First off, they finally booked an INDOOR venue with actual bathrooms that had toilet paper and running water. The LA Convention Center has plenty of individual rooms for panels in addition to large arenas for merch booths. And, if you know where to park downtown you can get away with free street parking for the day.
Saturday I had to work during the day so I couldn’t make the convention portion, but luckily I made it to the concert. The first night was definitely the better night with Super Junior headlining a fantastic lineup which included my personal favorite, SISTAR.
The Staples Center has a stage that’s surrounded by the audience on all sides. It looks amazing, although when a band’s choreo limits them to facing one side, you’re relegated to a back peformance. Luckily, most of the bands made use of the space and gave love to each audience section.
Sunday, I made it to the convention around noon and went to the DramaFever panel. They talked about the process of licensing kdramas and how that usually involves soju because Korean clients expect a wine&dine business deal. Their top rec for a must-see kdrama right now is Oh My Ghostess.
Along with DF, another company I would love to work for is MNet. Someday ….
After panels, I met up with Veejay HanNa and Producer Kristine from KPOP-TV. Here we are with GOT7.
Also snagged a pic with YouTube sensation Professor Oh!
Here we are trying to get close to more Hallyu stars.
Depending on the type of tickets you purchased, you also get fan engagement opportunities. I went to Red Velvet and Shinhwa’s event. Unless you wait in line 2-3 hours ahead of time, you won’t get very close to them, but everything’s projected onto big screens. I hope next year they have stadium seating for the fan engagements so you’re not just staring at a sea of heads and phones.
In terms of food, there were a couple booths that gave out samples. We ended up eating at Smashburger at L.A. Live since the lines for overpriced food truck meals were too long. You can’t help but get hungry after staring at yummy displays like this:
There were lots of cool merch booths. I was mainly interested in the beauty products and was thrilled to get free make-up samples along with the rest of my swag!
Second concert night was headlined by OG kpop stars Shinhwa. I really enjoyed Red Velvet’s performance too.
My concert buddy Alice rocked out with me. I think I got a little teary towards the end because I was so happy to be surrounded by hundreds of like-minded kpop fans.
The night was still young after the concert so I got food at BCD Tofu with some friends. And as luck would have it, one of Super Junior’s members walked out just as we were about to get seated. We were too shy to ask for a photo, but I’m pretty sure we sat in the booth he was just in. =)
Next year is going to be amaaaazzing!!!!