- WORLD DJ FESTIVAL
Narukke Festival Park, Yangpyeong May 17–19 KRW 99,000–150,000 T. 02-3141-6063
http://worlddjfest.com Yangpyeong Station 양평역 (Jungang Line)
The lucky 7th World DJ Festival is taking place May 17–19, gathering talented
young artists and fans. The lineup this year includes Dash Berlin, Freemason,
DJ BL3ND, Freemasons, 2E LOVE, SHUT DA MOUTH, and ARICAMA. There will
be something for most music lovers, including trance, hip-hop, electro, and rock.
For those who like to dance like nobody is watching, there will also be a silent
disco. Numerous entertainment tents will give you the opportunity to zip
around all night long. Festival updates are listed at www.worlddjfest.com.
- LORIN MAAZEL & MUNICH PHILHARMONIC
Concert Hall, Seoul Arts Center Apr 21, 5pm / Apr 22, 8pm KRW 70,000–350,000 T. 02-580-1300
www.sac.or.kr Nambu Bus Terminal Station 남부터미널역 (Line 3), Exit 5
- Lorin Maazel will meet Korean fans with the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra in two Seoul concerts. The Munich Philharmonic first visited Korea in 2007. The US maestro
will present a selected program of Beethoven's Coriolan Overture and Symphony No. 4 and 7 on April 21, while Igor Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring is on offer on the second day. Teenage prodigy pianist Cho Sung-jin will take the stage
as a collaborator. Born in 1930, Maazel is one of the most important conductors of our time. He is also a violinist and composer.
Dome Stage, Jamsil Stadium West Parking Lot Apr 27, 9pm KRW 110,000 T.
Jamsil Sports Complex Station 잠실운동장역 (Line 2)
- Kraftwerk, a globally renowned electronic
music band from Germany, is coming to Seoul for its first-ever concert on April 27. The band, meaning "power plant", was founded in 1970 in Dusseldorf, Germany. Kraftwerk's sound is minimalistic and strictly electronic. Its signature sound combines driving, repetitive rhythms with catchy melodies, mainly following a Western Classical style of harmony. In October 2012, Kraftwerk was nominated for induction into
the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
- LEE DUEG-YOUNG'S PHOTO EXHIBIT
Ilmin Museum of Art Thru Apr 28 KRW 2,000 T. 02-2020-2081 www.ilmin.org
- Celebrated photographer Lee Dueg-young's exhibit of his latest Hangang River-themed collection is underway at Ilmin Museum of Art. Lee has been methodically documenting urban spaces in southern Seoul as well as Hangang riverside landscapes. Lee took photographs on several boats, traveling the 48 km waterway
of the river from its upper region down to
the Gimpo area. The river has its own unique things—scary long bridges, monotonous gymnastic facilities, swimming pools, huge parking lots, etc. They repeatedly form a certain shape and play their function, and people use them according to their needs.
- PSY CONCERT—HAPPENING
Sangam Seoul World Cup Stadium Apr 13, 6:30pm KRW 110,000, R: KRW 99,000, S: KRW 88,000,
A: KRW 77,000, B: KRW 55,000 T. 1544-1555 World Cup Stadium 월드컵경기장역 (Line 5), Exit 1
- "Happening" marks the worldwide release of global sensation Psy's latest
single of the same name. The concert is already getting plenty of global attention, with coverage from Billboard, MTV, and other international media.
And in true Psy style, Psy will be broadcasting the concert worldwide
through YouTube. To allow his faithful Korean fans to hear the song first,
YG Entertainment will first release the song in Korea the day before
- METAL FEST 2013
Olympic Park May 9, 6:30pm KRW 110,000–132,000 T. 02-3141-3488
Olympic Park Station 올림픽공원역 (Line 5), Exit 3
- A number of big-name heavy metal bands will gather in Seoul for Metal Fest 2013 next month. International headliners include Slash and Deftones, while Yellow Monsters will lead the pack of local artists. Slash is best known as the former lead guitarist of the American hard rock band Guns N' Roses, with whom he achieved worldwide success in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Deftones is an American alternative metal band from Sacramento, California, founded in 1988. They have released seven albums to date, including three platinum albums (Adrenaline, Around the Fur, White Pony).
- 2013 MOONLIGHT TOUR AT CHANGDEOKGUNG PALACE
Changdeokgung Palace Apr 23–26, 8–10pm KRW 30,000 T. 02-2270-1237 (Eng)
Jongno 3-ga Station 종로3가역 (Line 1, 3, or 5), Exit 7
- Enjoy a royal moonlight walk at Changdeokgung Palace! Amazing
as the palace is in daylight, it's even more magical when you stroll
the grounds under the light of the full moon. The palace is known
for its aesthetics and architecture, set against breathtaking natural scenery. In 1997, UNESCO desginated the palace as a World Cultural Heritage site. Sponsored by the Korea Cultural Heritage Foundation, the guided tour begins from the main gate, Donhwamun Gate, and continues for approximately two hours through Injeongjeon Hall, Nakseonjae, and Huwon, known as Secret Garden. The moonlight tour will be held till October during the ful moon of each month.
This month, the moonlight walk will be held from Apr 23–26.
There is a limit of 100 people per outing.
- INCHEON AIRPORT GOING CULTURAL YEAR-ROUND
Incheon Airport Year-round Free www.airport.kr, www.facebook.com/cultureport
Incheon International Airport Station 인천국제공항역 (Airport Line)
- Incheon Airport presents a wide diversity of cultural events throughout the year, hoping to establish its name as a "culture port" as part of its customer service efforts. The Millennium Hall on the 4th floor is the venue for performances and resembles an art gallery, as many works of art are on display. Its April program will feature "La Boheme" with The Marry, La Speranza,
and The Cellos. At the Traditional Cultural Experience Center located in the duty-free area, visitors can learn how to make traditional artifacts and bring handmade items back home with them. Travelers can also enjoy traditional performances including traditional dances, singing, and musical instruments onstage at the center.
- SIGUR ROS—1ST LIVE IN SEOUL
Gymnasium No. 1, Olympic Park May 19, 6pm R: KRW 110,000, S: KRW 99,000 T. 02-563-0595
Olympic Park Station 올림픽공원역 (Line 5), Exit 3
- The three-piece Icelandic post-rock band Sigur Ros will perform in Seoul on May 19. Known for its ethereal sound, frontman Jonsi Birgisson's falsetto vocals, and the use of bowed guitar, the band's music is also noticeable for its incorporation of classical and minimalist aesthetic elements. Since its 1994 debut in Reykjavik, Iceland, the band has garnered wide international acclaim for its signature style of playing guitar with the bow from
a cello, accentuated with reverb, creating a sweeping,
fluid sound that is unique for an electric guitar.
A string of music festivals are gearing up for action this summer with enhanced lineups and programs. Every year, more international bands visit Korea as part of their Asia tour circuit, with more people coming out to these music festivals. Below is a quick rundown of the season’s most anticipated music festivals.
The Rainbow Island Festival, out on Namiseom Island near Chuncheon, will return June 7–9, highlighting British band Travis and top-tier Korean bands like Idiotape and Clazziquai. During the three-day run, patrons have a rare opportunity to set up tent and camp on the island.
The Ultra Music Festival (UMF) will open June 14–15 at Olympic Stadium Complex, promising to offer a site for a mammoth electronic dance get-together. UMF first began in Miami and is now hosted in five different locations around the world each year. Headliner DJs include Armin Van Buuren, Avicii, and Carl Cox.
A new addition to this heated festival market, Muse in City 2013 is taking place at Olympic Park on June 15, featuring female musicians only. The lineup includes Lenka, Lisa Hannigan, and Korean act Han Hee-jung.
A seaside theme park near Daebudo Island will become the venue for the Ansan Valley Rock Festival (former Jisan Valley Rock Festival) July 26–28 and will feature the Nine Inch Nails, the XX, 3rd Line Butterfly, Coheed and Cambria, and FUN.
The Jisan World Rock Festival 2013 is going to be hard to beat. Fans will gather at the off-season Jisan Valley Ski Resort for three solid days of rock ‘n’ roll. It is scheduled for August 2–4.
The Incheon Pentaport Rock Festival will return August 2–4. Although there has been a bit of friction between Pentaport and Jisan, the two premium events have both managed to find a niche among Korean music fans. Over 60 bands will be heating up hot summer nights in this major outdoor rock festival.
Super Sonic Festival will be held August 14–16 at Olympic Park in conjunction with Japan’s long-running Summer Sonic music festival. Last year, Smashing Pumpkins was an impressive headliner, and New Order stole the limelight.
- JEONJU FILM FEST KICKING OFF APR 25
- The Jeonju International Film Festival (JIFF) will be held April 25–May 3, carrying on its tradition as
a window of independent and experimental films around the world. This year, the focus will go to Indian films under the theme "Beyond Bollywood." Launched in 2000, JIFF has concentrated on unique voices of independent films by presenting various and meaningful contemporary cinematic perspectives to audiences over the years.
For more info, check out http://eng.jiff.or.kr.
- FESTIVAL TO EXPLORE SMARTPHONE FILMS
- The Olleh International Smartphone Film Festival will open in Seoul on April 17,
helping explore a new avenue
for filmmaking in an era of media revolution. The three-day event is an annual film competition that brings together 10-minute shorts produced solely by the use of smartphones. The festival aims to encourage work from aspiring filmmakers and amateurs who
don't have access to more expensive production equipment. This year's opener, titled Drawing Paper, was produced by a group of children
living on remote islands under the guidance of filmmaker Bong Man-dae. For details, visit
- JAZZ FESTIVAL TO BRIGHTEN MAY SEOUL NIGHT
Olympic Park May 17–18 R: KRW 110,000, S: KRW 99,000 T. 02-563-0595
Olympic Park Station 올림픽공원역 (Line 5), Exit 3
- The Seoul Jazz Festival will return May 17–18 at Olympic Park, providing a fantastic opportunity to hear internationally acclaimed jazz artists perform blues, bossa nova, soul, and funk. Considered one of Korea's biggest national music festivals, the event presents a stellar lineup of Korean and international artists. Among those slated to perform are Ramsey Lewis Electric Band with special guest Philip Bailey, Mika, Roy Hargrove, Roberta Gambarini, Damien Rice, Kings of Convenience, and Rodrigo y Gabriela. Each day, the festival will present a themed evening. Since its inception in 2007, the festival has been widely credited as the prime provider of a much-needed space for audiences seeking a nonmainstream sound.
- GREEN PLUGGED FEST ENLIVENS STARRY NIGHT
Nanji Hangang Park May 17–18 2-day pass: KRW 109,000 www.greenplugged.com
World Cup Stadium Station 월드컵경기장역 (Line 5), Exit 1
- The Green Plugged Seoul 2013 will take place at Noeul Park in Sangam-dong May 21–22, promising to become an impressive outdoor music extravaganza for alternative music fans. Over 110 bands are scheduled to perform in the two-day event. Its lineup is studded with Korean rock stars like YB, Jaurim, No Brain, and Crying Nut. Common Ground, Gogoboys, Peterpan Complex, Black Bag, and many other established acts will also join forces with up-and-coming bands like Broccoli You Too? and Galaxy Express. Music fans and the like are encouraged to make a perfect getaway out of this event as the venue also serves as a huge campsite.