TikTok threw a party at VidCon and hundreds of influencers were turned away
15 July 2019, 15:34 | Updated: 15 July 2019, 15:37
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.
The scene outside TikTok’s big VidCon party last night was CHAOS! All the people I spoke to in this line had over 100k followers and many had been waiting for hours. It was insanity! #Vidcon2019 pic.twitter.com/7RPwUCW22Q— Taylor Lorenz (@TaylorLorenz) July 12, 2019
This tik tok party is a messssssss at vidcon, don’t say people are “confirmed” to get in if you overbook the venue @tiktok_us like hello common sense— jake (@pxjake) July 12, 2019
Got invited to the #tiktokafterparty waited in line 3 hours and wasn’t let in. It was literally tanacon 2.0 @tiktok_us next time you throw a party at a BOWLING ALLEY, maybe not invite like 600 people🙃 pic.twitter.com/6nTvqt9q7W— mackenzie_jewell_ (@mackenziejewel5) July 13, 2019
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.
The TikTok party was insane. Ty dolla sign performed. The whole party was TikTok meme themed. They had an Old Town Road photo booth, thousands of gummy bears set up referencing the haribo challenge pic.twitter.com/3hMIiHRLot— Taylor Lorenz (@TaylorLorenz) July 12, 2019
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.
Behind the scenes of TikTok stardom pic.twitter.com/SAg44Sv7u1— Taylor Lorenz (@TaylorLorenz) July 10, 2019
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.