Monthly Archives: January 2013

My Bloody Valentine Live in Seoul this Weekend!

**KOREA GIG GUIDE HAS FREE TICKETS TO GIVE AWAY FOR MY BLOODY VALENTINE’S SEOUL CONCERT. DETAILS ON HOW TO WIN THE TICKETS ARE AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST **

Legendary shoegaze band My Bloody Valentine will make their Korean live debut this coming Sunday (February 3) with a concert at Seoul’s Uniqlo-AX.

Formed in 1984 in Dublin, the act’s two fantastic full-lengths, 1988’s “Isn’t Anything” and 1991’s “Loveless,” have both been widely heralded around the globe.  The latter album is pretty much considered one of those “classic” albums that every music lover should own, and was ranked no. 2 on Pitchfork’s “Top 100 Albums of the 1990s” list, right behind Radiohead’s “OK Computer.”

My Bloody Valentine parted ways in the late 1990s.  The act reunited in 2008, and since then fans have been hopeful that a follow-up to “Loveless” will finally surface.  It has now been more than two decades since the release of “Loveless,” but it is looking like the long wait for the next My Bloody Valentine record is nearly over.  On Christmas Day the group posted on their Facebook page “On 21-12-12 we finished mastering the new album!”  And last weekend they debuted a new track during a London warm-up gig they did to get ready for their Asian tour dates.  It has been reported that the song was written on the band’s set list as “Rough Song.”   During the show, band mastermind Kevin Shields told the crowd that the finished album could be released as early as this week.

Regardless of whether Seoul fans are treated to new tracks, Sunday’s My Bloody Valentine concert should be a pretty awesome experience.  One thing to remember is that the group like to play very loud.  The contract for their Korean show says that free earplugs must be made available to all show-goers.  If you’d like to still have your full hearing abilities on Monday morning, I would highly recommend you pick up a pair and use them – especially during set closer “You Made Me Realise.”

My Bloody Valentine perform in Seoul on Sunday night at Uniqlo-AX (formerly AX-Korea).  Uniqlo-AX is located near Gwangnaru Station (Line 5).  Sunday’s concert starts at 7 pm and tickets are 110,000 won.  Advance tickets can be purchased in English here and in Korean here.  There’s a Facebook event page for the show here.

Want to win a pair of free tickets to see My Bloody Valentine play at Uniqlo-AX?  Korea Gig Guide has 5 pairs of tickets to give away for Sunday’s concert courtesy of 9 EntertainmentTo qualify for the tickets, simply share this story on Facebook.  Then email us at koreagigguide@gmail.com to let us know that you’ve posted the link to your Facebook wall, and we’ll add your name to the draw.  The contest closes at 8 am on Friday morning (February 1) and we’ll notify winners by 10 am that day.  Good luck!

Upcoming Gigs & Big Shows

Here are some bits and pieces about upcoming tours and gigs.

- Greenplugged & The World DJ Festival are happening at the same time … again! The weekend of May 17-18 sees both of these multi-day events taking place. Stay up to date with Greenplugged here and WDJF here as they are both selling tickets already. WDJF have already announced that Dash Berin, DJ Bl3nd, and  Sven Vath will perform.

- UMF have recently sold a slew of half price tickets (80,000 won) and announced they have moved their date forward six weeks to June 14-15. They have also announced that Carl Cox, Armin Van Buuren, and Avcii will play. Expect more details to be announced shortly.

- The Incheon Pentaport Rock Festival, which usually shares its acts with Japan’s Summer Sonic festival, MIGHT have some big names on board for this year’s fest. Metallica, Muse, Linkin Park, and The Stone Roses have been announced for Summer Sonic — will Pentaport be able to secure any of them?

- Galaxy Express and The Rock Tigers are both touring around Korea right now.  Those outside of Seoul should take this chance to see two of Korea’s busiest and most-entertaining live acts.

Galaxy Express play in Busan (Feb 1),  Daegu (Feb 2) , and Seoul (Feb 17).  The Rock Tigers play in Cheonan (Feb 23), Gwangju (March 1), Seoul (March 2), Busan (March 9), and Daejon (March 23).

KGG Staff 2012 Live Faves

This is being posted a bit later than usual, but here’s Korea Gig Guide’s annual “Staff Live Faves” list sharing the 10 shows from the past year that we each enjoyed the most.

If anyone is interested, our 2009 picks are here, our 2010 picks are here, and you can see our 2011 picks here.

Shawn Despres
1. Fucked Up @ Fuji Rock Festival (Japan) on July 29

2. Hellivison (with Myung-soo Hwang) @ Strange Fruit on March 30

3. Mono with The Holy Ground Orchestra @ Fuji Rock Festival (Japan) on July 28

4. Apollo 18 @ Salon Badabie on November 17

5. Moja @ Salon Badabie on May 19

6. Morrissey @ Uniqlo AX on May 6

7. Rux @ Rolling Hall on June 10

8. Underwears Band @ Sangsang Madang (Label Market) on February 17

9. Summit Beatbox @ Yogiga Expression Gallery on October 28

10. (Tie between two concerts) Romantiqua @ Club Freebird on November 16
Toyshop @ Salon Badabie on November 17

Jon Dunbar
1. Heimlich County Gun Club, Mixed Blood, Veggers, Dead Buttons (Punk Rock Toy Drive) @ Alternative Space [Moon] on December 8 (live photos here)

2. Suck Stuff (with Paul Brickey), Skasucks, Captain Bootbois @ DGBD on June 16 (live photos here)

3. Attacking Forces, Chanter’s Alley, Samchung, Captain Bootbois @ Club Spot on July 28 (live photos here)

4. Babylove and the Van Dangos, The Essence, Josh Roy, Kingston Rudieska, Funkafric & Boostdah @ Club Ta on October 11 (live photos here)

5. Find the Spot, Smoking Barrels, Kitsches, Burn My Bridges, Pariah, Last of the Diehards, Seoul Mothers, No Excuse, Animal Anthem, 13 Steps, Things We Say, The Geeks (Townhall Benefit for Hwang Kyusuck) @ Powwow on November 24 (live photos here)

6. Tyler Brown and Sato Yukie, Brothers of the Hole, Mixed Blood, No Control, Something Fierce, Chadburger, Scumraid @ Lowrise on August 4 (live photos here)

7. Shin Jung-hyun at Olympic Park Gymnasium on December 2

8. Mukimukimanmansu, Pavlov, Paryumchiakdan, Bamseom Pirates (Rhee Sung-woong Exhibition) @ Artsonje Center on April 13 (live photos here)

9. Paul Brickey and Al Dunbar @ Danginri Theater on June 23 (live photos here)

10. Shinchonji National Olympiad @ Jamsil Olympic Stadium on September 16 (live photos here)

Dain Leathem
(shows listed by date)
1. Yellow Monsters and Galaxy Express @ Rolling Hall on February 5

2. Crystal Rain @ Club Evans on March 10

3. Harry Big Button @ Strange Fruit on April 6

4. Radiohead @ Jisan Valley Rock Festival on July 27

5. Skrillex @ UMF Festival on August 3

6. T-Bone Ska and Kingston Rudieska @ Incheon Pentaport Rock Festival on August 11

7. Maroon 5 @ Jamsil Sports Complex on September 15

8. Glen Check @ Let’s Rock Festival on September 22

9. Babylove and the Van Dangos @ Club Ta on October 11

10. Apollo 18 @ Club FF on November 16

We hope all of you see countless great gigs in 2013!