The seventh annual Korea Live Music Festival will be held this weekend at Nanji Hangang Park in Seoul. The event will feature nearly 70 acts playing on Saturday and Sunday from noon until 10 pm.
The Korea Live Music Festival was created by the Live Music Development Association, an organization founded in 2003 to aid in the development of Korea’s music industry and concerts. Members of the Live Music Development Association include staff from venues, local record labels, and musicians.
“We tried to create a great weekend resting place where people can enjoy gigs from many great Korean bands,” says Lee Ji-yeon from the Live Music Development Association. “We wanted the event to be able to satisfy people’s various tastes in music so we chose musicians from many different genres including modern rock, hard rock, punk, garage rock, ska, metal, hip-hop, and K-pop.”
This weekend’s bill will include performances from the likes of Crying Nut, Pia, The Koxx, Dynamic Duo, The Moonshiners, Downhell, Loro’s, Kingston Rudieska, Mongoose, Black Bag, and many more. There will be two stages at the festival – the main stage and a mobile stage in the food zone.
Fast-rising hard rock quartet Harry Big Button will appear on Saturday afternoon at 1 pm. Comprised of ex-members of Crash and Art of Parties, the group performed at this summer’s Jisan Valley Rock Festival and are really excited about playing their first outdoor show in Seoul. Harry Big Button are currently in the midst of recording their debut full-length album, which should surface sometime this fall. Expect the group to preview some new material alongside tracks from their 2011 “Hard ‘n’ Loud” three-song single.
“Our album is coming along really well and everything is on the right track so far,” shares guitarist and vocalist Lee Sung-soo. “A couple of days ago, we had around 15 vocalists join us in the studio to record some chorus parts. It was a lot fun! The songs on the new album convey greater musical diversity and will be harder and louder than our past material.”
Napalm Death are the only overseas act to play at this year’s Korea Live Music Festival. They will perform on Sunday evening at 7 pm. This will be the British metal titans’ second visit to South Korea. And in addition to their appearance at the Korea Live Music Festival, they’ll also do a headlining set on Saturday night (September 1) at Rolling Hall in Hongdae. Napalm Death are currently touring in support of their latest effort, February’s “Utilitarian.”
“Fans can expect full-on energy and us playing like our lives depend on it at both Seoul concerts,” says Napalm Death vocalist Mark “Barney” Greenway. “We have a lot of albums and a certain set list that really works on this tour, so the set will pretty much be the same both nights. I hope we have a certain spontaneity that gives both shows a certain different flavour though.”
Tickets for the Korea Live Music Festival can be purchased at the main gates of the festival. A one-day ticket costs 43,000 won and weekend pass costs 65,000 won. The set times for the main stage acts can be found here.