KCON Returns in 2016!
FIFTH ANNUAL KCON USA TO TAKE PLACE IN
NEW YORK ON JUNE 24-25
AND LOS ANGELES ON JULY 29-31
KCON NY welcomes fans back to The Prudential Center and KCON LA returns to the Staples Center
Los Angeles – March 10, 2016 – The world’s largest Korean culture convention and music festival celebrates its fifth anniversary this year, and today announced dates and venues for its two U.S. locations in the New York metropolitan area and Los Angeles. This year’s KCON NY will return to The Prudential Center and expand to two days with two concerts on June 24-25. KCON LA will kick off a month later, taking place over three days from July 29-31 at the Staples Center.
This year’s events is set to showcase even more vendors and all-new programming highlighting the rise in popularity of Korean beauty products, Korean food and the world of e-sports, which South Korea is a major producer of the top competitors.
Last year, over 75,000 passionate fans attended KCON USA for unforgettable concerts, celebrity meet and greets, workshops, panels, food, and fashion, touching on every aspect of Korean culture and entertainment. KCON 2015 USA featured three nights of star-studded concerts by the biggest names in Korean music, including Girls’ Generation, Super Junior, Shinhwa, Sistar, GOT7 and more – as well as special guest appearances by acting talent Kim Soo Hyun, Daniel Henney, Son Ho Jun and Lee Ki Hong. Fans were given the opportunity to attend 127 programs including K-beauty make-up tutorials, Korean cooking classes, K-pop dance lessons, and K-drama screenings – and 154 companies ran booths on the convention floor.
For the latest KCON news, fans are invited to visit www.kconusa.com and follow @KCONUSA on Twitter, where artist lineups and ticket information will be announced. They can also join the conversation with #KCON16NY and #KCON16LA. Links to the official logo and trailer for KCON 2016 USA can be found here: Logo and Trailer.
KCON is produced by CJ E&M, Asia’s leading content company, and its global music channel Mnet. In 2016, on the fifth anniversary of KCON’s original launch in LA, KCON will travel worldwide with sites in the Abu Dhabi (UAE), Japan and South Korea all hosting their own conventions, truly giving fans the ultimate hallyu (Korean wave) experience.
ABOUT KCON USA
KCON USA (kconusa.com) is the largest North American convention dedicated to ‘All Things Hallyu.’ The convention launched in 2012 with over 10,000 fans attending and has more than doubled annually since to over 75,000 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 2015, the brand expanded internationally, presenting the first KCON Japan, which took place at the Saitama Super Arena on April 22. KCON 2015 USA presented by Toyota was held in both New York and Los Angeles over two weekends and four days. FUSE lists the event as one of the “22 Best Music Festivals of 2015.”
ABOUT CJ E&M
CJ E&M is Asia’s leading content and media company with headquarters in Seoul, Korea. It has five main business units – broadcast, film (CJ Entertainment), music, live entertainment and animation. Since 2011, CJ E&M has been contributing to the promotion of Korean culture around the world, through the company’s ‘One Source, Multi-Content’ strategy. As a trend leader in Asia, CJ E&M has produced and distributed various popular content, some of which include Asia’s largest music festival Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA), leading Hallyu convention KCON, Tony Award-winning musical Kinky Boots, record-breaking box office hits Roaring Currents (2014), Ode to My Father (2014) and Veteran (2015), along with sought-after television programs such as The Incomplete, Grandpas over Flowers and Reply 1988. With regional offices in Asia and the U.S., CJ E&M currently employs over 2,000 people worldwide, and is traded on KOSDAQ under the ticker 130960. For more information, please visit: http://en.cjenm.com.
Editing by MaliVai Tjong Ayong