This week/end sees the annual Gangnam Festival, a culmination of arts, fashion and culture, specifically aimed at foreigners and tourists. The Fashion Festival starts today, Thursday 4th – Saturday the 6th, while the celebratory Hallyu Festival is on Sunday. Performances from Korean music stars Super Junior and Girls Generation will take place for the cost zero won per ticket. Free K-pop. Aren’t we lucky? Here’s an English timetable.
Busan Film Festival
The Busan Film Festival is the perfect excuse to take a trip to the city down south this autumn. As the most eagerly-awaited film fest in Korea, Busan’s exciting event has an abundance of awesome films available to view. We’re most looking forward to the Korea premier of Comrade Kim Goes Flying, a Belgian, UK and North Korean production, which – in an amazing feat – is the first foreign film ever to be made in the DPRK.
Global Gathering Korea is back for another year and it’s bigger and better than before. Expect to see the likes of David Guetta, Orbital, Idiotape (video interview here), and many more at Yongin’s Caribbean Bay. We’ve already previewed this event, so for a full round-up of what to expect check out the article.
Psy Rides with Seoulites
The Godfather of K-pop is answering all of our long-neglected prayers by appearing at a free concert this Thursday (that’s tonight, for anyone confused by Chuseok into thinking it’s Monday) at City Hall. Psy plans to gallop through his top tunes, including the worldwide smash hit Gangnam Style, but won’t be stripping off like he promised to if he got to no. 1 on the US Billboard chart. Maroon 5 pipped him to the post and ruined ALL the fun. Seoul’s public transportation will be running until the later time of 2am just for this event.
Female Parisian DJ, Clara 3000, is popping up at Cakeshop this Friday night. The 21 year old DJ is set to get you dancing beside the decks, electronic style. If you can’t get down to Global Gathering over the weekend then getting drunk and sweaty at this excellent basement club is definitely the next best thing. Plus at 10 000 won (+ free drink) until 11pm, 20 000 won (+ free drink) after, and free before 10pm, it’s a damn sight cheaper too. You can also win one of 5 pairs of FREE pre-12 tickets from us by ‘liking’ our events post on FB.
Linus’ BBQ plus Magpie beers plus Southern Sons cocktails plus a Buenos Aires theme equals a cool Saturday night at one of Seoul’s best rooftop bars. Platoon’s monthly flea market is on from 5pm too. Read up on the finale event on Platoon’s website or read an interview with Linus-the-BBQ-master on Farsickness and start salivating over the picture of pulled pork below. Droooool.
Shindig is back with its 9th volume of motown classics at Myoungwolgwan in Hongdae. Get your rocks off and pretend its 1955 again. Usually full of cheap beers and good people, Shindig is always a super fun party. Visit the Facebook page to request some choons.
Firework Festival Yeouido
Summer is coming to a close so these next few weeks are the last to enjoy evenings outside. Yeouido Park by the Han River is hosting a huge firework festival on Saturday, running from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. There are four different firework teams from different nations, with a ten minute break between each one. The show is happening between Yongsan Station and Yeouido Station. Here’s a map. Get off at exit 5 from Yeouido Station and keep walking straight past the Solar Park to where you see all the people.
Social Underground with Zach H and Rob McCall from Silk/Juice
The two Brit DJs from Silk/ Juice are joining up with Social Underground for their monthly night at Exit in Hongdae. For an interview with the guys, who favour deep house as their chosen musical genre, read this AWEH article – it also includes an exclusive SoundCloud mix to bend your ears around. Party starts at 10pm, as usual it’s free.
(((10))) Bus King Tour
Bus King have been promoting Korean tours for homegrown bands for a couple of months now and are focusing on (((10))) for October. The band have five dates scheduled for around the country, significantly starting in Seoul on the 10th of October. (((10))) have been compared to Deerhoof and Crystal Castles and have received rave reviews for their totally excellent performances. The Seoul show starts at 9pm at Yogiga and is guaranteed to be a good night. Tickets are 10,000 in advance or 15,000 on the door. Find out how to buy them on the Bus King Korea website.
Images: Zack Cluley, Global Gathering Korea, Loren.