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27 April 2014

ITAtube - Viewer Experience

Please be warned this post contains awful iPhone photography and is a long'un but thought I'd get it all done!


Conventions. Everybody in the Youtubing community, vlogger or viewer, loves them. They give us all the chance to meet the people we watch weekly, and for us, the ones who have 'made it' are a bit like really accessible celebrities. Who wouldn't want to go to one when it's local? Needless to say, when I heard there was the first ever Italian Youtube convention being held less than an hour from me, I was excited. I found a friend, Rachel, to go with and the two of us booked our tickets, booked a hotel for two nights, and waited in anticipation for the weekend to finally arrive.

We woke up on Saturday morning at our ever so classy Holiday Inn, and after a short walk made it to the event a bit later than planned, but there was an obvious queue of teenage girls and we just joined the back and after about an hour of queuing, we were in. With our tickets we were given schedules which told us where each Meet and Greet was and what we wanted to do. Me and Rachel quickly planned our day so that we could see as many people as possible, and then joined a queue for Oli White. This was probably the smoothest part of the whole two days. The queue was long, but not too bad, and there was a gigantic surge of humans at the stage next to us for Tyler Oakley, so we were pretty content queuing for Oli, getting our picture and moving on to the next people we wanted to see. There were also events on the main stage, so we wanted to fit ourselves around this too.

Tyler at the M&G next to where I met Oli White
Pretty soon after this is where the troubles began. I knew I wanted to see Jim Chapman, Alfie Deyes, Joe Sugg, Caspar Lee and Marcus Butler because I'd been a big fan of all their videos for so long (and a general fan of Joe Sugg's face). But basically there was no queue. Just massive gigantic crowds of girls surging towards a tiny staircase guarded by two security men. I got into this kerfuffle as best as humanly possible and waited for over two hours. Waiting and waiting and waiting. Being pushed and shoved, it was also ridiculously hot and several girls were having anxiety attacks from the proximity and whole situation, including Rachel. The security were letting about 30 girls on stage at once and there was just constant pushing even on the stage, to get to the boys. Even once you were there you were in a picture with 10 or so other people you didn't know. Five seconds later and you were out. None of the warm hugs and hello's like Playlist Live, or the quick jokes and mini conversations like at Summer in the City. They wouldn't even let us take selfies (although when realising I was English, Joe said to pretend I didn't understand and take one anyway). Despite it being lovely to meet some of the people I look up to, I genuinely don't think the whole ordeal was worth a two second exchange with Caspar and Joe, a hello from Marcus and Jim and I didn't actually get the chance to even look at Alfie let alone have any contact.

The girl scramble on the left, and arguably the most hilarious awkward picture of secret selfy-ing with Joe and Caspar
After that experience, I decided that was enough queuing for one day. Zoella, Sprinkle of Glitter and Tanya were having their meetup at the same time as the boys and we decided we would focus on seeing them the next day. We watched Sam Pepper, Mazzi Maz and Harrison Webb on the main stage and then watched the 'Youtube Boyband' do some challenged (featuring Zoe and Louise) and that was genuinely fun. I've always been a little unsure of 'Stage Performances' by Youtubers, simply because a camera is very different to a Live Audience, but all of them were hilarious. And as a true, girl, the boys took their shirts off, so who am I to complain.

Youtube Boyband Challenge
Later we went to watch FunforLouis and Ben Brown talk about the Rickshaw Run, which was genuinely really interesting and gave everyone the chance to ask questions about it all. I did manage to get a question and a picture at the end with Louis, but some how I managed to delete it off my phone? Classic Alice move. After their talk, I noticed Maddie Chester who is I think a manager (and work mother) to most of the Youtubers I met, but she also runs a blog which I read all the time! So I had to stop and talk to her about it because it's lovely meeting fellow bloggers even at a Youtube convention! I think because the attention is normally on the people she works with, so she was a bit overwhelmed and so lovely, I wish I'd had longer to talk to her but she's a busy bee! Apparently I am the first person to recognize her for her blog, so I will post the link here. Please go and have a read! 


Skipping quickly to Sunday (I promise I'll be quick please don't leave just yet)... the time came for me to meet Louise aka Sprinkle of Glitter. Although I'm a big fan of Tanya Burr and Zoella, Louise for me has been a real inspiration and someone I've been watching for years, I actually remember a video where she says 'Oh my god I have 3000 subscribers'. So for me, this was everything I wanted. The queuing was slightly, better although very unfair and there was still a lot of pushing. But myself and Rachel were exhausted from so long of queuing so after about 2-3 hours of waiting for Louise, Tanya and Zoe (who unfortunately was ill and couldn't come to the meetup) I finally finally finally met Louise and Tanya. It's safe to say I was a bit of a wreck although I kept it together just about and saw Maddie again too which was nice and slightly reassuring as it reminded me they're just people. So I managed to keep it together until walking away when I genuinely just burst straight into tears. Super cool Alice. Super cool.

I'm not a giant, my shoes were platforms!
Anyway, the weekend was mix of up and downs and I think a lot needs to be done to make  these events more attainable and enjoyable for everyone involved. I know there have been problems with other conventions in the past, so it's not just ITAtube, but to actually experience it was pretty disappointing. Anyway, it's still things to work on and for me, I met the people I really wanted to.

I hope you all had lovely weeks! Back to normal Alice blogging next week, stepping away from the personal ones for a little while!
Ciao for Now
x


5 comments:

  1. Sounds like you had a brilliant time... I'm very jealous!

    www.justalittlebitoftwaddle.blogspot.com

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  2. Alice this sounds so cool though either way! I've always wanted to go to a youtube convention thing but I've heard sometimes it's not even worth it and it's not like they've ever been within distance of me anyway! I like a lot of the same youtubers as you! The picture with Caspar and Joe isn't so bad! At least you have one! :) x
    I really liked this post!
    xx
    Kenzie
    Behindhazeleyes06.blogspot.com

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  3. It looks like you had an awesome time! I am a little bit jealous to be honest :)

    ( http://h0peful.blogg.no/ )

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  4. This is amazing Alice!! (forgetting the bad things that conventions always have)
    I've never been to a youtube convention though and they've never come to Barcelona and never will...But I just hope I can meet them all one day. I like most of the ones you wrote about! (and many others, I have a serious obsession with youtubers...)

    Anna xx
    dropsofanna.blogspot.com.es

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  5. I've always wondered if its worth going to a YouTuber Convention or if I prefer watching from a far? Despite all the drama it looked like you had a great time though!

    gilly15.blogspot.co.uk

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