The CW cancels K-Pop concert special from KCON Festival

The CW is bringing the 2024 edition of K-pop festival KCON to television, Korean entertainment giant CJ ENM announced Thursday.

The Nexstar-owned broadcast network and CJ ENM are partnering for a live broadcast of the festival’s Sunday night concert, which will air at 8pm ET/5pm PT on July 28th. The broadcast will be the first time a K-pop performance show will air on national prime-time television.

KCON – a global K-pop festival featuring performances and panels – has had a consistent presence in Southern California for more than a decade and considers LA the flagship event of the CJ ENM-produced festival series.

Taking place this year at the Arena, LA Convention Center and Gilbert Lindsay Plaza in downtown Los Angeles, the three-day event gives K-pop fans the chance to see a variety of popular groups. Expanding from previous years, KCON plans to use four stages: the M Countdown (named after the weekly Korean music show from KCON’s parent company) stage is inside the Arena, and the others – including a showcase stage to introduce LA fans to rookie acts which has not been widely promoted in the United States — is at the Convention Center and Plaza.

For daytime programming, the festival hosts fan activities and live performances, and it concludes each day with a concert at the Arena.

“We are extremely excited to partner with The CW to bring the electrifying M Countdown at KCON LA 2024 live to national primetime television,” CJ ENM head of music entertainment Harry HK Shin said of the new partnership in a release. “This historic broadcast is a testament to the incredible community of K-pop fans that have made these groups global sensations.”

This year’s festival lineup was first announced in June and includes: ACE, APOKI, Bibi, BoyNextDoor, Craxy, Drippin, DXMON, Enhypen, god, Sistar’s Hyolyn, I-Land 2 (Izna), INI, Isaac Hong, Jeon Somi, Jo Yuri, Kep1er , ME:I, NMIXX, P1Harmony, POW, STAYC, SHINee’s Taemin, TWS, ZEROBASEONE and Zico. KCON has since added NCT 127, newly debuted Hybe-Geffen Records girl group Katseye, Tiger JK, and actors Soo Hyun Kim and Min Young Park to the lineup.

The televised concert is scheduled to feature Jeon Somi, NCT 127, STAYC, Zerobaseone, Zico, and Izna (the newly formed girl group consisting of seven contestants from the recently concluded South Korean music survival show I-Country 2: N/a), according to KCON’s website.

The LA festival takes place July 26-28, with tickets available at the festival’s website website.

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