KCON 2022 Premiere: US & Japan lineup revealed, BTOB, NMIXX, Cravity, STAYC set to perform
As K-pop goes global, the genre’s Number 1 Korean Culture Festival KCON makes a comeback as an offline festival for the first time in two years. On March 17, CJ ENM announced that the KCON concert was soon to make a comeback this year for their first in-person event since the KCON in Thailand back in 2019 before Covid hit the world. Despite the onset of Covid, fans were able to enjoy the festival in an online event called KCON-TACT (online K-contact) that took place over the last couple of years.
Now as the pandemic is finally under control, fans will finally be able to attend the KCON in person. On March 21, CJ ENM officially announced their lineup for the Seoul Edition of the KCON 2022 Premiere which will be held on May 7 and 8 this year. With groups like Highlight, STAYC, Monsta X, NMIXX, and more joining the South Korea event, the label has now released the official lineup for the KCON 2022 Premiere’s Japan and US editions, respectively.
KCON 2022 goes offline
With the grand scale announcement of the KCON 2022, the Korean festival is set to first premiere in Seoul, South Korea, and then move to Tokyo, Japan, before finally going to Chicago, US, all in May 2022. After the premiere, the 2022 KCON will air as the main event in LA, California (US) in August and then in Tokyo, Japan in October this year. The premiere will start in Seoul, Korea on May 7 and 8 with acts like SHINee’s Key, Monsta X, STAYC, NMIXX, The Boyz, and more performing for fans live.
The event will then move to Makuhari Messe in Tokyo, Japan on May 14 and 15, and then the Rosemont Theater in Chicago, US, on May 20 and 21. It has been reported that since these three regions are considered to be the key bases for KCON in the history of the event, the premiere will help ignite the anticipation for the main event in August and October this year in LA and Tokyo, respectively.
KCON 2022 Premiere Japan lineup
KCON 2022 Premiere has announced its lineup for the Japan edition.
JO1, which is now a hot topic because of its weekly ranking on Oricon, will appear at the KCON 2022 Premiere in Japan.
J-pop group INI, who debuted last year, will appear at the 2022 KCON’s Japan Premier for the first time.
Performance unit ENJIN, which is known for its singing, dancing, and theater performances, will also appear at the 2022 KCON Japan Premiere.
OCTPATH, who appeared at the 2020 Summer KCON, will perform in Japan this year.
OWV will also perform at the KCON for the second time this year in Japan.
KCON 2022 Premiere US lineup
'KCON 2022 Premiere' has announced its lineup for the US edition.
BTOB, who celebrated 10 years in the K-pop industry, is set to perform at the US Edition of the KCON 2022 Premiere.
Cravity, who is preparing its first solo concert this year, will make its debut at the 2022 KCON Premiere in the US.
JYP Entertainment’s rookies who only debuted earlier this year will appear first at the Seoul Edition of the KCON 2022 Premiere and then again at the US event in Chicago.
STAYC is set to appear at the 2022 KCON in Chicago for the first time after their Seoul performance.
TO1, who met fans in the online editions of KCON in the past, will meet fans in person for the first time at the KCON 2022 Premiere.