This weekend, thousands flocked to Anaheim, California for two of YouTube’s biggest conventions: VidCon, and Tana Mongeau‘s anti-VidCon, TanaCon. Unfortunately, however, only one went off without a hitch.
On Friday, thousands of fans showed up to the first day of the free convention, but things quickly descended into chaos. According to the 19-year-old, 15,000 unticketed guests showed up hoping to get in anyway. This caused massive lines and people were waiting in the sun for hours without getting any information as to what was happening.
The few people who did get in, however, weren’t impressed. Fans claimed the convention was basically one hallway with a few rooms, and most people couldn’t get into any of the meet-and-greets they were promised. Many of the creators who were supposed to attend the panels and M&Gs were double-booked with VidCon, so they couldn’t make it to the fest.
The blonde tried to move to a different venue with a larger capacity for Saturday, but her team eventually decided that the convention was just too big of a safety hazard and canceled the event entirely.
Good Times, the company hosting TanaCon, released a statement early Saturday explaining the cancellation.
“Our team and hotel staff were fully prepared for a 5,000 capped event, however, we were unable to accommodate for the estimated 15,000 who showed up to support Tana’s vision,” it wrote. “Our team has worked around the clock to find a solution to accommodate everyone safely and fairly, but at this point in time, there is no way to continue a successful weekend at TanaCon without risking the safety of all of you, our Featured Creators, which is our number one priority.”
Tana herself also tweeted a long thread and apologized for what went down.
— TANACON (@tanamongeau) June 24, 2018
The YouTuber added, “I refuse to give up on this. But I still will be held accountable & take full blame. This taught me so f*cking much & I know that I will be doing things much differently in the future. I can’t wait to do something for fans, for free, in a f*cking arena with 17x the security & a different, better approach at ticket sales, lines, etc. we are now preparing for any response. I wanna take this time to continue to learn.”
Tana had good intentions with TanaCon, but unfortunately the execution left much to be desired. Hopefully she can figure out how to rectify the situation and make it up to the thousands of people who were left sunburned, tired and disappointed.
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