YouTube has announced the fifth edition of Fanfest, which will be expanded to four other cities, in addition to Mumbai where the event will be held on March 23.Â
Leading up to the Mumbai event, YouTube will kick off the festival with a five-city tour across Hyderabad (March 3), Chennai (March 4), Bangalore (March 10), Delhi (March 17) and Mumbai (March 23). âThis is the first time YouTube FanFest is coming to multiple cities across India and thatâs because we want to celebrate the diversity and passion of YouTube communities in the country,â said Satya Raghavan, Entertainment Head, YouTube, India.
Produced by Branded, and sponsored by 5-Star, Sprite, Hero and Maruti Nexa, the 2018 edition of the YouTube Fanfest will bring together established and emerging YouTube stars and their fans from across India and around the world.
Jasper Donat, CEO of Branded, co-producers of YouTube FanFest, said, âThis FanFest is going to see the biggest line-up of YouTube stars in more locations than ever before. More stars, more cities, more fun and more screaming fans in one of YouTubeâs largest Asian fan bases.â
The line-up for this year includes magician and America's Got Talent finalist Collins Key (10 million subscribers on YouTube); American YouTube creator and popular viner, author, comedian, singer-songwriter Gabbie Hanna (5.3 million subscribers on YouTube) and dance sensation Matt Steffanina (7.3 million subscribers on YouTube) who was popular for his moves on âMiGenteâ last year. Joining them on the fanfest stage at Jio Gardens Mumbai will be Indian YouTube stars BB Ki Vines, Melvin Louis, Girliyapa, Neha Kakkar, Ashish Chanchlani among others.
Raghavan added, âIndian creators are on a meteoric rise. Last year, we only had 12 creators with one million subscribers. This year that number has grown to 100. Thatâs seven creators crossing one million subscribers every single month. Whatâs even more incredible is the diverse nature of the platform that welcomes creators from all parts of the country. We are seeing more creators coming from smaller cities and finding a nationwide and global audience on YouTube. Now in its fifth year, YouTube FanFest has truly become a showcase for talent that everyone aspires to be a part of and brings together the best of India and the world on the same platform.â
This yearâs live show and festival is expected to attract over 21,000 fans in the audience across five cities,who will get face-to-face with over 55 YouTube stars, local internet sensations, and up-and-coming talent, performing live on stage.
This edition will be a mix of music, comedy, magic, dance and fashion creators from India, including Ashish Chanchlani, Be You Nick and Melvin Louis in Mumbai, Mahathalli, VIVA and Chai Bisket in Hyderabad; Madras Meter, Put Chutney and Smile Settai in Chennai; Abish Mathew, SnG Comedy and Jord Indian in Bangalore, Technical Guruji, Aksh Baghla and Carry Minati in New Delhi.