KCON 2018 USA presented by Toyota drew a record-breaking 94,000 fans to KCON 2018 LA, the largest celebration of Korean culture in the world this past weekend in Downtown Los Angeles at the Los Angeles Convention Center and Staples Center. KCON 2018 USA closes out the summer with a combined total of 147,000 attendees for its two U.S. events in 2018. KCON delivered on its signature goal of bringing fans closer to their favorite stars adding in programming, that in addition to the concert, gave fans over 20 opportunities per day to engage and interact face-to-face with the biggest performing stars of the weekend.
Since its founding in 2012 in Southern California, KCON has grown to draw 128,000-plus fans for concerts, workshops, panels and meetups. It’s especially notable this year, as K-pop has finally hit one particular mainstream commercial milestone. For the first time, the fest was slated to present at the Hammer Museum in Westwood. On Wednesday, Ailee, Roy Kim and Echae Kang were to perform at a screening of director Hwang Dong-hyuk’s film “The Fortress,” a historical epic about China’s 1636 invasion of Korea.
KCON and the Hammer Museum will hold a special K-pop fan concert on Wednesday, Aug. 8, at 8 p.m., two days before the commencement of KCON 2018 LA. The show will feature several artists on the KCON line-up including Ailee, Roy Kim and Echae Kang, and will give fans a sneak peek of the weekend. The show is free of charge and open to all ages. On Thursday, Aug. 9, at 6 p.m., the Hammer will host a screening of “The Fortress,” the film that captures the epic story of when the Chinese Qing Dynasty invaded Korea with 150,000 troops in 1936. A Q&A with director Hwang Dong-hyuk follows the screening.