KCON is every K-Pop fan’s dream convention. Since its debut in 2012, it has grown exponentially. KCON has transitioned from being an attraction for 20,000, growing to host over 100,000 people per year.
This year’s KCON NY was moved from Prudential Center in New Jersey, to the Javits Center and the spectacular Madison Square Garden; quite an achievement!
KCON NY took place July 6th through to July 7th this year, and captivated over 55,000 concertgoers. These fans and attendees experienced the stellar lineup of SEVENTEEN, NU’EST (who have not been seen at KCON since its debut in 2012!), TXT,IZ*ONE, SF9, NU’EST, The Boyz, AB61X, fromis_9, and VERIVERY; pioneering K-Pop idols such as Kevin Woo and B.A.P.’s Jongup held a few panels, as well. KCON-goers also got to experience booths set up to highlight Korean food, makeup, fan-clubs, and more.
With Mnet’s collaboration and McDonald’s sponsorship, KCON NY was able to bring only the best of stages to concertgoers. The Boyz opened with a strong and fierce rendition of BTS’s ‘Fire’, and SF9 gave major love to the crowd with their cover of EXO’s ‘Love Shot’. Fromis_9, the girl group that also graced KCON with their presence last year, arrived in beautiful red outfits to perform Red Velvet’s ‘Red Flavor’!
Adam Levine’s ‘Lost Stars’ was beautifully executed by NU’EST’s Baekho and Minhyun before transitioning to their energetic latest hit ‘BET BET’. Fans were thrilled to see the group unite because Minhyun has returned from his days as a performer in WANNAONE.
SEVENTEEN fans were in shock as units of the group performed songs that were never expected; Vernon and Joshua sang ‘Rocket’ while Hoshi, Jun, The8, and Dino impeccably danced their B-side ‘Moonwalker’. It was quite clear SEVENTEEN was having the time of their lives, at one point as they decided to run around and interact with fans during their performance of their hit ‘Aju Nice/Very Nice’.
To fan’s delight, some groups performed American songs; ATEEZ busted out a set to Travis Scott’s ‘Sick Mode’, even causing The Boyz to dance offstage. But The Boyz came right after with their own performance to Billie Eilish’s ‘Bad Guy’, lighting up the stage and audience member’s hearts. AB6IX performed ‘Attention’ and VERIVERY enthusiastically sang ’24K Magic’, paying their respects to Charlie Puth and Bruno Mars.
We also got a glimpse of the 20 trainees of Mnet’s newest idol survival show To Be World Klass that stood hidden on the VIP standing room floor. But I assure you they were spotted by the fans immediately, even before the house lights shined upon them.