Here Are Our Favorite Moments From A Record-Breaking KCON 2018 NY

Did you miss this weekend’s KCON 2018 NY? Don’t worry—we’ve got you covered!

On June 23 and 24, a star-studded lineup of performers took Newark by storm for an epic two-day convention and music festival. Not only did KCON 2018 NY break its own attendance record by attracting an audience of over 53,000 excited concertgoers, but it also set a new record for the highest number of livestream viewers watching the event on Mwave.

Super Junior and Wanna One were the headliners for two unforgettable concerts, joined by Red Velvet, NCT 127, EXID, Stray Kids, PENTAGON, Heize, Golden Child, and fromis_9.

Here are some of the many memorable moments from the event:

Wanna One’s Kang Daniel Dancing To Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies”—And Nailing It

Wanna One brought the entire audience to their feet with their dynamic performances, but they also showed their fans a more playful side in between songs. In a special segment where members of the group danced together with the audience, Kang Daniel showed off his sassiest moves to Beyoncé’s iconic hit “Single Ladies.”

Red Velvet Blowing The Audience Away With The English Version Of “Bad Boy”

Red Velvet treated the KCON audience to an extra-special surprise—halfway through “Bad Boy,” the group caught fans off guard by suddenly switching to the English version of the song.

Needless to say, the response was epic.

Wendy also blessed the audience’s ears with a gorgeous snippet of Jay-Z and Alicia Keys’s “Empire State of Mind” later on in the show, and Irene drove the crowd crazy with her aegyo-filled “I love you.”

Stray Kids Rocking The “Random Dance” Challenge

KCON 2018 NY marked Stray Kids’ first-ever performance in the United States, and just 90 days after their official debut, the group already had the audience singing all the lyrics to “District 9” and “Hellevator.”

In between their powerful performances, Stray Kids took on the “random dance” challenge and proved they could nail other artists’ choreography as well—the members showed off their skills by dancing to EXO’s “Monster,” BTS’s “Fire,” TWICE’s “What is Love?”, and GOT7’s “Hard Carry.”

Basketball Star Jeremy Lin Meeting Up With Super Junior

NBA star Jeremy Lin unexpectedly turned up at KCON 2018 NY, where he ended up walking the red carpet and meeting up with Super Junior backstage. The basketball player later posted photos from the moment on Instagram, using the hashtag #elf.

Yesung also shared a video and several cute photos from the moment on Twitter.

EXID Adorably Spelling Out Their Group Name On The Red Carpet

Could this be any cuter?

In another adorable moment from the evening, when EXID was asked about “the sweetest thing they’ve ever heard from a fan,” Hani immediately reached into her pocket and fished out a letter that a fan had given her on the red carpet that night. She shared, “I found the last line extremely moving. It says, ‘Please never change who you are.'” She then thanked her fan directly in English, saying, “Thank you, Jordan!”

NCT 127 Driving The Crowd Wild With Their Amazing Dance Intro

NCT 127 never fails to disappoint with their choreography, and the audience was audibly shook when they stormed onto the stage with a breathtaking dance intro. Energy levels stayed high for the rest of their performance, with the audience passionately singing their hearts out to the chorus of “Limitless” in particular.

The group’s vocal line—Doyoung, Taeil, and Jaehyun—also displayed some gorgeous a cappella harmonizing to Shawn Mendes’s “Where Were You in the Morning?” later on in the evening.

PENTAGON Taking Over The Entire Stage With “Shine”

PENTAGON was clearly having an amazing time at KCON 2018 NY—the group literally ran around the entire stage getting the audience pumped throughout their performance. Their infectious energy was especially potent during their recent hit “Shine,” which received an incredible response from the crowd.

Hongseok also got a little flirty with the audience while introducing the song “Pretty Pretty,” saying, “I think everyone here is very pretty… our next song is going to be related to how pretty you are.” Smooth, Hongseok, smooth.

Heize Lighting Up The Prudential Center—Literally

Not only did Heize look stunning in an outfit of sparkly silver (and with strands of tinsel in her hair!), but she also lit up the venue in a more literal way. Shortly after the singer made her way on stage, the audience began holding up their cell phone flashlights to create a picturesque sea of stars.

Heize, who mentioned that it was her first time performing at KCON NY, also gifted the audience with a brief snippet of her song “And July,” which concertgoers had voted the No. 1 song they wanted to hear her perform.

Super Junior Treating Us to A Walk Down Memory Lane

Super Junior got the crowd hyped with their performances of their recent hits “Black Suit” and “Lo Siento,” with Leslie Grace joining them for the latter—but it was their greatest hits medley that really had their fans screaming and dancing along. The group took a fun trip down memory lane with a remix of their classics “Sorry, Sorry,” “Mr. Simple,” and “Bonamana.”

Eunhyuk taught the audience the choreography to the songs beforehand, but they clearly didn’t need any lessons—as soon as the music started, countless audience members were dancing along so perfectly that Leeteuk and Eunhyuk jokingly admitted defeat by announcing, “You win! We lose.”

EXID’s Hyerin Wowing Everyone With Her High Notes

The KCON audience showed a lot of love for EXID in general, but they were especially in awe of Hyerin’s incredible live singing. When Hyerin hit her piercing, impressively high notes in “Lady,” the crowd went absolutely wild.

EXID also had the entire Prudential Center singing along to “DDD,” the No. 1 song concertgoers wanted to hear them perform, and, of course, “Up & Down.”

Golden Child Killing The Audience With Their Aegyo

Although Golden Child made a strong entrance with some powerful choreography, the group quickly switched gears and showcased their cute side with their songs “It’s You” and “DamDaDi.” In case that wasn’t enough cuteness for their fans, all 10 members went on to treat the audience to an adorable aegyo relay.

NCT 127, Stray Kids, PENTAGON, And LE’s Special Stages

To the delight of their fans, NCT 127 and Stray Kids prepared special performances of two fan-favorite B-sides. NCT 127’s Taeyong, Mark, and Jaehyun performed “Whiplash” to the cheers of an excited crowd, while Stray Kids performed “Rock” as a part of a collaboration performance with PENTAGON.

PENTAGON hit the audience with a blast from the past through their song “Wake Up,” the intro from their debut mini album, before joining Stray Kids in a special dance break. Meanwhile, EXID’s LE managed to fill the stage on her own with her sensual solo track “Velvet.”

fromis_9 Dancing To Some Of K-Pop’s Greatest Girl Group Hits

In addition to performing their own songs, fromis_9 charmed the crowd with brief dance covers of several K-pop classics. The members put their own cute spin on the choreography to Wonder Girls’ “Tell Me,” Red Velvet’s “Red Flavor,” TWICE’s “Cheer Up,” and Girls’ Generation’s “Gee.”

Seulgi And Yesung’s Romantic Duet

Super Junior’s Yesung and Red Velvet’s Seulgi surprised fans with a live performance of their SM STATION duet “Darling U,” which Yesung personally produced himself. Yesung brought out a single red rose for the performance, which he sweetly handed to Seulgi at the end of the song.

What were your favorite moments from KCON 2018 NY?

Let us know in the comments below!

Photos courtesy of CJ E&M.

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