Come Out to Play at KCON 2016 NY & LA

You may already know that KCON is coming back to NY and LA.  I’m sure many of you have already bought your tickets.  I am going to both NY and LA this year but I can’t believe that NY is a little more than a week away.  I am speaking at two panels for NY (details below) so I hope to see many of you there.  For complete details about both KCON NY & LA, please be sure to check out the KCON website.  If you’re new to the KCON experience, please see below for my recommendations on how to make most of your KCON experience.  For those heading out to KCON LA, please check back in later for those details.

EVOLUTION OF K-POP MUSIC

Date: Friday – June 24th

Time: 5:00PM – 6:00PM

Location: Panel Tent #1

Panelists: Christian Oh (moderator), Chunkeemonkeeato, Jeff Benjamin, Lai Frances, Tamar Herman

Throughout its rise in popularity and global appeal, K-Pop has undergone some drastic changes in sound, fashion, and hair! (Oh, the hair!) Join us as we extensively discuss the metamorphosis of K-Pop as a genre and an iconic style.

EAST COAST K-SPOTS

Date: Saturday – June 25th

Time: 2:00PM – 3:00PM

Location: Panel Tent #2

Panelists: Nutty Nomads (moderator), Christian Oh, Chunkeemonkeeato, DeAnna Caiati, Lai Frances

We all know the West Coast as a prized hub for Asian American communities, food, and culture, but let’s show some love for the East Coast! Where are the best Korean hotspots close to the Atlantic? Join in to find out!

CELEBRITY LINEUP:

FRIDAY NIGHT – AILEE (returning to her roots), BTOB, CRUSH + DYNAMIC DUO and SEVENTEEN

SATURDAY NIGHT – BTS, DAY 6, ERIC NAM and MAMAMOO (Is anyone else seriously hoping for a collab performance from Eric Nam and Mamamoo’s Solar?)

SPECIAL GUESTS – IM SI WAN and PARK BO YOUNG

GETTING TO KCON:

The great thing about living in tri-state area is that public transportation is readily available no matter what the hour is and is affordable.  I recommend that you go to Penn Station to take the NJ Transit train to Newark Penn Station (takes about 15 minutes – 20 minutes).  If you are coming in from downtown Manhattan, then perhaps you would want to take the PATH train.  However, if you’re coming from other areas of the city, I recommend taking the NJ Transit as there are less stops.  Remember, you need to go to Newark Penn Station, not Newark Broad Street or Newark Liberty International Airport (seems obvious but some people miss the stop and then get off here).  The Newark area, in general, is not that safe but the area from the train station to Prudential Center is typically safe, like any other place in NY/NJ, just be aware of your surroundings.  Prudential Center is only about 2 blocks from the train station but it takes about 10 minutes to walk there since the blocks are long.

WHAT TO BRING/WHAT TO WEAR:

  • When you registered for KCON, you may have received via email the Waiver and Release of Liability and Publicity. Print it up and get it signed before you come.
  • Make sure to give yourself plenty of time to check-in. There are 1,000’s of fans that come to this event and the check-in line will be long.  If you’re in the area, you can also check-in on Thursday, June 23rd from 1:00PM to 6:00PM.  This will give you time to survey the area and figure out the layout of the land so that you don’t have to run from panel to workshop or vice versa.
  • Wear comfortable shoes.
  • Bring sunscreen. I know I’m sounding like a mom-type but this is important.
  • Bring water. We’re gonna be outdoors and it’s usually sunny and hot.
  • What to eat – You can bring some snacks but there will be food trucks and restaurants in the area. Also, I recommend attending the East Coast K-Spots panel for ideas on where to go after the concert because after an exciting concert, you know you won’t want to head home right away.
  • You can bring your camera to the concert as long as it’s not a professional DSLR camera (or have a removable lens). I heard that some people were able to bring them in because the security guards didn’t check carefully but best not to come all the here only to be turned away at the door.  They also patrol the arena at the concert and I’ve seen a number of people being taken out of the concert for taking out these cameras.
  • Bring extra batteries and extra memory cards. Make sure everything is fully charged and you should be good to go for the concert.  (Tip: The Prudential Center building have a limited number of outlets outside of the building which provide power and I’ve seen people charging their essentials there.  Just in case, you are desperate but know that it’s first come, first serve and a lot of people camp out at these spots.)
  • What if you get a Hi-Touch or Audience Fan Engagement ticket but it’s not the artist or star you want to see? Say hello to the people around you and ask if they are interested in trading.  We all have our biases and there’s a great chance that there will be someone who is willing to trade with you.
  • Be friendly, say hello, make friends. Events like these are all about standing on line for hours on end.  The time will go by faster if you get to know the fans around.  You already know that you have something in common, right?
  • MOST IMPORTANTLY, be patient and have fun. From early in the morning to late at night when the concert is over, it’s gonna be a long day with lots of people and lots of activities.  As long as you are prepared and ready to enjoy yourself, it should be a great experience.

If you have questions or you just want to say hello, I’ll be there so don’t be shy to come up.  I swear I don’t bite.  If you can’t find me, I’m on Twitter and Instagram.  Just give a shout!  Looking forward to another great year at KCON!

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