TikTok threw a party at VidCon and hundreds of influencers were turned away

15 July 2019, 15:34 | Updated: 15 July 2019, 15:37

Tana Mongeau
Tana Mongeau. Picture: Jerod Harris/Getty Images // Twitter: @taylorlorenz

By Rachel Finn

Hundreds of influencers queued for hours to try and get into the party.

VidCon descended on Anaheim, California over the weekend, but it turned into chaos one night when a TikTok party was stormed by TikTok influencers who couldn’t get in.

The creator-only party was so popular that hundreds of TikTok influencers were left outside waiting to get in, some of them with over 100k followers who had been queuing for hours.

According to The Atlantic, the event was already so packed by its 8pm start time that hundreds of creators were left standing outside and by 9:45pm, security guards were threatening to shut the party down if people didn’t stop trying to push their way in. By the time the party was over, fans hung around long afterwards in an attempt to meet some of their favourite creators.

Inside, the event, which wasn’t officially affiliated with VidCon, saw Ty Dolla $ign perform and the party was full of memes from the app, including an ‘Old Town Road’ by Lil Nas X photo booth and thousands of gummy bears referencing the Gummy Bear Challenge. A range of influencers were in attendance, including Tana Mongeau, Alli Fitz, Ashly Schwan and Loren Gray.

TikTok was big news at VidCon, which is celebrating its tenth anniversary. At the conference, creators and fans alike could be found outside the venue doing some of its dance challenges.

TikTok was the third most installed app worldwide in the first quarter of 2019 and currently claims to have over 1.2 billion users globally. For comparison, that could potentially be more than Instagram, who announced they had reached the 1 billion user mark last June.