KCON USA, the world’s largest Korean culture convention and music festival presented by Toyota, announced today the first two artists to join the Los Angeles edition of the worldwide event series – SF9 and GIRL’S DAY.
Since its launch in 2012, KCON has grown exponentially to become the undisputed epicenter for all things Hallyu (a.k.a The Korean Wave). The expansive event, which spans three days, takes place within the Staples Center, the Los Angeles Convention Center, and the surrounding entertainment district on August 18 thru 20. In addition to the star-studded concerts, fans in attendance will experience more panels and workshops than ever before, with offerings on everything from K-beauty and K-food to e-sports and K-drama.
One of the hottest rising boy groups in Korea, SF9 will be performing on the KCON 2017 LA stage after their first U.S. debut at KCON 2017 NY. Fan favorites GIRL’S DAY, on the other hand, are bringing their outstanding performance to the U.S. for the first time with their KCON debut.
SF9 is a boy group formed by FNC Entertainment and the company’s first dance boy group. The group consists of nine members: Young Bin, In Seong, Jae Yoon, Da Won, Ro Woon, Zu Ho, Tae Yang, Hwi Young, and Cha Ni. The group name stands for Sensational Feeling 9. They debuted on October 5, 2016 with their first single album Feeling Sensation. Their second mini album Breaking Sensation was released on April 18 and landed No.5 on Billboard’s World Albums Chart which was released on April 26, 2017.
GIRL’S DAY is a girl group formed by Dream Tea Entertainment in 2010. The group currently consist of four members: Sojin, Minah, Yura, and Hyeri. The group debuted with their first EP Girl’s Day Party #1 on July 9, 2010. After releasing their second and third EP Everyday and Everyday 2 in 2012, Girl’s Day released their first full-length album Expectation on March 14, 2013. The title track “Expectation” became a huge success and was awarded the “Long-Run Song of the Year” award at the third Gaon Chart K-Pop Awards. They followed up with promoting the track “Female President,” which made it on Billboard’s “20 Best K-pop Songs of 2013.” In January 2014, the title track “Something” from their fourth EP Everyday 3 became their highest-charting single, peaking at #2 on both Billboard’s Korea K-Pop Hot 100 and the Gaon Digital Chart. In March 2017, the group made a comeback with title track “I’ll Be Yours.” Their new EP Everyday #5 debuted at No. 7 on Billboard’s World Albums chart; the music video on 1theK’s channel surpassed 2 million views in less than 24 hours.
KCON 2017 LA tickets will go on sale at 10am (PST) on July 7. The New York metro area edition of KCON 2017 USA will be returning to the Prudential Center next month on June 23 and 24.