KCON to debut in Chicago as festival returns to in-person events – NBC Chicago

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KCON, a global celebration of Korean culture and music, returns with its first in-person event in two years, this time in a new city: Chicago.

The festival will kick off its 2022 run in May with events aimed at commemorating the festival’s re-emergence from the pandemic as well as its 10th anniversary, entertainment group CJ ENM announced on Wednesday.

“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,” said Don Kim, Director of Live Entertainment Business at CJ ENM. A declaration. “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 is part of the ascent and the journey.

KCON’s Premiere Series event is the first of its kind, created to be the festival’s preliminary celebrations before its headline acts kick off in August in Los Angeles and October in Japan.

The festival will wrap up its first Chicago run, with celebrations continuing at the Rosemont Theater just outside of town on May 20-21.

At the Chicago event, fans will get a taste of Korean culture with opportunities to explore and interact with K-pop, K-beauty, and K-food.

“This year, fans will be able to experience an enhanced version of KCON, filled with new content reflecting Gen Z fan trends and programs tailored to local fans, in addition to fan-favorite original programming and panels unique to KCON. “, said Kim. .

Before the festival heads to Chicago, however, it will appear in Seoul from May 7-8 and Tokyo from May 14-15.

The festival will also bring back its digital program, KCON:TACT, for those unable to attend the events or wish to attend virtually in another city.

While tickets and lineups are expected to be announced at a later date, “performances from larger bands to groups” can be expected, organizers said.

More information is available here.

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