For those of you in the United States and especially on the eastern coast, 'KCON 2018 NY' by CJ E&M and Mnet is just days away, coming up from June 23-24 at the Prudential Center in New Jersey!
[Tips for the daytime convention and concert]
1. It WILL be hot, so expect to SWEAT and stay hydrated!
2. Carry a power bank + cash
3. Leave a WIDE margin of time when planning your schedule
4. Download the KCON app
5. Dress comfortably, especially shoes!
You'll be walking and standing for most of the convention, and you'll be standing ALL DAY if you're in GA. Plus, expect to find yourself sitting on curbs, sidewalks, and cement; if you're wearing a skirt, wear shorts underneath. Comfortable shoes will literally make a world's difference on your fatigue meter.
[Advice for the convention, concert, and more]
1.Don't be obnoxious when looking for/trading fan engagements
2. Go get free stuff from booths!
Convention attendees can score all kinds of free goods like makeup samples, Korean snacks and food, KCON merchandise, and even free fan engagement passes! Just be prepared to do a little bit of SNS-ing, in case booths ask you to like or share specific pages on SNS in order to be eligible for free stuff.
3. Eat food!
Now when it comes to food, trying out the convention's cool K-food options sounds all fun and rad... BUT! for the sake of money and/or for the sake of time, you may be forced to look for other options nearby. That's okay. What's important is giving your body the sustenance it needs so you can fan HARD later at the concert.
4. Don't forget your official (Insert idol group here) lightstick!
K-Pop concerts are so much more fun with lightsticks! When you pack your lightstick, make sure to grab some extra batteries. It's crazy how much battery power those things eat up. Note: Do NOT have your official lightstick on if the group who is performing on stage at the moment is NOT the group who owns that lightstick!! It is very rude and unmannerly to wave around the lightstick of a different artist during a performance, and it WILL make the artists uncomfortable.
5. Standing area etiquette
#1 - Don't overdo jewelry, which is likely to scratch others, snare clothes, tangle in hair, get lost, and hurt like a *beach* in cramped spaces.
#2 - If you have long hair, you might hit people around you with it... be conscious.
#3 - Don't experience the concert through your phone/camera screen, and PLEASE don't let other people behind you have to experience it that way either. Take some time to just let everything go, watch the concert up close, and let your physical senses have some pure enjoyment.
#4 - Be nice and friendly to the pit buddies around you! Look out for one another. If you have water and someone next to you looks and sounds like they're dying, offer them some dang water! Don't be that person everybody gives the stink eye to; be the mom of the pit.
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Last but not least, you WILL have fun, so don't worry too much! Just see how much fun YouTuber WhitneyBae had last year! And everyone attending this year, have a good time!