Summer in the City is this weekend. We repeat, Summer in the City is this weekend.
It’s nearly time for our favourite event of the year, a weekend filled with fangirling over our favourite YouTubers and spending time with friends and those who share our appreciation for online video. This year’s Summer in the City is jam-packed with oodles of YouTube’s top established and up-and-coming creators, and to say we’re excited to see them all would be an understatement.
While many of those in attendance will be holding meet and greets, tons more will be meeting viewers at stands and throughout the convention center and we highly advocate taking the time to meet those creators you haven’t before watched. Not sure who to check out? Fear not! We’ve compiled a list of 10 creators we think deserve more recognition. However, don’t just stop at this list. Be sure to check out the official guest list and discover some awesome new YouTubers to add to your sub box!
Did you know there’s a British YouTuber whose day job revolves around training for the world’s biggest sporting competition? No, we don’t mean Tom Daley. We’re talking about Oliver Lam-Watson. This former architecture student left university life to join the British Wheelchair Fencing Team and he’s hoping to compete in the 2020 paralympic games!
If you couldn’t tell by our introduction, Ollie is a total sports buff, and that enthusiasm shines through on his YouTube channel. Many of his videos document the training he engages in, while others work toward breaking the stigma around the word “disability”. Ollie was born with a vascular disorder that affects his left leg and he thus walks with crutches, and he works hard to ensure his videos inspire those with similar disabilities to persevere, take chances and not hold back.
Ollie will be sitting on two panels during Summer in the City 2018. On 11 August, be sure to catch him on the Sports Online Panel at 13.00 BST and the Disability Online Panel at 17.00 BST.
Megan Jayne Crabbe
Body positivity, colourful hair and a whole lot of positive vibes, there’s seriously nothing we don’t love about Megan Jayne Crabbe and her (fairly new) YouTube channel!
Some readers might know Megan from her successful blog, but she’s recently spent the better part of the year making her mark on YouTube with her messages of self-love and empowerment. When not blogging, filming videos or collaborating with some of our fave creators (she’s filmed with Grace F. Victory), Megan can be found promoting her new book, Body Positive Power: How to stop dieting, make peace with your body and live. It’s definitely a must-read, if you ask us!
Megan will be appearing on two panels during this year’s Summer in the City. On 11 August, catch her on the the Body Positivity Panel at 13.00 BST and the Women Online Panel at 15.00 BST.
Those of you looking for a YouTuber who can do it all need look no further than Simon Clark, whose channel is filled to the brim with engaging and super educational content. If you’re writers like us, you’ll also be pleased to know he’s a fan of the Oxford comma.
Whether you’re a fan of educational videos, vlogging, books or podcasts, Simon’s channel has everything you could need. This PhD graduate is using his degree to help spread his love for knowledge on YouTube and we for one are totally here for it – anything to make learning entertaining.
You’ll be pleased to know Simon will be sitting on two panels this weekend. On 11 August, you can catch him on the Creating as a Career Panel at 15.00 BST, while on 12 August he’ll be a part of the Education Panel at 14.00 BST.
Anyone who reads our magazine knows how much we love food – in fact, baking videos are our guilty pleasure – so, of course, we’d include Kate Murdoch, AKA In The Kitchen With Kate, on our list.
Whether you’re a fan of baked goods, watching people eat candy from different countries or the occasional travel vlog, Kate’s channel is the one for you. She currently boasts just over 160,000 subscribers and her growth shows no sign of slowing down anytime soon. Trust us, try following a couple of her recipes and we guarantee you’ll be a hit with all your friends.
You can catch Kate at this year’s Summer in the City on 12 August. She’ll be sitting on the Vlogging Panel, which is set to get underway at 15.00 BST.
Liam Scott Edwards
A little known fact about us here at TenEighty HQ is that we’re long-time Pokémon fans. We’ve collected the cards, watched the TV series, played all the Nintendo games and are still avid players of Pokémon GO. We’re madly in love with the series, which is why we simply had to include Liam Scott Edwards.
We don’t know about you, but we think Liam is the biggest Pokémon fan around, especially given he has a whole channel dedicated to the franchise. He also has a charitable side, having recently hosted a live stream where he raised £2,550 for charity. Twitch more your thing? Fear not, for Liam is an avid streamer!
At this year’s Summer in the City, Liam will be competing in the Splatoon 2 showdown. As well, he’ll be appearing on 11 August’s Poké Tubers Panel at 14.00 BST.
Fashion and beauty are two of the hottest genres on YouTube at the moment, with many of their creators wowing us with how on-point their content is. Many of these creators are located right here in the UK, and one of them is the lovely and always charming Lucy Wood.
Lucy’s channel is pretty much a fashion lover’s dream. Looking for some seasonal style ideas? There is many a video. Interested in checking out other people’s hauls? We can check that off the list. Are you a makeup challenge fanatic? There’s definitely a few. As well, those of us who’ve been bitten by the bullet journal bug have a home in Lucy’s channel, as she too is an avid journal user and is constantly showing off her latest setups. Honestly, her journals are total #AestheticGoals.
Lucy’s going to be super busy this weekend, appearing on three panels! On 10 August, catch her on the Women in the Online Video Industry Panel at 16.00 BST. On 11 August, she’ll be hosting a Q&A session with Jodie Porteous at 12.30 BST and will be sitting on the Self Esteem & Confidence Panel at 16.00 BST.
YouTube has always been a safe place where people can be who they want. For many in the LGBTQ+ community, it’s where they’ve shared their stories and found the inspiration to be themselves and grow. These creators are showing people it’s okay to love who they are, which is why we love Steph Kyriacou.
Steph is a trans YouTuber whose channel covers everything, from his transition to videos about inclusivity in the community. He also allows his audience into his life with frequent (and entertaining) Q&As, and he even has a video dedicated to his pet snake, which is totally cool! We would love a snake for the office, but some people claim to be scared of them…
Catch Steph at this year’s Summer in the City, where he’ll be appearing on 12 August’s Gender Identity Panel, which is set to start at 15.00 BST.
Many of the best up-and-coming YouTubers are those who are still in school and, if we’re being honest, a lot of them are growing much faster than some of those who have been on the platform for a while. One such creator experience this rapid growth is Lydia Violeta.
Lydia is pretty much any secondary school student’s dream YouTuber. Not only does she have videos about revision, which are highly helpful during those stressful GCSE times, but she also has videos about school fashion and her morning routine. Oh, and did we mention she also posts the occasional weekly vlog?
There’s a lot of variety of Lydia’s channel and we promise you’ll fall in love with it, just as we have.
Jessica Kellgren-Fozard describes her channel as “Adding vintage fabulousness to a life with disabilities and chronic illnesses, aided by my beautiful wife Claudia and our adorable pups” and we don’t think we could have come up with a better description.
Jessica is a deaf YouTuber who uses the platform to raise awareness about disability, while also showing off her enviable vintage style. Her videos are open and honest, and she doesn’t shy away from covering topics many might avoid. As well, she is a proud member of the LGBTQ+ community and occasionally will upload videos with her lovely wife.
Jessica will be appearing on three panels this Summer in the City. On 10 August, she’ll be sitting on the How to Grow Your Audience by Using Captions Panel at 16.00 BST, while on 11 August she’ll be appearing on the Women Online Panel at 15.00 BST and the Disability Panel at 17.00 BST.
We’ve featured Leslie Wai a few times on TenEighty and we’re going to continue to do so because he’s continually blowing us away with his musical genius.
If you’re a fan of electronic music, Leslie’s channel is definitely the one for you. Not only does it feature mashups and remixes, it also features some stellar original music and comedy specials that’ll definitely have you clicking subscribe. (We’re 100% referring to the otter video.) We love his sense of humour and how he isn’t afraid to poke fun at himself. Oh, and did we mention he was nominated for a Shorty Award earlier this year?
You can catch Leslie at Summer in the City on 11 August, as he’ll be appearing on the Music Panel at 13.00 BST.
So there you have it…
10 YouTubers you 100% need to check out at Summer in the City 2018! We hope you give their channels a watch and stop by the panels they’ll be appearing on – we know we’ll be in the audience. Who are you excited to see at this year’s event? Be sure to send us a tweet to @TenEightyUK and let us know!
Want more Summer in the City? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered:
- 10 Out of 10: A Decade of Summer in the City
- Elle Mills in TenEighty’s 2018 Print Edition
- Nintendo Announce Summer in the City Splatoon 2 Showdown
- Summer in the City Announce New Gameplay Area
- Summer in the City Announces International Vlogging Day