A guide to VidCon 2015

VidCon is one of the biggest YouTube events of the year and the prime destination for any true YouTube fanatic. The event attracts the biggest online personalities from across the globe and gives viewers the chance to meet and learn from their favourite creators.

Planning on attending? Find out everything you need to know about this year’s event with Tube Chum’s guide to VidCon 2015.

What?

This year will be the 6th anniversary of VidCon, which first took place in 2010 after being created by Hank and John Green, otherwise known as the VlogBrothers.

VidCon weekend consists mostly of signings, YouTube panels, Q&A sessions and live performances. The event also gives creators the chance to learn more about growing their YouTube channel, with special talks covering topics such as ‘Asking your audience for support’ and ‘Dealing with criticism’.

Attendees are assigned one of three types of badge which each provide access to different events – Community, Creator and Industry. Different badges will offer access to different floors at the convention.

If you’re unable to attend this year’s VidCon, there’s plenty of ways to keep up to date with what’s going on. You can follow VidCon 2015 on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Snapchat (VIDCONSNAPS). Stay tuned to TubeChum.com during the event weekend, as we’ll be offering coverage of our own.

Where?

VidCon 2015 will be returning to the Anaheim Convention Centre in California, which has been the preferred venue for the event since it first hosted in 2012.

Event organisers have confirmed that they will be adding tens of thousands of square feet to the venue to help accommodate more than 20,000 YouTube fans expected to attend. This year’s convention will take up five floors and fans can also look forward to three new stages being added for the community track programming.

Image courtesy of Gage Skidmore.

Above: Dan and Phil at a past VidCon panel (Image: Gage Skidmore)

Community events will be taking place on the ground floor and will include interviews with many popular YouTubers including iJustine, MysteryGuitarMan and Louise Pentland. There will also be opportunities to watch gamers such as LDShadowLady and ThatOneTomahawk play games live.

When?

This year’s event will be kicking off on Thursday 23rd July and ends on Saturday 25th July.

John Green will make a Keynote welcome speech at 9am on the Thursday which will launch the weekend’s activities and will be followed by a speech from Terence Kawaja, Founder and CEO of LUMA Partners.

See also: The full VidCon 2015 agenda.

Who?

VidCon is promising to be bigger and better than ever with over 300 YouTubers expected to make an appearance. The three day extravaganza will include performances from some of YouTube’s biggest stars, as well as panels in front of a live audience.

There will be plenty of opportunities to meet some of the website’s most recognisable faces, which VidCon has made easier thanks to a new and improved meet-and-greet system. Community members will need to sign up a month in advance where they can choose who they want to meet, which will enable fans and YouTubers to manage their time more easily.

Some of the YouTubers attending VidCon 2015 include The Fine Bros, Andrew Gunadie, Brizzy Voices, Crabstickz, Charlieissocoollike, WheezyWaiter, iJustine and Tomska.

See also: An extended list of YouTubers attending VidCon 2015.

Are you going to VidCon 2015? Let us know which YouTubers you’re planning on seeing by tweeting us at @TubeChum.

Article thumbnail: Gage Skidmore.

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Daniel Mackrell

Co-editor at Tube Chum
Journalist. Former Winchester Student. Chelsea fan. @WINOL Alumnus. Co-editor, @TubeChum.
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