Roundtabel: KCON Pointers and ReportsWritten through Pat On June 23, 2016It’s that point of year again: KCON time. For some, KCON season way wallowing in distresswhilstwe wantthe developmentmight be hosted just a little closer to where we lived—or that there was oncemore cash in our wallets, or simply more time in our lives. For others, it capability hours of giddy excitement as we stare longingly at the bought tickets and consciously forget about the matching void in our bank accounts.
But what precisely is KCON? For the onespeople unfamiliar with the event, KCON is an annual Kpop conference for “All Things Hallyu. While it all started in 2012 at Irvine, California’s Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, it has since expanded to incorporateoccasions in Japan, France, and Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. This year, KCON Big apple returns to the Prudential Middle in Newark, New Jersey from June 24th to the 25th, and KCON L. a. volition likewise go back to the Staples Center from July 29th to the 31st.
With KCON correctround the corner, those of us that experiencenow not been to KCON before—and even those of us that have—are inquisitive about your experience(s) at the event. Do you've any tips that couldpercentage amongst other fanatics going to KCON this year? And are there any stories you ought to share about your experience(s) there?
Cjontai: For someone attending KCON in California, please heed my warning. The sun is a big hater! Slather on all of the sunscreen imaginable and drink quite so much of water. I saw such much offolkstaking a look like lobsters closing fourth dimension one went, and they gave the impressionfully miserable. Don't underestimate this heat! Were in a drought for a reason; its no joke.
Also ensure youdisplay up early to line up for entry. In 2014, my pals and I waited over 2 hours just to get in in the process the gate for the explanation that line of workprolonged aboutthe whole venue. Some Starlights were understandably disenchanted by the lengthenas the fan tournament for VIXX ended earlier than they even were given in. Things were greaterarrangedthe following day, but it still sucked that the personnelregarded unprepared the primary day. Hopefully, theyve progressed from the former years, so fans wont be frustrated by any confusion.
And please be sort to other fandoms. I talked to a woman who had a impolitestumble upon with some mean ARMYs, and sadly, she wasnt the just one with that story. As a fellow fan, it broke my center to pay attention about the fandom making others feel badly for not liking their bias group. This occasionis meant to be about how Korean entertainment has brought us in combinationthruthe thrill ITprovides us. Shall wecenter of attention on loving the truth that our faves are in the endout there to us (Im gonna see SHINee! Im gonna see SHINee!) and include being around other fans who wont pass judgement on yous negatively for being attentive to k-pop.
Lindsay: Thankfully, last year, 2015, and this year, 2016, the convention is held inside of at the Los Angeles Convention Center, so not more sunburns! Yet if youre making plans on walking around outdoor in downtown LA or Koreatown right through con down-time, Cjontais recommendationfor sure stands. 2013 and 2014 were very rough because of sunburn and heat, so I cant even start toexplicit how thankful I'm that they moved the con indoors. It made all theenjoy more delightfuland not more exhausting.
As for arrival, make the maximum of the early check-in! Last year there were check-in times on Thursday in addition Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Basically, take the earliest likelihood you get; do whatever your agenda allows, because yeah, theres at all times a line. It changed intofar better last year than old years, so we will be in a position tohandiest hope 2016 is even better. Once again, being indoors has many advantages like genuinepc systems for take a glance at in, and air-conditioned line time.
Speaking of waiting in lines, I do have a little non-public advice for first-time (and returning) con goers: check out not to get too wrapped up in chasing those opportunities to perhaps run across an idol. I know, I know, youre there to peer them, and I completelynotice that, but just take into account that there are this sort ofgreat amount of other awesome things to do at KCON you dont would like to spend the complete weekend status in line, and its simply toosimple to finally finish up doing that and lacking out on other things. If youre at a loss, cross to a panel, despite the truth that youre not certain youre interested bythe subject (you maybe told something!), sign up for a workshop (hurray unfastened food!), or go perform a little dancing! Theres constantlyanything happening, so dont feel like youre obligated to wait in each and every line.
And most importantly, stay an eye out for Seoulbeats staff! Neatly exist there on more than one panels, and just walking around taking section in ourselves!
Lorenza: I 2d Lindsays advice! Yes, maybe seeing your fave sounds awesome, but the panels they provide are interesting and informative. Theres always something going down somewhere and if youre like me and spend way too much time on YouTube, some of your favourite K-Pop YouTubers will most probably be lingering around.
Also bring snacks! I will nottension this enough. While they have got food trucks and theres some free food in the convention floor, snacks are essential. Its difficultto maintain on adrenaline by myself and now and again its just not purposefulto move wait in line or life like for your budget. I also suggest bringing a water bottle since running from panel to panel or even standing in line may also be dehydrating, especially in LA.
This will be a no brainer, but I also put forward either bringing your charger for whatever electronics you propose on bringing with you, if possible. Here'smost significant for your mobile phone and camera. Not having the ability to touchthe folk youre with or if you are makingvisitors there is one of the crucial stressful thing that may happen.
Finally, be bound you take time to discover a quiet position and let yourself be calm. Theres such a lot going on it should become seriously overwhelming. Typically precisely sitting in a corner for 15 mins is all you want to regroup and get excited for the remainder of the day. Besides, the entire signal is to have fun! Its hard to have a laughwhile you spend lots of the weekend wired out and crushed by the entirety happening.
Seoulmates, are any of you going to KCON? If youve attended before do you have any methods and stories to share with each person else?