Korean Music Festivals: Summer of 2016

After spring comes summer and all I can think about is outdoor festivals, music and a cold sudsy beer in my hand. Summer. Music. Outdoor fun. Ya feel me? Here are some of the big summer music festivals to look out for in Korea. Get your tickets now for early bird specials!

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Every Single Day 2011 @ Busan Rock Festival

Beautiful Mint Life

May 14, 2016 ~ May 15, 2016; Olympic Park, Songpa-gu, Seoul

Tickets: One Day W85,000; Two days W135,000

beautiful mint life 2016Beautiful Mint life started by Mint Paper back in 2010 brings together Roy Kim, No Reply, Peterpan Complex, Hello Gayoung, Cheeze, Peppertones, Playmode, GlenCheck, Daybreak, Electron Sheep, Papercut Project and more for some spring fun in Olympic Park. Meant to be a beautiful and peaceful event, it welcomes picnickers, music lovers and just all around happy-go-lucky people to Songpa for a spring event on the grass.




May 21, 2016 ~ May 22, 2016; Nanji Hangang Park, Mapo-gu, Seoul

Tickets: W88,000 per day* (tickets are cheaper if purchased in advance)

Greenplugged Seoul 2016This festival sits just meters away from the Han River. While the water rushes by in the background, the grass beckons those in attendance to have a seat, eat a picnic and enjoy a fun day outside in the spring breeze. Acts include Monotones, Galaxy Express, Nell, NoBrain, Crying Nut and many many more. Just up the road from Hongdae, it’s easy to get to and is sure to be a good time in the grass.



HBC May Music Festival

May 27, 2016 ~ May 29, 2016; Haebongcheon, Seoul

HBC Fest 2015This local fest has gotten bigger and bigger and in its eleventh year will surely continue to impress. The list of artists to play is substantial. From bands to solo acts, acoustic sets, reggae and more, this fest has it all. Not only are the gigs worth the trip, but the venues are welcoming sights too. From local favorites like Phillies and Hidden Cellar to Bedrock and Hair of the Dog, there will be good eats and craft beer to satiate the taste buds, too.



Seoul Jazz Festival

May 28, 2016 ~ May 29, 2016; Olympic Park, Songpa-gu, Seoul

Tickets: W188,000

Seoul Jazz Festival 2016Damien Rice, Pat Metheny, DJ Mark Ronson, Corinne Bailey, Vintage Trouble, Jason Derulo, Kings of Convenience, Jamie Cullum and many more will grace the stage for the 10th Seoul Jazz Festival. The mix is a little of this and a little of that under the title of Jazz, but the event sure draws a crowd. Don’t miss out on some big names coming to Seoul soon.


UMF Korea

June 10, 2016 ~ June 12, 2016

UMF Korea 2016UMF doesn’t really need an introduction. The festival that takes place in venues all around the world will make a stop in Seoul and you won’t want to miss it. This year the line-up includes deadmau5, Rabbit in the Moon, Knife Party, Avicii, Afrojack and just so so many more awesome acts. Get your tickets early to get those early bird specials and don’t miss out on the fun this summer!



Rainbow Island

June 18, 2016 ~ June 19, 2016

Tickets: W88,000* (Early bird special currently W55,000)

Rainbow Island 2016Fun in the sun and camping on an island made that much better with live music. What could be better? The line-up includes Idiotape, Disco Experience, Toyo and more to be announced. If an island getaway complete with a music festival and camping doesn’t sound like fun to you, I don’t know what else to say to make it sound enticing.



Jisan Valley Rock Music & Arts Festival

July 22, 2016 ~ July 24, 2016; Jisan Resort; Icheon, Gyeonggido

Tickets: 3 days W260,000

Ansan Valley Rock FestivalThis festival is one of the biggest events of the summer and people around the country look forward to heading to Jisan to nestle into the mountains for a good time. Red Hot Chili Peppers, Disclosure, Stereophonics, Travis, Tegan and Sara, Blossoms, Dead Buttons, Flight Facilities, Monotones and more to be announced.



Pentaport Rock Festival

August 12, 2016 ~ August 14, 2016; Songdo Pentaport Park, Incheon

Tickets: W220,000* (early bird special on now W176,000)

Pentaport 2015If you’re into rock and electronic music, this festival has been a favorite of many since 2006. The name comes out of the combination of the five main themes of the fest: music, passion, eco-friendly, DIY and friendship. Suede, Two Door Cinema Club, Panic! at the Disco, Weezer, The Koxx, Daybreak, Peppertones, Run River North, Maan, Romantic Punch with many more to be announced.



Busan Rock Festival

August 26, 2016 ~ August 28, 2016

August On The Go: Busan Rock FestivalNot only can this festival rock your socks off, but at the same time, the larger Busan Sea Festival which this rock festival is under the umbrella of, is taking place. Thirty festivals in one! The rock fest has gotten bigger and bigger each year and showcases Busan’s own homegrown musicians as well as other rock and metal acts from across the country and abroad. Info hasn’t been announced for this one yet but wrapping up the summer of music down in Busan is a must!


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  1. Nicky says:

    You couldn’t have posted this at a better time! Now that it’s getting warmer, I want to go out and attend festivals. This is fantastic!

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