Is it too early to get excited about the summer music festivals? I know that they’re a long time away, but for those of you who like to plan ahead, mark the first three weekends of May on your calendar, as three consecutive weekends will host multi-day outdoor music events, each very different from the others.
The first concert event is Beautiful Mint Life (Facebook here), the second year for BML from the people at Mint Paper. Held up in Goyang, Gyeonggi province, this two-day event focuses on the more mellow genres, and although no acts have been announced yet, expect them soon. Beautiful Mint Life runs from Saturday, April 30 to Sunday, May 1. Advance tickets for both days cost 66,000 won, or 44,000 won/day at the gate.
The following weekend, May 6-8, sees the very popular World DJ Festival. In its 5th year, Korea’s premiere dance festival is moving away from the Han River to a newer, bigger venue in Yangpyeong, east of Seoul in Gyeonggi province.
The first line-up just released lists Jesse Jamz (USA), Freemasons (UK), Lazy Rich (Canada), Will Bailey (UK), D’Jamency (France), Dada Life (Sweden), Blatta & Inesha (Italy), as well as a host of Koreans acts, like Oriental Funk Stew and Planet Shiver. As usual, they also have a mix of hip hop, rock, and other acts, including Dok2, Guckkasten, Wiretap in My Ear, and Lee Sang-eun.
The early tickets have already gone, but they are selling one-, two-, and three-day tickets at a special rate until Feb. 28, so buy now. Their site has an English section, as well as a Facebook page.
Lastly, this year sees the return of the Green Plugged Festival. Launched last year, Green Plugged runs May 14-15 atop the beautiful grassy hill in Noeul Park, near the World Cup Stadium in western Seoul. About 100 artists are expected to perform, and so far they have announced big names in rock like Jaurim, Crying Nut, and No Brain, mellower performers like Ibadi and Winterplay, the funk and soul of Common Ground and Serengeti, the pop-rock of W&Whale, 9 and the Numbers, and Superkidd. While mostly a home-grown show, there will be a few international acts, with Japanese jazz-fusion band Paris Match announced so far.
Last year’s edition was a lot of fun (although they definitely needed a few more food options). Discounted tickets are on sale until March 2 for 30% off, at 61,600 won (only in Korean for now, but hopefully there will be an English website soon).
(Mark: Green Plugged also has a warm-up show at Soundholic City on March 5 at 6pm, with Superkidd, Ynot, Rock Tigers, and Common Ground).
We’ll have more information as these and the other events announce more acts, so start planning ahead to get your outdoor music fix. Bring on summer!