KCON, the world’s largest Korean pop music and culture convention, is moving to New York City, making it easier than ever for metro area residents to access their k-pop and k-drama icons. This year, the New York convention, which takes place on July 6 and 7, is based at Madison Square Garden and the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. The Javits Center will host the pop culture convention during the day and Madison Square Garden will provide the stage for the evening’s concerts. KCON Los Angeles, which takes place from August 15th through the 18th, will return to the Los Angeles Convention Center and Staples Center.
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.