickets for New York Comic Con in 2012 are currently available for purchase at Other information about the show, as well as news about ReedPOP, which organizes NYCC and a range of pop culture events, is available here and here. Many more guests will be announced over the next few weeks, so fans should keep their eyes on NYCC's website and blog for additional comic, entertainment and anime announcements.