The YouTube convention is returning to London (Picture: Jon D Barker/ Summer in the City)

Summer in the City is returning to London for its 11th year and the internet world is gearing up to gather in the big city and celebrate all things YouTube.

With so much going on, it can be easy to lose track. Never fear! We’ve created this handy guide to tell you exactly what to expect as the UK’s online video festival returns.

You lucky things.

What is it?

Summer in the City is the UK’s largest YouTube online video festival, which has been making its way to London since the olden days of 2009, with this year marking the 11th event.

Starting out as a small gathering in a field attended by YouTubers, fans, and a whole lot of teenagers with ukuleles, it’s now grown to take over the biggest venues in the UK (don’t worry, the teenagers with ukuleles are still going strong).

Covering everything from lifestyle and vlogging to filmmaking, comedy and gaming, it’s got something for everyone.

When and where is it?

Summer in the City is held at the ExCeL London and kicks off on Friday 9 August for Creator Day, with the main days of the event being Saturday 10 and Sunday 11.

Fans can meet their favourite YouTubers (Picture: Jon D Barker/Summer in the City)

Who’s going?

The festival is set to feature YouTube creators big and small, who will be taking part in panels, performances, meet and greets, and generally wandering about having a lovely ol’ time.

While there are still more announcements to come, the lineup includes (deep breath): vloggers Cherry Wallis, Bambino Becky, MacDoesIt, Nathan Zed, Joe Tasker, and Hannah Witton.

TomSka, Talia Mar, Sincerely Oghosa, Daz Black, Scola Dondo, Alex Bertie, Tom Scott, Jemel One Five, LadBaby, PhilosophyTube, and Nikki Lilly will also be attending.

Filmmakers are covered too, with Jack Howard, Hazel Hayes, Luke Cutforth and PJ Liguori also rocking up.

On the animation front, creators including JaidenAnimations, Matt Ley and CandyEvie/Luvie can be found at the event.

Meanwhile, artists such as Chloe Dungate, Chloe Rose and Ed Stockham, and musicians Road Trip, Roomie and Peter Kingston are set to appear.

What’s happening?

The event kicks off at 12pm on the Friday with Creator Day, which caters mainly to YouTubers, those wanting to grow their channels, and people in the industry.

Panels include Working and Applying for Jobs as an Online Creator, Influencer Outreach 101, and Breaking Beyond Social Media, with the day coming to a close at around 6pm.

Saturday is when the main event begins. Panels begin at 12pm again with doors opening at 11am. With different sections including Lifestyle, Gaming, Fashion and Beauty, a podcast theatre and three panel rooms, there’s a lot to be getting on with. Plus, there’s a giant expo hall to wander round.

Panels will be taking place all weekend (Picture: Jon D Barker/Summer in the City)

Meanwhile on Saturday evening, creators will be taking to the stage, with Talia Mar, Leadley and New Hope Club performing.

On Sunday, panels include Gender Identity, Black Girl Magic, and Body Image Online.

Meanwhile, in the evening, Bambino Becky and Chi With A C, Peter Kingston, and Road Trip will be closing out the event.



Summer in the City 2019 Pro Tips

We here at Metro.co.uk are seasoned SitC veterans – so here are some top tips to keep you going throughout the busy weekend:

– Bring a portable charger. You’re going to be needing your phone a lot, whether it’s checking what your favourite YouTubers are up to, taking photos, or updating your social media.

– Be kind to the volunteers. They are usually the unsung saviours of SitC and the event pretty much wouldn’t work without them.

– Go to a panel you’ve never been to before. From StudyTube and Women In Gaming to Clickbait, Callouts and Content in 2019 and Disabilities and Chronic Illness Online, there’s a whole load of interesting and entertaining ones to choose from – and they might surprise you.

– Chat to people around you. Whether you’re waiting in a meet and greet queue, grabbing a snack or loving life in the crowd of the evening performances, chances are you’ll have a lot in common with everyone there.

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