“KCON” is a name any K-Pop fan knows. In just a few years, it became an unmissable event in the US before venturing into other countries. This year, KCON in going to France for the 1st time and already promises to be an impressive success organised by CJ E&M and the local branch of Live Nation.
That is why we decided to not only give you all the information about the event, but also to ask fans why they all ran to get tickets for the event.
In 2016, KCON chose UAE as its first 2016 location, gathering 8 000 Hallyu fans in one day. When we heard about a KCON Paris a few weeks ago, we thought the event will be pretty similar. However, it seems to actually be bigger-sized. On June, 2nd, BTS, Block B, SHINee, FTISLAND, f(x) and I.O.I will hit the stage of AccorHthotel Arenas. If the organiser said in a press release last week that more acts may be added, the confirmed groups were enough to sell-out the venue that was formerly known as “Palais Omnisport Paris Bercy”. The venue that already hosted the “Music Bank Festival in Paris 2012” back when its capacity wasn’t as big as it is now.
Here is what caught our attention (besides the amazing line up, we mean).
After a first ticketting on April, 29th, where all available tickets got sold in a matter of minutes, the 2nd ticketting that happened today, on May, 9th, had exactly the same result. If the Hallyu wave has been going strong in Europe ever since the first K-Pop concerts there in 2011, it is very rare to see such an excitation.
Why is it so? We’ll let European fans answer this question for us.
According to Tiffany from Paris, the answer is easy. “Because it is the first time KCON is coming to Europe and despite what we may think, there are a lot of K-Pop fans in Europe and it is rare to see so many groups at once. To sum it up, it may be the only chance for fans to see their favorite group live, which is why they spend money on tickets are are travelling from far away”.
Chen Ting Ting from Italy is a fan of SHINee, and part of a SHINee fanbase. Though she’s affraid SHINee might never come to Italy, she hopes KCON will give them an incentive to come back to Europe for solo events.That is actually a common factor. All fans hope to see their favorite idols back for solo concerts. So fans are working hard to welcome the groups.
Rose, from Paris, told us : I am an admin from I.O.I’s fanbase. Our team knows this concert will be the only one where we can see the group as a whole, since I.O.I is meant to disband. It is a little bit hard for us, as unlike other groups, I.O.I don’t have a fandom name or color. So, to not leave them out, we’ve made banners to welcome and support them. We also chose a color to represent them – pink – and ordered pink wristbands so that the girls can see the support! We have received a lot of help and enthousiasm so even if some people don’t know them yet as it is a new group, I.O.I France is really happy to welcome them.
Even MC Leeteuk has fans excited to see him, like Rebecca from Luxembourg or Melody from Limoges.
While asking fans who will attend, we also got a reply from many french areas, as well as Poland, Belgium, Netherlands, the UK and more. This concert is going to be a huge European party!
So, are you attending KCON Paris? If not, tell us where you wish KCON would go next!
Article by Céline @KAvenyou
Sources : Official Press Release and quoted fans