Monday, January 30, 2023

BlockCon 2023 May 26-28 in Chicago!

Update - there is a website with more details!

Some highlights include: 
  • NKOTB concert on Friday night
  • Saturday BLOCKCON Panels and Events
  • I’ll Be Lovin’ You Forever: NKOTB Prom Theme Party on Saturday night
  • Sunday Farewell Event

The word is out! Check out the news from Donnie about "BlockCon 2023"

BLOCKCON 2023 - Hosted by @nkotb! The first ever New Kids On The Block Fan Convention! May 26-28 in Chicago, IL. Three full days of fun TOGETHER (kind of like a cruise on land) as part of our 15 year reunion celebrations, we are inviting our Blockhead family to come together for a weekend celebration of ALL THINGS NKOTB with NKOTB. Concert + Theme Party (or two) + Special Events + Panels + More Events + sooooooooo much more! We can’t wait to spend the weekend WITH YOU! #BLOCKCON 🤖❤️♾💫✨🎉🥳🎈

Tickets on sale this Friday at NOON EST. Presale for Block Nation members starts this Thursday at NOON EST.  

Shoutout to @mylothecat for putting this epic reimagining of our 1990 animated series together! Absolutely brilliant! 🎯


Here's a summary of events from the website: 

Arrival into Rosemont; BLOCKCON attendee registration; Photo Ops and Merchandise Shopping Available.*Registration details to be shared with all ticket holders in advance

The Time Has Arrived! The Blockheads have descended upon Chicago! We’ll be kicking off BLOCKCON with an intimate, exclusive NKOTB Concert at the Rosemont Theatre.

Join the New Kids on The Block and special guests for a day full of panels, events, laughs and surprises as we spend the day together in style in the Rosemont Theater.
*more details to be announced soon on Saturday Event Schedule

We want you to come dressed to impress for the I’ll Be Lovin’ You Forever: NKOTB Prom. It’s going to be party time New Kids style as we dance the night away together. Who will be crowned King and Queen of the Blockhead Prom? There surely will be balloon arches, slow dances, cummerbunds, corsages, and boutonnieres. We can’t wait to party with you all at our first ever Blockhead Prom Dance.

Every good thing must come to an end. Join us on Sunday morning for a BLOCKCON Farewell get together where we’ll reminisce on the good times we just had, drink lots of coffee and take a BLOCKCON family photo before we depart.

Here's some more details on prices: 
Block Party Ticket Package: $549 + Fees
  • Reserved Seat for all Rosemont Theatre events including the kickoff NKOTB concert
  • Entrance into all Saturday BLOCKCON Panels and Events
  • Entrance into the I’ll Be Lovin’ You Forever: NKOTB Prom Theme Party on Saturday night
  • Entrance into Sunday Farewell Event
  • Commemorative BLOCKCON Laminate
Full-Service VIP Package: $1499 + Fees
  • One reserved ticket up front, best seats in the house at all Rosemont Theatre events including:
  • Kickoff NKOTB Concert
  • Saturday BLOCKCON Panels and Events
  • M&G photo with members of NKOTB (Photos taken in groups of 10)
  • Access to VIP Lounge Area inside the I’ll Be Lovin’ You Forever: NKOTB Prom Theme Party on Saturday night
  • Access to Full Service-VIP Hospitality Lounge for all Rosemont Theatre weekend events
  • Special VIP Entrance for Theatre events
  • Sunday Farewell Event
  • Commemorative BLOCKCON VIP Laminate
  • Crowd Free Merchandise Shopping
Here's an article about the event from The Music Universe:

New Kids on the Block announce first-ever fan convention

The event celebrates the group’s 15 year reunion
New Kids on the Block will host BLOCKCON, the first ever NKOTB fan convention which will take place on May 26-28th in Chicago. The all-weekend immersive fan experience, with events at the Rosemont Theatre and Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, includes an intimate one-of-a-kind NKOTB concert to kick off the weekend; daytime panels and events on Saturday with NKOTB and guests; special exhibits, the I’ll Be Lovin’ You Forever: NKOTB Prom theme party on Saturday night and a farewell event with the New Kids on Sunday morning.

Tickets for BLOCKCON go on sale Friday, February 3rd at noon EST via Ticketmaster. Block Nation Fan Club members will get first access to tickets on Thursday, February 2nd at noon EST.

This year marks the 15 year anniversary of the New Kids reuniting with a curtain drop reveal on the Today Show on April 4, 2008 followed by ear-splitting cheers from the unsuspecting crowd. In the 15 years that have followed, the New Kids have embarked on numerous sold out world tours and NKOTB cruises with their fans but this will be the first NKOTB fan convention – where blockheads (a nickname for NKOTB fans) will be able to come together in a city, spend an entire weekend together and an entire weekend with the New Kids.

“We’ve done almost every event imaginable with our amazing Blockhead Family over the last 15 years — from Cruises to Concerts to Town Hall Meetings — but nothing quite like BLOCKCON! Spending three full days with them, while hosting a convention crafted especially for them (including multiple events that will give us the best opportunity to connect with all of them), is the perfect way to celebrate this reunion that has meant so much to us all,” states Donnie Wahlberg.

Fans will be able to experience BLOCKCON by purchasing either a Block Party Ticket Package which gets them in to all BLOCKCON weekend events and activities or a Full-Service VIP Package, which includes the best seats in the house at all Rosemont Theatre events, access to VIP areas at the Saturday night NKOTB Prom Theme Party, Sunday farewell event and much more. For fans coming in from out of town, BLOCKCON has arranged for discounted Blockhead rates at hotels close to the venues.

More details and announcements will come in the weeks to follow, including Saturday panel and event schedules and guests, and more.

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