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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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 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)
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 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
This 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
Damien 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.
June 10, 2016 ~ June 12, 2016
UMF 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!
June 18, 2016 ~ June 19, 2016
Tickets: W88,000* (Early bird special currently W55,000)
Fun 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
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. 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)
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. 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
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!