11 Summer Music Festivals In Korea! Here We Come!
Those summer music festivals that everyone looks forward to each year to get out and about, chill out and listen to some awesome live acts (which may or may not include my husband with Every Single Day) actually start a little earlier than you might expect! Starting in May, the outdoor music fests can be heard blasting some awesome music. From camping under the stars with some awesome rock bands to dancing the night away to some EDM, here are 11 music festivals to fill your summer weekends with fun in Korea.
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1. Beautiful Mint Life
May 13, 2017 – May 14, 2017
Olympic Park, Seoul
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. Beautiful Mint life started by Mint Paper back in 2010 brings together a number of groups to three different stages. This year’s line up includes: Daybreak, No Reply, Hello Gayoung, The Koxx, Peppertones, Melomance, Soran, Urban Zakapa, CoffeeBoy, Sam Kim, Ahn Yeeun and more. Check out their website for more information on how to get tickets so you can picnic it up with some good music on the lawn to kick off spring in style.
2. Seoul World DJ Festival
May 13, 2017 – May 14, 2017
Jamsil Olympic Stadium
One of the biggest EDM festivals in Korea, the World DJ Festival has AC Slater, Alan Walker, Audiotricz, Brennan Heart, Excision, Mike Perry, Party Favor and more still to be added to their lineup. The World DJ Festival has been kicking off the summer with awesome music for many years in Korea and will keep up the fun this year too. This is definitely one of those fests that will really make you feel as if summer has truly arrived. Get those early bird tickets while you still can!
May 20, 2017 – May 21, 2017
Nanji Hangang Park, Seoul
This 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 picnic and enjoy a fun day outside in the spring breeze. Just down the road from Hongdae and Mangwon-dong as well as the substantial World Cup Park, there’s a lot to do in the area to make a great time of it. FYI, if you don’t want to actually purchase tickets, you can still head to the area and enjoy the festival atmosphere just outside of the tents. The grass is open and great for activities and you’ll still be able to hear the music. This year’s line up includes: Pia, Peter Pan Complex, Gogo Boys, Remains, Gogo Star, Boys In The Kitchen, and many more.
4. HBC May Music Festival
May 26, 2017 – May 27, 2017
In its 12th year, this fest is the longest running independent fest in the area and is made up entirely of independent artists and performers from Korea and abroad. Festival venues include some HBC favorites like: V-Lounge, Phillies, Bedrock, Alley Bunker, The Cave, Hair of the Dog, Camarata Music, Genie Pub, Thunderhorse Tavern, Maloney’s Pub The Workshop, and Hidden Cellar and attract people from all over to see mostly small acoustic acts. There are some live band venues like Phillies Pub, Camarata, Bedrock , Thunderhorse Tavern, and V-Lounge that get in on the action where the music will be loud and raucous though. Head there to support local and check out their website for updated lineups. If you like a good neighborhood block party-esque vibe, this is the May fest for you.
5. Seoul Jazz Festival
May 27, 2017 – May 28, 2017
Olympic Park, Seoul
The Seoul Jazz Festival never disappoints. This year Jamiroquai, Dianne Reeves, Honne, Tower of Power, Cecile McLorin Salvant, Lianne La Havas, Epik High, Nell, Mamas Gun, Squirrel Nut Zippers, Zion T., 10cm and loads more will be sure to impress as they take the stage in this, the eleventh Seoul Jazz Festival. The lineup is always perfect for anyone in attendance and it is easy to get to over in Olympic Park so check it out if you’re in Seoul in May.
6. Rainbow Island
June 3, 2017
Jarasum, Gapyeong, Gyeonggido
Fun in the sun and camping on an island made that much better with live music. 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. Current acts include Martin Smith, Toyo, SEENROOT, Samuel Seo, Kim Ban Jang & Windy City, and MoodSalon with more to be announced. Get ready for an “island” getaway this summer. and start planning now!
7. UMF Korea
June 10, 2017 – June 11, 2017
Olympic Stadium, Seoul
The Ultra Music Festival is an annual outdoor electronic music festival that was founded in Miami, Florida in 1999. Now, it takes place in venues all around the world and it will make a stop in Seoul and you won’t want to miss it. This year the line-up includes Alessa, Dash Berlin, Dubfire, Hardwell, Nic Fanciulli, Nicky Romero, Tiesto and there are plenty more that will be announced. Get your tickets early for those early bird specials!
8. Jisan Valley Rock Music & Arts Festival
July 28, 2017 – July 30, 2017
Jisan Resort, Icheon, Gyeonggido
This 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. So far, Gorillaz, Major Lazer, Asgeir, Life & Time, Lorde and Lukas Graham have been announced but plenty more awesome acts are sure to be added. Definitely get these tickets early and plan that weekend music getaway now! This is another great festival to plan a camping getaway around, too.
9. Pentaport Rock Festival
August 11, 2017 – August 13, 2017
Songdo Pentaport Park, Incheon
If 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. Acts haven’t been announced yet, but stay on top of this one for some great fun out in the Incheon area.
10. Busan Rock Festival
Samnak Ecological Park, Busan
Not 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! Usually in August, the dates and lineup for this fest haven’t yet been announced, but keep it in mind for a weekend south this summer.
11. Seoul Soul Festival
September 16, 2017 – September 17, 2017
Jamsil Sports Complex, Seoul
Not much info aside from the date has been announced yet for this festival, but stay tuned to their website to see who is coming. Last year Eric Benet, Gallant, Kimbanjang & Windy City, Urban Zakapa, The Stylistics, Mayer Hawthorne, Jinbo, Tyga, Maxwell and more graced the stage at this fun end of the summer hurrah.
There is a music festival for everyone. Make sure to check the sites and get your early bird tickets to save some cash to be spent on more tickets for more festivals! The summer is coming. Don’t miss out on all of the fun.