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The Return of KCON

The K-pop convention has made a triumphant return!
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KCON was finally back in Los Angeles, after three years of being on hold. This event has been held all over the world since 2012 and is hosted by CJ E&M. KCON is a wonderful experience and a great way for K-pop fans worldwide to see their favorite artists all in one concert. 

Firstly, the convention was very enjoyable. The ticket was 45 dollars, but extra VIP events came at an additional cost. The ticket price was pretty reasonable with all the events that they had to offer. You got to see artists up close, while regular concert tickets are usually hundreds of dollars.

There were a lot of Korean beauty products and Korean food for sale, so I made sure to bring my wallet. The Korean beauty products mostly consisted of eye shadows, lipsticks, and skin care products. There were also plenty of small businesses that were set up there. Many of these businesses offered free samples for just following them on social media. I thought this was so great for the convention, and it was a great way for them to promote themselves. 

Also, it was essential to get there early. Otherwise, I wouldn’t be getting any of the food, because the lines were very long. 

There were many events when the artists came out and met with fans as well. However, the downside of these meet & greets was that people were pushing. This wasn’t the planners’ fault, but it was more like the attendees were being so aggressive to be closer to the artists. They could have maybe prevented this with more security and railings, but I’m sure the pushing wouldn’t have stopped regardless.

There were time schedules available on the KCON website that let you know when each artist would be coming out, so fans were able to know who they wanted to see before they got there. Visiting the various booths at the convention was a great way to spend my time before the concert. 

As for the concert itself, the energy in there was so indescribably amazing. All of the artists’ performances were incredible, and there were two days of concerts. 

This year, at the first concert Ateez, Cravity, Enhypen, INI, Itzy, Kepler, Lightsum, and Stray Kids performed. The most memorable performances came from Ateez, Enhypen, Kepler, and Stray Kids. These artists really know how to hype up the crowd.  

At the second concert, there were performances by Loona, NCT Dream, NMIXX, P1harmony, Stayc, The Boyz, TO1, and WSJN. Although the artists at KCON vary from year to year, the pricing of these tickets is the same as any other concert. The closer you are to the stage, the more expensive the tickets are. 

If you get the chance to attend KCON next year, you should definitely go! You will absolutely not regret it, as long as you don’t mind the crowds! And if you enjoy KCON, you might also want to check out the individual artists’ concerts as well.

About the Contributor
Aniella Pieprzyca
Aniella Pieprzyca, Editor-in-Chief
Aniella is a junior at Glendale High School. She is on the track team and is very excited to compete this year. In her free time, she likes going to concerts, watching Netflix, and hanging out with her friends. She is also very excited for journalism this year.
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