AB6IX, GFRIEND, GOLDEN CHILD, IZ*ONE, LOONA, MONSTA X, NATURE, PENTAGON, THE BOYZ, AND TOO BECOME FIRST ARTISTS TO JOIN ‘KCON:TACT 2020 SUMMER’
Weeklong Virtual K-Pop Event Series Will Feature State-of-the-Art Performance Stages Uniquely Created for Each Night and the Ability for Fans to Directly Participate in the Show
KCON (www.kconusa.com) announced that AB6IX, GFRIEND, GOLDEN CHILD, IZ*ONE, LOONA, MONSTA X, NATURE, PENTAGON, THE BOYZ, and TOO will perform live as part of KCON:TACT 2020 SUMMER, a first of its kind event delivering its unique experience virtually to living rooms across the planet. This is the first set of artists to join the lineup for the weeklong, 24/7, concert and interactive programming event. More artists will be announced soon.
The live streams will offer a highly immersive experience using the latest VR and AR technology to bring fans watching worldwide the option to be even closer to their favorite stars. Fans will be more than just audience members in the virtual arena, newly created for each night through state-of-the-art technology; they can participate in and influence the show. Fans will be able to interact and communicate with the artists in real time via an AR live chat board.
KCON:TACT 2020 SUMMER is a marathon stream of live and pre-taped content will air seven full days in a row combining a mix of live performances from K-pop’s biggest artists, meet and greet sessions, influencer led panels, and more. The global celebration of Korean culture and pop music is set to take place June 20-26 from Mnet’s world class television production studio in Seoul, South Korea with a portion of all proceeds going to UNESCO’s Learning Never Stops campaign to help children impacted by COVID-19 around the world to continue their education.
Programming during the marathon KCON:TACT 2020 SUMMER stream will include live concerts, live meet and greet sessions, behind the scenes content, artist + influencer collaboration content, and influencer panels like those that can be found in-person at KCON events. The highly interactive program, which will introduce new concepts of the interactive online concert, will have around 30 artists and influencers who fans will be able to interact with via live video chats, live polls, and much more.
KCON-ers from all over the world will be able to cheer together at the same time and the programs will provide English subtitles. KCON is teaming up with YouTube to broadcast KCON:TACT 2020 SUMMER. The entire program will be streamed exclusively on the Mnet K-Pop YouTube channel (www.youtube/mnet) globally. All interactive elements, including direct artist communication, will be available only through the YouTube platform and stream.
KCON enters its ninth year of bringing the ultimate Korean culture fan experience worldwide. 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’s breakout acts included LOONA, ATEEZ and ITZY.
Mnet, a leading music entertainment network, part of CJ ENM, and the organizer of KCON, will bring its expertise as the producers of Mcountdown and MAMA to KCON:TACT 2020 SUMMER to further its core goal of giving fans around the world more access to the best in K-pop music and Korean culture.
For more information and the latest KCON USA news, fans can visit www.kconusa.com and follow @KCONUSA on Twitter and Instagram, where more information will be rolled out.
ABOUT KCON USA
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, UAE and Thailand.
ABOUT CJ ENM
CJ ENM is Asia’s leading entertainment and merchandising company headquartered in Seoul, Korea. Its entertainment division engages in a wide array of businesses across the industry spectrum including media content, music, film (CJ Entertainment), performing arts, and animation, providing its top-notch original contents to various media platforms.
CJ ENM has created, produced and distributed globally acclaimed contents including Cannes-winning film Parasite, Tony Award-winning musical Kinky Boots, record-breaking box office hits Roaring Currents, Extreme Job, Ode to My Father, along with sought-after television series such as Mr. Sunshine, Guardian: The Lonely and Great God, Grandpas Over Flowers, I Can See Your Voice and more.
To offer the best K-Culture experiences worldwide, CJ ENM presents KCON, the world’s largest K-culture convention & festival celebrating Hallyu and Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA), Asia’s largest music awards. With regional offices in Asia, Europe and the U.S., CJ ENM currently employs over 3,600 people. For more information, please visit: http://www.cjenm.com