Imagine a mob of fans greeting you in the lobby of your favorite hotel before you can even check in. That’s soon to be the reality for the YouTube stars heading to Orlando this weekend for Playlist Live. I’ll admit it, I’m a Playlist Live rookie. Even though it’s one of the closest YouTube gatherings to my hometown in Ohio, this will be my first one.
For those of you unfamiliar with the event, Playlist Live is the annual YouTube gathering started in 2011 by District Lines and held in Orlando Florida. I’ve always looked at it as VidCon’s cute, less popular sister. That being said it still features some of the biggest and brightest stars the industry has to offer. This year you’ll find none other than Rhett and Link, Jenna Marbles, Nice Peter, Wheezy Waiter, Toby Turner, Shay Carl and so many more.
Tickets for this year are already sold out and that includes Standard passes, Business Insight Passes and Parent Passes. That’s right, there are special passes for parents being forced to attend that will allow them the use of a special “Parent’s Only” lounge while their children join the fan mobs. Take a look at the highlights from last year:
Of course the thing I’ll be looking forward to the most this year is the Business Insight schedule. There is nothing quite like learning best practices for online video, straight from the people who have paved the way for this growing industry. If it’s as much like VidCon as I expect it to be, I’ll have some great tips to share with you all in the coming weeks.
If you happen to see me around the convention this year, don’t hesitate to come up and say hi! That is unless you’re a crazed security guard. And if you missed out on getting tickets to the Orlando version of Playlist Live, don’t worry! They have added a second venue in New Jersey this November and there is always VidCon in Anaheim this June.