Super Junior D&E and GOT7 are heading to Los Angeles, KCON USA presented by Toyota confirmed Thursday (July 13). They are the final performers announced for KCON 2017 LA’s headlining two-night concert event.
The two male K-pop groups join 10 other acts as part of this year’s lineup for the West Coast leg of KCON USA, a Korean culture convention and music festival that will take place at the Los Angeles Convention Center and Staples Center on Aug. 18-20.
GOT7 is a seven-member act under JYP Entertainment and debuted with “Girls, Girls, Girls” in 2014. The hip-hop and dance-music-oriented boy band has gained a wide following internationally, thanks in part to having members from the U.S., Hong Kong and Thailand. Their latest EP, Flight Log: Arrival, and its glitch-pop single “Never Ever” landed GOT7 on top of the the World Albums chart for the fourth time. The group recently released “My Swagger,” a Japanese single that topped the Japan Hot 100 in July.
Super Junior members Donghae and Eunhyuk are visiting the U.S solo for the first time. Members of the widely popular boy band Super Junior, who made a name for themselves in 2009 with the hit “Sorry Sorry,” the pair formed the subunit D&E in 2011. They gained a reputation for playful performance-driven songs, like the funky “Oppa Oppa” and the viral-ready “Can You Feel It?” and also saw immense success in Korea for their more heartfelt songs, like the electro-house hit “Growing Pains” and the romantic R&B tune “Still You.” The pair released several singles and albums in Korea and Japan before going on hiatus in 2015, when both members halted their careers to serve South Korea’s mandatory military service. KCON USA’s announcement comes within hours of Donghae completing his service as a conscripted policeman and rejoining civilian life and days after Eunhyuk completed his active military duty earlier this week.
KCON USA also revealed the daily concert lineups on Thursday. The first show on Saturday, Aug. 19 will be more female-focused with girl groups Cosmic Girls and Girls’ Day performing alongside boy bands Seventeen, SF9, Super Junior D&E and VIXX, while the second show on Sunday, Aug. 20, will host boy bands Astro, Got7, NCT 127, WannaOne, female soloist Heize and coed group KARD.
Combination tickets for KCON 2017 LA go on sale Friday, while single-day tickets for the convention and Klub KCON, a pre-show event, go on sale July 21.