Internationally acclaimed DJs to spin at new clubFans of electronic music may choose dark basements over beaches for their vacation spot now that internationally acclaimed DJs are queueing up to perform in Seoul dance clubs this summer.
Club Garden, a new dance club opening tonight, promises to add to the already throbbing night life in Apgujeong-dong. Located a stone’s throw away from the Galleria Department Store, the two-story basement club has more than 600 square meters (6,458 square feet) to accommodate about 800 partiers nightly. Above the main dance floor and bar are a smaller, separate lounge called the “Flower Room” with lounge music and a bar, as well as a “chill-out” space called “Garden in the Air.” In tune with the club’s nature theme, visual images of flowers and gardens will be projected onto the walls and floors, according to publicity manager Chung Down.
The grand opening party tonight will be a festival of music by top Korean DJs, including Jinwook, Jinu, Beejay and Kuma, but Garden’s DJ lineup for the coming weeks has already impressed local aficionados of the electronic music scene.
The first of many DJs to perform in Garden on Saturday night is Brian Transeau, or just BT, dubbed “the pioneer of trance” music.
Spinning in Garden on July 22 will be Guy Gerber, an Israeli-born DJ best known for the hit “Kenny’s Back”; on July 30 it will be Afrika Bambaataa, a master of electro-funk sound; and on Aug. 5, Laurent Garnier, a leading French house and techno DJ.
The new club plans to offer a Garden members card at a flat fee; 800,000 won ($800) covers free admission to all Garden parties, the use of lockers and valet parking service for six months.
Lovers of house music will be glad to know that Dimitri From Paris, one of France’s best-known house DJs, returns to Hongdae in northern Seoul, for the Club M2’s house party series on Saturday night. At M2, July 23 is reserved for the British DJ/producer Darren Emerson.
By Ines Cho
For Garden’s grand opening, admission is 10,000 won before 10 p.m. and 15,000 won after that. For Saturday, a ticket costs 25,000 won before 10 p.m. and 30,000 won after. Club Garden is open daily from 7:30 p.m. to 3 a.m., except Sundays, and is next to the Te Home store, south of the Galleria Department Store in Apgujeong-dong. For more information, visit the Web site www.clubgarden.co.kr. A ticket to the M2 party costs 15,000 won before 10:30 p.m. and 20,000 won after that. For English information on M2 events, call 018-285-6972.