The mosquitoes are out and the mercury is rising. That means it’s time to dust off those wellies, scour Gmarket for the cheapest tent you can find and bury your head in a speaker cone. That’s right happy readers, it’s summer music festival season in Korea. And of course, being as good to you as we are, we’ve got a run-down of the summer’s festivities right here. So, without further adieu…


When: July 14th – 24th

Where: Boryeong-si, Chungnam-do

How Much: Transport and Accomodation costs

Ah the infamous mudfest. The one time of the year you can take out your rage on your friends and co-workers by shoving mud into their faces and soju into yours. There’s a whole host of events going on in Boryeong, and the best place to read about them is right here at Chincha.

Sensation Korea

When: July 21st

Where: Kintex, Ilsan, Gyeonggi-do

How Much: 125,000 Won

A worldwide collection of indoor dance festivals originating in the Netherlands (conveniently sponsored by Heineken), 2012 will mark the launch of Sensation in Korea. Touring a list of countries to make even the most seasoned traveller well-up with tears, this year the host Mr White will be bringing his subtle tech-house through Asia, stopping in Thailand, Taiwan and of course Korea! Accompanied by Funkagenda, Fedde le Grande and more, this is certainly an opportunity not to be missed by Korea’s trance fans.

Jisan Valley Rock Festival

When: July 27th-29th

Where: Jisan Forest Resort, Gyeonggi-do

How Much: 225,000 Won (Weekend ticket with camping)

Remember in the winter, when we were huddled around the fire pit at the barbecue, reminiscing of summers past and of those yet to come? Remember that light in the distance, at the end of that long tunnel? That beacon of hope was Jisan. The time is nearly upon us. With a line-up so unbelievable you feel guilty saying it out loud just in case you scare them away. Featuring above all else alt-rock legends Radiohead, along with three days of foreign and Korean acts alike. If you’re not sure if it’s for you, look here for a review of last years festival, and then look long and hard in the mirror.

Ultra Music Festival

When: August 3rd – 4th

Where: Olympic Stadium, Jamsil

How Much: 153,000 Won (Weekend Ticket)

So you’ve belly danced, you’ve slung mud, you’ve raved all night to old-school tunes and you’ve camped out and drank warm beer for three days. Surely now, after all that, you can finally sleep, right? Wrong. Hot off the heels of Jisan is the Ultra Music Festival. UMF is a tw0 day bass-stravaganza featuring headliners Skrillex and Tiesto. So put on your bass-face and raise your hands to the air as two of the world’s hottest DJs descend upon Seoul.


When: August 10th – 12th

Where: Gyeongin Ara Waterway Incheon Terminal, Incheon

How Much: 148,000 Won (Weekend Ticket)

The grand-daddy (or ajushi I guess…) of Korean rock festivals, and widely considered one of the highlights of the festival calendar on the peninsula. This year headliners include Snow Patrol, Crystal Castles and Ash, supported by a whole host of local indie bands. If camping and warm beer just isn’t for you, Pentaport provides a nice alternative to the fun mess of Jisan.

World Electronica Carnival

When: August 10th-12th

Where: Jaraseom Island, Gyeonggi-do

How Much: TBA

Competing for your eardrums and hard earned Wons with Pentaport is the World Electronica Carnival. Set on the beautiful Jaraseom Island eco-park and cultural resort, highlights of the weekend include Benny Benassi, Shinichi Osawa and DJ Shadow.


When: August 14th-15th

Where: Olympic Park, Songpa

How Much: 240,000 Won (Weekend Ticket)

Featuring a line-up to make even the might Jisan quake in it’s wellies, Super!Sonic is bringing a host of rock legends and fresh talent to Seoul’s Olympic Park. Performing at both indoor and outdoor venues will be the Smashing Pumpkins, Tears for Fears, New Order, Soulwax, Gym Class Heroes, Foster the people and the Vaccines! Also recently added to the line-up are perennial favourites Idiotape and the now legendary singer and meme Gotye! And all without leaving the green line. For a more in-depth look at the line up, click here and to buy tickets (from 5pm Thursday 21st June), click here.

So there you have it, the official Chincha guide to festival season. We hope to see you sunburnt and exhausted by September.

If you feel like we’re missing out a major event please let us know in the comments.

Images all belong to Chincha. Words by Gary Moran. Check out his and for more from him.

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