Summer is the time to rock with Korea's biggest music festivals. The Ansan Valley Rock Festival, Incheon Pentaport Rock Festival, Jisan World Rock Festival and Supersonic draw top international and Korean acts. Rock legends Metallica are coming to town, too!
- METALLICA, MUSE
Jamsil Sports Complex / Aug 17—18, 1pm—11pm / 2-day pass: KRW 250,000 / T. 02-2176-5717 / http://citybreak.superseries.kr / Sports Complex Station 종합운동장역 (Line 2), Exit 6, 7
- The Hyundai Card Super Concert 19 Citybreak is bringing together such legendary bands as Metallica and Muse on the same stage. Metallica's fast tempos, instrumentals, and aggressive musicianship placed them as a founder of thrash metal. The American band has won nine Grammy Awards and has had five consecutive albums debut at number one on the Billboard 200. Muse, from Britain, are known for their energetic and extravagant live performances and their fusion of many music genres, including space rock, progressive rock, alternative rock, heavy metal, classical music, and electronica.
- ANSAN VALLEY ROCK FESTIVAL
Daebu Sea Breeze Theme Park, Ansan-si, Gyeonggi-do / July 26—28 / 3-day pass: KRW 260,000 / T. 1588-0688 / http://valleyrockfestival.com / Ansan Station 안산역 (Line 4), Exit 1
- The Ansan Valley Rock Festival 2013 is ready to take the republic by storm, featuring global rock emperors and mind-boggling local indie bands during its three-day run from July 26—28. The international lineup includes Cure, Skrillex, NIN, The xx, FOALS, Vampire Weekend, Fun, Hurts, Polyphonic Spree, DIIV, Coheed & Cambria, and Yellowcard. Lately, Stereophonics, My Bloody Valentine, and celebrated guitarist Steve Vai have thrown their hat in the ring. Formerly featured in the remote town of Jisan, the Valley Rock Festival has moved its venue this year to Daebudo Island in Ansan, southwest of Seoul.
- INCHEON PENTAPORT ROCK FESTIVAL
Int'l Business District, Songdo, Incheon / Aug 2—4 / 3-day pass: KRW 165,000 / T. 02-3775-1588 / http://pentaportrock.com / Int'l Business District Station 국제업무지구역 (Incheon Line), Exit 1
- The month of rock in Korea would not be complete without the Incheon Pentaport Rock Festival, which is looking much more impressive than previous yearsʼ nu-metal-heavy lineups. Slated for Aug 2—4, the 2013 edition will feature Fall Out Boy, Testament, Steelheart and four British rock bands such as Suede, Mamas Gun, Glasvegas and the Big Pink. This year, the venue has moved to Songdo International City, which can be accessed conveniently via Seoul’s metropolitan subway system and intercity bus routes.
- JISAN WORLD ROCK FESTIVAL
Jisan Forest Resort, Icheon-si, Gyeonggi-doAug 2—4 / 3-day pass: KRW 250,000 / T. 02-644-1200 / www.jisanrockfestival.co.kr / No. 12 local bus from Icheon Bus Terminal 이천버스터미널
- Iconic rapper Nas and punk pop band Weezer are playing the Jisan World Rock Festival, which will be held Aug 2—4 in Icheon, southeast of Seoul. Catch them with other headliners like the Dandy Warhols, Switchfoot and Placebo. Funk masters Jamiroquai, led by frontman Jay Kay, will be a highlight on the list of performers that includes Korean rock acts like Sinawe, Crying Nut, No Brain, and Lazy Bone. Heating up the event are DJs of global acclaim, including DJ Shut Da Mouth, DJ Conan, Bagagee Viphex 13, and Big Ear Crew.
- SUPERSONIC 2013
Aug 14—15 / Olympic Park / 2-day pass: KRW 176,000 / T. 02-6002-7577 (ext. 8) / www.supersonickorea.com / Olympic Park Station 올림픽공원역 (Line 5), Exit 3
- The SuperSonic Festival 2013, with the Pet Shop Boys, New Trolls, and Two Door Cinema Club sharing the stage alongside Korean acts, will take place on Aug 14—15. PSB will bring its electric production to the first day of the festival, while electro-new wave pop duo Capital Cities will heat up the scene. Leading the pack of local artists is Cho Yong-pil, a veteran pop musician who is currently sweeping the charts with Hello, his first album in a decade. Other local bands include 10 cm, Dickpunks, and Jaurim.
- GAUGUIN EXHIBITION
Thru Sep 29 / Seoul Museum of Art / KRW 13,000 / http://gauguin.kr
- An exhibition titled Gauguin: Voyage into the Myth is under way at the Seoul Museum of Art, marking the first retrospective in Korea devoted to the French Post-Impressionist artist Paul Gauguin. Highlighted in this exhibition are two distinctive periods of his career: the Brittany period, when he started his career as a professional painter, and the Polynesian period, when the artist lived on the southern Pacific island of Tahiti. Five renowned contemporary artists try to reinterpret Gauguin's works through installation works, video art, and large-scale portraits.
© Musée d'Orsay, Paris, France / The Bridgeman Art Library
- PIFAN FINALIZES 21 NAFF ENTRIES
Jul 18—28 / Various theaters in Bucheon / T. 032-327-6313 / www.pifan.com / Songnae Station 송내역 (Line 1), Exit 2. Use the PiFan express shuttle for free transportation.
- With just a few weeks left before the opening of Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan), its organizers have revealed 21 entries for the It Project, run by the Network of Asian Fantastic Films (NAFF). Whittled down from 141 entries hailing from 21 countries, this year's NAFF selection showcases some of the best young and veteran genre talent from across Asia and the rest of the world. In recent years, NAFF has acted as a spawning ground for Asian genre films.
- QUINCY JONES
Jul 25, 8pm / SK Olympic Handball Arena / KRW 99,000—176,000 / T. 1544-1555 / Olympic Park Station 올림픽공원역 (Line 5), Exit 3
- Pop legend Quincy Jones will hold a concert for the first time in Korea on July 25, bringing a team of his Global Gumbo artists. The concert is prepared as part of his world tour marking his 80th birthday. Jones has an illustrative career as composer, artist, film producer, arranger, conductor, instrumentalist, TV producer, and multimedia entrepreneur. Jazz vocalists participating in the Korea tour include Patti Austin, James Ingram, and Nikki Yanofsky, while jazz pianist Alfredo Rodriguez and 11-year-old prodigy pianist Emily Bear will also join the team.
- 2013 SARAH BRIGHTMAN KOREA TOUR
Gymnasium No. 1, Olympic Park / Jul 26, 8pm / KRW 99,000—165,000 / T. 02-3141-3488 / Olympic Park Station 올림픽공원역 (Line 5), Exit 3
- Former Broadway star Sarah Brightman has kicked off her 2013 Dreamchaser world tour, with a Korean leg beginning on July 21 in Busan and moving to Seoul on July 26. Brightman, who starred as “Christine” in the original production Phantom of the Opera, is now taking on a solo album and tour. Her new album, also titled Dreamchaser, is her eleventh studio album. It is Brightman's first collaboration with producer Mike Hedges. The British crossover soprano will be the first recording artist to make a trip into space, planned for 2015.
- ANIMATION SKETCHES EXHIBITION
Jun 22—Sep 22 / Hangaram Art Museum, Seoul Arts Center / KRW 15,000 / T. 070-4246-3600 / www.superseries.kr/4441 / Nambu Bus Terminal Station 남부터미널역 (Line 3), Exit 5. Transfer to shuttle bus, or green bus No. 4429.
- A total of 1,300 layout sketches that gave birth to Japan's animation films of global reputation are now on display in Seoul, under the sponsorship of Hyundai Card. The exhibits belong to the Tokyo-based animation powerhouse Studio Ghibli, which was founded by Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata in 1985. The studio is famous for creating the highest quality anime, which includes Castle in the Sky (1986), Grave of the Fireflies (1988), My Neighbor Totoro (1988), and Princess Mononoke (1997).
- ISLAMIC CIVILIZATION EXHIBITION
Jul 2—Oct 20 / National Museum of Korea / KRW 12,000 / T. 02-541-3173 / www.islam2013.com / Take the underpass at Ichon Station 이촌역 (Jungang Line, Line 4).
- The National Museum of Korea stages the Art from the Islamic Civilization exhibition, presenting 367 masterpieces carefully selected from the high-profile al-Sabah Collection. The show is divided into two parts. The first is focused on the characteristic elements of Islamic art arranged in time sequence from the 8th to 18th centuries. The second part guides viewers through quintessential elements of Islamic art as expressed by calligraphy, various arabesque and geometrical patterns, and s a selection of luxurious jewelry.
- BROADWAY MUSICAL AVENUE Q
Aug 23—Oct 6 / Charlotte Theater / KRW 50,000—130,000 / T. 1577-3363 / www.charlottetheater.co.kr
- Broadway musical Avenue Q is a coming-of-age parable, addressing and satirizing the issues and anxieties associated with entering adulthood. Considered an adults-only version of Sesame Street, the American musical production will travel to Korea for a six-week run. Its storyline unfolds when Princeton finds an apartment on New Yorkʼs Avenue Q alongside Kate Monster; roommates Nicky and Rod; Brian and his Japanese-American fiancee, Christmas Eve; and apartment superintendent Gary Coleman.