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Fans Are Dragging Organizers After TanaCon Proved To Be A Total Bust

You’ve probably heard of VidCon, the annual convention for YouTube creators and fans that’s been around since 2010. But this year, YouTuber Tana Mongeau decided to start her own convention: TanaCon. And oh, boy. Buckle your seatbelt for this one, because we’re about to take a wild ride.

According to Newsweek, Mongeau was upset with VidCon because she didn’t have her own meet-and-greet area for fans organized by the event, resulting in her getting mobbed by people. So she decided to partner with a production company called Good Times to hold TanaCon the same weekend as VidCon, and brought in other YouTube creators—some of whom were also scheduled to appear at VidCon—right across the street from VidCon. She also promised something that VidCon didn’t have: free tickets.



Here’s where things start getting a little strange. “Featured Creator” tickets were free, but fans could also pay $65 for a “Featured Fucking Creator” (FFC) ticket, which boasted a goodie bag and fast pass for meet-and-greets, among other things. While Mongeau claimed that thousands of free tickets had been claimed, Twitter user @cacasmiddlename pointed out that people had only seen evidence of purchased FFC tickets, and not a single fan had come forward saying they’d gotten a free ticket, suggesting that Mongeau and Good Times had scammed people to make them think the event was sold out.



To make matters worse, the Marriott hotel that TanaCon was held in was not at all big enough for the amount of people that showed up—estimates are as high as 20,000, Select All reports. Many of those fans waited for several hours outside in the heat and sun just to get inside, but were told that the venue had reached capacity and that the event was canceled. And during all of this, there weren’t vendors selling food or water outside or inside in the venue, so fans were hungry and angry, leading to a recurring chant of “Refund! Refund!” Which is fair—I definitely wouldn’t want to pay $65 for a sunburn and an empty stomach.

The gift bags that came with an FFC ticket were also reportedly underwhelming: The bags only included some stickers and condoms, which seems in poor taste when the main demographic is young teenage girls, not to mention not anywhere close to being worth $65. And the “fast passes” that were part of the FFC experience also turned out to be a sham, since they weren’t guaranteed to meet the creators they paid to skip lines for, nor even be guaranteed to be at the front of the line—people with free tickets and FFC tickets alike all stood in the same line.



For more on what fans experienced, you can read @cacasmiddlename’s whole Twitter thread on the experience—it’s quite a journey.

Day two of the event was canceled completely, but Select All reports that fans weren’t notified, many showing up at the venue only to be turned away by employees. After all of the drama, both Mongeau and Good Times took to Twitter to apologize, with Mongeau claiming fans would be refunded. There’s still no word on whether those refunds actually went through, however.

Some other YouTubers who attended the event, like Shane Dawson and James Charles, defended Mongeau on Twitter, but acknowledged the disaster of it all.


Both Dawson and Mongeau have said on Twitter that they plan to make videos about TanaCon to give their side of the story, Dawson even saying his will be a three-part series. I know I’ll be waiting like everyone else to watch those videos, but I have a feeling Mongeau and Good Times won’t be let off the hook so easily.

TanaCon has already drawn comparisons to the infamous Fyre Festival, and it’s likely to go down in history as one of the worst attempts at a convention in recent memory (RIP Dashcon).

Looks like you win this round, VidCon.

Erica Kam is the Life Editor at Her Campus. She oversees the life, career, and news verticals on the site, including academics, experience, high school, money, work, and Her20s coverage. Over her six years at Her Campus, Erica has served in various editorial roles on the national team, including as the previous Culture Editor and as an editorial intern. She has also interned at Bustle Digital Group, where she covered entertainment news for Bustle and Elite Daily. She graduated in 2021 with a bachelor’s degree in English and creative writing from Barnard College, where she was the senior editor of Columbia and Barnard’s Her Campus chapter and a deputy copy editor for The Columbia Spectator. When she's not writing or editing, you can find her dissecting K-pop music videos for easter eggs and rereading Jane Austen novels. She also loves exploring her home, the best city in the world — and if you think that's not NYC, she's willing to fight you on it.