The continuously impressive KCON lineup gets a key reveal today (Apr. 28), as its West Coast date has unveiled two top-tier acts.
The world's biggest Korean-culture festival has snagged both Girls' Generation-TTS and CNBLUE for its KCON 2016 Los Angeles date. Along with a host of still-to-be-revealed acts coming to both the N.Y. and L.A. dates, the Girls' Generation splinter trio and the rock-pop outfit will meet their fans and take the stage at L.A.'s famous Staples center this summer. Both festivals boast multiple days of K-pop concerts, along with Korean culture-focused panels, workshops, food trucks, artist meet-and-greets and convention fun.
Taeyeon, Tiffany and Seohyun make up the Girls' Generation sub-unit of Girls' Generation-TTS that focuses on big vocal performances heard in their singles "Holler," "Twinkle" and their excellent Christmas tune "Dear Santa" from the past holiday season. While the group hasn't released new material since the holidays, the KCON appearance has upped anticipate the trio will drop new music before the July fest. Girls' Generation has performed at KCON twice, but this will be the trio's debut.
Meanwhile, CNBLUE is a longtime favorite in Korea as one of the few K-pop acts that also play instruments onstage. Since then a half-decade under their belts, the quartet's latest releases have seen them experimenting in new realms including funk (heard in their single "You're So Fine," below) and electro-pop (see "Cinderella"). It's the group's second appearance at KCON after they performed at the L.A. date in 2014.
KCON returns to the East Coast on on June 24 and 25, and then a month later, the fest will hit Los Angeles for three days of fun on July 29-31.
KCON will continue announcing more artists for the 2016 lineup during its weekly #KCONLiveChat at 8/7c on Thursdays. Check back to Fuse every week for the latest artist announcements too.
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