We launched a 2013 events in Seoul article this month since we feel that many of the events we post in the weekly list need a little more notice. We’ll be updating it regularly so keep checking back.
Also this week, we profiled Janna Gibson’s ‘Couple Story’ photographic blog, full of shots of Korean couples wearing matching outfits. We’ve been getting a lot of comments about it on our Facebook page; . And don’t forget to ‘like’ us to keep updated with all kinds of other Chincha stuff.
Phantom of the Opera Show
The famous musical has been such a hit in Korea that more dates have been added, with tickets now available for March. Tickets are potentially pricey at 50,000-160,000 won but could be worth the cost since the show is meant to be a masterpiece.
Surge Dance Intensive Debut
Bilingual dance workshop Surge Dance Intensive will be kicking off from the weekend of the 25th of January, but if you sign up before next Wednesday and get a friend to do so too you can get 15% off the class price (and your mate will get a 10% discount too). Find out more on Surge’s website.
THURSDAY JANUARY 10th
Broke With Expensive Taste
We think Cakeshop are directly targeting us with their new ‘broke with expensive taste’ Thursday night party. With free entry, cheap wine and excellent house music, this should kickstart your weekend before it even really begins. For more on the Itaewon club, and promoters Multi Seoul who regularly host parties there, read our interview with DJ and co-owner Sam and Seb. It’s over here.
FRIDAY JANUARY 11th
Festa Note Charity Conert
Expat acoustic musicians The Tamara Kim Band are playing at Festa Note in Daehakro on Friday night with some Korean college-age bands, all for charity. The event is at Hansung Art Hall and runs from 7pm – 9:30pm – .
Kangding Ray at Quadro
Less n Less always bring quality dance acts to Seoul and techno/ electro-meister Kangding Ray is no exception. The Berlin-based DJ “combines machines with real instruments in a subtle and rhythmic suite, integrating noises, walls of distortion, massive bass lines, voices and field recordings, blending techno grooves with dark textures, always on the edge between experimental music and club culture.” .
Karaoke and Beer Pong at Moonnight
Skip the norebang and embarrass yourself by singing your heart out in front of a bar full of strangers this Friday night before shaming yourself even further by losing at beer pong and getting drunk on $9 beer pitchers. Sounds like the ideal evening. You can pre-register by emailing Moonnight. .
SATURDAY JANUARY 12th
Lymbyc Systym and 50 Cent
Both these (very opposite) international acts are playing in Seoul this Saturday night, in different locations. Read all the details over on our Seoul Events 2013 article. The alternative music scene in Korea is definitely looking up this year!
Mangwon No Power
Mangwon Arthole is a shared studio near Hongdae, in Mangwon. This weekend the artists who use the space are throwing a multimedia fundraiser to help keep it in operation over the next months. No power refers to the fact that all music at the event will be created without any electricity. Of course, there will also be art on display from the arthole residents. There’ll be free makgeolli too. .
Social Underground No. 12.
Free Social Underground is on this weekend, this time around with guest appearances from Busan-based DJs Sam Gates and Ian Lilburn. The drinks are cheap and the tunes are huge. Chincha’s very own Emily Ann Hodges will be photographing the night – don’t forget to say hi to her!
Powwow Punk and Hardcore Show
Small, alternative venue Powwow are throwing a live show this Sat with hardcore, punk rock and sludge metal(??) bands. Entry is 10,000 won, event starts at 7pm. .
TUESDAY JANUARY 15th
Stateless Things Indie Screening
Community Korea are screening Korean indie film Stateless Things (with English subs) on Tuesday, near Sinsa. Directed by Kim Kyung mook, the movie is centred around the relationship between a gay prostitute and a fund manager in South Korea. Tickets are free .
Images: Claire Harris (on Chinchagram) and Cakeshop Seoul.