The only way to experience all of this weeks events is to cut yourself in five parts or quickly master the science of inventing a teleporting machine.
FRIDAY – SUNDAY
Inkbomb International Convention
Do you have a tattoo, are you interested in getting a tattoo or are you just into tattoo culture? Then this event should be right up your alley. The 2012 Inkbomb International Tattoo Convention is not just about watching people get tattoos; there will also be chances to witness Japan and Korea’s leading rock and roll bands, live artist performances, Korean traditional Salumnori dancing, special DJ performances, custom painting, body piercing and live skateboarding & surfing performances. We wrote a full preview here, which gives you all the info you need.
SATURDAY – SUNDAY
Olympic Park will be hosting the Seoul Jazz Festival this weekend. If you like yourself a bit of jazz and an afternoon in the park then grab yourself a ticket. The line up includes: Earth, Wind & Fire, George Benson, Eric Benet, Al Di Meola, Ledisi, Brian Blade and the Fellowship Band, plus Korea’s one and only guitarist and composer Lee Byung-woo, Leessang. We can imagine this will be a lovely afternoon if weather permits .
You can find out how to buy tickets and see the timetable .
This outdoor party in the trendy Garosu Gil area sounds like the ideal start to the weekend. Advertised as an open-air party ‘for those seeking amusement after a long day of work’, we’re already envisioning ourselves unwinding with a couple of drinks before making the most of the music that Boiler Room will have on offer – specifically, awesome local electro acts KINGMCK, The Weekend and the Project Outings DJs.
Moja: Live at FFs
The Japanese duo with a heavy hitting rock sound are on a jaunt to Seoul for the next few days and will be parading their drums and bass at Club FF in Hongdae on Friday night. We interviewed them this week about their sound, the rock scene in Japan, and how they feel about their first ever visit to play in Korea. Read the interview here and find the info about their tour dates . They’ll also be at , if you can’t make the Friday night gig.
Buddhist Festival and Lantern Parade
It’s coming up to Buddha’s birthday! Assah! This means it’s the time of year for beautifully bright lanterns near the Jogyesa temple and all around Jongno and Insadong. Having visiting this event last year we can vouch that it is most definitely worth checking out.
The parade begins at dusk with large floats of elephants, dragons, lotus flowers, and gorgeous smaller lanterns reaching as far as the eye can see. During the day there will also be live traditional music, dancing and art-making around the surrounding area. Aside from the festival, Insadong and the Jongno area are worth visiting in their own right, with all the quirky little tea rooms and numerous art galleries around.
If you came to Korea to experience more than soju and kimbap then don’t miss this experience. For all details on the event check out the facebook .
Groove Korea/ Community Korea Social Party
We’re fully aware that moving to a new country can not only be stressful but lonely; especially if your recruiter said “yes, you will be in a popular part of Seoul with many other foreigners around”, only to find yourself on the last stop of the subway line with not a single foreigner in sight. This event is a great way to meet new people, and apparently will be a monthly thing. Groove Korea have announced that they have formed a partnership with Community Korea to bring people from all nationalities together. The social event will be held this month at the Hill Side Bar, Itaewon, so get yourself down there and mingle. Another great perk is that food and drinks will be heavily discounted, with OB priced at just 2000 won. For more details visit the Community Korea facebook .
Welcome Summer Flea Market
The promoters of this sum up this event quite accurately – ‘ here comes the Sun and people with less clothes on’. Get rid of your unwanted things or buy things that you don’t need but want – the choice is yours. The flea market will be held at Globe Lounge, Itaewon, allowing you to embrace the summery afternoon. There will be food, live music, a film screening and various stalls where you can buy random shit. A perfect May afternoon, we say. Visit the event for more details.
College (Valerie, Drive OST)
There has been some hype about this for quite a bit now and the week of the event has finally arrived. College is the French electronic DJ/producer who bought you the disco theme music for the film Drive. Those who watched the epic film, released last year, would have undoubtedly recognised the catchy music tracks that kept you entranced throughout the film. One song in particular which was left ringing in everyone’s ears was ‘Real Hero’, which is a song that we still have on repeat. Expect high quality sound along with beats that will keep your heart racing, leaving no opportunity to escape the dance floor. For all the details see our preview.
Rock Dae Fundraiser
It wouldn’t be a week without the opportunity to see some live indie music, so here’s our pick. The line-up includes six Korean and expat bands – Ironic Hue, Vidulgi Ooyo, Angry Bear, Used Cassettes and No Respect for Beauty. Held at the trusty intimate location of Strange Fruit, expect your ears to get a good seeing to. For more info and how to get there, take a look
Photo: Inkbomb Convention Website
Featured image: Rob Gillespie