Special Guests & Events at Fanfest 2023 | EVE Online

Special Guests & Events at Fanfest 2023

2023-02-09 - By EVE Online Team

Calling all capsuleers,

This year’s Fanfest is poised to be an unforgettable celebration of the game and its players, making it a must-attend for anyone passionate about EVE Online. Some of the spectacular events of this year’s festival are now being announced, starting with European Space Agency (ESA) senior advisor for Science & Exploration Mark McCaughrean’s guest lecture on the James Webb Space Telescope and Daði Freyr’s musical performance at the Party at the Top of the World.

Space can be a solitary place, with its vast distances and empty voids. This makes companionship all the more precious and important, and it’s no secret that the EVE community is the heart and soul of New Eden. Which is why it’s always a special time when players get together in Iceland for Fanfest, and this year’s celebration is extra special, as we celebrate 20 years of EVE.


Daði Freyr is the headlining performer at EVE Fanfest 2023's Party At The Top Of The World, where he and his band will raise the roof at Laugardalshöll Arena. Ever the life of any party, Daði Freyr has become a sensation in Iceland and abroad, producing dance hits such as “Think About Things” and “10 years” and representing Iceland in the Eurovision Song Contest twice in a row, in 2020 and 2021. With a unique blend of pop, electronic and rock music, Daði Freyr's performances are always high-energy, engaging and full of surprises. He is well known for his captivating stage presence and his ability to connect with his audience. He returns to Iceland at the end of his European tour to perform for you at Fanfest.

The Party at the Top of the World is the cherry on top of the festival experience, and has been an essential part of EVE Fanfest since its first edition in 2004. Fans of EVE Online and music enthusiasts alike will not want to miss this once in a lifetime opportunity to see Daði perform live at the Party At The Top Of The World, on September 23.

Click here for more information on Daði Freyr.


Professor Mark McCaughrean is a renowned astrophysicist and the headlining guest speaker at EVE Fanfest 2023. He is a senior advisor for science and exploration at the European Space Agency (ESA) and has had a long and distinguished career in the field of space research. He has been involved in many of the most ambitious space missions of the last three decades, including the James Webb Space Telescope.

In his talk at Fanfest 2023, Mark will be sharing his insights and expertise on the James Webb Space Telescope, which is set to be the successor of the Hubble Space Telescope. The technological marvel will allow scientists to study the earliest galaxies, stars, and planets to form after the Big Bang, as well as the origins of life on Earth. Mark will be discussing the latest developments, and the scientific discoveries that can be made with the telescope. It will be a unique opportunity for EVE players and space enthusiasts to learn more about this revolutionary telescope and the exciting possibilities it holds for our understanding of the universe.


The fun doesn’t stop there, of course. Besides the official program, there are plenty of side activities for attendants to participate in, in and around Reykjavik. Fanfest favorites, like the Pub Crawl, Golden Circle tour with Devs and the Sisters of EVE Tour for non-playing travel companions return, and amazing, new additions are introduced, such as a Northern Lights Tour and the Wonders of West Iceland, with EVE Devs. Some of these extra events are free to attend, while others require tickets. Several of the ticketed events have now gone on sale already, so there’s no need to delay the planning of fun!

The events already on sale are:

  • Golden Circle tour with EVE Devs – Wednesday 20 September (9:00-17:00)

  • FlyOver Iceland with EVE Devs – Thursday 21 September (14:00-15:00)

  • EVE Fanfest Reykjavik City Tour - Thursday 21 September (16:00-17:00)

  • Charity Dinner at CCP headquarters – Thursday 21 September (18:00-21:00)

  • Sisters of EVE Tour for non-EVE-playing travel companions (spouses and friends) – Friday 22 September (8:00-18:00)

  • Pub Crawl (including access to the post Pub Crawl party) – Gourmet Edition – Friday 22 September (18:00-21:00)

  • Pub Crawl (provides access to the post Pub Crawl party) – Friday 22 September (19:30-22:00)

New at EVE Fanfest 2023:

  • Wonders of West Iceland with Perla and EVE Devs – Wednesday 20 September (8:00-18:00)

  • Northern Lights Midnight Tour with EVE Devs and science communicator, author, TV, and radio personality Sævar Helgi Bragason – Thursday 21 September (22:00-02:00)

Please note that times are subject to change. Ticket holders will receive confirmation of final times, and further details, via email. We reserve the right to cancel or combine tours if sufficient participation is not reached. In this event we will do our best to communicate any changes no later than three weeks prior to the event. Note that tickets are limited, and many events are expected to sell out, so get your tickets today!