Los Angeles, California – April 20, 2017 – KCON USA, the world’s largest Korean culture convention and music festival, announced today that Highlight (formerly known as Beast) and SF9 are the newest additions to the concert lineup for the New York edition of KCON 2017 USA.

Tickets Go On Sale May 12 for the Korean Pop Culture Celebration

Taking Place at the Prudential Center From June 23 to 24

Combination ticket packages for KCON 2017 NY will go on sale May 12 at 10:00 AM Pacific Time, and single night tickets will go on sale May 15 at 10:00 AM Pacific. The event will take place on June 23 and 24 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. Get more detailed information about the ticket tiers and benefits here: http://www.kconusa.com/kcon-ny-tickets/.

Highlight is a boy group that debuted under Around Us Entertainment, with the mini album “Can You Feel It?” on March 20. The group consists of five members: Yoon Doo-joon, Yong Jun-hyung, Yang Yo-seob, Lee Gi-kwang, and Son Dong-woon.

Formerly known as Beast, the group’s five members announced their new group name Highlight in February, revealing that it was derived from the title of their final studio album while they were still signed with Cube. Their title song “Plz Don’t be Sad!” topped almost all of the Korean music shows, including The Show, Show Champion, M! Countdown, Music Bank, and Inkigayo (The Music Trend).

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SF9 is a boy group formed by FNC Entertainment and is the company’s first dance boy group. The group consists of nine members: Young Bin, In Seong, Jae Yoon, Da Won, Ro Woon, Zu Ho, Tae Yang, Hwi Young, and Cha Ni.

The group’s name stands for Sensational Feeling 9. They debuted last year on October 5, with their first single album “Feeling Sensation”. Their first mini album “Burning Sensation” was released on February 6, and landed at No. 6 on Billboard’s World Albums Chart for the week of February 15. On April 18, SF9 released their second mini album “Breaking Sensation”, with title track “Easy Love”.

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After quickly selling out last year, KCON USA is returning to the New York metro area for a third year, continuing its reign as the leader in spreading Hallyu (Korean pop culture) with star-studded concerts, specialized programming, and expanded K-beauty, K-food, and e-sports offerings.

The Los Angeles edition of KCON 2017 USA will be returning to the Los Angeles Convention Center and the Staples Center from August 18 to 20. More artists for both events will be announced in the coming weeks and months.

For the latest KCON news, fans are invited to visit the official KCON Website and follow KCON on Twitter, where additional artist line-ups and other information are being announced. They can also join the conversation with #KCON17NY.

KCON is produced by CJ E&M, Asia’s leading content company, and its global music channel, Mnet.


KCON USA 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 118,000 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 2016, the brand expanded internationally, presenting KCON in Abu Dhabi, Paris, and Tokyo. FUSE listed 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 headquartered 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 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, including Asia’s largest music festival, Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA), leading Hallyu convention KCON, the Tony Award-winning musical “Kinky Boots”, the 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, visit CJ E&M’s Website here.

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