KCON is back for the new year! The third edition of the online event is going to take place from March 20th till 28th. With several rookies as well as veteran groups and idols participating, this year’s lineup is exciting. Spanning 8 days, from performances to meet & greets, enjoy the company of – Enhypen, Everglow, Ha Sungwoon, iKON, Itzy, Oh My Girl, The Boyz, Woodz, A.C.E, BTOB, Dreamcatcher, Jessi, J01, Stray Kids, TXT, AB6IX, Ateez, Hyuna, Kang Daniel, Lee Jinhyuk, Loona, Mamamoo, P1Harmony, SF9, Sunmi and TOO.
For those of you who do not know, KCON is just one of the many conventions that have gone viral in the last couple of years. Like VidCon and Comic-Con, KCON has become an annual event in itself, much awaited by tons of fans and artists alike. In partnership with CJ E&M, Koreaboo created this music festival in 2012 in hopes of bringing K-Pop to America. It expanded to Japan in 2015 and since then it has been held in several countries, from Australia to Thailand. Considered the K-Pop version of Coachella, there are several events happening simultaneously, as performances, games and after-parties take place at the venue. As a fun way for fans to attend concerts as well as meet and interact with their idols, people were worried about how KCON would take place due to the pandemic and lockdown regulations.
However, the festival has gone online since 2020. Temporarily renamed as KCON:TACT, it has become a biennial event, with the first two seasons happening in June and October 2020. Technology has advanced to a level that has made KCON:TACT even a better platform for fans to come together. Those who are also interested in the Hallyu Wave, in general, can attend other events held throughout the month to promote KCON like podcasts and masterclasses on dance and K-beauty held by the likes of Edward Avila, Ellen & Brian. The online version also seems to make it more inclusive as those who cannot travel can partake in this year’s KCON virtually. It even gives fans a chance to actively participate with your faves through Fan Featuring Stages where your idols will get a chance to watch you sing for them.
Here are some iconic stages through the years to give you a sneak peek of what to expect this year:
This performance of EXO’s Chanyeol and WJSN’s Seola singing “Stay With Me,” one of the most popular OSTs from Goblin actually happens to be the most-watched KCON performance ever!
Red Velvet serenading the audience at KCON NY in 2018 with a sultry version of “Bad Boy” is everything we didn’t know we needed.
It’s no surprise that some of BTS’ tracks are more on the spectrum of epicness that is perfect for hyping up a large crowd like KCON. Well, things got very intense with this badass version of “Not Today.”
Like 2PM, it’s just stats and facts that miss A is the most covered girl group to date. So, of course, when it comes to doing covers for a special stage, “Bad Girl Good Girl” would be included. Here’s TWICE’s JYPE medley as they cover miss A, Wonder Girls and JYP himself.
The early 2010s were an exciting time and if you needed to know just how chaotic and fun it was, take a look at this legendary collab. That’s right, G-DRAGON got together with Missy Elliott back in 2013 for KCON for an oriental fusion of hip-hop and K-pop.
Are you excited about this year’s KCON:TACT? You can find the daily schedule and the timings of when your faves are going to perform on KCON’s website. With a YouTube membership available on KCON’s channel, one can watch the whole thing live with an added feature of watching the replay if you’ve missed the live. You can also watch just the performances on Mnet and KCON’s official YouTube channels. Whose performance are you looking forward to? Let us know in the comments below.