Los Angeles – July 6, 2017 – KCON USA presented by Toyota, the world’s largest Korean culture convention and music festival, has announced co-ed group K.A.R.D and Wanna One as the latest additions to KCON 2017 LA’s concert lineup. These two acts join ASTRO, COSMIC GIRLS, GIRL’S DAY, HEIZE, NCT 127, SEVENTEEN, SF9, and VIXX, with more artists to be announced. Combo tickets for the concerts will be available for fans starting on July 14 and single tickets on the 17th, at 10am PST via KCONUSA.com.
Combo Tickets On Sale July 14
Convention Tickets On Sale July 21
Flower Boy Café, Beauty Block, Klub KCON, and KCON Food Street Set to Return
On the convention side, fans can expect to see the return of popular attractions including: the Flower Boy Café, a place where attendees can live out their K-drama fantasies over a cup of coffee or tea; Klub KCON, a dance party on the festival’s opening night that often has special guest appearances; and KCON Foot Street, a giant food market curated by the team at KTOWN Night Market. Convention, Flower Boy Café, and Klub KCON tickets go on sale on July 21 via KCONUSA.com.
K.A.R.D is a co-ed group formed by DSP Media in 2016. The group has four members: J.Seph, B.M, Somin, and Jiwoo. The group released the first single for their trilogy pre-debut project “K.A.R.D Project”, titled “Oh NaNa”, featuring labelmate Heo Youngji as a hidden member.
K.A.R.D’s second project single, “Don’t Recall”, was released last February, followed by the English version as a hidden track. Their final project single, “RUMOR”, was released last April, followed by the dance video version as the last “hidden card” before their official debut. “RUMOR” charted at #1 in 13 countries on iTunes’ main charts. K.A.R.D is expected to make their official debut in mid-July of this year.
Wanna One is an 11-member boy group, formed from the finalists of Mnet’s survival boy group reality show Produce 101 Season 2. The final members, as well as the group name, were chosen by the public audience’s votes. The members who took the top 11 spots in the finale were Kang Daniel, Park Ji-hoon, Lee Dae-hwi, Kim Jae-hwan, Ong Seong-woo, Park Woo-jin, Lai Kuan-lin, Yoon Ji-seong, Hwang Min-hyun, Bae Jin-young, and Ha Sung-woon.
Wanna One will officially start promoting next August. Wanna One is ready to win over the hearts of international fans with their first performance abroad at KCON 2017 LA.
Since its launch in 2012, KCON has grown exponentially to become the undisputed epicenter for all things Hallyu, aka the Korean Wave. The expansive event, spanning three days, will take place within the Staples Center, the Los Angeles Convention Center, and the surrounding entertainment district from August 18 to 20.
In addition to star-studded concerts, fans in attendance will experience more panels and workshops than ever before, with offerings on everything from K-beauty and K-food, to e-sports and K-drama.
For the latest KCON news and tickets, fans are invited to visit the official website at www.kconusa.com and follow @KCONUSA on Twitter, where additional artist line-up and other information will be announced. Fans can also join the conversation with the hashtag #KCON17LA.
KCON is produced by CJ E&M, Asia’s leading content company, and its global music channel, Mnet.
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 in attendance, and has since more than doubled annually 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, featuring 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, including 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 like “The Incomplete”, “Grandpas over Flowers”, and “Reply 1988”. With regional offices in Asia and the United States, 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 at http://en.cjenm.com.
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