With the excitement of the many summer music festivals seemingly over, there are still at least four music fests occurring over the next few months for Korean music lovers.
For starters, there is “Let’s Rock Festival 2011,” the 5th installment of this popular event. This year sees the fun spread over two days (Sep 24-25) and it is staying along the Han River at Nanji Park. Whilst essentially a rock fest, they tend to mix it up a little, and the first of three line ups has revealed a nice variety of bands – YB, No Brain, Guckkasten, The Black Skirts, Transfixion, Urban Zakapa, Daybreak, J Rabbit, Pia, Dear Cloud, The Koxx, Monni, Wiretap In My Ear, The Moonshiners, Boohwal, and Bye Bye Sea are locked in. As always, you can expect some poppy surprises – the likes of Psy and Big Bang have graced the stage at previous fests. Tickets are on sale now with an early bird discount of 40,000 won for both days, check the official site for regular updates.
The 13th Ssamzie Organic Sound Festival will take place on October 2. There aren’t many details about the fest yet, but there should be info on the official site soon.
For those more dance-minded, world renown event “Global Gathering” makes its 3rd visit to Korea and has just released their initial line up. International acts Groove Armada, Digitalism, and Yolanda Be Cool join Korean bands, DJs, and electronic artists such as Idiotape, The Koxx, Mongoose, Glencheck, Spyradio, 360 Sounds, East Collective, Astro Voize, Bagagee Viphex13, KINGMCK, MagicoToDisco, and Limzi. Tickets are available for 77,000 won and go up intermittently until the October 8th event, where a door ticket will cost you 110,000 won. The official page and their Facebook page seems to offer regular updates, and G.G. 2011 is also taking place at Nanji Park along the Han River.
Last, but not least, is the 5th anniversary of the Grand Mint Festival taking place at Olympic Park October 24-25. With two lineups revealed, it seems to be a “Best of” from the last four years, with a few international acts amongst the many Korean performers.
Saturday has The Black Skirts, Jaurim, Serengeti, 10CM, Alex, Cold Cherry, Dear Cloud, The Finn, Gom PD & Friends, Loro’s, Monni, Park Sol, Peppertones, Russian Red, Thomas Cook, Yozoh, Jang Yoon Ju, and the Grand Mint Band.
Sunday is equally busy with Achime, Delispice, Guckkasten, Lee Han Choul, The Koxx, Sister’s Barbershop, Tahiti 80, Soran, Sweet Sorrow, Urban Zakapa, Daybreak, Depapepe, Hot Potato, JK Kim Dong Wook, Lee Juck, and Oksangdalbit.
GMF will announce more acts on Sep 6.
Let’s Rock, Global Gathering, and GMF are selling tickets now, and its cheaper to get in early, so why delay? Yes24 and Interpark both have English sites for buying concert tickets. Click on the links to check them out.