How do I know which events I can attend?
Look for the category as follows (you can filter the timetable by category):
- Asylum Wristband: Asylum Wristband holders only
- Asylum Wristband or Pay on the Door: Asylum wristband holders or member of the public paying a small fee.
- Ticketed: Only those with tickets for the event can attend.
- Ticketed – SOLD OUT: Ticketed events which are sold out.
- Public: Open to all. Note that the Castle is open to the public at the normal ticket price.
You can show events for a particular day by clicking on the month below and choosing a date from the pop-up calendar. You can also show events for a particular venue (or venues) by selecting tags.
Please note that the timetable below will be updated up until the Asylum weekend.
Charli Egglington wowed audiences at the Major’s Soirée in 2019. This year we have invited her back to bring a special concert version of her amazing new Steampunk Opera Ei8ht. With her talented cast she presents presents a brand new, original musical odyssey, fusing opera and musical theatre with a mechanical, steampunk twist.
“Ed is the eldest son of the Leale crime family in Sicily, in the 1920s. Rather than embrace his mafia ties, he runs away to New York to fulfil his dream of building steampunk airships. Once he gets there, circumstance leads him on a downward spiral, constructing his own steampunk robot mafia and becoming worse than his family ever was…”
This is an exclusive opportunity for a select audience to see the show outside London. Charli is destined for great things so don’t miss Ei8ht at The Asylum.
This is a fully seated show.
The Major’s Soirée first opened The Asylum way back in 2009. Since then it has proven to be one of the most popular features of the festival. The Major will welcome you to The Asylum XI and present an eclectic mix of live music, comedy, dance and speciality acts in the tradition of Saturday night variety shows and The Good Old Days.
Where the audience is as spectacular as the stage the Soirée has been the debut for many popular steampunk acts as well as leading names of the scene and special guest performers. The Soirée is the place for a great mixed Bill with something for everyone.
(This Show may feature some adult themes and mild poor language. It may not be suitable for younger audiences under 12).
The Engine Shed is Lincoln’s largest live entertainment venue. For this show it will be entirely seated in theatre style.)
Doors from 7:30. Show to commence at 8:00.
Once again we offer a special immersive showing of a classic film. This year sing-along with One of our Dinosaurs is Missing!
A showing of the classic movie to a steampunk audience. The annual film show is a firm favourite with attendees of the Asylum and this year we head for all things Jurassic!
A group of spirited British nannies become involved in a race with the inscrutable Chinese intelligence service.
The prize is a top-secret microfilm hidden in the skeleton of a dinosaur on display in the Natural History Museum.
Dress to impress with the film as the theme. Join in with the costume competition and general silliness of the evening.
This is a fully seated show. Doors open at 7:00. Entertainment commences at 7:30.
The Fashion Policeman’s Ball is a new feature and is designed as a “game of THREE halves”.
Steampunk is often about dressing to impress and audiences at the Asylum are undoubtedly some of the most impressive in the world. The first part of the evening is all about showing off your outfits, mixing and mingling with a chance to take photographs or indeed be photographed professionally. This allows time for those of you who like to be fashionably late but also gives you time to look at a grand exhibition of outfits and costumes made by other steampunks* as well as displays by professional designers and costumier.
The second part is our homage to the Secret Policeman’s Ball. Take your seats for a show of comedy, sketches and the unusual as well as a short fashion show courtesy of our designers. In tribute to this idea a portion of each ticket sold will be donated to our chosen charities and there will also be a short charity auction.
The third part is where you get to bop until you drop. The Wight Hot Pipes absolutely stormed for The Town That Never Was. Steampunk with attitude this amazing band offer popular covers in a truly unique style including flaming bagpipes. They are guaranteed to play something that will get you dancing.
* If you have an amazing outfit on a display mannequin or tailors dummy you would like to exhibit in return for a free place at this event then please see our Facebook group AsylumXI Particpants for further details.
(The Engine Shed is Lincoln’s largest live entertainment venue. This event is fully seated.)
Due to venue licencing this event is suitable for 14+
The Time Travellers Party is a night of music and dance.
This is the place for any kind of outfit (although we expect public decency and NO WEAPONS may be worn or carried) so get ready to strut your stuff.
From the irresistible energy Victor and the Bully, who will guarantee to get you on your feet, to the Post Apocalypse hurricane of World leaders V2A whose driving sounds will compel you to witness the end of the world.
Two other support acts to complete the evening and ensure that there is something for everyone.
Due to venue licencing this event is suitable for 14+