So I know you’re all waiting to hear about New York but before I tell you all about my amazing holiday I want to tell you about something fun that I did on Monday, so hold tight just a little bit longer the New York posts are coming but first lets talk about Amity Fest!
So I was invited to go and review Amity Fest when it came to Liverpool on the 27th October 2014, if you don’t know what Amity Fest is then let me explain as best I can..
Amity Fest is a show put on by some of the popular British YouTubers. Alfie Deyes, Caspar Lee, Jim Chapman, Joe Sugg, Louise Watson, Marcus Butler, Niomi Smart, Tanya Burr & Zoe Sugg. They’ve played in Birmingham, Brighton and Liverpool and it was just really a chance for their fans to get to hang out with them away from YouTube.
Before I get on with the review I’d just like to thank all of you that came up to me to say hello at Amity Fest it was incredible getting to meet so many of you and such a welcome surprise I really didn’t expect it! I had a great time with you all and I can’t thank you all enough for being so lovely!
Right on with the review..
Now I’m going to preface this review by saying that I don’t feel that I was the target audience for this sort of show, I personally feel like the target audience was around age 14 and sadly not people that are 23+ despite the fact I am a fan of all of the YouTubers that performed.
The scheduled start time for the show was 7pm with a scheduled finish time of 9pm however the line was that long to get in that the show didn’t start until 7:45pm and didn’t end until around 9:45pm. I did notice a lot of angry parents standing around the exit waiting to pick kids up when I left who were I’m sure inconvenienced by the late start / finish time but nonetheless I think it was really nice that they waited until almost everybody was there to start the show.
There was a safety warning before the show started that was definitely needed because it was quite clear to see that everybody was pushing towards the stage and I imagine those on the front barrier were pretty squashed!
The screams when the YouTubers came on stage were actually deafening, I don’t think I’ve ever experienced a louder crowd scream than that!
They did some talking at the start that was a little bit hard to hear because of all of the screaming and then Jim Chapman introduced the Scream-O-Meter and asked the crowd to test it out, again with the deafening screams.
Then the ‘Amity Fest Games’ began, there was three games, each consisting of three rounds, and two teams the blue team and the red team, I couldn’t tell who was on which team because I was at the back of the room and my eyesight isn’t the best aha.
Anyway the first game consisted of passing a balloon in their teams from one side of the stage to the other without using their hands, there was cheating and sort of childish banter that seemed to really please the younger members of the audience, I refer you back to my previous point of me not being the target audience. I was very tempted to leave the show at this point because really why as a 23 year old who was severely jet lagged would I want to stand there and watch people pass a balloon across a stage without hands?
I stayed though because I was there to review.
After the balloon passing there was a QnA session but instead of being asked questions by the audience which might have been nice they were asked a series of pointless questions by Caspar Lee. Again the younger members of the audience seemed to really love this, I continued to feel ancient.
After the QnA Louise came on for ‘Scouse Time’ which was actually really interesting because she told us about how she went to Uni in Liverpool and how her husband Matt is from Liverpool which makes her daughter half Scouse, these were all facts I didn’t actually know about Louise so I personally found it interesting and the crowd seemed to love it too!
When Louise had finished talking a singer named Hobbie Stuart came on stage, the audience took this opportunity to get drinks and go to the toilet. I overheard A LOT of people complaining that they hadn’t come to see him they’d come to see their favourite YouTubers, in a way I agreed with them but I guess the YouTubers are entitled to a break.
Hobbie Stuart is a guy that went to school with Alfie, he started out with a cover of Rihanna’s Only Girl In The World, then he covered Skinny Love and The A Team and Hold On We’re Going Home. He wasn’t anything special but he wasn’t terrible either, he was average.
The next round of the games followed his performance and it was just the YouTube lads dressed in sumo suits being silly on the stage, once again I wasn’t the target audience but the younger members of the audience really enjoyed it.
After this there was a ‘collaboration with the YouTube girls that had ‘never been seen before’. I expected some kind of make up / fashion related performance but instead they played Who’s Most Likely Too, they told quite a few funny stories about the clumsy stuff that Tanya Burr has done and it was actually pretty funny.
Marcus and Alfie took to the stage after this and tried to lead the crowd in a sing-a-long, they suggested two songs, Timber and Happy and the audience wanted neither which was really funny and seemed to throw the boys off a bit so they did some One Direction instead which the crowd loved. Then they got the crowd screaming again trying to see which side of the room was the loudest. Once again it deafened me..
There was another singer on after Malfie, somebody called Florrie, she sang her own songs which I didn’t know because I’d never heard of her before but she was quite good, she did a cover of Troye Sivan’s Happy Little Pill too which I really liked. I did hear a lot of people complaining again though that this wasn’t who they’d paid to see.
The last of the Amity Games involved seeing who could throw foam javelins furthest into the crowd. I thought this was quite cool because whoever caught the javelins got to keep them and I’d imagine as a young fan catching something that had been thrown by one of my favourite YouTubers and getting to keep it would be a huge deal.
One of the last things of the night was trying to break an Amity World Record for the most people doing the robot at once, they failed but it was funny to watch them try.
To close the show Caspar Lee did a ‘DJ’ set and well considering I’ve just got back from seeing Above & Beyond in Madison Square Garden and I’ve had the privilege of seeing some of the worlds best DJ’s play throughout this year I err wasn’t all that impressed, it was messy, there was no smooth transitions it was akin to somebody pressing skip halfway through a song and when he ‘dropped the bass’ oh my god Skrillex can sneeze better than that.
They all came back on stage to thank the crowd and say goodbye and then that was it show over.
In summary, I clearly wasn’t the target audience for this show and was disappointed by it, I had hoped for more of ‘An Evening With..’ type show not a live Children’s TV show. It didn’t help matters that I was extremely jet lagged though having only just got back from New York. But I must say that the younger members of the audience seemed to have a brilliant time and since I think they were the target audience that’s really all that matters isn’t it.
I think the Amity Fest tour has finished now but if they do go back on the road and you’re 16 and under and you get the chance to go and see them then go I’m sure you’ll have a blast!
Did you go to Amity Fest? What did you think? Tell me in the comments below or on Twitter @MissCharlotteEm!
Thanks for reading! xo
PS sorry about the poor quality of the pictures I had to use my iPhone because my camera memory cards are full of pictures from New York still!
PPS Don’t forget to check back later for my New York posts!