(This is from a multi-fandom Kpop fan's point-of-view, so opinions may vary for everyone)
With the full KCON NY 2017 lineup recently being released, it's no surprise there has been an extreme mix of reactions. For me, I find the lineup to be impressive and surprising. Keeping in mind that KCON's original vision was to bring artists to the US for exposure and an opportunity to meet and perform for their global fans - the event originally started with the intent of bringing groups that would not be able to hold their own concerts here for fans to see.
All acts announced to be at this year's KCON NY will be attending for the first time, so it's a whole new ball game for the con and East Coast fans. Here are ten reasons why you shouldn't hate the NY line up:
1. Highlight (formerly known as B2ST, or BEAST) is making their way back to the US to perform, and is making their first appearance on the East Coast! Fans were upset when their expected "Beautiful Show" cancelled their US leg back in 2012, and it's been four years since the five-member group has been to the US. The boys performed at the Korea Times Music Festival in LA in 2010, and 2013, and the only time they've been to the East Coast was when they filmed their music video for "Beautiful Night" in July of 2012. Fans of the veteran-turned-rookie group surely won't be sad, as Highlight will grace the stage at KCON NY!
+Bonus: KCON NY artist KNK has also stated previously that they are huge fans of Highlight, too!
2. Impressive rookie group SF9 will be at KCON NY less than a year after their debut! SF9, known also for their pre-debut name NEOZ Dance, stunned with an impressive debut in October last year with "Fanfare." Being FNC's only male dance group, we are pleased to have their first American trip and performance at KCON's sister convention on the East Coast.
3. KCON will be the perfect event for fans of FNC Entertainment, as one of their veteran groups, CN Blue, will be making their way to KCON NY! The band returns to East Coast for the first time since three years ago, when they had their Blue Moon World Tour in 2014. Although the group has wowed the crowd in LA for KCON in 2014, this will be their first time at the NY event. BOICE will surely be able to expect an amazing performances from the guys that will leave them feeling like the boys' Cinderellas with a dream come true.
4. Be prepared as rookie group KNK knocks their way into your Angel Hearts! The statuesque five-member boy group will make their KCON debut in NY. Don't be fooled by their model handsome looks and charismatic charm - KNK is energetic and witty, and will surely leave the crowd wishing for them to come Back Again. With amazing variety skills and personalities, and even more amazing vocals, don't be surprised if you fall in love.
5. You will go OOH-AHH with the girls of Twice! JYP's largest girl group will pick you up with their quirky, fun and cute performances and charms. This will be their first time on the East Coast as they graced the stage at KCON LA last year, so it will be great to see the girls take on the stage KCON NY - especially with their new comeback for "Signal" coming this month! The nine girls will be sure to cheer fans up, so ONCE get ready to Countdown the days until you see Twice!
6. Hearts will melt and souls will be stolen by the melodic voice of Zion T. The sunglasses-clad Hip-Hop/RnB singer Wishes to capture your heart. Let yourself be overcome by feels and emotions with Zion T's crooning voice. In the midst of all the excitement of the idol groups, mellow out with Zion T's chill discography.
7. You'll say Me Gustas Tú when G-Friend steps in. The bubbly six-member girl group will dance into your hearts and feels, with a variety of skills and songs. Watch the girls switch it up from cute to chic, showcasing a musical leap and growth that will leave you stunned. Frolic to "Navarilla" or channel your inner chic self with "Fingertip."
8. Warning: It will get So Dangerous with the boys of UP10TION! Both their musicality and charms are enough to grab your Attention and want you to Party2Nite at KCON NY! East Coast fans anticipate seeing the boys deliver powerful stages. Are you ready for the ten-member group to steal the Spotlight?
9. Get it lifted with mega rookie group NCT 127! Brace yourself to fall head over heels with them as they get you pumped with "Fire Truck." It will be the first time the guys come to KCON NY, so be ready for jaw-dropping performances and Limitless energy as they deliver for their East Coast fans. Be aware: you may walk out after the concert performances with more biases and wreckers than you expected.
10. The lineup itself is something to not pass up. With a wide range of genres and musical colors, plus the special stages that are sure to occur between groups, KCON NY 2017 is an event you won't want to miss.
The event has definitely come a long way since its East Coast debut in August of 2015, and it''s amazing how much growth has transpired in such a short time frame. East Coast Kpop fans are able to have a Hallyu convention for themselves, only proving how Kpop has impacted the western hemisphere. Are you ready to get hype at KCON NY?!
*C.H.D Entertainment is in no way affiliated with KCON or its partners. This article does not reflect the thoughts and opinions of C.H.D Entertainment as a whole.