Summer in the City has announced the first wave of guests set to appear at its 2017 event, which will take place on 4-6 August.
The organisers will be announcing a total of 80 guests over the next two weeks. Tickets for all three days of Summer in the City, as well as an official t-shirt for the event, are available on the SitC website.
Announced on 17 February:
- Nathan Zed
- Daniel J. Layton
- Hazel Hayes
- Will Lenney (WillNe)
- Steven Bridges
- Helen Anderson
- Anastasia Kingsnorth (Floral Princess)
- Hannah Leigh
Her channel regularly features beauty videos and hauls, and she also took part in Linda Blacker’s YouTuber Fairytale series.
Also known as Floral Princess, beauty vlogger Anastasia has gained over 200,000 subscribers since uploading her first video in 2014.
Her recent video detailing the gifts she received for Christmas 2016 has quickly become the second most popular video on her channel, hitting 400,000 views in less than two months.
Daniel J. Layton
A Summer in the City mainstay for many years now, Daniel spent last year speaking on the #YouTubeHonestyHour panel for the second year running, as well as appearing on the baking panel. He has also performed for the last two years running, with a musical set in 2015 and a comedy show last year, which he has told us he may repeat this summer.
The US-based comedian and vlogger traveled to the UK for the first time last year to attend 2016’s Summer in the City, where he won the Vlogger of the Year award, as well as appearing on the Creator/Viewer Divide and Ethnicity and Diversity Online panels. We also managed to snag an interview with him where we asked about his thoughts on the UK YouTube community and addressing social issues online.
His most recent videos have been on the topic of self-improvement, making recommendations for what viewers should ‘leave in 2016’, as well as discussing the difficulty in becoming skilled in any field.
Also known as WillNE, this 20-year-old vlogger is mostly known for his pop culture commentary and reaction videos. His channel has gained over half a million subscribers since beginning his channel in 2011.
His most popular video, reacting to a grime track performed by a 12 year old boy, has clocked up over 2 million views.
Hannah is a beauty vlogger from Sheffield who became a part of the YouTube NextUp program in 2016. Her videos range from makeup tutorials to style tips and lookbooks.
Since starting her channel she has gained 100,000 subscribers, with her most popular video being a Halloween Doll makeup tutorial.
Steven is a magician who makes regular videos showing off his latest illusions. He frequently collaborates with other YouTubers, recently performed at The RH Experience’s YouTube special, and can regularly be found performing street magic in Leicester Square.
Announced on 16 February:
Daily travel vlogger George has posted videos chronicling his adventures exploring countries such as Finland, Brazil, the USA and most recently Bali.
In September, he supported WaterAid by running the Tough Sh!t obstacle course to raise awareness of the 2.3 billion people who lack proper sanitation and clean toilets. George was WaterAid’s first YouTube ambassador.
Back in January, Bertie released his latest short film Playground, in collaboration with Sammy Paul, as part of New Form Digital Incubator series. He discussed the film and premiered the trailer at Buffer Festival in Toronto.
At Summer in the City 2016, Bertie’s short film Let It Be, staring Dodie Clark and Savannah Brown, won the Short Film of the Year Award. He also appeared on the Short Films and Popularity vs Integrity panels.
While his videos no longer feature his purple puppet (you remember Cheeky), who was tragically hit by a bus in Ben Cook‘s Becoming YouTube series, Gary C posts impressions, covers and art as well as videos on sexuality.
Gary also featured on Ben’s web documentary Tofu, an accompaniment to Russell T. Davies’ series Cucumber, where he talked about coming out and being LGBTQ+ in modern Britain. He spoke on the Mental Health panel at Summer in The City 2016.
In August of 2016, Eman was one of the creators chosen to take part in YouTube NextUp programme, designed to provide smaller content creators with equipment, funding and experience.
Eman spoke on the Ethnicity and Diversity Online panel in 2016 and has since made about the role of race on YouTube talking about how the most successful creators are predominately white. He also featured on the Balancing YouTube with Everyday Life panel that year.
Known for her thought-provoking poetry videos, Savannah’s debut poetry book Graffiti reached Goodreads Choice Award final in 2016. She has since been nominated for a Shorty Award for Breakout YouTuber of 2016.
Alongside Bertie, she spoke at Summer in the City 2016’s Popularity vs Integrity panel where she raised how it becomes harder to make content “if you get to a point where you have an audience built around you and what you’re expected to make.”
Jake is known for his combination of videos on transgender issues and his own transition and original songs and covers, some of which he performed at Summer in the City 2015. He has worked with Childline for their Voice Box YouTube series where he discussed Gender Diversity.
Jake also spoke on the LGBTQ+ panel at Summer in the City 2016 about gender identity, stereotyping and visibility.
Lifestyle and beauty vlogger Roxi is no stranger to Summer in the City and returns for another year in 2017. Her channel features a range of tips and advice from traditional makeup tutorials and lookbooks to DIYs.
Her most popular video, 20 Beauty Hacks Everyone Should Know has raked up 9 million views over the past year.
In support of the Make-A-Wish Foundation and other charities, Toby took part in YouTuber charity single, Christmas Without You along with Saffron and other YouTubers from across the world.
In 2016 he took part in the Musicians on YouTube panel alongside Dodie Clark and the Midnight Beast. On the topic of breaking into more mainstream media Toby, who said he had recently been signed to a label, added, “YouTube has given me so much, why would I leave?”
Announced on 15 February:
- Gabbie Hanna
- Philip Winnall (PDWinnall)
- Candice O’Reilly
- Jimmy Hill
- Leyla Rose
- Eve Bennett
- Andy Castell
HelloItsAmie makes a variety of videos on her channel, from beauty to challenges, and has over 400,000 subscribers. Many of her videos include her boyfriend Aaron Foster, who has an Instagram following of over 70,000.
Perhaps Summer in the City may reprise their Relationships Online panel in 2017 and feature this couple?
Philip Winnall (PDWinnall)
Philip Winnall is a UK PokéTuber and his videos include walkthroughs of the latest Pokémon titles, Sun and Moon, and vlogs about the game.
Philip appeared on the Pokémon YouTubers panel at Summer in the City 2016 and was then invited by The Pokémon Company to their launch party for the Sun & Moon trading card game. He attended this event with fellow PokéTubers Bird Keeper Toby, Liam Scott Edwards and Lucy CandyEvie. The four run a podcast together called the Elite Four.
Eve Bennett is a 17-year-old beauty, fashion and lifestyle vlogger. Her channel is full of hauls, makeup hacks and revision advice.
Gabbie Hanna reached three million subscribers on her channel in December. Her comedy videos gained her nominations in both the Web Star: Female and Viner categories of the 2016 Teen Choice Awards.
She added that although she would like to branch out to traditional media, “There shouldn’t be shame in just wanting to be on YouTube”.
Andy Castell is most known for his FIFA gaming videos on his channel AJ3, but he also vlogs on his self-titled side channel.
To celebrate reaching one million subscribers, Andy hosted a 5-hour charity livestream on his channel for #YouTubeForGood, raising money for Tackle Africa. The livestream raised just over £5,000 on JustGiving.
Leyla Rose is a 21-year-old UK beauty vlogger from London. Her videos include tutorials and product reviews from a range of makeup and beauty brands.
Leyla has a range of videos focusing on more accessible drugstore makeup brands, such as her realistic back to school makeup tutorial.
In 2016. Candice released her first poetry collection called Sea Legs and Other Stories which can be purchased here. Talking to TenEighty, she shared that she has no recollection of her reasons for writing some of her ‘diary entry’-style poems: “I guess that’s when writing is at its most therapeutic, when you can write about something then move on and forget about it.”
On the latter panel, he shared his view that coming out videos can help visibility and can be cathartic for the creator. Jimmy appeared on the Coming Out On YouTube panel in 2015, just a month after he came out on his channel. He also co-hosted the first ever Cereal Time Live with Charlie McDonnell.
Announced on 14 February:
- Lex Croucher
- Meg DeAngelis
- Bird Keeper Toby
The Thomson Reuters Foundation’s I Choose to See campaign in 2016 saw creators speaking out about a number of topics such as modern slavery and breaking social taboos. To support the campaign, Jana uploaded a video discussing the refugee crisis.
Back in 2011, Sanne took part in the YouTube NextUp programme with Lex Croucher.
She featured on Summer in the City’s Booktubers Panel in 2016, saying that when she started out, she “had no intention of specifically talking about books, but then I started doing that! Booktube wasn’t really a term that was used back then […] but then when it became popular I found that was the easiest way to describe what my channel was”.
In one of her most recent videos, she talks about her January book haul, which includes titles like Margot & Me by Juno Dawson, and The Other Half of Happiness by Ayisha Malik.
One of Luke’s biggest projects recently has been writing and directing the feature-length film The Drowning of Arthur Braxton, which is currently in post-production.
As a co-organiser of Summer in the City, Luke has appeared on numerous panel discussions at the event over the years. In 2016, he revealed on the Fandom panel that he was, in fact, part of a YouTube fandom himself: “This is super awkward and I apologise,” said Luke. “But, I would say that I spent rather a lot of time, years ago, in the TomSka fandom. I never told [Tom] that.”
“It all makes sense now; the phone calls, the crying, the rustling in the bushes…” said Tom in response, cuddling into Luke.
In 2016, the Canadian YouTuber (living in California) made a cameo as Moxie Dewdrop in the movie Trolls, alongside Carrie Hope Fletcher as Cookie and Connie Glynn, who also had one of Moxie’s lines. Her latest videos include Girls In Their Room which recently hit 1.5 million views and a tutorial on creating your own DIY hologram.
At Summer In The City 2016, Lex appeared on the Balancing YouTube with Everyday Life panel. On the topic of mental health and dealing with critique, she stated: “I think sometimes the abuse gets to you. There can be points where you’re like, ‘I can’t see another comment saying that I should die in a hole today, like I just don’t need that in my life today’”
Lex also supported Project for Awesome in 2016 by raising money for Cats Protection.
In our cover star interview, she said: “People often see YouTubers as these idealised versions of themselves, and it’s quite nice to just be honest about the fact that I am anxious, or I do make ridiculous decisions, or I do, like… cry at dogs in the street”.
The 19-year-old creator makes a variety of content and has recently been uploading weekly vlogs detailing his life. He also frequently puts out challenge videos, collaborating with other YouTubers such as Karimchii.
Beauty vlogger Jordan has advice and tips on a whole range of styles. With her first video uploaded just a year ago, she has already nearly reached 500,000 subscribers on her channel. Her most popular video, How I Style My Short Hair | Long Bob, has over 6 million views.
In a Q+A video on her channel, she shares that she was inspired to create her channel by watching other beauty vloggers on YouTube, saying: “I’m a huge believer in doing what makes you happy, otherwise, what’s the point?”
Bird Keeper Toby
Toby’s channel focuses on videos about the Pokémon universe, the card games, video games, and general lore of the series. One of his channel series, called Pokémon Theories, explores theories about what’s really going on behind-the-scenes in the games.
Announced on 13 February:
- Dodie Clark
- The Midnight Beast
- John Chapman and Leon Bustin (TheLeanMachines)
- Saffron Barker
- Scola Dondo
- Tom ‘TomSka’ Ridgewell
- Jamie Jo
- Alex Bertie
Dodie Clark skyrocketed to fame in 2016 after the release of her debut EP Intertwined in November. It placed thirty-fifth on the official UK album charts a week later and dodie announced a UK tour set to take place in March 2017. She also launched her Vevo channel with a music video directed by Sammy Paul.
The song, Sick of Losing Soulmates, gained her the YouTube Song of the Year award at Summer in the City’s first ever creator awards in 2016. Tom ‘TomSka’ Ridgewell also won an award that year for Community Spirit.
“I’m doing a lot of different work around YouTube and presenting, but when it comes down to it, music is the thing that makes me happy,” dodie told TenEighty.
Prior to creating her YouTube channel, Saffron Barker was in a girl band called Born2Blush with three of her friends. In a revival of her musical background, she flew to Amsterdam in November to be a part of YouTuber Christmas charity single, Christmas Without You.
She and Jake Mitchell held joint meet-and-greets at Summer in the City 2016.
YouTube’s fitness duo, John Chapman and Leon Bustin (a.k.a. TheLeanMachines) released their first book in 2016, Eat Well, Move Better and Feel Awesome, which recently sold out after the pair appeared on an episode of Sunday Brunch.
Known for her Disney-inspired videos and artistic creations, Jamie Jo recently passed the 300,000 subscriber mark on her channel BananaJamana.
On the Baking/Cooking panel at Summer in the City 2015, she remarked that it’s more relatable for an audience if you get things wrong sometimes, in reference to a Japanese cheesecake she’d attempted.
She also took part in the Popularity vs Integrity panel in 2016 and shocked the audience when she shared that once she had to shut down a collaboration because the other party wanted sexual favours in return.
The Midnight Beast
The Midnight Beast appeared with dodie on Summer in the City’s Musicians on YouTube panel in 2016, as well as performing on the main stage to a packed crowd. That year the trio also hosted a pre-release screening and Q+A for their Vimeo original film All Killer, a twisted musical parody of Glee.
Since then they’ve gone from strength to strength, recently creating a Grease-inspired Valentine’s Day short for Sky Arts.
In November, YouTube launched the #MadeForYou campaign, which brought mainstream attention to a diverse range of creators. Both Scola Dondo and Tom Ridgewell were featured and took part in a 360-degree photoshoot in London’s National Gallery.
On the Ethnicity and Diversity Online panel, Scola emphasised how creators should embrace their culture and that audiences want to see something new and different.
Tom ‘TomSka’ Ridgewell
Tom has released plenty of new shorts over the last year, and in 2017 he will be attending the Sundance Institute’s Creator Intensive programme along with fellow filmmaker Adrian Bliss.
Discussing the subject of calling people out in our cover interview, he said: “My biggest problem was that I was being hypocritical. In 2014, I was one way and now I’m calling out other people for being that same way. When I see something I hate, instead of making it worse, now I just want to fix it.”
Alex Bertie made his name on YouTube through speaking up about transgender issues and documenting his own transition. In our 2015 interview with Alex, he said: “I just wanted to put my life out there, I guess, and do my best to help people with what I was going through.”
He revealed that when it comes to oversharing he has no limit, but he also added that if you’re worried about being taken out of context you should always ask yourself, ‘What would Tumblr think?’
Check back on Monday for more guest announcements!
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