Los Angeles K-pop fans now have an extra day and a whole new venue for the annual KCON festival.
The concert and fan exhibition focusing on South Korean pop culture announced a move and an expansion for its planned July 31-Aug. 2 installment in L.A., its fourth in Southern California. The concert will move from the L.A. Memorial Sports Arena and surrounding grounds into L.A. Live and
For the two-day 2014 edition, more than 42,000 fans turned out for performances by K-pop staples like Girls Generation, G-Dragon, CN Blue and BTS, along with rising acts like SPICA and Teen Top. This year's fest will add a third day of events, with a two-day concert set for Aug. 1-2. No music lineup has been announced yet.
Last year Angela Killoren, co-project manager of KCON, told The Times that "A lot of [K-pop] acts have met with the top U.S. booking agents, but they couldn't afford the cost of giving up tour dates in Asia... Festivals like KCON are a great way for them to meet fans and perform without committing to the infrastructure of a full tour."
The fest has been such a success in L.A. that it's setting a precedent in Asia. On Wednesday, the inaugural KCON Japan will hit the Saitama Super Arena with acts like BIGFLO and Block B. With the success of events like KCON and