As Summer in the City 2017 drew to a close, we took a wander through the corridors of the ExCeL. Our goal? To meet some of Summer in the City’s unsung heroes: the dads.
While we were having the time of our lives, we must not forget the dads of Summer in the City who, as well as accompanying a family member to the event, had been reading, sleeping, and drinking a substantial amount of coffee.
As a salute of respect, here are some of our favourite sad dads of Summer in the City 2017.
We had the pleasure of interviewing these dads, and to make things interesting, we had a collection of YouTubers’ photos in order to test their dad knowledge.
We also gave each dad a “sad dad” rating out of ten – ten being happy, and one for super sad.
To kick things off, it’s Clifford, all the way from Northern Ireland. This dad had endured both Saturday and Sunday of Summer in the City, after travelling a considerable distance with his two daughters.
We asked Clifford, “If you had to pick one word to describe Summer in the City, what would it be?” Clifford didn’t disappoint us with his answer – “Why?” – claiming that he didn’t understand what Summer in the City was, or why it existed. We felt like we had a lot of educating to do.
Poor Clifford. Despite his confusion, he did manage to identify one out of the five YouTubers. We gave Clifford a sad dad rating of 5.5/10, simply because he was trying his very best.
Nice one, Clifford.
Next up, it’s Duncan. Duncan attended Summer in the City on Saturday and Sunday with his daughter, after travelling from Boston in Lincolnshire.
Duncan told us that his daughter is a huge fan of Connie Glynn, but he unfortunately couldn’t name any of the YouTubers we showed him.
We gave Duncan a sad dad rating of 3/10, due to the fact that he definitely needed a nap, or another cup of coffee.
The next dad we interviewed was Dom, from Portsmouth. Dom was at Summer in the City with his wife (whose name we didn’t manage to catch), his daughter, and his nephew. Dom had attended every single day of SitC – Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Major respect to this dad.
We also asked Dom to describe the event with one word. He chose “colourful”. We strongly agree with this.
Dom managed to figure out who two of the YouTubers were, and he seemed to know what was what. We gave Dom 7/10, because he seemed to be a cheery, knowledgeable guy.
We found our the next dad in a coffee shop. Mike had travelled down from Liverpool for the day, in order to bring his daughter and her friend to Summer in the City.
When asked to describe SitC in one word, Mike decided upon “interesting”. Well, he’s not wrong.
Mike managed to identify two of the YouTubers we showed him (with some help from his daughter), so we’ve given him a sad dad rating of 6/10.
Our next dad definitely gets the award for the most chilled out dad at Summer in the City. We were walking by the Main Stage when we spotted James, laying on the floor, headphones in, watching the golf.
James had come to SitC for the day with his daughter. He didn’t manage to identify any of the YouTubers, but we loved the fact that he thought Dodie Clark‘s name was “Dodo”.
We were impressed by James’s chill vibes – we aspire to his level of chill. Even with the screams from the Main Stage, he still managed to carry on with his usual Sunday activities.
We gave James a sad dad rating of 4/10, because he would have much rather been at home watching the golf on a bigger screen.
The last dad we interviewed was Rob, from Worcester. Rob had accompanied his daughter to Summer in the City, but told us that he is also a big fan of YouTube.
Rob told us that he regularly uses YouTube for fitness and nutritional videos, which we think is super cool.
We asked Rob to describe SitC in one word and he said “inspirational”. He told us that he loved the inclusivity of the event and that there were YouTubers from every part of life.
Rob only recognised one of the YouTubers we showed him. However, he did tell us that he planned to see Dodie on the Main Stage later that evening.
We gave Rob a sad dad rating of 8/10, because he was a cool, sad dad.
We’re glad we got to interview these dads, but also a big shout out to all the mums who came to Summer in the City too!
Photos by Aria Mark.
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