Earlier today, we confirmed that KCON would be held in New York and now CJ E&M has confirmed this through an official press release.
The press release reads as follows:
After three exponentially successful years in Southern California, KCON has announced that it is making the largest Korean entertainment fan convention in North America a bi-coastal event. East Coast K-pop fans will get their own turn to host the ultimate Hallyu experience when the first ever KCON 2015 NY descends upon the Big Apple for a one day convention and concert extravaganza on August 8, just one weekend after the flagship event completes in Los Angeles.
Taking place at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ, one of the region’s premier performance venues regularly hosting the biggest stars,KCON 2015 will be packed with panels, activities, food and more that cover every aspect of Korean pop culture during the day. Then as the sun goes down, eyes will turn to the stage as some of the hottest artists coming out of Korea will take center stage and close out the evening with a star-studded concert.
To help support this expansion, KCON has also signed a partnership with IDG World Expo, one of the largest event production companies in the U.S., with over 20 years of producing events such as Macworld, E3, Anime Expo, Digital Entertainment World, the Game Marketing Summit and more.
Expansion must love company as KCON 2015 LA just announced last week that it is moving to a bigger venue (Staples Center in Downtown LA) and will now consist of a three day convention (July 31 to August 2) with two nights of headliner-filled concerts.
The announcement of KCON 2015 NY follows the extraordinary success of KCON Los Angeles, which has more than doubled its attendance since inception in 2012, and the inaugural KCON Japan 2015 convention that took place this week and garnered over 15,000 attendees. The inaugural KCON Japan 2015 at the Saitama Super Arena on April 22 was highlighted by an M! Countdown concert featuring K-pop stars including BIGFLO, Block B, BOYFRIEND, GOT7, INFINITE, Jun.K (from 2PM), KangNam, Lovelyz, MYNAME, SISTAR, and more.