In the wake of Korean singer/rapper Psy's signing with Scooter Braun's Schoolboy Records, tickets for the first ever K-pop fan convention have gone on sale.
KCON, a production by Korean entertainment brand Mnet, comes to the Verizon Amphitheatre in Irvine, California, on October 13 and is focused on all things Korean pop culture, with a big emphasis on pop music.
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The convention is set to include panels and workshops analyzing the Korean wave (known as the "Hallyu" wave) focused on music, movies, television, and fashion. The day will also include popular YouTube stars who have pushed the genre and a costume role-playing (cosplay) contest.
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Popular acts already booked to perform for the event include the rookie male groups B.A.P. and VIXX, as well as popular girl group 4Minute. The latter act has garnered recent attention stateside for one of its members, Hyun-a, who stars alongside Psy in his "Gangnam Style" music video as well as her own female version "Oppa Is Just My Style." More acts are expected to be announced soon.
"As the Korean wave spreads across the globe, and touches down in the States, it is so important that we provide fans with an interactive experience with their idols," says Ted Kim, acting president & CEO of Mnet. "KCON is an event that is long overdue and Mnet is committed to creating a positive fan experience by making it affordable and giving unprecedented access to the stars."
Tickets start at $40, with VIP packages going up to $100. For more information head to www.kconusa.com.