By Shawn Despres
The three day Zabcultural Party will take place November 26 – 28 at Theater Zero in Hongdae. Friday and Saturday night will feature a mix of live music, DJs, and bellydance from 7 pm – 6 am. Sunday is being billed as the “after party” and runs from 3 pm – 11 pm with DJs, booths from local labels and tattoo artists, and some more bellydancing.
Rux vocalist Won Jong Hee is part of the Zabcultural organzing team. He’s a big fan of the event’s “Mixed Up and Matched Up” slogan and feels its very representative of what the mini-fest hopes to create.
“We are focusing on making a new guide to our culture,” Won shares. “It seems very mixed up already, so now we should mash it all together. This is the whole idea behind Zabcultural.”
According to Won, the idea for the party came from hanging out with friends and contemplating the origins of modern Korean culture. From there the idea of bringing several different subcultures together quickly blossomed.
“Korean punks, Korean hippies — these newly introduced cultures are influenced by various cultures from all around the world,” Won says. “We want to unite different kinds of artists such as singers, rappers, painters, tattooists, dancers, and ravers with all the people in South Korea who love to party.
“From minimal to hardcore, from caricatures to tattoos, from mosh pits to bellydancing this is the zabculutral spectrum that we have chosen so far.”
Friday will boast performances from DJ Jade, Skasucks, Johnny Royal, The Strikers, DJ Sonyeon with Eshe & Navah, Today x Spot, Bagagee, DJ Mezra, Suck Stuff, Swindlers, and J-Path. Saturday has DJ Tiny, Skrew Attack, 13 Steps, Vassline, DJ Sarovia, The Beasts, DJ Conan with Eshe & Navah, GoGo Star, Rux, and Risque Rhythm Machine. The set times for all acts are here.
There will be a stage for bands at one end of the open concept art space and a DJ booth at the other. Zabcultural will be running their own bar at Theater Zero to keep everyone hydrated as they dance the night away.
“I’m excited to see the crowd mixing and mashing it up,” says Won. “I want to see who is still standing at the end of each night. I want to watch different artists teaming up, too.”
So will the bouncing DJ fans and bellydance supporters get into Zabcultural’s electro-rock, punk and hardcore acts?
“Who knows,” offers Won. “I want to see what happens.”
Will the rock, punk, and hardcore kids be into the DJs and bellydancers?
“I will be,” says Won.
A three day pass for the Zabcultural Party costs 33,000 won in advance and 40,000 won at the door. Tickets prices for individual days are as follows:
Friday 15,000 won in advance/ 20,000 won at the door.
Saturday 25,000 won in advance/ 30,000 won at the door
Sunday 10,000 won at the door.
For more information, visit Zabcultural’s official site here.