VidCon 2021 announced on its website that its US conference, scheduled for late October, had been cancelled due to concerns surrounding the increase in COVID cases. VidCon 2022 will be held June 22nd-25th, however, and all non-single-day tickets will automatically transfer to the new event. VidCon has noted, however, that activities and guests planned for next year might differ from this year.
It has been announced that VidCon 2021 will not take place as previously planned due to a lack of interest; it is owned by ViacomCBS.
Due to high COVID cases, VidCon 2021 has been Canceled
VidCon 2021 General Manager Jim Louderback stated, “It was a joy to reconnect with all of you IRL and we were confident it would take place this October.” “You know and love VidCon, and we could not wait to have you joining us on October 7th and 8th.” We regret to inform you that due to the recent increases in Covid-19 cases and growing health and safety mandates, the VidCon event will be cancelled. There is no way we can risk the health and safety of our attendees, creators, speakers, sponsors, and staff – we want to ensure that everyone has the best VidCon experience possible. Seeing you in June 2022 is something that we’re so eagerly awaiting!”
VidCon 2021 title sponsor TikTok has replaced YouTube as lead corporate sponsor, which has been participating for years.
VidCon 2021 is also offering virtual access to the event in 2021 with bundles and on-demand tickets. Streaming content will now be accessible in July 2022 as a result of the cancellation of this year’s in-person event.
Summer has historically been VidCon US’s peak season. The event was being held in the fall as an additional safety precaution in 2021. Because of the Coronavirus pandemic, last year’s convention was postponed three months earlier.
In 2018, the premier event was re-imagined into a virtual experience that has attracted 1.2 million unique attendees since its launch last summer. A lineup of international shows will occur within the virtual environment, including events in Melbourne, Singapore, Abu Dhabi, Singapore, So Paulo, Sydney, and London.
The VidCon company was started by YouTube creators John and Hank Green (Vlogbrothers) in 2015, and has since been acquired by Viacom (now CBS Interactive). With more than 120 brands exhibiting and 75,000 attendees, the event celebrated its tenth anniversary in 2019.
While planning events during the pandemic, planners have struggled to find a balance between holding blended events, calling off the event altogether, or moving the event to a future date that will hopefully offer better conditions.
A few months ago, it seemed as if it would happen this year, but a variety of problems have kept it from happening. There are questions about the delta variant, unvaccinated people, breakthrough cases for those who have already gotten the shot, and how many shots to administer (not to mention that the vaccine is not widely available outside the US).