Summer in the City 2017

Summer in the City gets better and better every year I swear.

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This has been my third year volunteering at SitC and second as a Team Leader in the Meet and Greet area, and what can I say? Every year I fall more and more in love with the event.

For those of you who live under a rock or something, Summer in the City is the UKs largest YouTube convention and it has panels, merch stalls, three small stages that were new this year, the main stage and the meet and greet area.

Thursday is just a day for us volunteers to get together and do about 7.000 goody bags, and I’m not even exagerating a little, we did a total of 7.000 of them. But its a nice environment because the whole volunteer family gets together and we get to know some of the newbies and see friends whom we haven’t seen in a year. After the long day of goody bagging we all went back to our respective apartments and something that was different for me this year was that myself and five of my friends were sharing a flat about 12 min away from the venue, in the same building as probably about 30 more people from our SitC family. My flat and our amazing Key Team Leader Charlotte had pizza and drinks in the apartment all in our pjs and had a chance to catch up in everything that has happened in the last year.

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Friday morning came around and we all had different start times in the flat but myself and Alex, who is my SitC hubby and without whom I think I’d jump off of the ExCel roof at some point over the weekend, we started at 12. It was a very relaxed day seeing as there is not meet and greets on Friday so we had anxiety and panic training and then had a chance to wonder around the merch stalls and see everything that was happening in the expo hall. We ran in to Gary C when he was relaxing with a facemask and some kind of glove things so we joined him for a cheeky facemask. Then we did the instagram booth which had a swing and massive colourful baloons behind it, did a boomerang and another few photos before we went and helped out with the SitC merch and rolled some tshirts. I ran in to some more of the YouTubers whom were in my four lanes of m&g over the weekend so I introduced myself just so I would actually know their faces and they would know mine when the time came around. We all went to the pub after we were done just to have some dinner and catch up with more people, also to not just go home right after a long day.

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Saturday I woke up and I do believe that the first words that came out of my mouth were “Alex, meet and greet starts today!” (obviously in a very sleepy and exhausted but at the same time excited voice). We got to the ExCel bright and early, had briefing all of us together and then us M&Gs went over and briefed all the volunteers and did some role-playing which is always fun, it gets the newbies more relaxed and comfortable around us all which is lovely. 12pm stress hit as we had thirteen m&g starting at the same time, thirteen. It was good though, once we got back in to the flow we managed to sort it out and everything ran perfectly. I had some amazing people on my lanes like Miles McKenna, Mark Ferris, Lucy Moon and Kingsley whom were all lovely! (There was more but I can’t be expected to remember everyones names, soz) There were some that ran over time (*cough* Niki and Sammy *cough*) because the YouTubers love talking to their viewers which is the sweetest thing. As per usual I became the “official Albon body guard” so after all my m&gs were done I helped Niki and Sammy at their merch m&g and then got them to the afterparty safely. It’s always nice seeing them two, like Niki said, if I don’t take care of them over the weekend no one will haha! After the day was done the floor2-flat2 people went to the O2 for dinner, but we were all so delirious we crashed when we got home.

Sunday, bittersweet Sunday. It’s the last day of SitC. M&Gs ran smoothly over the day although if I have to hear the words “fast track” again I might actually jump of the previously mentioned roof. Because there was so many fast-tracks I was actually around the crowd of fans again which I haven’t been in two years and it reminded me a lot of why I love this event, they’re all so blooming lovely! I had wonderful people like Pete Bucknall, Brizzy, MeetTheVloggers and The Gabbie Show (again, amongst others) on Sunday and they were all absolute stars! I actually had time to take a break and go see  my lovely friend Georgie whom I only seem to manage to see for about 30min once a year during SitC because we’re both so busy.. But nevertheless, it’s always lovely to see her! Surprisingly we finished with enough time to go to briefing, get changed and enjoy some of the rides and main stage performances before the night was over. Sunday night is always messy for us SitC volunteers as we all rally at the pub and have a few drinks, get emotional telling each other how much we love each other, what an amazing job we’ve all done and things like that that obviously go very well with the downing drinks, haha! The afterparty was very nice, got to catch up with some of the YouTubers and thank them for being so amazing as well as keeping up the praise with the volunteers. I ended up being the responsible one drinking water from about midnight and putting people in cabs home so that everyone got home safe and leaving last with Georgie and Lee. But it was a fantastic night and I wouldn’t change it.

Now, here comes the bit where I get sloppy and emotional and thank some people whom have made this weekend amazing, however I don’t have time to thank everyone so if you’re not in here please don’t get offended.

Georgie and Lee – thank you for aways being honest with us, whether we’ve majorly screwed up, not doing our jobs 100% to your liking or if we are being amazing, you’re always honest with us which is highly appreciated. You two always make managing a massive group of volunteers that are running the event look easy, when it really isn’t; you guys take a lot for us and you’re always inspiring (I believe I’ve had drunken chats with both of you about this on Sunday, lol). And of course, thank you for trusting me enough to bring me back and still give me all the responsibility you give me.

Charlotte – the shining star from heaven above that makes me not crawl up in to a ball of tears at the end of the corridor of doom every year come Sunday afternoon. Thank you for all you do, for making sure that myself, the rest of the M&G TLs are alright and above all, thanks for never bullshitting us and telling us both good and bad. You’re the glue that holds us together and we all meant everything that was said in the little huddle outside the pub. Love ya heaps.

My fellow m&g TLs – don’t even know where to start with you guys. Obviously this year we had our little newbie Lor, you were a star. We all know how stressful it is, specially it being your first year, but you handled it like an absolute pro and weren’t afraid to ask for help whenever needed. Meg, I feel like I barely saw you this year compared to last year because you were all the way down in 1 and I was all the way in 14! Having said that however, it’s always nice to know that you’re there, that you can help me with whatever so thank you for a second year of “which blonde team leader do you mean?”. Alex, my SitC hubby, you are my rock, you really are. I don’t think I say it enough, but you and me and the dynamics we have and how we work together really helps me get through the stress and the 50+km that the weekend brings. You always have that smile on your face and so much energy and you just lift my mood even if you’re just doing random yoga backstage or sitting on the trolly like the queen you are. I love you all so much, please don’t go making any other plans for the weekend of SitC because I can’t do it on my own.

Now that that is done, that the weekend is done and that my SitC blues has lead me to already put SitC 2018 in my calendar and make a countdown for it on my phone, I’mma go try find myself in the SitC vlogs that have come up.

Thank you creators, organisers, contractors, mcm, kilimanjaro, all the previously mentioned people, and of course, thank you to my SitC family for yet another amazing weekend. See you all in August 2018 (if not before!)

Also, tickets for SitC 2018 have already gone on sale if ya’ll wanna come and meet some fab YouTubers -> http://shop.sitc-event.co.uk/

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SitC 2016.

Summer in the City has now come and gone and once again I’m left here exhausted and so full of love.

So for those of you who live under a big rock don’t know what SitC is, it’s the UK’s largest YouTube event thingy where a bunch of youtubers have panels and meet and greets and there’s a chance for them to meet their viewers. I think that’s the best way I can explain it.

This year is my second year volunteering at SitC and I was offered a position as a Meet and Greet Team leader, yes, you are now allowed to feel impressed by my promotion. This meant that I was in charge of about 9/12 green shirts, aka normal volunteers, at a time as well as the youtubers who were having their meet and greets and it was both very stressful and a lot of fun.

On Thursday the Team Leaders went to the ExCel to meet one another, have a little bonding sesh and a bit of training whilst putting together what felt like a gazillion goody bags for all the attendees.. We then took the cable cart and went for a Cheeky Nando’s and literally took over the top floor at Nando’s at the O2.

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Friday the fun started with Creator and Industry day at SitC. This is the day when aspiring youtubers get to go in and spend an extra day getting tips and tricks from the youtubers and YouTube people about how to grow their community and create better content and stuff like that. For us volunteers it means it’s the last chance to get everything set.
On Friday I was with the Guest Liaison team and was put on babysitting duty with Niki and Sammy which wasn’t that bad seeing as they’re very nice and as I know their sister we got to skip that very awkward “you’re famous and I’m not” fase.

Saturday the madness started. We had to get our green shirts and brief them on how M&G’s work, put them in to teams, do role playing, go over the rules and just get everything set before the first M&G started at 12. My first ones were the Saccone Jolys, Emma Blackery, Dodie and Evan, Mike Murphy and Cherry Wallis and they were all absolutely lovely and made my job so much easier! I should mention that I was not the only M&G Team Leader, I had three amazing other Team Leaders with me called Meg, Alex and Tyler and our epic Key Team Leader Charlotte. We all kinda kept an eye out for everyone else’s M&G’s whilst people were on their breaks or just if someone had to take care of something else that was urgent. So even though those were the youtubers I had been assigned for the day doesn’t mean that I was the only one taking care of them or that they were the only ones I was taking care of.
Saturday did run quite late but we managed to all be out of there by 9.30pm which gave me enough time to get some sleep before the Sunday madness.

Sunday was then ofcourse our last day, which once you’re there and you realise that it kinda brings you down and makes you so so so sad. But we powered through it and obviously killed it! I had so many people in my lines that had several M&G’s at the same time that I kept running up and down those queues like crazy. We were also very understaffed on Sunday as Ballot Wristbanding only had 10 people and we were giving them a hand as much as we could. Sunday consisted of taking care of Dodie, Helen Anderson, Jon Cozart, Mike Murphy and Luke Korns, again all so incredibly lovely!

Because I didn’t take a break on Saturday my lovely Key Team Leader practically kicked me out of the M&G area so I would take even just a half a hour break after me insisting I wanted to stick around and make sure Mike was alright as he was feeling a bit under the weather when he came down. But I used my break wisely and went to see my lovely friend Georgie who I hadn’t seen since SitC 2015! Finally got to hug her and catch up very quickly and now I have her whole family helping me meet up with her sometime soon hopefully because we all find it unacceptable the fact that it’s been a year and we haven’t managed to see each other!

Once my break was done I had to go back and help my team with the whole Jedward M&G which was caos. Meg and I helped a bit with Directional and Roaming seeing as some of “our” youtubers were running around having impromtu M&G’s around the merch area and I don’t know, I think both Meg and I felt kind of responsible for them in some weird way haha! After it was all done and dusted and the Jedward M&G was finally done (after they ran 1.30h over) we had a little de-brief and got called on stage by Tom and Ben to say thank you to all us volunteers and say goodbye to SitC 2016.

I can honestly say I cried at the end of the night when the pub was closing and me and Alex had to go get the DLR or we wouldn’t make it home. I’ve had such an amazing experience at SitC this year where I now feel like a part of this amazing family where everyone is just so amazing. I feel very lucky that I get to do this and that they picked me as a Team Leader, specially wanting to do events myself as a full time job. I’m so thankful to Georgie, Lee and Tammy for being so amazing at their job and for trusting that I could do mine. I’m proud of my amazing Meet and Greeters, all the green shirts were just epic and so helpful whenever we needed them they were always there, no arguments, no complaints nothing, just there to help. But my squad, my other M&G Team Leaders, those are the people I just can not even express how grateful I am I have them. Not only because of how hard they worked and the incredible team we make but because I genuenly consider them my friends. We said it so many times during briefings and debriefs that it sounds like it has no meaning any more but we were rock solid, such a strong team and the fact that we had two days to properly bond and build this friendship before getting in to the madness I think is what made us the dream team.

So now that I’m done getting mushy with you guys I’m going to go take a break, a very long break. Wake me up when it’s time for SitC 2017.

All the love
xx

Summer in the City 2015.

Best three days of my life.

For those of you who don’t know Summer in the City is a YouTube convention put up and created by three lovely guys every summer in London. There’s panels where youtubers talk about everything and anything from equality and what it’s like being behind the camera to LGBTQ+ and being a small youtuber. Literally anything you can think of they will talk about. But that’s not the only thing there is, there are also merch stands if said youtubers want to sell some of their merch, there’s funfair rides (like one or two), other small craft stands, a main stage area where there’s concerts and performances basically all day. And if that wasn’t enough to sell you on the fact that SitC is the best event of the summer, there’s meet and greets as well, so you get to take a photo and meet these super famous youtubers!

Now that I’ve explained that for those who have been living under a rock (*cough* dad *cough*) I will now proceed to tell you all about my very first experience at SitC.

I suppose beginning from day one is a good start. Day one (Friday) for me was attending Creator day. Creator day was introduced last year (I think, don’t quote me on that haha!) and is basically where a lot of us people with smaller YouTube channels (youtube.com/annancarms95) can go and learn about anything really. So I got that for Carmi as one of her birthday gifts way back when and it was finally time for us to attend, so off we went! I think we attended like four panels and, in my own opinion, learnt a lot. We also talked to one of the actual YouTube people and they helped us out with tips on what we can do to better our channel, which I will get to work with when I actually get a moment to breathe haha!

For day two and three I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to volunteer and actually work the event, which I enjoyed so bloody much!

During day two I clocked in 12.30h which was like 7.30h more than scheduled, I took one 10min break to just shove some food in to my mouth, when I got home I was exhausted and could not feel my feet, but I loved every second of it.

So the days, for me, started at 5am because I had to be at the ExCel London at 8am. When we got there it was briefing, we got our t-shirts and wristbands and then we just dove straight in. I had wristbanding first thing in the morning, which basically is checking tickets, putting wristbands on people, answering their questions and explaining where to go next. Thankfully I was stationed at a great table where we just got a system and all five of us worked like a team and it went super smoothly! We were there from about 9am until like 12.30pm when me and K (a lovely girl who I met there and worked a lot with the first day) headed over to meet and greets and helped out there. I got the chance to help with Dan and Phil’s M&G before I had to be in a panel room (where I was actually scheduled to be) and worked that for I think like an hour. Then it was so empty there so I was allowed to head back to M&G and ended up working Niki and Sammy’s M&G. Somewhere around this time I ran in to Chris (click here to read the post about him and his meetup) again and just chatted with him very quickly and briefly and showed him the video from my mother. He’s such a lovely human! Something I’ve realized over this weekend is that I’m not “in with the kids” anymore because I had no idea who half of these youtubers were haha! I had no idea who Niki and Sammy where, let alone that they had a sister. So I asked these three girls at the M&G to wait outside and one of them goes “Oh I’m their sister.” UPSY! Hahaha, but G was cool about me not having a clue who any of them were and we ended up talking for a bit. And just like that a beautiful friendship was born *internal choir going “aaawww”* After fooling around in M&G’s I had to help out with the panel that Dan and Phil were at because them fangirls be cray cray! So we were about 25 volunteers there working it, and after that I was done for the day haha! I did however stick around and hung out with K for a while helping out at M&G’s again. (can you tell I enjoyed working M&G’s??) Then I listened to one Myth City song, helped out with another impromptu M&G in the merch area and then at 8.30pm me and K clocked out. Done!

Sunday, Sunday fun-day! Again, waking up at 5am, briefing at 8am and wristbanding straight after. K wasn’t there on Sunday so I made new friends! Sunday was a much more chilled day when it comes to wristbanding. Saturday we didn’t get a chance to even breathe but Sunday it was so relaxed me and A (my new friend) were like dancing and screaming at people to come to us so we could scan their tickets and give them wristbands haha! Her and I had loads of fun though so it was well worth it! At about 12ish we left the wristbanding area and I went over to M&G’s for like an hour and a half and got put in an area where people had been let in and where queuing like 40min before the person who they were meeting was even supposed to turn up. So me being me I started making friends, they were all super chill so when I got there instead of standing around just looking at them I put on a show haha! I started telling people who I was, asking them not to die on my watch, to let me know if they needed anything and trying to get them pumped. Made loads of friends, probably not even half as many as people who thought I was a weirdo, but still, friends haha! Sadly though I was scheduled to be at a panel room at 2pm so I had to leave them and go do my actual work… But as the good volunteer I am I went and did the job! On one of my little breaks though I saw my little group of friends and I got hug-attacked (the only attack that is always allowed and appreciated). After the panels were done I helped at the Mazzi Maz M&G, he’s so funny haha!

When that was done and the guards where closing down and packing up things it hit me that SitC was almost over so I went over to the Meghan Tonjes concert and just stood there and enjoyed and took it all in for a bit before heading to the merch area to hang with G. Luckily her brothers were having a signing/impromptu M&G at their merch stand so it looked like I was doing crowd control (which I was also doing, I am a female, I can multitask). I ended up meeting like four other girls as well who know G and just chilling with them. The end ceremony thing was very pretty, everyone was at the Main Stage area and the organizers were on stage with all the purple-shirt volunteers and they were thanking us all and just saying goodbye. Then it was done.
The volunteers headed back to the volunteer room and the managers and organizers thanked us, we thanked them and gave them a little present and a card and got a lovely photo. I did get emotional but managed not to cry haha! When we were all done I thanked them personally and went to find G to say goodbye to her as well. Luckily she was still at the merch stand waiting for her brothers so I got to say goodbye and take a photo and then I actually had to leave haha! I had company for three stops on the DLR though, three of the other girls I’d met before were there so we chilled for a bit before hugging them goodbye as well.

Who have I seen this weekend? (I say seen because I wasn’t allowed to fangirl and meet anyone properly, which is understandable. Professionalism and what not) I have seen, Dan (danisnotonfire) and Phil (amazinphil) , Niki and Sammy (niki and sammy), Louis (funforlouis), Harrison (omgharrison), Mazz (mazzi maz), Will, Chai, Chris (supdaily06), Meghan (meghan tonjes) and oh so many more! I’ve seen a lot of faces that I recognize but have no idea what name belongs to them haha!

What was my favorite part? I don’t have one single favorite part but I’ll try and sum it up for you. One of the things I loved most was the feeling of being busy, the responsibility, the running around because I have somewhere to be and a job that needs to be done… A friend asked me the other day if there’s a good type of stress, the answer is yes, this type of stress is the good one. I absolutely loved it! Another thing I loved was fooling around with the attendees, just being nice to them, hearing their stories, where they’re from, why they like this specific youtuber so much, what makes them special… People fascinate me and this was just amazing! Best feeling ever is when some of the girls wanted photos with me because “the volunteers were doing such a great job” or because “I was so nice” or “I was their favorite volunteer” or because “I was so much fun”… I kept getting compliments left and right and it honestly, warms my heart. I don’t think I’ve ever gotten that many compliments… Ever! And it’s not just the complimenting me, but taking the time to thank the volunteer crew at an event really shows what type of person you are (spoiler: a great one!). Also, as I’ve said before and I’ll say it again, events is my passion, I love it, it’s what I want to do the rest of my life. Even though I clocked in 26h work in 48h, even though my feet hurt like hell, even though I’ve been running on like 5h sleep each day and even though my cold was killing me, I would have kept going if they’d let me. Going home both days I just felt like I had the energy to keep going for like two or three more hours which is amazing! That’s the feeling I want to have when I go home from work every single day.

This has now turned in to a three-page essay on me just blabbering and being an emotional mess because of my lack of sleep, so I’ll leave you with a few lovely photos of the weekend and I hope you all are happy and doing something you love! ❤

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Nice People.

Today has been good.

It’s been a good day today. Woke up and Mr. Boss Man and myself took a little roadtrip to one of the flats he owns to replace the dishwasher with one we had here at home. When we got home I went straight to bed and slept for about 20min because Carmi called me and took away 10min of my nap, thanks. Then it was time to go get C. When we got home we took the dog for a little walk before they went to get C’s new bike. She’s actually never learnt to ride a bike without help so we had fun teaching her, she’s not there yet but she’s very close 🙂 Then we had dinner and played with Lego, well, I built things whilst she talked. You know what? I really do understand why kids think it’s so much fun with Lego, quite entertaining really haha! Don’t judge, haha!

I am now just talking to a bunch of the other volunteers that will be working Summer in the City and you know what, people are freaking lovely. I am sooo looking forward to actually getting to work with them and meet all of them and make some new friends 🙂

Rollercoaster.

I was in a good mood today.

I had a very good nights sleep, I found out that I am going to be a volunteer at SitC which I am super excited about, I decided what days I’m going to America with my wonderful mother for some quality mother-daughter time and I was having a great day!

And now I am not, I’m not in a good mood nor having a great day anymore.

So I’m going to watch Jurassic Park and make myself even fatter. Thanks.