Hongdae gets ready to rock with fringe fest
Tonight is the first half of the Seoul Indie Music Festival, a two-night long rock fest filled with Korean MTV rock stars such as the Crying Nut and underground punk bands such as the Nifleheim from Busan, or Gwangju’s favorite sons The Def.
A total of 47 bands will be playing in public ― no need to buy tickets.
Sound too good to be true? The organizers say three outdoor stages will be set up tonight and tomorrow night on the streets in front of Hongik University.
“Hongdae had been a place where lots of underground bands have been playing but only a few people were able to enjoy their music,” said Lee Hye-jin, an organizer at the Live Music and Culture Development Association. She said she organized the festival so that more people could enjoy Hongdae’s counter-culture atmosphere, and decided to invite rock bands from other cities as well.
“This festival will be loud and fun,” she said. The emphasis is on loud.
The Oh! Brothers will open the show at 4 p.m. The surf-rockabilly group just came back from playing at Japan’s Fuji Rock Festival. They will be followed by Incheon’s Sleeping Jam, Windy City and Shadow Palace.
Crying Nut and Rhyme Mellow will lead the performances tomorrow at the same time on two different stages. On one stage scheduled are Naty, Drive Shower, ATO and What, all popular among the younger audience. On the other stage will be the much heavier bands Kang San Ae, Vassline and Rux.
The concerts will run until only 8 p.m. Ms. Lee said the organizers did not want to disturb the neighborhood’s residents by playing too late. But after the concert, five clubs ― Cafe Pain, Slugger and Jammers tonight and Cafe Pain, Rolling Stones and, tomorrow, Big Live House ― will be open for more music and for you to meet a few of the band members. Entry, however, costs 3,000 won ($3).
by Lee Min-a