NU'EST Cover Adam Levine, The Boyz Dance to Billie Eilish & More KCON 2019 New York Concert Highlights

This year, the East Coast leg of the bicoastal annual Korean pop culture convention and music festival KCON moved from Newark’s Prudential Center and found a pair of new homes at the Javits Center and Madison Square Garden. With more than 55,00 fans in attendance over two days of programming and concert events, plus a third mini-show called Klub KCON on Friday, KCON 2019 New York was full of fun festivities, with everything leading up to the star-studded concerts at MSG on Saturday and Sunday. 

Over the two nights, 11 K-pop groups performed, sharing both their original material and a wide array of exciting covers and remixes.

SATURDAY

NU’EST Brightens Up the Event with “Love Paint” & “Lost Stars”  

Along with performing some of their newer songs, plus Minhyun and Baekho performing a duet version of Adam Levine’s “Lost Stars,” the quintet performed their colorful 2016 single “Love Paint.”

IZ*ONE Has the Crowd Talking About “Rumor”

Girl group IZ*ONE performed their own original songs but also “Rumor,” which was a fan favorite produced during the competition series Produce 48, where the group was formed last year.

TOMORROW X TOGETHER Fills MSG Up With Barks Thanks to the English Version of “Cat & Dog”

Making their return to New York City just a few weeks since their first-ever show in the area, a few blocks away from MSG at Playstation Theater, TXT brought their addicting songs to the arena and ended their set with the playful “Cat & Dog.”  

The Boyz Light Up MSG With a Rendition of BTS’ “Fire”... And Wow With Their Dance to Billie Eilish’s “Bad Guy” 

The 12-member group saw a lot of love when they brightened up the arena with their own songs, like their infectious latest single “Bloom Bloom,” but it was their powerful rendition of “Fire” and their dynamic “Bad Guy” choreography that had the crowd buzzing on the first night of KCON’s concerts. 

ATEEZ’s “Hala Hala” Gets the Crowd Hollering

One of the group’s most popular songs, in part thanks to it’s intensely choreographed performance video, ATEEZ filled MSG with roars after they announced they’d be performing “Hala Hala.” They also performed to "Sicko Mode" opening the night up in energetic way.

Girl group Everglow was set to perform on the night of July 6, but was unable to attend due to last-minute visa issues. 

SUNDAY

VERIVERY Makes Everyone Very, Very Excited During their “24K Magic” Dance Cover 

Bright and summery, the rookie boy band VERIVERY showed off how smooth they could be with a performance of Bruno Mars' song to kick off the night.

AB6IX’s First U.S. Performance Is Full of Energy, Even With Some Changes 

A newer team, which features four men who have previously toured the U.S. as part of the groups Wanna One and MXM, plus one impressive, backflipping brand-new K-pop star named Woong, AB6IX “Breathe”d life into the air at MSG with their singing and acrobatic dancing. Even though Woojin had to sit out the dancing due to an injury, he joined in on the performance from a chair, where he performed charismatically.

Fromis_9 Has “Fun” With Their Own Songs Before Singing Red Velvet’s “Red Flavor” 

While “Fun” and other Fromis_9 songs may be potential songs of summer for 2019, the act performed Red Velvet’s 2017 hit as the entire MSG crowd sang along.

SF9 Gets Everyone Drunk by Channeling EXO for “Love Shot”

Before their own set, SF9 appeared earlier in the night during KCON’s second concert, on July 7, to get their smooth body rolls on as they performed EXO’s hit 2018 single “Love Shot.” 

(G)I-dle Gets their Broadway On With “All That Jazz” 

After performing their own set earlier in the night, breakout girl group (G)I-dle returned to stage in slinky black numbers inspired by the ‘20s for a standout rendition of “All That Jazz” from Chicago

Seventeen Gets in Touch With Their Rookie Roots With “Adore U” 

The final performers at KCON New York 2019, Seventeen was down one member, Boo Seungkwan who recently injured his ankle, but brought an immense amount of energy and had the entire crowd dancing in their seats. They ended things off with a setlist fill of both newer and older songs, including their 2015 debut single “Adore U.”

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