Tana Mongeau will appear at VidCon one year after disastrous TanaCon

21 May 2019, 12:22 | Updated: 21 May 2019, 12:29

Tana Mongeau VidCon
Tana Mongeau VidCon. Picture: Instagram: Tana Mongeau / YouTube: Shane Dawson

By Rachel Michaella Finn

It comes after Tana launched her own rival event called TanaCon last year.

Tana Mongeau will be attending VidCon as a Featured Creator for the first time ever.

The festival, which is now in its tenth year, previously clashed with Tana after she accused them of mistreating her in previous editions of the festival, leading her to create her own rival festival TanaCon last year. All in all, it was a bit of a disaster, being cancelled on its first day after 15,000 fans turned up and the venue couldn't hold that many people.

Seemingly keen to put the past behind her and make amends with VidCon, Tana has explained via a statement that she is “so glad that this year we were able to work together to make something happen.”

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She added: “My number one priority has always been my fans and as a Featured Creator, I’m excited to have the opportunity to meet with them on-site, thank them for all their support, and discuss my many new projects, including my new reality show, and doing it in a safe and comfortable environment - both for them and myself.”

This year’s VidCon will take place between 10th and 13th July at the Anaheim Convention Center in California, where Tana is set to take the main stage to discuss her life, music and upcoming docu-series “MTV No Filter: Tana Turns 21”, which charts her journey into adulthood.

What went wrong with TanaCon?

Tana created TanaCon last year as a "f*ck you" to VidCon after she accused the festival of mistreating her in previous years.

In a lengthy video posted a year ago, Tana accused VidCon of going back on their promise to make her a Featured Creator at the convention, which she claims led to convention staff kicking her out of the 2017 festival when fans crowded her.

But her rival event - the predictably named TanaCon - was a disaster, mainly due to poor organisation. After putting together the event in just three months - a relatively short space of time for an event of its size - and issuing 5,000 free tickets to the event, the event fell apart when 15,000 fans without tickets turned up, all expecting to get in and with many of them forced to wait outside in a crowd under the Californian summer heat. The event was then cancelled just hours after it began and many fans claim they're still yet to get refunds from the event.

The failed convention became the subject of a Shane Dawson documentary series called 'The Truth About Tanacon'.

VidCon co-founder and former CEO Hank Green later apologised to Tana for the way the festival had treated her in the past . Admitting that he "100% screwed up," Hank said in a statement that “not making her a featured creator was a bad call.”

“If we were going to have her doing content, she should have been a featured creator,” he explained. “We were being conservative because of some things that Tana had done and said in the past, but we should either have had her there or not.... not that shitty in-between thing. This isn't the first time we screwed up, and it won't be the last. This is a hard business, and I'm not saying 'Oh, Tanacon is all my fault!' but I think it's important to recognise when we make mistakes regardless of the mistakes other people made."

So, will Tara's appearance at VidCon make up for the disaster of TanaCon last year? Fans online aren't so sure...