Just because the three biggest music festivals of the summer have passed does not mean that festival season is winding down. Not at all. In fact, there are plenty of great music events still coming over the next three months, beginning this weekend with the 12th edition of the Dongducheon Rock Festival.
In its 12 years, Dongducheon Rock fest has hosted the cream of Korean rock, metal and punk acts along with international rock acts like Megadeth and Anthrax. This year, it looks like the glam rockers LA Guns will be headlining on Sunday, or so says the band’s Myspace page. Hard to say, though, since the festival’s (highly buggy) website has no mention of the band yet.
(Mark’s note: Faster Pussycat’s website says that band will be playing, too, but on Saturday. However, there is no information on the Dongducheon website, and the schedule seems fully booked. John Corabi might be playing, too. I have no idea).
But here is what I do know – the Dongducheon Festival is on this weekend, over Saturday and Sunday. It is held at Soyosan Tourist Resort, in Dongducheon, north Gyeonggi Province. The lineup so far has OXEN 80, Kim Mok Kyung Band, Seoul Electric Band, Crying Nut, YB, PIA, Blackhole, Kim Su Cheol Band, Diablo, Crow, Transfixion, and more.
On top of all that, admission is free! To get to the site, just take subway line No. 1 north to Soyosan station, then it should be walkable in just 5 minutes.
Another music festival I ran across in my online travels I found the 2010 VIVA ROCK FESTIVAL. This one is taking place at Vivaldi Ski Resort on the first weekend of September. Friday costs 40,000 won, Saturday 50,000 and both days together cost the bargain price of 60,000 won. The lineup is half announced, but seems to have room for many more, and includes the return of Jaurim, Japanese metal legends Seikima 2, N.E.X.T., Loudness, Common Ground, acoustic duo 10cm, Ballad singers SG Wannabe. Check here for details, and we’ll have a detailed preview closer to the weekend.
Other festivals coming include:
Let’s Spris (Han River Park, Oct. 2)
Jarasum Jazz Festival (Gapyeong, Oct. 14-17)
Grand Mint (Olympic Park, Oct. 23-24)