We already post our weekly events listings every Thursday, but larger events sometimes need to be booked ahead of schedule. This is a record of the Seoul events in 2013 that we really want to go to.


Local Gigs

For local indie band gigs take a peek at Indistreet and the Korea Gig Guide. Both have decent listings which are updated often.

SuperColorSuper’s Fall Lineup

I Am Robot & Proud are coming to Seoul through . Get tickets.

Winter bits

Ski season has started. Make sure you hit the slopes at least once this winter; getting active in the snow is one of the best things about living in Korea. For another nine reasons not to hate the freezing season, read our top 10 post on why to love winter in Korea


Monday Dec. 16: Seoul Square Ice Skating Rink Opens

Seoul Plaza opens an ice rink every year for around three months (till Feb. 23), which is super cheap and a ton of fun. One hour of skating costs 1,000 won, and ice skate rental is included. You can book ahead to reserve a spot on the rink

Wednesday Dec. 18 to 28:  (Opening Party: Saturday Dec. 21, 6:00 – 8:00pm)

 is based around the famous Korean poem “Song of the Green Mountain” (靑山別曲) 청산별곡. The marvels at how the beauty of nature enriches our existence and explores questions surrounding the true fruits of our lives. Featuring artists , Joseph Reyes,  (of the Natural Beauty Project), ,   , . The opening party will feature music from  and a performance from . At Gallery I, Insadong.

Friday Dec. 20 to Tuesday Dec. 24: Collector’s Room

Sinsa’s Jazzy Mas gallery is holding “Collector’s Room,” a group exhibition comprising of eight artists under the contemporary Axoo Agency label, from Friday to Tuesday. and a F.ound branded pop-up book store will also be joining the fold on Saturday from 11am to 7pm. The “Collector’s Room” opening party is this Friday from 6pm to 11pm, and there’ll be drinks and finger food on offer. Here’s a map to Jazzy Mas. 

Saturday Dec. 21: Christmas Festival

, this time at Southside Parlor. Shop their heritage-inspired wares while eating delish brunch/ special desserts and drinking yummy cocktails/ roasted coffee. DJs such as Kholo and Justin Rhyme will be setting the sounds for the daytime, while a whole bunch of artists will be performing at the acoustic indie-band segment in the evening. 

Saturday Dec. 21:

The dance-music-oriented  series varies in venue and guest DJ every time, and its location isn’t reveal to guests until just before the party’s set to happen. Join HFT for volume three this weekend but a word of warning: It’s strictly underground and invitation only, according to the organisers. Entry is 5,000 won.

Saturday Dec. 21: Jimjilbang #1 at Exit

A new party series is kicking off this weekend, promising “a free show with curated music streamed live to the world.” While this event is at Exit, coming versions will be at various venues. Akanse is DJing and you can win a free bottle of JD, Absolut or Jose on the night . 

Tuesday Dec. 24: Christmas Block Party

It’s Christmuss, and . Neighbours Magpie, Kkhaoli Pochana, Dottzari and TRVR are  joining together for a block party encompassing craft beer, Christmas gifts for sale, a raffle and performances. 

Sat Dec. 28: Grooveman Spot at the Jas

. He’s an amazing DJ and producer with a signature sound, and it’s going to be a really interesting party taking place inside a climbing gym. Tickets are 15,000 won; doors open at 9pm. 


Jan. 17: James Blake Live at Uniqlo AX Hall

Mercury prize-winner James Blake was the highlight of the 2012 Jisan Valley Rock Festival on his first visit to the peninsula. Now the genius musician  who blends slow harmonies with dubstep returns to Korea for a headline gig at Uniqlo AX, east Seoul, for 88,000 won. Buy tickets from Interpark (Korean only).

Jan. 23: Phoenix Live at Olympic Hall

French electro poppers Phoenix will be hitting Seoul on Jan. 23 at Olympic Park. More details TBC. 

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Words by Loren Cotter and Sophie Coombs
Featured Image: Mike Beech