To celebrate a decade of VidCons, the storied digital convention has announced a new class of ‘Featured Creator’ for this year’s event — or the YouTube stars who are invited free of charge and featured prominently across panels and programming.
This year, as VidCon winks back to its founding days, the Viacom-owned conference will spotlight a handful of OG YouTube stars it’s referring to as ‘Founding Featured Creators‘ — or early viral stars who have attended VidCon since its inception. Nevertheless, many of these creators are no longer active on the platform today.
The initial roster includes controversial family vlogger and entrepreneur Shay Carl, top BuzzFeed exec Ze Frank, deep-voiced crooner Tay Zonday, LGBTQ commentary creator Michael Buckley, musician Dave Days, music video parody artist Brittani Louise Taylor, retired vlogger Will Hyde, and singer Julie Nunes. VidCon founders John and Hank Green have also included themselves within the Founding Featured Creator class, per this year’s lineup — which you can check out in full right here. In addition to the Founding Featured Creators, VidCon also said it would produce “throwback activations” for this year’s event — though it remains to be seen what this entails.
In addition to the 27 Founding Featured Creators announced today, VidCon also announced 42 standard Featured Creators, representing some of the platform’s most influential voices today. They include: Cristine ‘Simply Nailogical’ Rotenberg, Emma Chamberlain, Joey Graceffa, Safiya Nygaard, Tre Melvin, Elle Mills, Miles McKenna, Karina Garcia, Matthew Patrick, and the Eh Bee Family.
Tickets for VidCon, to be held from July 10 to 13 at the Anaheim Convention Center, are on sale now. Passes begin at $100 for Community Track access throughout the weekend.