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Is Kcon coming to the UK?


Kcon is a big deal if you’re into K-Pop (Picture: Getty Images)

If you’re a fan of K-Pop then chances are you’ll have come across Kcon, which brings some of the biggest names from the genre to stages across the world.

The event began in 2012 in California – and has expanded across the globe since then as the phenomenon of K-Pop grows, with an online version of the event taking place this year in the wake of coronavirus.

One country which has so far missed out however is the UK – but rumours are now rife that we could be getting our bit of the action.

Could a UK Kcon actually happen?

Is Kcon coming to the UK?

As it stands, there has been no confirmation that a UK version of Kcon is happening.

However speculation over whether it might happen has been rife after someone posted a tweet of what they claimed was a job advert they had found looking for translators to work at a UK Kcon event in Manchester in April 2021.

The ad was looking for Korean speakers to work for 10 days for the duration of the event, to work with K-Pop acts and their staff and management.

Naturally it’s caused a bit of a stir among fans:

Despite all the excitement, nothing has been confirmed as yet – and obviously much would depend on the current restrictions on gatherings and the like being lifted by April next year.

UK fans will just have to hang in there to find out whether it will become a reality.

What is Kcon?

This year the festival took place in virtual fashion

Kcon is a Korean wave festival celebrating Korean music and aspects of the culture, which first took place in southern California eight years ago.

It expanded to Japan in 2015 and has also taken place in South Korea, Mexico, UAE, France, Australia and Thailand.

This year’s online festival, KCON-TACT, took place on YouTube in June with a series of live concerts and online meet and greets among the highlights.

BTS, Monsta X, Red Velvet, Got7 and The Boyz are among acts who have performed at the event in recent years.

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