KCON USA (kconusa.com) is the largest fan festival in North America celebrating Korean culture and music. The convention launched in 2012 with over 10,000 fans attending and has more than doubled annually since to over 158,000 fans. KCON is now established in Los Angeles as the annual flagship event for American fans of Hallyu and Asian pop culture, providing the largest forum for fans to directly connect with each other, as well as artists and professionals from the Korean entertainment industry. In 2017, the brand further expanded internationally, presenting KCON in Mexico and Australia as well as returning to Japan. KCON has also held events in France and UAE.
KCON announced today the dates and locations for its 2020 festivities. For KCON USA, KCON New York will return to the Javits Center for the second year in a row from June 12 to 14. KCON Los Angeles will return to its home at the LA Convention Center from August 27 until August 30. As always, KCON 2020 will provide their signature, unparalleled amount of access for fans to engage with artists through programs like Artist Engagements, Star Square, Star Live Talk, and artist booth visits, while also immersing themselves in every aspect of Korean culture including food, beauty, lifestyle, drama, movies and more.
KCON USA is just two stops for the worldwide series that also revealed dates for all of its 2020 events. KCON will return to Tokyo, Japan, April 3 through 5 at Makuhari Messe, and Bangkok, Thailand, September 26 and 27 at Impact Arena & Exhibition Center.
KCON USA enters its ninth year of bringing the ultimate Korean culture fan experience to the U.S. Since the festival’s inception in 2012, KCON has seen tremendous growth in attendance. Last year, KCON USA closed out the summer with over 158,000 attendees, breaking its previous attendance record. KCON LA expanded to four full days for the first time in 2019 as demand for tickets boomed. Over the years the star-studded concerts have featured a combination of the top names like BTS, MONSTA X, TWICE and rising stars. Last year, breakout acts included ATEEZ and ITZY.
Please go to bit.ly/KCON2020 and nominate one (or three) of the podcasts mentioned below by Wednesday, January 22nd 2020 by 11:59PM!
Bio: We’re not your bia’s personal hype-women. Hosted by three Black women, Hwaiting (화이팅/Fighting) Words: Unpopular K-Pop Opinions is a K-Pop discussion podcast in a quasi-debate-style format.
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화이팅 Words: Unpopular K-Pop Opinions is offering a safe space to K-Pop and K Hip-Hop fans with opposing views. We’re here to promote the acknowledgment and acceptance of different (non-problematic) opinions.
Bio: Two WOC/POC from America and South Africa, tell ALL about life in South Korea. We don’t just spill the tea, we spill the soju!
Bio: A podcast dedicated to South Korean entertainment. Our goal is to be informative and to have an open and mature discussion about the things we love, hate, and love to hate. Most of all we want to have fun with Kpop and share that with others!
Bio: A Black podcast about K-Pop, Black culture and Pop Culture Hosted by Ahomari & Errin.
Bio: Jinjja Cha is a weekly podcast hosted by Girl Davis and April about South Korean Pop Culture and everything else in between.
Bio: KPop Critical is an ongoing conversation between Catrina Kokkoris and Morgan Hayes about the complicated and changing state of pop music. Jumping from audio visual production, soft power, imperialism, and teen buying power, KPop Critical uses lazy research and a youthful western view to examine the context of what “slaps.”
Bio: Whether you’re a new KPOP fan or a KPOP OG, let NYAFG be your stop (every Tuesday) for all the Korean pop culture news, comebacks, and general tea that you might have missed within the week. We know it’s hard to keep up, so let us do it for you!
Mnet, a leading global entertainment network part of CJ ENM, and the organizer of KCON, is expanding KCON into more cities to further its core goal of giving fans around the world more access to the best in K-pop music and Korean culture.
Ticket on sale dates as well as concert lineups will be announced in the coming months. For more information and the latest KCON USA news, fans can visit http://www.kconusa.com and follow @KCONUSA on Twitter and Instagram, where more information will be rolled out.
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Self-proclaimed polymath. Debbie is a writer, podcast host, style blogger, graphic designer, stylist, aspiring polyglot and then some. You can find her working on her blog, sipping on some green tea, self-studying Japanese and Korean or spending way too much time on the internet. 🌸 For more K-pop thoughts and other things, check out my Medium blog: https://medium.com/@debutante