[UPDATE] Monsta X is added to the line-up for KCON 2015 in Los Angeles

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KCON 2015 USA presented by Toyota announced today that MONSTA X is confirmed to perform at KCON 2015 Los Angeles, which takes place at the Staples Center and the Los Angeles Convention Center over three days from July 31 – August 2. MONSTA X is the eighth musical act announced for KCON’s west coast edition.

 MONSTA X is the hip-hop boy group formed from the winners of Starship Entertainment’s idol survivor show NO.MERCY. The new band is comprised of members Shownu (Son Hyun-woo), Wonho (Shin Ho-seok), Minhyuk, Kihyun, Hyungwon, Jooheon, and I.M (Lim Chang-kyun). On May 14, 2015, MONSTA X released their highly anticipated mini-album “Trespass,” and made their broadcast performance debut on Mnet’s M! Countdown.

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Roy Kim is confirmed to perform at KCON 2015 Los Angeles, which takes place at the Staples Center and the Los Angeles Convention Center over three days from July 31 – August 2. Roy Kim joins KCON LA’s star-studded lineup of

Roy Kim is the season four winner of Mnet’s hit singing competition series Superstar K and – to the delight of his many fans – a current student at Georgetown University. His debut single “Spring Spring Spring” off his album “Love Love Love” ruled the Billboard Korea K-Pop Hot 100 for three consecutive weeks, and was ultimately one of the top 10 biggest k-pop singles of 2013. He released a second studio album “Home” in October 2014, which he has described as “k-folk.” Roy has sold more than 10 million digital singles in his native South Korea.

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K-pop pioneers Shinhwa and KCON veterans VIXX have both been added to the artist line-up for KCON 2015 USA presented by Toyota. Shinhwa will be performing at the west coast edition with VIXX heading east.

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Last year, over 42,000 passionate fans of Korean pop culture traveled from around the U.S. to solidify KCON as a summer Los Angeles staple. Once again, droves of K-entertainment fans will come together to experience unforgettable concerts, panels, workshops, food, fashion and much more. Now with sister events on both sides of the country for the first time, this year’s KCON is on track to be the largest ever.

KCON 2015 LA takes place over three days from July 31- August 2, with two concerts at Downtown Los Angeles’ Staples Center, and convention programming to take over the gigantic West Hall of the Los AngelesConvention Center. Additionally, KCON 2015 NY will launch with a one day convention and concert held in the New York metro area at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ.

Tickets for both KCON 2015 sites will go on sale in June. Dates and times are as follows:

-        June 18 (10am PT // 1pm ET) – Los Angeles Platinum and Combo tickets go on-sale.

-        June 21 (10am PT // 1pm ET) – Los Angeles Individual Tickets go on-sale

-        June 25 (10am PT // 1pm ET) – All Tickets for New York go on-sale.

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The #KCONLiveChat announced that both Block B and AOA are confirmed to perform at KCON 2015 Los Angeles taking place at the Staples Center on July 31- August 2.

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#KCONLiveChat is the place where fans can get the most up to date news on KCON, including huge artist announcements. The show airs every Thursday at 5:30pm PT / 8:30pm ET leading up to the convention on KCON’s YouTube channel.
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Easily one of the most colossal groups to come out of Korean pop music over the past ten years, Super Junior has been announced as the first addition to the Los Angeles line-up for KCON 2015, presented by Toyota.  More artists will be announced in the coming month before tickets go on sale in June.  The announcement was made during #KCONLiveChat, which airs every Thursday at 5:30pm PT / 8:30pm ET leading up to the convention on KCON’s YouTube channel.

KCON, the largest fan convention in North America dedicated to all aspects of Korean entertainment and beyond was just named by FUSE as one of the “22 Best Music Festivals of 2015” and will be expanding this year in Los Angeles from two to three days of convention to take place on July 31 – August 2.  Two of those days will consist of giant concerts at the Staples Center in Downtown Los Angeles. In past years, the KCON stage has been graced by big-name artists such as G-Dragon, Missy Elliott, Girls Generation, EXO, BTS and so many more. Having grown every year in star power and attendance since its launch in 2012, KCON 2015 LA edition is set to be the biggest event yet.  One week later on August 8, will bring KCON to the New York metro area for the first time, with those line-ups still to be revealed.

Super Junior debuted in 2005 with 12 members under SM Entertainment and went on to be at the forefront of the Hallyu wave. After many successful singles, the band skyrocketed to fame in 2009 with the massive R&B hit “Sorry, Sorry.” By consistently reinventing their musical style from R&B to even electropop, each successive Super Junior album including their latest, Mamacita (2014), has topped the charts in Korea within days of its release. Currently, the group is the only Korean band to hold the title of best-selling Korean artists for three years consecutively (2011-2014) and to have had the distinction of performing 100 concerts worldwide. US fans haven’t seen Super Junior perform here since 2012 and the KCON 2015 LA edition will be a chance to see the uber-popular boy band before additional members enlist in the army for compulsory national service.

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The Korean entertainment industry will host the international music festival KCON in Los Angeles and New Jersey this summer.

CJ E&M, the Korean media company that hosts the event, said Tuesday, April 28 that the festival would include K-pop performances as well as conventions for Korean fashion, information technology and products by Korean firms.

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KCON festival to open in LA, New Jersey this summer (CJ E&M)

The cultural festival will open in Los Angeles on July 31 this year for four days at the Staples Center, including two K-pop “M Countdown” concerts. “M Countdown” is a music TV program broadcast by CJ E&M cable channel Mnet.

KCON 2015 USA” will then move to the east coast, opening at New Jersey’s Prudential Center on Aug. 8.

Acts such as G-Dragon from boy group Big Bang, Girls’ Generation, IU, VIXX, B1A4, Teen Top and CNBLUE will perform at the U.S. concerts, according to organizers.

The cultural festival, sponsored by Toyota, will also allow small and medium enterprises eyeing the U.S. market to gain publicity among local buyers.

Director Shin Hyeong-gwang of CJ E&M said that the KCON festival would “help expand the hallyu wave worldwide, (while) adding economic value.

The KCON festival, which first kicked off in Irvine, California, in 2012, has since relocated to Los Angeles, where it was attended by an estimated 42,000 visitors last year.

Most recently, KCON held its first festival in Saitama, Japan, where it was attended by 15,000 visitors. CJ E&M is hoping to increase the number of KCON locations and festivals per year.

More information will be made available on the website www.kconusa.com/.

Sarah Yoon
The Korea Herald