In June 2018, vlogger Tana Mongeau tried throwing a two-day convention competing with VidCon, a popular event celebrating online videos. Mongeau called her YouTube symposium TanaCon, and decided to host it in Anaheim, CA - right down the street from VidCon. The YouTuber even promised appearances from celebrities like Bella Thorne, Miranda Sings, and Shane Dawson. From there, however, everything went wrong.
TanaCon ended up being a complete disaster - picture Fyre Festival, but with fewer boats. From long lines and overheated teens to a super-crowded hotel, it didn't take long for the fans to revolt.
In the aftermath of TanaCon, Mongeau and her Good Times production partners expressed shock at the failure. And while facts are still murky, many attendees documented their experiences for those who missed out on the chaos.
Fans Rioted In The Parking Lot
tanacon day 13. still waiting outside to get in:// no water or food ugh pic.twitter.com/KbNc8nqza8— maddie (@beIIadior) July 4, 2018
After spending an entire day baking in the Anaheim sun without water, Tana Mongeau's fans grew restless. When they learned about the convention's cancellation, everyone freaked. As 13-year-old Alyssa explained to NYMag:
"After the lady said it was canceled, everyone started screaming, complaining, and cussing her out... Everyone ran to the registration tent and threw the merch... pop sockets, TanaCon bags, stickers, TanaCon condoms, badges. This led to everyone destroying everything."
After a brief skirmish, the police and fire marshal arrived and shut down everything. The damage was done, though.
There Were Rumors About An Active Shooter
During the chaos of TanaCon, crazy rumors began spreading among attendees. At one point, talk of an active shooter on the grounds even started. Thankfully, this particular rumor never proved true. In the aftermath, YouTuber Shane Dawson discussed the event with a set of fans who genuinely believed someone brought a gun to the venue.
It Took Forever To Figure Out Refunds
REFUNDS will be issued, even if i write the check out of my own pocket. merch will be sent to ticket buyers, if anyone travelled far feel free to email email@example.com to discuss compensation, from me personally.— TANACON (@tanamongeau) June 24, 2018
When TanaCon shut down on June 22, 2018 - the first day of the planned event - no one knew what came next. Many fans arrived at the Anaheim Marriott the following morning to wait in line for the second day that never happened. Tana Mongeau eventually announced the convention's cancellation, and production company Good Times apologized on Twitter.
Mongeau then took to social media, claiming she would personally reimburse fans - but that never happened. On July 4, 2018, however, Good Times reported everyone would receive full refunds.
Fans Threatened To File A Class Action Lawsuit Against The Promoters
Hi all - we apologize for the delay due to our team finding the best way to accommodate our TanaCon guests.— Good Times (@GoodTimesShow) June 25, 2018
Please read below for information regarding refunds. pic.twitter.com/h3k1S31WAC
Before the ticket refund announcement, talk spread of a class action lawsuit against Tana Mongeau and Good Times. YouTuber Anamarie Olson even reached out to attendees and touched base with the law firms that helped successfully file suits against the Fyre Festival creators.