|Social in the City|
|Venue||Royal Parks of London (2009-12)|
Alexandra Palace (2013-14)
ExCeL London (2015-2019)
nec (Winter Edition 2019)
|Inaugurated||August 28–30, 2009|
|Most recent||August 9–11, 2019|
Social in the City (often styled as SitC), formerly Summer in the City, is an annual three-day multi-genre online video event held in London, dedicated to content creators and community from a range of social media platforms such as YouTube, Twitch, TikTok and Instagram.
The first Summer in the City in 2009 was a gathering of YouTubers in the parks of London. In 2016, SitC was acquired by MCM Expo Group as part of their "MCM Central" brand. After SitC 2019 the event was rebranded as Social in the City, the first Winter Edition in December took place at the National Exhibition Centre.
The first Summer in the City was held in London, as a traditional YouTube gathering. It was organised by vlogger Tom Burns and YouTube musician Dave Bullas, with the support of Liam Dryden and Jazza John. The three-day event was held in the last weekend of August and took place across several of London's Royal Parks. The largest attendance at any point was reportedly 200 people, a mix of YouTube creators and viewers.
In its first three years, the event followed the pattern of meeting in parks by day, and moving to a London venue such as The Luminaire for live music performances in the evening.
Following the rapid growth of the event, the decision was made to hold the fourth Summer in the City at a dedicated venue for its duration; SitC 2012 took place at the Brewery in London from 17 to 19 August. This was the first year the event would introduce official programming, including workshops and Q&As from creators, as well as an official livestream on the event's YouTube channel.
The number of prospective attendees at SitC 2012 exceeded the 1,000-person capacity of the venue, inspiring the need to move away from being a free event and introduce ticketing in following years.
SitC's first official ticketed event and the fifth event overall was held in London's Alexandra Palace, with an increased capacity of 7,000 attendees. Backlash over the announcement that the event would now charge admission before confirming the venue, dates or line-up of featured creators resulted in the cut of early ticket prices to £10 plus VAT.
Accompanying 2013's event was a spin-off tour called the Summer Warm-Up, which involved creators from the SitC 2013 line-up touring through some of the UK's major cities, to perform one-off gigs in the build-up to the main event in London. The 2013 SitC was also the introduction of formal meet & greets, where fans would wait in line to meet popular YouTubers from the lineup. The high demand of creators along with the "first come, first served" model of the meet & greets resulted in the decision to add additional ticketing to the meet & greets in 2014.
The sixth event SitC 2014 attracted over 8,000 attendees. The event started with a Creator Day on Friday with panels targeted towards creators rather than fans. Continuing issues with the demand for SitC's meet & greets in 2014 inspired the development of an online ballot system, that has since been implemented in following events.
Summer in the City moved to ExCeL for its seventh year which increased its overall capacity to 10,000 attendees. Upon the preliminary announcement of the venue and ticket sales in January 2015, nine influential creators from talent network Gleam including Zoella, Alfie Deyes and Joe Sugg simultaneously announced they would not be attending 2015's event, favouring plans for their own event titled Amity Fest. SitC 2015 hosted the presentation of several YouTube Play Button awards to creators who had recently hit milestones of 100,000 or 1 million subscribers on their channels, and NME stated that vlogging has become big business.
In February 2016, SitC joined MCM Expo Group. The first event hosted under the MCM ownership took place 12–14 August 2016. Emma Blackery published three SitC 2017 videos in her vlog and won in the "Song of the Year" category. Other winners included Hannah Witton, TomSka, Dodie Clark, and Rose and Rosie.
SitC 2019 featured panelists Hannah Witton, Tom Scott and others. After this event Tom Burns announced that Summer in the City would be rebranded as Social in the City. The first Social in the City: Winter Edition took place at the National Exhibition Centre in December.
SitC 2016 was the debut of the Summer in the City Awards, an event dedicated to presenting community-nominated awards such as "Best Vlogger" and "YouTuber Book Of The Year" to winning creators on the mainstage.
Niki and Sammy Albon were the first hosts of the Summer in the City Awards.
|Breakthrough Award||Vlogger of the Year|
|YouTuber Series of the Year||YouTuber Book of the Year|
|Short film of the Year||Community Spirit Award|
|YouTuber Song of the Year|
Tom Burns hosted in 2017.
|Creator Book of the Year||Creator Series of the Year|
|Film of the Year||Artisan Award|
|Fashion & Beauty Award||Community Spirit Award|
|Breakthrough Award||Vlogger of the Year|
|Song of the Year|
The 2018 ceremony was again hosted by Tom Burns.
|Streamer of the Year||Gamer of the Year|
|Community Spirit Award||Vlogger of the Year|
|Breakthrough Award||Creator Series of the Year|
|Creator Video of the Year||Fashion & Beauty Award|
|Book of the Year||Song of the Year|
SitC, now in its sixth year, attracts over 8,000 attendees from across the world in a celebration of ‘all things YouTube’.