Digifest, the travelling sideshow of YouTubers and Vine stars is a success — at least in their NYC hub. Selling out with a capacity crowd of 12500, stars like the O2L crew took the stage to entertain throngs of screaming, frothing, frenzied girls (and some boys too).
The stage, set up at Citi Field in New York, allowed digital talent to connect with their fans through open expression — be it jokes, skits, music or just standing in their basking in the adulation of fans.
“We had to build five to 10 minutes into the start of the show where we just let them scream and scream,” said Connor Franta. “I’m kind of shocked anyone wants to meet me,” he added. “I like to say that we’re talented in that we have no talent.”
Digitour Media, the parent company of Digifest, sold 18,000 tickets to the shows last year. They plan to sell 100,000 tickets this year and 250,000 in 2015.
Of course, there is definitely still a class system to all of it. Lesser known performers performed for free. The more known commanded anywhere from a few hundred bucks to $10,000 for their participation.
Tix for the fans start at $35 and run up to $100 for V.I.P. access. Damn. It sounds like digital performers have officially come into its own.
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