The first headlining act for this year’s KCON Los Angeles will be none other than this year’s first headlining act for KCON New York, BTS.
The popular Korean boy band will return to KCON LA at the fifth annual event this July. BTS is poised to become the first K-pop boy band to headline KCON events on both coasts in the same year, attesting to the group’s immense international popularity. The seven members previously performed at KCON LA in 2014, where they captivated the KCON audience with their compelling stage presence. Two years later, BTS has a bevy of hits that will surely excite this year’s KCON LA concertgoers, including the recently released single “Fire.”
News of BTS’s appearance at KCON LA diverged from the normal route of KCON announcements, as it was revealed by KTLA’s entertainment reporter Doug Kolk during his May 5 newscast.
Kolk counted down to the revelation after teasing that he and the show’s anchors were the only people in the world to know the name of the headlining act.
BTOB, the passionate seven-member group that debuted in 2012 with “Insane,” is known for their wide-ranging musical style that takes BTOB’s listeners through a gamut of genres. Their latest single, “Remember That,” was one their best-received songs and they won multiple awards on local Korean weekly music shows with the uptempo romantic ballad. The KCON NY concert will be BTOB’s first performance in the United States since 2013.
DAY6 is a five-member idol-band that is relatively new to the Korean music scene. They debuted last September with “Congratulations” and returned with their second single “Letting Go” at the end of March, shortly after the departure of former member Junhyeok. DAY6 will not only attend KCON NY, but are making their rounds throughout multiple regions of North America. Ahead of KCON NY, DAY6 will meet fans at this month’s Toronto Kpop Con and they’re following their trip to KCON NY with a multi-city tour throughout the rest of the country this summer.
BTOB and DAY6 join other popular K-pop acts including headliners BTS, Mamamoo, Seventeen and New Jersey-raised Ailee at Newark’s Prudential Center on June 24-25. BTS will follow up KCON NY at the Staples Center on July 29-31, joining Girls’ Generation-TTS , CNBLUE, Block B, GFriend, and Twice at KCON LA.
Tickets for KCON NY go on sale on May 13 while tickets go on sale for KCON LA the following month, on June 3. Prices range from $50 to $250 for single-event tickets while the platinum all-event access tickets cost $800.