- STING: LIVE IN SEOUL—BACK TO BASS TOUR
Gymnasium No. 1, Seoul Olympic Park Dec 5, 8pm
FR: 198,000 won, R: 165,000 won, S: 132,000 won,
A: 99,000 won, B: 77,000 won 02-332-3277
Olympic Park Station 올림픽공원역 (Line 5), Exit 3
- The ”Back to Bass“ tour—which garnered rave reviews in Europe and North America—continues on, with Sting performing many of his greatest hits, stripped down, with a 5-piece band. It has been 25 years since Sting launched his solo career—tack on another 8 years with the Police—but he’s lost none of his mojo. In Asia, Sting will be joined by his longtime guitarist Dominic Miller, drummer Vinnie Colaiuta, keyboardist David Sancious, fiddler Peter Tickell and vocalist Jo Lawry.
- COUNTDOWN FANTASY 2012-2013
Mapo Arts Center Dec 29—31 1-day tickets 55,000/60,000 won in advance/on door;
3-day tickets 132,000/140,000 won 1544-6399 www.mintpaper.com
Daeheung Station 대흥역 (Line 6), Exit 2. Go straight and turn right at the intersection.
- Back for a third year but now in a brand new venue—Mapo Arts Center—this popular three-day indoor festival leading up to the midnight transition to 2013 features live music from bands including Nine9, Mongoose, Small O, EZ Hyoung, Jungigo and Peterpan Complex (Dec 29); Glen Check, Romantic Punch, aAeon, The Koxx, Fantastic Drugstore and Hologram Film (Dec 30); and Daybreak, 望刻化, The Solutions, Annyeongbada, Jeongibaenjangeo and FellAS (Dec 31). If 2012 in Seoul has kept you too busy to listen to as much live music as you wanted, make up for it by spending the last three days of the year here.
- MACY GRAY—LIVE IN SEOUL 2012
Uniqlo AX Dec 12 99,000 won 02-515-6706 www.ally-co.com
Gwangnaru Station 광나루역 (Line 5), Exit 2
- There’s something other-worldly about voices of the world’s very best soul singers—how can a human body, made of bones, flesh, tendons, skin, blood and bacteria emit such exquisitely pure sound waves? Perhaps that’s why it's called soul. Anyway, creationists will have no trouble attributing such wonders to the creative hand(s) of the almighty, but evolutionists will be left gobsmacked and ear-kissed by Macy Gray, known by many as the “Queen of Soul,” when she makes her Korean debut on December 12.
- Vatican Museums Exhibition:
Musei Vaticani—Geniuses of the Renaissance
Hangaram Art Museum, Seoul Arts Center Dec 8—Mar 31, 2013 Adults: 15,000 won, Youths: 10,000 won, Children: 8,000 won
02-546-7797 Nambu Bus Terminal Station 남부터미널역 (Line 3), Exit 5. Transfer to shuttle bus, or green bus No. 4429.
- Visited by some five million people every year, the Vatican Museums are among the greatest in the world, filled with treasures accumulated by the Roman Catholic Church since the purchase of marble sculpture 500 years ago. This winter’s Seoul exhibition will feature a variety of Renaissance works, including paintings, decorative artworks and sculptures. Special highlights include works by three of the most talented Renaissance artists of all: Leonardo da Vinci’s St. Jerome in the Fields, Raphael’s Coronation of the Virgin Mary and Michelangelo’s Pieta. Not to be missed by anyone with even the slightest interest in art.
- 50 CENT IN KOREA
Gymnasium No. 1, Seoul Olympic Park; BEXCO, Busan
Jan 12, 8pm; Jan 13, 8pm 80,000—120,000 won 02-2182-5541
Olympic Park Station 올림픽공원역 (Line 5), Exit 3;
Daeyeon-dong Station 대연동역 (Busan Line 2), Exits 3 or 5
- Since releasing debut album Get Rich or Die Tryin’ in 2003, 50 Cent has become one of the biggest names in hip-hop, with more than 20 million album sales to his name. He has, it would seem, got rich without dyin’ tryin’. Highly acclaimed Get Rich or Die Tryin’, widely considered among the best rap albums of its decade, was followed by The Massacre in 2005, Curtis in 2007 and Before I Self Destruct in 2009; 2013 is set to see the release of Street King Immortal. Make sure not to miss 50 Cent when he flies into Seoul on January 12 and Busan the next day.
- SHIN JUNG-HYEON: THE GODFATHER
Olympic Hall, Seoul Olympic Park Dec 1 & 2, 7pm R: 99,000 won, S: 77,000 won, A: 55,000 won
02-3143-5156 www.s2enter.com Olympic Park Station 올림픽공원역 (Line 5), Exit 3
- Every country has its legendary rock guitarist: Jimi Hendrix in the USA, Eric Clapton in England and Richard Zven Kruspe in Germany. In Korea, that figure is Shin Jung-hyeon. For a glimpse of the living history of Korean rock music, as written personally by this 75-year-old legend, make sure you’re among the audience at one (or both) of his back-to-back concerts on December 1 and 2. The first half of each concert will feature Shin’s sons, guitarist and keyboard player Shin Yun-cheol and drummer Shin Seok-cheol, playing new arrangements of Shin’s greatest hits, while the second half will see the man himself in action.
- GODSKITCHEN WITH KNIFE PARTY
Walkerhill Theatre Dec 15, 11pm 77,000 won 010-3360-7846 www.knifeparty.com
Take shuttle bus at Gwangnaru Station 광나루역 (Line 5), Exit 4 (in the direction of Gangbyeon Station)
- Knife Party is a brand-new production and performance experiment by two of the founding members of Pendulum, Rob Swire and Gareth McGrillen. They are influenced by electro house, dubstep, moombahton, drumstep and much more—however, they file it all under the singular banner of “seizure music.” Their performances win over crowds within minutes. Since their first show in Ibiza, Knife Party has headlined several events, and they have a number of high profile remixes to date.
- PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
Blue Square Dec 7—Jan 13, 2013
VIP: 160,000 won, R: 130,000 won, S: 90,000 won, A: 70,000 won, B: 50,000 won 1577-3363
Hangangjin Station 한강진역 (Line 6). Take the passage between Exit 2 & 3
- The Phantom of the Opera which premiered in London’s West End in ’86 and New York’s Broadway in ’88, embodies the history of musical theater. Having made over 5.6 million dollars in ticket sales, ”The Phantom of the Opera” has been performed over 65,000 times and seen by 130 million people in 145 cities in 27 countries, making it the world’s most spectacular musical. Officially listed in the Guinness Book of World Records on September 5th, 2012, as the longest-running show on Broadway, The Phantom of the Opera has carved its own niche in musical history and secured its status as unsurpassed by any other musical in the world.
- SPARKLING SECRETS—SWAROVSKI
Daelim Museum Thru Feb 17, 2013 Adults: 5,000 won, Youths: 3,000 won,
Children: 2,000 won 02-720-0667 www.daelimmuseum.org
Gyeongbokgung Station 경복궁역 (Line 3), Exit 4
- Crystals have long captured the human imagination, with the uncanny depth and infinitely varying patterns of light refraction. European brand Swarovski has become almost synonymous with crystal decoration and jewelry, establishing itself as a cultural icon in the 117 years since its foundation in the mountains of Tyrol. This exhibition at Daelim Museum displays diverse collections and stories from the history Swarovski jewelry. Look forward to stunning Swarovski items worn by numerous celebrities and the fascinating stories behind them, as well as an introduction to Swarovski’s manufacturing processes and installation works by collaborating artists.
- ROAD TO ULTRA KOREA
Jamsil Indoor Stadium, Jamsil Sports Complex Dec 8, 6pm GA: 110,000 won, VIP: 150,000 won 02-3471-8957
www.umfkorea.com Sports Complex Station 종합운동장역 (Line 2), Exit 6 or 7
- This past summer, the crowd went wild at the world’s most popular electronic dance music festival, ULTRA Korea. More than 80,000 people came out to symbolic Olympic Stadium in Seoul to enjoy the first ever ULTRA festival, and it was incredible. After experiencing such success in Seoul, ULTRA headquarters is taking it one step further— this winter, the biggest dance party returns! On December 8 at Jasmil Indoor Stadium, the best lineup will meet perfect production to present ROAD TO ULTRA KOREA in what promises to be an unforgettable indoor music experience.
- RONN BRANTON JAZZ GROUP: MERRY CHRISTMAS WITH JAZZ CHRISTMAS!
Jang Cheon Art Hall; Sejong Center for the Performing Arts Dec 24, 4pm & 8pm; Dec 25, 4pm R: 55,000 won, S: 44,000 won 010-3817-7214
Apgujeong Station 압구정역 (Line 3), Exit 4; Gwanghwamun Station 광화문역 (Line 5), Exits 1 or 8
- Jazz pianist Ronn Branton and his Christmas concert have become a fixture of Christmas in Korea. This year, too, the festive season will be accompanied by the sounds of the Ronn Branton Jazz Group playing favorite carols such as “Jingle Bells,” “The Little Drummer Boy,” “Silent Night” and plenty more. Joining Branton on stage will be Richard Rho on the horn, percussionist Chungkyun Kim, Oh Jongdae on drums, Inyoung Kim on bass and talented young vocalist Alex Doyaun.
- 26 YEARS
Dir. CHO Geun-Hyun Release Date: Nov 29
- Nothing is sweeter than the taste of an action revenge thriller. No, wait—the taste of an action revenge thriller based on a true story that constitutes a deep scar on Korea’s national consciousness. Welcome to 26 Years, an account of a fictional plot between gangsters, a national shooting champion, police officers, the head of a large corporation and more to bring to justice “that person,” the figure responsible for the Gwangju Massacre of 1980.
- THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY
Dir. Peter Jackson Release Date: Dec 13
- If J. R. R. Tolkien had not created the fantasy world known as Middle-earth, Sacha Baron Cohen’s character Bruno may not have mistakenly referred to the Middle East as Middle-earth repeatedly during interviews around the world, thereby depriving his eponymous film of one of its many gags. History moves in mysterious ways. Fans of Middle-earth will be extremely excited at the coming release of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the first of a prequel trilogy brought to the big screen by Peter Jackson, known for his success with the The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Bring it on!
- OK, it’s not a whole album, but this single from hot young diva Lee Hi, one of the latest in a string of stars produced by K-pop giants YG Entertainment, has got people talking. Just 16, she’s released a debut single and video in the persona of a retro soul singer, a mold normally reserved for more mature performers. She was discovered after finishing as the first runner-up in the Korean reality talent program, ”Survival K-Pop Star.” Watch out for her future offerings.
- KOREA GRAND SALE 2013
- Korea is good for shopping at the best of times—from January 11 to February 28 next year, though, it'll be even better, as some 24,000 stores and other organizations will offer foreign visitors and residents discounts ranging between 10% and a whopping 50%. Department stores, duty-free stores, hotels, supermarkets, convenience stores, performance venues: the possibilities are almost endless. The sale will be accompanied by a variety of K-pop concerts, free shuttle bus operations to facilitate the shopping experience, a Special Week event and plenty more: check out www.koreagrandsale.co.kr.
- MY BLOODY VALENTINE—LIVE IN SEOUL
- Famous for its part in creating the “shoegazing” sound, My Bloody Valentine has had a long and illustrious history. Formed in Dublin way back in 1983, the band spent a long period
being inactive from the early 1990s to 2007. Since then, the band has given several international performances, and it is even— allegedly—preparing to launch a third album. If My Bloody Valentine's unique blend of digital reverb, pitch bending and distortion is to your liking—or if you've never heard it and want to find out more—make sure you book tickets to see them at Uniqlo AX (former AX-Korea) on February 3.