[UPDATE: Jisan and Pentaport lineups updated]
With two multi-day music events happening over the two previous weekends (last weekend’s Seoul World DJ Festival and Beautiful Mint Life before that), it seems that the summer music festival season has already kicked off. I wanted to give a brief overview of what to expect over the coming six months, with what has been confirmed and also rumours on other events. With so many festivals ranging in size and focus, it will be a very busy few months in Korea.
When: Friday, May 21- Saturday, 22, from noon to 10pm
Where: Noeul Park, inside World Cup Park in Mapo-gu (western Seoul)
Who: Over 100 acts, including YB, Crying Nut, Clazziquai, and Windy City
Details: 5 zones, on a pubic holiday, should be awesome. Tickets from the usual sites, 55,000 won for one day, 85,000 for both
What: Time to Rock Festival, 2 day Rock Festival
When: June 4-June 5
Where: Namji Camping Ground, Hangang Park
Who: YB, No Brain, Dr. Core 911, NEXT, Galaxy Express, Cherry Filter, Windy City and many more
Details: Expanded from one day last year to two days this year, and moved from Jamsil to Nanji Camp Ground (west of Hongdae, beside the Han River). Just 33,000 for a 2-day ticket if you buy ahead of time; otherwise, 33,000 won for 1-day and 44,000 won for 2-day at the door.
What: Pentaport Rock Festival
When: July 23-25
Where: new location, Incheon Dream Park
Who: LCD Soundsystem, Hoobastank, Air Traffic, Gangsane, Kim Chang Wan Band, Daybreak, Hot Potato, Dir en Grey, Biuret, 10cm, Lee Han Cheol and Run Run Runaway, Kishidan, Jo Deok Hwan, Kap 10 Kurt, Kingston Rudieska, Pia. And more to be announced later.
Details: One day – 88,000 won. Two days – 132,000 won. Three days – 165,000 won. Tickets go on sale June 1. There is supposed to be an English-language (and Japanese) ticketing site opening soon.
What: Jisan Valley Rock Festival
When: July 30-August 1,
Where: Jisan Ski Resort, Icheon, Gyeonggi-do
Who: Friday: Belle & Sebastion, Vampire Weekend, Massive Attack, Martina Topley-Bird, Diane Birch, O&B, 3rd Line Butterfly, Seoul Electric Band, Broccoli You Too?, Vesper MJ, Yi Sung Yol, Guckkasten
Saturday: Pet Shop Boys, Makoto & MC Deeizm, Apollo 18, Soulscape, Smood, Mute Math, Art of Parties, Mate
Sunday: Muse, Third Eye Blind, Toe, Kula Shaker, The Hiatus, Risque Rhythm Machine, Corinne Bailey Rae, Galaxy Express, Achime, Moonshiners, Schizo, Sin, Taru, Jeju Sonyeo, Neons
Details: Now in their 2nd year, after last years successful launch, Jisan should be the biggest festival of the year in Korea. More details to come. Really handy Facebook page to keep people informed. Tickets from 99,000 won for one day to 176,000 won for all three. You can buy tickets in English here.
What: Busan International Rock Festival
When: August 6-8
Where: Dadaepo Beach, Busan
Not confirmed but likely
Donducheon Rock Festival – Since 1999, Dongducheon has rocked out every summer with international and local acts, usually leaning toward the metal genre. Website is not working at the moment, though (perhaps being updated???).
ETP FEST – Usually mid-August. Last year changed from two days to one. Good crowd, despite the 196,000-won ticket price. Often brings over acts from Summer Sonic in Japan. With Seo Taiji performing, it always draws a big audience.
Global Gathering – The huge worldwide dance festival made it to Seoul last year after teasing us the year before. Was in September along the Han River, awesome line up. Website says information coming soon.
Spris Lets Rock Festival – Held in September for the past three years running. Last year moved from Olympic Park to the War Memorial Museum … please move back.
Ssamzzie Sound Festival – Held in October. Moved up to Munsan Park last year. Awesome line-up, for 10 years now and still going strong.
Grand Mint Festival – Last year went for two days in late October. A great mix of international and local performers, of predominantly mellow genres.
The Wild Card
Woodstock Korea – Hard to say, as there has been little word, and there are many fake line-ups circulating around. Scheduled to take place in the DMZ on Aug. 6-8, apparently with the original Woodstock organiser Artie Kornfeld running things. (Note from Mark: Woodstock’s Facebook page claims Keane will be playing, despite Keane having prior commitments in New York and Philadelphia that weekend. So take that for what it is worth).
And there are always other festivals, big and small, popping up, so keep checking the KGG and when we know, you will know.