KCON LA 2023 had a variety of booths, activities, and stages for KCON fans to attend. From a dance stage for fans to panels to workshops, fans were able to experience many of the diverse activities the convention offered. Here are some of the hands-on activities, booths, and stages KCON had for everyone to enjoy.
In the middle of the convention floor, groups, soloists, and special guests were able to converse at CJ Live Studio where some fans gathered around the glass booth as a live audience. Some of the guests featured at this booth were XG, Min, Kep1er, and Cravity. The CJ Live Studio allowed artists to have a more intimate setting for interviews as well as give fans a chance to see it all in person at KCON.
KCON’s Samsung booth came back this year and was better than ever, giving KCONers a chance to experiment with their latest releases as well as see their favorite groups up close and personal. JustB, (G)-IDLE, ATEEZ, and xikers attended the booth throughout the convention, interacting with fans and engaging with the Samsung stations in the area while talking to the MC. Every year, Samsung is one of the most popular booths at KCON, and this year was no different, with around 500 people waiting for the groups to make an appearance.
iHeart Media Kpop Village
Just outside the entrance for KCON, KIISFM hosted its own iHeart Media Kpop Village this year for the first time ever. The mini-festival was free to everyone and included fun, interactive social activities with live music, DJs, live interviews with K-pop artists, a Ferris Wheel, food trucks, and more. Interviews were held with some of the KCON lineup: ATEEZ, Kep1er, XG, and xikers. Fans were able to enjoy seeing their favorite artists in person with or without a ticket, making it a memorable event for everyone.
Dance All Day
KCON gave aspiring dancers the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to perform on stage with their favorite artists IVE, ZEROBASEONE, and ITZY. Fans auditioned at the Dance All Day stage during the convention hours, going through three rounds of auditions until a handful of dancers passed and were able to perform on stage with the groups on the night of the concert. The songs performed during these stages were IVE’s “I Am,” ZEROBASEONE’s “Here I Am,” and ITZY’s “Wannabe.” This allowed attendees to see their own friends and fellow fans dance on stage with the groups in a performance that made history.
With a diverse group of K-pop fans attending the event, KCON took the opportunity to schedule a variety of panels, allowing guests to learn more about topics they are interested in. Some of these panels talked about how to get a job in the K-pop industry, deconstructing K-pop songs with songwriters and producers, and one special panel featured Ricky and Matthew from ZEROBASEONE sitting alongside Boys Planet director Kim Sinyoung. Fans were able to hear from the director and two members themselves some of the hardships the members faced during Boys Planet, recall some memorable moments from the show, and guess the answers to questions for a chance to receive a group-signed album from one Ricky or Matthew themselves.