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Two more acts for KCON Australia have just been confirmed:
UP10TION and Wanna One!!!
The next three acts were announced yesterday:
Girl's Day, PENTAGON and VICTON!!!
The first three acts were announced Monday:
Cosmic girls, MONSTA X and SF9!!!
Let's learn more about the acts announced today...
UP10TION is a boy group formed by TOP Media in 2015 with their first EP, Top Secret. The boy band made a simultaneous debut in China and Korea with the release of their first single, “So Dangerous.” Over the years, they've explored a variety of styles with a particular focus on impactful, beat-driven dance tracks. In February 2017, UP10TION’s first-ever Japanese single, the ominous electro-pop “ID,” went to No. 3 on the Japan Hot 100.
Wanna One is an eleven-member boy group formed by CJ E&M through the 2017 reality shows Produce 101 Season 2. The final members, as well as the group name, were chosen by the public audience’s votes. The group will officially start performing in August 2017. Wanna One is ready to win over the hearts of overseas fans with their energetic performance at KCON 2017 AUSTRALIA.
Here's some facts about the three acts announced yesterday:
Girl’s Day is a female quartet that has been around since 2010 and seen major successes with their energetic dance pop sings. They’re known for their hits like “Expectation,” "Something," and “Female President;” the latter of which was was one of best K-pop songs of 2013. The group released a new EP, Everyday #5, in March, fronted by their most recent single, the brassy banger “I’ll Be Yours.” (Source)
The first boy band from Cube Entertainment (BEAST, 4Minute) since BTOB’s 2012 debut, Pentagon garnered a lot of attention in October with the release of the pounding “Gorilla,” a brassy dance track that incorporated hip-hop and funk. Its music video was so popular upon release that “Gorilla” became one of the most viewed K-pop videos in America that month. Their follow-up track, December’s “Can You Feel It,” kept the rhythmic funk of their debut track while featuring more expressive, mellower vocals. (Source)
VICTON is the first boy group under Plan A Entertainment. The group consists of seven members: Han SeungWoo, Kang SeungSik, Heo Chan, Lim SeJun, Do HanSe, Choi ByungChan and Jung SuBin. On November 19, 2016, VICTON debuted with their 1st mini album, <Voice To New World>.
The album’s title coincides with their group name, which means that they will spread the new signature voice and music of VICTON all over the world. VICTON appealed their charisma and clear with their two title songs called "What time is it now" and "I'm fine" of <Voice To New World>.
Thereafter VICTON returned with a title song called "EYEZ EYEZ" of 2nd mini album <Ready>. All of the members of VICTON participated to all of their songs and showed their artistry. VICTON informed attractiveness through the reality program Born identity. And they received the 'modeltainer award' at the 2017 Asia Model Festival.
In addition, they performed activities such as the release of PlanA's 3rd project album,'Oasis' with 'Apink' and 'Huhgak'. VICTON, which predicted a comeback at the end of August, is expected to show what kind of musical world is in the future. (Source: VICTON Management Company)
Here's some facts about the first three groups to be announced:
COSMIC GIRLS (WJSN):
Cosmic Girls, or WJSN, is a Korean-Chinese girl group. Cosmic Girls has 13 members. The team debuted last year with the saccharine “Mo Mo Mo” and electro hip-hop track “Catch Me." But it wasn’t until they switched up their sound and visual style with August's The Secret EP that Cosmic Girls proved their staying power with a blend of atmospheric synth pop and fantastical music videos. The group returned earlier this month with the upbeat summer cheer song “Happy.” (Source)
Starship Entertainment’s seven member hip-hop group debuted only two years ago in 2015, as a part of the survival show ‘NO.MERCY’, and thanks to tremendous fan service and the boys’ great personalities it didn’t take long for them to grow a loyal following. Their debut mini-album ‘Trespass’ and second mini-album ‘Rush,’ including their first hit ‘Hero,’ earned them the Next Generation Award at the 2015 Mnet Asian Music Awards. In 2016 Monsta X released their third and fourth mini-albums, The Clan Part. 1 ‘LOST’ and The Clan Part. 2 ‘GUILTY’, the latter of which peaked at number 2 on Korean charts and number 3 on the US World chart. (Source)
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 first mini album Burning Sensation was released on February 6 and landed at No.6 on Billboard’s World Albums Chart which was released on February 15, 2017. On April 18, 2017, SF9 released their second mini album, Breaking Sensation, with title song “Easy Love.” (Source)
KCON, the world's largest Korean culture convention and music festival, is coming Down Under for the first time in September at Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney!
The 2-day festival will showcase everything about Korean lifestyle, including K-fashion, K-beauty, K-food, K-dance, and K-dramas by day, before unleashing the high-energy sounds and sights of top K-pop artists by night!
Shin Hyung Kwan, CJ E&M’s President of Music Contents Business division who is in charge of KCON has said,
“We’ve come a long way across the world (Latin America-Asia-North America) to finally arrive in Australia as our last stop on KCON 2017 tour. As world’s largest total lifestyle K-culture convention, we’ve pushed forward to expand Korean wave and to make people experience different aspects of K-culture, exploring new territory and meeting diverse people worldwide. Together with TEG, we will provide fascinating experience by connecting Australian fans into one through Hallyu.”
TEG CEO Geoff Jones said he was proud to bring the amazing KCON to Sydney.
“The global spread of K-pop is one of the biggest waves to sweep entertainment over the past decade and we know there is a massive following across Australia,” said Jones. “The youthful energy behind KCON makes it an absolutely unique concept and TEG will make sure that KCON in Sydney is unforgettable.”
Since its launch in 2012, KCON has quickly grown into the undisputed epicenter for all things Hallyu (a.k.a The Korean Wave). From its beginnings in California, KCON has since expanded considerably with KCON UAE (Abu Dhabi), France (Paris), Mexico (Mexico City), Japan(Tokyo) and U.S. (New York, Los Angeles) being held within the past year. In the past 6 years, KCON has managed to draw in over 460,000 Korean culture fans from all over the world.
For KCON 2017, the festival will operate under the banner theme of “Let’s KCON,” which underlines the festival’s essence – present since its inception – to promote engagement between the fans themselves, between fans and the stars, and between fans and the multi-faceted cultural phenomenon of Hallyu.