KCON 2013 | G-Dragon & EXO Exclusive Fanmeet Photos!

One of the highlights of this year’s KCON for many attendees were the artist engagement sessions held throughout the convention.  During these brief meetings, a select group of fans was able to see their favorite idols in the flesh, with the stars only standing only a few feet away from them.  For many, such an opportunity and experience was very surreal; their favorite stars were right in front of them, in the flesh and not just appearing through a glowing screen.

Audrey was fortunate enough to get into two of the most in-demand artist engagement sessions, Bigbang’s G-Dragon and EXO, and we have some exclusive photos just for you!

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Though he was flying solo, it was no question that G-Dragon was an artist that most KCON fans were excited to see.  Once he got on stage, the crowd electrified with numerous screams of joy and countless professions of love.  That energy remained throughout his Q&A session, especially when he expressed his anticipation and admiration for EXO and his cravings for the California culinary staple, In-N-Out.  Dressed in a simple tank, sunglasses and beanie, he was the charismatic, cool guy that fans have come to know and adore.

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With an innumerable amount of t-shirts with the group member’s names strewn on the front, “Wolf”-inspired outfits and impromptu dance covers of “Growl” being seen all around the convention, it became quickly clear that the guys of EXO were clearly a fan favorite.  Dressed in uniforms, the boys proved their prowess in pleasing fans, having impromptu performances and answering questions in the most adorable way possible (for instance, D.O.’s profession of his love for steak).

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With such a jam-packed, exciting weekend, what was your favorite part of this year’s KCON?

KCON 2013 | Violinist Extraordinaire Jun Sung Ahn

This year’s KCON was definitely a success with over 20,000 fans in attendance and over 100 special guests, including YouTube star Jun Sung Ahn also known as Jun Curry Ahn.

With some down time during the convention, Assistant Editor Ethel Navales and I decided to take some time for some much needed rest. As we sat in the panelist tent, we were surrounded by stars such as Heejun Han from American Idol and as people walked in and out, I couldn’t help but notice one person who looked oddly familiar.

There he was in a grey suit, violin in hand, glasses on, with an adorable smile and I couldn’t help but keep my eyes locked on him. In my head I began to ask myself, “Is that really Jun Curry Ahn? Is he going to perform his cover of EXO’s Growl? He must be!” A couple minutes go by and he began to practice EXO’s Growl which was a definite sign that he would be performing it shortly. As he got up to leave, along with dancer Pat Li, Ethel and I shortly followed. As we walked a short distance behind them, we began to hear more footsteps around us along with whispers of “He’s beautiful.” In a matter of seconds we found ourselves amongst a crowd of gasping girls following him quickly. We even heard some people say, “Who is that? Is he someone famous? Let’s follow him too!” Ethel and I couldn’t help but walk with wide eyes and open mouths as girls ran past us to get closer to them.

As a special guest, he participated in the panel ”The YouTube Phenomenon: Asian American stars” and performed three songs. He began his performance with a mash up of Taeyang’s Wedding Dress and Yiruma’s River Flows in You followed by another mashup of various K-Pop and American songs. In his second mashup, he definitely got the crowd excited once he got up to dance PSY’s Gangnam Style moves while still playing the violin.

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For his last performance, and probably the favorite of the crowd after hearing the volume of screaming fans rise, was his cover of EXO’s Growl with dancers Pat Li and Keonjik Lee.

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As his performance came to an end and we made our way out of the crowd, we heard two fans talk to each other saying, “Oh my god I’m in love,” followed by the response “Me too.” If you like what you heard, check out Jun Sung Ahn’s Youtube page and his official website.