As the salty cocktail of perspiration, rainwater and humidity seemingly seeps ever deeper into every conceivable aspect of our physical lives, here at Chincha we take solace in the array of events available to augment your weekend and, at least in spirit, we remain unsodden. Also, next week we will be announcing the date of our next film festival — see, summer’s not so bad after all.
MUDFEST in Boryeong
Whether you adopt the dainty single-handprint-on-the-back approach or are more of a brontosaurus-in-a-tar-pit kinda gal, Boryeong Mudfest has become something of a rite of passage amongst Koreans and foreigners alike. Get muddy, drink more soju in 12 hours than you do during the rest of the year, confirm some nice Korean family’s preconceptions about the wayward nature of today’s youth and swim in the murky overcrowded (and probably at least 50 percent urine) ‘sea’. Check out our guide to Mudfest here for some pointers. Although, to be honest, this picture pretty much tells you everything you need to know:
V.O.G.U.E at Cakeshop
The subterranean Itaewon spot will be throwing down their first gay night this Friday and will feature sets from Oil Can Boyd, Rou Set and Fitzwell playing old-school 90’s house, disco anthems, R&B cuts camp classics and some vogue bangers. See more here.
Hailing from Minneapolis, Bryan Black began his career as a sound designer for Prince and after teaming up with Olivier Grasset has since garnered a string of releases of adrenaline-soaked techno. Doors open at 10pm and for 20,000 big ones you can fill those holes on the side of your head with all the 4/4 beats you can cram in there.
Hongdae’s premier art basement return with the second in their series of Vintage Opticon Video Opera nights where they will be screening 6 short films with release dates spanning 1924 to 2005. There will be live original accompaniments during the screenings and free soda and popcorn to be guzzled. At a paltry 5,000 won what’s not to like? Get there by 8 if you want to see the lot. Here are some directions to Yogiga.
BRITISH COUNCIL TALK at Gwanghwamun Centre
The second in a series of talks at the British Council Korea will feature CEO, journalist and author, Michael Breen who will be speaking on “Why Are the Two Koreas Still Divided?” It’s free but spots are scarce so get in there quick if you’re keen. Click for the British Council website.
Should you feel like giving you sweat glands even more of a work out than they are already currently enduring, why not check out prolific dance music mogul Boys Noize at Club A? Unless you pre-pay for cheaper tickets through us, you’ll have to be prepared to drop 50,000 won in order to sample the deck wizard’s audio offerings. Email us on to find out what the deal is and how to pay. Spread the word.
ROOFTOP TARANTINO LOUNGE VOL. 3 : KILL BILL 1 at Platoon
, this time with the screening of Kill Bill Vol: 1. If, by some freak meteorological occurrence it happens not to be raining on the night then affairs will continue al fresco. However, should the heaven’s unleash their usual fury then don’t worry as things will continue indoors. Magpie Brewing Co. will there to service your taste buds with their signature beers all night and Silk/Juice will be working their usual posterior oscillating magic. Admission is free and the dismembering begins at 7pm.
SOJU LAB at Boombar
Maybe you love the taste of highly distilled ethanol mixed with rice and other random stuff? Maybe you’re a scientist? We don’t know. . DJ Smirk will be heading up the night at the Itaewon hip-hop lounge.
POPCORN at White Box Theatre
Ben Elton’s acclaimed play is running from the 19th-28th of this month and promises to be a healthy dose of pulp satire. Tickets are a steal at only 15,000 and booking is essential. Hold your ‘mouse’ over the following ‘link’ and ‘click’ in order make a reservation: We’re so tech-savvy.
10 MAG BOOK CLUB SPECIAL GUEST: Historian and Author Andrei Lankov
Check how much you really know about North Korea. Author, historian, and North-Korea expert Andrei Lankov will be speaking at 10 Magazine’s July Book Club at Haechi Hall in Seoul Global Culture & Tourism Center in Myeongdong. Lankov will be discussing topics related to his published works ‘The Real North Korea,” “The Dawn of Modern Korea,” and “North of the DMZ.” Admission is W5,000 and it is requested that you RSVP to or directly contact Barry Welsh before attending.
By Mike Beech