here’s the comic i had in this year’s SitC programme :) (was a really fun weekend guys…thanks to everyone x)
gonna try and post up some new things soon…but i’m drawing a long comic at the moment and working on a bunch of other fun stuff that’s eating up a lot of time and energy. #life
I half agree with this, mostly the connection part, but I don’t think that is exclusive to appearing on camera.
Ultimately the term “YouTuber” or “the YouTubers” has started making me uncomfortable because recently it always seems to be used more in reference to a select five or six really prominent people (depending on the person using it’s tastes), despite the fact there are millions of people who have claim to the term!
Soooo many people at SitC went exclusively to “meet the YouTubers” and were surrounded by thousands of people who fit that description, but weren’t the ones they meant. It just seems like such a waste to limit yourself and miss so many connections.
You’re a YouTuber. You use the site, interact with users, creators and followers alike; you have as much right to the title as the person on the screen. Don’t use it as a term to fuel the us/them dichotomy between creator and viewer <3
Uploaded a new video today!
Me and Liam give you the BEST gathering tips EVER!
Check it out and share ahead of the weekend :D
look at my facial expression in the thumbnail. I’m gonna look like that the entirety of Summer in the City
New video! Got a bunch of events coming up over the next few weeks, so here’s a handy guide on where to find me!
I’ve been trying to finish and post this video for DAYS to the point where I’m actually in LA now and the Ordinary Tour’s in two days. Come along!!
Check out my Convention Essentials Subblime list here!
Summer Warm Up - Lineup Announcement
Heard about our Summer Warm Up Tour? If you haven’t we’d love to know which rock you’ve been living under ;D
Today we’re happy to confirm the performing line-up for each of our warm-up locations:
Manchester - 5th July 2013 (TICKET LINK)
- Daniel Dobbs
- Emma Blackery
- Tom Milsom
Edinburgh - 6th July 2013 (TICKET LINK)
- Tom Milsom
- Chameleon Circuit set with Liam Dryden and Ed Blann
We hope to see you at some of the shows, especially if you didn’t manage to get a ticket to Summer in the City this year! We’ll have merchandise for this year’s event available at each show, so you can buy and ‘wear your excitement’.
Know a local YouTuber to one of the shows that isn’t listed? Don’t worry! There are more YouTubers set to attend each show. We’re just keeping the spotlight on the ones performing like we have for SitC in past years :)
-The SitC Team x
I’m doing Chameleon Circuit stuff with Ed at the Edinburgh leg of the SitC Warm Up Tour! Should be fun, so if you’re around central Scotland at that time you should think about it :D
(Also click above to see some of the other cities the tour’s going to!)
SitC’s Summer Warm-Up!
Summer in the City is about to become Summer in Many Cities with an exciting new addition to the event!
In the weeks before SitC 2013, the Summer Warm-Up Tour will travel to smaller venues in some of the UK’s major cities, to bring the SitC experience to those who can’t make it to the main event*. The tour will wrap up in London, on the Friday night of the SitC weekend.
Tickets to the 14+ events will be available at the SitC Merch Store from Friday 10th May. On that day we’ll also be releasing more info about the tour - such as where, when, and who - so stay tuned!
The SitC Team x
*People already going to SitC are also welcome to come! (But you will also need tour tickets <3)
Announcement Video - Summer in the City 2013
Summer in the City 2013 will take place on the 17th and 18th August at London’s Alexandra Palace. Alongside the line-up mentioned in this video, we’ll be announcing additional acts and names on our website, twitter and Facebook over the coming weeks, so stay tuned!
Explaining the Ticketing System - SitC 2013
At SitC 2012, we hosted the event in a venue with a capacity of 2,500. On the Saturday of the weekend-long event, we were forced to turn away almost 1,000 people who had queued at the door for a couple of hours, because the venue was just too full.
In September of this past year, YouTube user Tobuscus announced he was holding a gathering in Hyde Park. Over 2,000 of his fans attended and despite protests to give him space, the crowd mobbed him to the point where he was pinned against a fence, and had to climb over it and jump in a taxi to avoid being hurt.
And just last moth, another gathering was hosted in Hyde Park. The Festive Gathering again saw almost 2,000 YouTubers crowding the people they look up to, including Bertie Gilbert, who had to be escorted by police to safety.
This is the reality of YouTube gatherings now. There are just… too many people. Everyone and no one is to blame at the same time. It’s a very complex situation because you can’t, you cannot just tell certain people to not attend. Especially to a free event in a public space where they have a chance of meeting their favourite YouTubers.
This is why it is imperative we initiate a ticketing system for SitC this year. It is fast becoming the biggest annual UK gathering, and we have done everything we can to provide a service where people can come and enjoy interacting with like-minded content creators, and meet their idols. We want to keep doing that. But as long as the numbers keep growing, it can’t be done safely in a public space like a park, and it can’t be done in a small venue where people may travel many miles to attend, only to be turned away.
We want to host SitC this year in a space big enough to do everything we have done over the past few years, without disappointing people and also controlling the numbers to avoid endangering anyone’s safety. But we can’t just find somewhere like that for free. The money has to come from somewhere.
Personally we believe we’ve done pretty well these past four years to cater to the numbers we had, for the most part without charging a penny. But this is the reality of the event now. If we can’t hold it at a large enough venue, we can’t hold it at all. Because we refuse to compromise the safety and wellbeing of innocent people whose only crime is wanting to be a part of the huge and diverse community that we have created over the years.
With this in mind, however, we appreciate all your feedback and we do still want to make this gathering great, especially since it will now be a paid event. So we would like to finish off by announcing that we will be reducing the ticket price to £10. Anyone who has already purchased a ticket will be refunded, as the change in the system means you will have to repurchase.
Also just a couple more things to clear up -
- Tickets are for admission to SitC over the entire weekend (i.e. don’t buy two for two days).
- The rumour that SitC will only be 18+ is a complete lie. Nowhere have we stated this and in no way is it true. Please refrain from fuelling the rumour mill, no-one but us knows more than what’s already been announced.
Thanks for all your support over the past few years, and see you in August!
-Tom, Liam, Dave, Jazza and Luke
From all of us - Thank You.
Well SitC’s done for another year, and we’re just getting the energy back from running the weekend to be able to put fingers to keys for some sort of recap!
This was definitely a year of a lot of firsts. The first time we had an indoor daytime venue, the first time we had direct involvement from YouTube, and the first time the Facebook attendance rate actually almost reflected the real thing…! It was a transitional event for us, and it was always going to have a few hiccups/teething problems. We hadn’t expected the event to get so big when we were first looking at places for SitC. When we settled on The Brewery, the event page had just hit 1,000 people attending! We had no way of knowing that number would skyrocket over the following months. So of course it was extremely disheartening for us when we realised we would have to turn people away. Though we have heard that some who couldn’t get in went to Jubilee Gardens and had a more old-school gathering, which is excellent.
The choice to move the gathering indoors in the first place was always going to spark controversy, but due to the steadily increasing size of the event, as well as the Royal Parks’ refusal to accommodate us, made us realise that this is no longer a practical option. Aside from the unexpected capacity issues (which would have been a problem even if we were out in a park), the Brewery was a brilliant home for us this year and we are extremely grateful to all the staff for their patience and help over the weekend.
Many have voiced concerns that the changes in this year’s SitC signals the death of the YouTube community. While it’s easy to be nostalgic and fearful, we believe that the community is still very much alive; it has grown up, into a huge diverse world of collaborators and creators, something we believe deserves to be celebrated rather than suppressed for the sake of old times.
The community is also constantly growing, and it’s a LOT bigger now than the days where a successful gathering was 30 or so people meeting in Leicester Square. This isn’t something that can just be ignored in the hope of holding onto the past. Though we can now officially say we run the biggest annual gathering in the UK, it’s still not ours or anyone else’s place to say who can and can’t be a part of our community. Be you content creator, shameless promoter or rabid fangirl, we won’t police the community - we’ll just do everything we can to accommodate it. We feel we managed that in the best way possible this year and though we have a lot to learn, we hope that we can make this event even better if not bigger next year!
So from the four of us, thank you for coming. Thank you to our amazing team of volunteers for giving up your time to help us. Thank you to Save The Children, Future Publishing, Sergi and the livestream team, ChannelFlip, Sopio, and YouTube. And thank you to all of you who appreciate the unpaid time and effort we put into this event year after year. We look forward to seeing you at SitC ‘13!
-Tom, Dave, Jazza and Liam
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I think my favourite thing I did at Summer in the City was get someone to take these photos of me playing in the ball pit.
SitC Tips: Packing
If you’re coming to SitC for the whole weekend, There’s always something you forget when packing. Always. Here’s a useful checklist for things you might need over the weekend!
Camera. As a YouTuber, you film stuff. you’re going to a YouTube event, so you might want to film even more stuff! Also it’s always nice to take photos with people you meet and things.
Chargers. Don’t be the guy whose phone or laptop dies on Friday afternoon and can’t Tweet about the irony of having no internet at a YouTube gathering.
Deodorant. It’s the middle of August, at a crowded event. People sweat. Sweat smells. It’s science. But there’s gonna be a lot of hugging going down at this thing and you want to smell your best.
Change of clothes. Just in case the sweat problem gets a bit too severe, or, y’know, you want to wear a different quirky Doctor Who shirt on each day.
Snacks. There might be so much going on during the day that you forget about food. Don’t do that! You need that to live. In case you don’t leave the gathering to eat at all during the day, make sure you have a few things in your bag to keep you going.
Water. Hydration good, burning brown pee bad.
Notebook. Always useful! For signatures, contact details or notes about things that happened during the day that you might want to vlog about later.
Pens. Because writing in your own blood requires packing a sharp object and we frown on those.
Sunglasses. You don’t want to be that one person that squints in all the group photos in the chance we do get nice weather.
Umbrella. Because we’re wild cards and list the opposite things together sometimes. Also it could rain (though we have an indoor venue but eh)
SPAAAAAAAACE. Not that kind. You might want to buy stuff like t-shirts or merchandise while you’re there, and you’re gonna want to be able to fit it in your bag. Just leave room for Jesus and you’ll be all set.
We’re posting an advice series over on the SitC blog. Lots of the things we’ll write apply to other gatherings and YouTube events as well!