KCON IS BACK – And In-Person for 2022!

After much success with KCON:TACT, one of the biggest international concerts that host some of the top K-Pop artists is returning to the scene with bigger names and bigger events! This time, fans can rejoice as it will all be in-person!

KCON announced on March 15th that KCON will be making its return and sharing the love of K-Pop all across the globe. With KCON Korea starting in May, Chicago will be seeing its first ever premiere and LA will be celebrating it’s 10-year anniversary since its launch in 2012! Check out the teaser video here!

This year, fans will be able to experience an upgraded version of KCON, packed with new content reflecting the trends of Gen Z fans and programs tailored for local fans on top of original fan favorite programming and panels unique to KCON. As one of the first adopters of the virtual concert experience, KCON will bring back its signature digital content from “KCON:TACT” for fans who cannot participate in-person due to distance and concerns of Covid-19.


More from the lineup and program will be revealed and KCON will kick off with ‘KCON 2022 Premiere,’ which will take place in Seoul (at the CJ ENM center) on May 7th and 8th, Tokyo (at Makuhari Messe) on May 14th and 15th, and for the first time in Chicago (at the Rosemont Theatre) on May 20th and 21st. The festivities will continue throughout the year as KCON LA will take place August 19th until the 21st, followed by KCON JAPAN in October.

“With the return of KCON, fans will once again be able to interact with their favorite artists and influencers, as well as the rest of the K-pop fan community. The team here is buzzing with excitement as we prepare to create an event worthy of celebrating a decade of unforgettable KCON moments. K-pop has evolved so much since our first KCON in 2012 and CJ ENM is proud to have been part of the rise and the journey,”  said Don Kim, Director of Live Entertainment Business at CJ ENM.

First held in 2012 in the U.S., KCON played an instrumental role in spreading K-culture, amassing 1.1 million fans across 9 cities/regions including North America, Europe, Asia, etc. From its first event in 2012 that attracted 10,000 visitors, KCON has seen an incredible growth gathering 291,000 visitors in 2019 (the last in-person event) which is 29 times its inaugural year audience. During the pandemic, its digital redition, “KCON:TACT,” met more than 22.45 million K-pop fans in the last two years, pushing the event’s boundaries even further as a virtual festival that enables fans to enjoy K-culture anywhere, anytime.

For more information on the latest KCON news and an FAQ, fans can visit www.kconusa.com and follow @KCONUSA on Twitter, Instagram, and check out our site where more information will be released.

How do you expect to see at KCON this year? Share your thoughts in the comments below!


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