NEW YOUTUBE ORIGINALS “KCON:TACT ALL-ACCESS” – A BEHIND THE SCENES LOOK AT THE WORLD’S LARGEST K-POP FESTIVAL GOING VIRTUAL – TO PREMIERE OCTOBER 2, 2020
Artists, Show Organizers, Producers and More Share their Stories from the First and Most Successful Virtual K-pop Festival that Took Place Immediately After the Pandemic
KCON:TACT ALL-ACCESS will premiere as a YouTube Originals on October 2, 2020. The first ever docuseries taking fans behind the scenes of a KCON event, will follow the production of KCON:TACT 2020 Summer, a massive virtual K-pop festival which took place shortly after the pandemic outbreak earlier this year. Over the course of 14 episodes, fans will see stories of struggle and joy from artists, producers, and show organizers, as they work to put on a marathon, weeklong virtual festival that included live concerts and dozens of meet & greets, with more than 30 top K-pop artists participating. Watch the official trailer HERE.
Each episode follows a theme, digs deep into a special moment, or tracks one artist on their unique path through KCON’s historical pivot to create a new virtual concert experience in the face of the pandemic. Artists featured include ATEEZ, LOONA, AB6IX, IZ*ONE, Astro, THE BOYZ, OH MY GIRL, PENTAGON, CHUNG HA, NATTY, and CRAVITY. Fans can expect to see unaired footage and never-before-seen interviews from their favorite performers.
KCON:TACT ALL-ACCESS will be available on the Mnet KPOP (www.youtube.com/mnet) and KCON Official (www.youtube.com/kcon) YouTube channels where each episode will be updated everyday. Subtitles in seven languages including English, Japanese, and Spanish will be available for the entire series.
“We are thrilled to partner with YouTube to bring this behind the scenes look at KCON:TACT, an event we all worked so hard to deliver to the fans. We are constantly searching for more ways to provide premium content to our fans and we hope they enjoy this peak behind the curtain,” said Hyun Kim, Head of Music Concert and Festival, CJ ENM, the company whose entertainment division produces KCON each year (along with other globally acclaimed events, TV series and movies, including Cannes- and Oscar-winning film Parasite, and TNT hit series, Snowpiercer).
Streaming round the clock for seven days, KCON:TACT 2020 Summer drew more than four million viewers spanning 150-plus countries worldwide. The event pushed the limits of what is possible with virtual entertainment and provided a way for fans at home to participate in the show as a live audience, utilizing innovations that have since been adopted by other live events – from entertainment to sports – around the world. This included Augmented Reality (AR), Mixed Reality (MR) and eXpanded Reality (XR) technology that powered everything including the interactive “fan walls”.
“With KCON:TACT ALL-ACCESS, YouTube is excited for fans across the world to step inside of their favorite artists’ experiences during the unforgettable virtual event,” said Kohta Asakura, Manager, YouTube Originals. “In a time of social distancing, we hope this series gives artists and fans an opportunity to connect on a deeper level by seeing first-hand how the inspiring performances were brought to life. Many tears were shed – and not just by fans!”
KCON is in its ninth year of bringing the ultimate Korean culture fan experience worldwide. After the success of KCON:TACT 2020 Summer, KCON has announced that KCON:TACT season 2 will take place between October 16 and 25, 2020. Last year, KCON USA closed out the summer with over 158,000 attendees, breaking its previous attendance record. Mnet, a leading music entertainment network part of CJ ENM is the organizer of KCON.
For more information on the latest KCON news and an FAQ, fans can visit www.kconusa.com and follow @KCONUSA on Twitter and Instagram, where more information will be rolled out.
KCON:TACT ALL-ACCESS Release Schedule
* All 14 episodes will be available on October 2 for YouTube Premium subscribers
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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 and Academy Award 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