KCON in Newark


The world’s largest Korean culture convention and music festival, will return to Prudential Center for KCON 2017 from June 23-24 with an expanded two-day schedule of concerts and activities. Celebrating its fifth anniversary this year, KCON 2017 will feature more vendors than ever before, plus all-new workshops and panels, including the rise in popularity of Korean beauty products, Korean food, and the world of e-sports, an industry in which South Korea produces many of the top competitors.

GFRIEND is a girl group under Source Music who debuted with the EPSeason of Glass in South Korea on January 16, 2015. The group consists of six members: Sowon, Yerin, Eunha, Yuju, SinB, and Umji. In the same year, GFriend won several female rookie awards and made headlines as the only girl group to be nominated in the 2015 MTV Europe Music Awards’ “Best Korean Act” category, with their EP Flower Bud. After releasing their third EP,Snowflake, in 2016, they won first place on M!Countdown, Music Bank, Show Champion and Inkigayo with title song “Rough.” The music videos of “Rough” and “Navillera” were ranked 2nd and 10th in top 10 K-pop MVs most beloved by South Koreans in 2016 on YouTube. In 2017, GFriend released their fourth EP The Awakening with title song “Fingertip.”

Friday, June 23

Crush and Dynamic Duo 

Saturday, June 24

Eric Nam 

In 2011, Ailee first received recognition during her performance with Wheesung on MBC's Chuseok special episode of "Singer and Trainee." Ailee's stage presence was immediately felt by the audience, who was amazed by her talent given she had not officially debuted yet. Ailee made her debut on February 9, 2012 with her song “Heaven,” earning a positive response from industry insiders for her explosive vocal talent which instantly made the song a big hit. 


Ailee attracted explosive interest on KBS’ “Immortal Song” and other singers were deeply moved by her performance from her powerful vocals, high expressiveness and tremendous stage manner.

She is beloved by fans regardless of sex or age and is called “opposite girl, Ailee” because of her naïve character showing right after her own charismatic performance.

Her rapid climb to stardom has brought great success including roles in TV commercials, TV programs, and performance proposals.

Ailee is recognized as one of the best rookie singer; the future of her music and performances are being watched with keen interest by fans all over the world.

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SEVENTEEN (세븐틴) is a thirteen-member band formed byPledis Entertainment. The team consists of three units: the hip hop unit (S.coups, Wonwoo, Mingyu, Vernon), the vocal unit (Jeonghan, Joshua, Woozi, DK, Seungkwan), and theperformance unit (Jun, Hoshi, THE8, Dino). 

SEVENTEEN gained fame on the livestreamed show “17TV,”which was followed by the reality show “Seventeen Project: Debut Big Plan.” SEVENTEEN is the first group in K-Pop history to hold a live debut showcase.

MAMAMOO is a girl group composed of four female members: Solar, MoonByul, WheeIn and HwaSa. They debuted in 2014 with the song “Mr. Ambiguous” and that same year, received awards at the SEOUL SUCCESS AWARDS and Gaon Chart’s K-POP AWARDS.

In 2015, the band was selected by Billboard as one of the “Top 5 K-Pop Artists to Watch.” 

MAMAMOO’s first full-length album “Melting” dropped in February 2016. The band is managed by Rainbow Bridge World.

BTS (also known as Bangtan Boys consists of Rap Monster 랩몬스터, SUGA 슈가, Jin 진, J-hope 제이홉, Jimin 지민, V 뷔, Jung Kook 정국  debuted in 2013, and has shown remarkable growth and success as the next generation of K-POP boy groups. They’re leading the Korean wave in the music market not only in Korea but also Japan, Asia and all over the world. BTS is an incredibly talented group with high potential given they also compose and write their own songs. They give full-fledged performances and have enormous energy on stage. 


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