KCON 2019 NEW YORK AWES MORE THAN 55,000 K-POP FANS AT THE JAVITS CENTER AND MADISON SQUARE GARDEN THIS PAST WEEKEND
Panels, Workshops and Two Mega-Concerts Highlighted a Jam-Packed Schedule of Events Dedicated to Every Aspect of Korean Pop Culture – from Music to Food, Beauty and More
KCON USA presented by Toyota, the world’s largest Korean culture convention and music festival, moved to Manhattan for the first time ever this year at the Javits Center and Madison Square Garden. KCON 2019 NY took place July 6 and 7 and drew an audience of more than 55,000.
This year, concert goers enjoyed a lineup of some of the biggest K-pop acts today. These included ATEEZ, AB6IX, fromis_9, IZ*ONE, (G)I-DLE, NU’EST, SEVENTEEN, THE BOYZ, SF9, TXT and VERIVERY. There were also plenty of panels and meet & greets with some of the hottest influencers of the scene like Big Marvel, Kevin Woo, ReacttotheK, and JRE.
The convention brought back over 100 popular panels and workshops as well as adding new elements in their expansion to the Javits Center. Brand new piece for 2019 was KCON Studio where creators in beauty, music, gaming, food and more as well as the KCON line-up artists came together to create videos in front of a live audience. New York Comic Con partnered with KCON for the first ever K-Pop and Comics: When Fandoms Collide panel. The fan favorite “All Day Dance Workshop” was back for another year of hundred of fans dancing to the same K-pop choreography.
As always, KCON provided the fans the most access to interact with their favorite stars. Super Rookie Showcase gave fans chances to discover and fall in love with the up and coming artists and Star Live Talk, a mini live talk show returning from last year after so much success, allowed fans to get even closer to their favorite artists. This year’s lineup and program strengthened KCON’s value and identity as a true fan festival by expanding artist engagement programs and giving even more power to the fans.
Over 72 brands joined KCON 2019 NY. Sponsors included Toyota, Asiana Airlines, Bibigo, Red Baron, McDonalds, Kakao Friends, isoi, Tous Le Jour, Korean Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, and Korea Agro-Fisheries & Food Trade Corp.
On August 15-18, KCON 2019 USA will continue as it returns to the Los Angeles Convention Center and Staples Center and is expanding to four days this year. The event drew more than 94,000 attendees last year in LA. The concert lineup so far includes AB6IX, ATEEZ, CHUNG HA, EVERGLOW, IZ*ONE, MAMAMOO, MOMOLAND, NU’EST, ONEUS, Stray Kids, and VERIVERY, with more to be announced this week. Concert tickets go on sale July 12th at 12:00pm PT while convention tickets (including add-on programs) go on-sale July 15th at 12:00pm PT.
For more information and the latest KCON news, we invite fans to visit www.kconusa.com and follow @KCONUSA on Twitter, where more information will be announced. Fans can also join the conversation with #KCON 19 and #KCON 19LA. Recap videos of both LA and NY events can be found on its YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/kconusa).
KCON is produced by CJ ENM, Asia’s leading entertainment and lifestyle company, and its global music channel, Mnet.
ABOUT KCON USA
KCON USA (kconusa.com) is the largest fan festival dedicated to every aspect of Korean pop culture (aka Hallyu). The convention and concert franchise launched in 2012, attracting more than 12,000 fans, and has grown each year, with 147,000 attendees for KCON events in New York and Los Angeles in 2018. KCON USA is now an established annual celebration in Los Angeles and New York and is the flagship event for American fans of KOREAN music, food, beauty and more, providing the largest forum for fans to directly connect with each other, as well as with artists and professionals from across the Korean entertainment industry. Since its inception, the brand has expanded internationally, with KCON festivals taking place in LA (USA), New York (USA), Tokyo (Japan), Abu Dhabi (UAE), Paris (France), Mexico City (Mexico), and Sydney (Australia).
ABOUT CJ ENM
CJ ENM is Asia’s leading entertainment and merchandising company headquartered in Seoul, Korea. As of July 1, 2018, CJ E&M merged with CJ Group’s home shopping and e-commerce subsidiary CJ O Shopping to become CJ ENM. Its entertainment division has five main business units – broadcast, film (CJ Entertainment), music, live entertainment and animation. CJ has been contributing to promote Korean culture around the world, through the company’s ‘One Source, Multi-Content’ strategy. As a trend leader in Asia, it has produced and distributed various popular content, some of which include Asia’s largest music awards Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA), leading Hallyu convention KCON, Tony Award-winning musical Kinky Boots, record-breaking box office hits Roaring Currents, Ode to My Father and Veteran, along with sought-after television series such as Guardian: The Lonely and Great God, Youn’s Kitchen, Super Star K, Show Me the Money and Produce 101. For more information, please visit: http://www.cjenm.com