As the summer heat settles across the Korean peninsula, the hills seem to come alive with the sound of music with festival season officially kicking off. The summer brings something for every kind of music lover out there, ranging from EDM to hip-hop, and from indie rock to R&B. The following are just a few of the music festivals that the country has to offer this summer.
Ultra Music Festival – June 10-12
EDM fans can rejoice. The first major music festival up this summer is none other than mega electronic music event, Ultra Music Festival. What started as a two-day fest back in 2012 is back for three full days with a massive lineup and the best DJs and producers from all over the globe.
Ultra Music Festival started in Miami, Florida, in 1999 and today is held in 15 countries around the world. Coming to the Seoul version are big names Afrojack, Avvicii, deadmau5, Knife Party and Rabbit in the Moon. Also gracing the stage are some of Asia’s best, including The Koxx, DJ Koo and Kisuke. More artists are set to be announced in the run up to the show to complete the line-up at the Olympic Stadium’s multiple stages in Jamsil.
A variety of ticket packages are available, from general admission to premium tickets including VVIP tables. Three-day general admission tickets are KRW 220,000, while premium three-day tickets are KRW 300,000. Two-day tickets are KRW 200,000 and one-day tickets are KRW 120,000. VIP table service ranges from six people to eight people, and includes VIP seating and a bottle service, as well as VIP entry to the venue.
To buy tickets or reserve a VVIP table, check out the Ultra Music Festival website at https://umfkorea.com/
Rainbow Island Music & Camping Festival – June 18-19
Those looking to become one with nature while enjoying a strong line-up of Korean indie rock’s best can check out the Rainbow Island Music & Camping Festival on June 18-19 in Jaruseom, Gapyeong.
The festival describes the event as “set away from the city so that people can fully focus on themselves,” continuing with the sublime suggestion that one can “close your eyes for a moment and feel the music through your ears and your heart. On the other side of the campfire you can see busking and music artists spread everywhere.”
Heralding itself as two festivals in one, Rainbow Island is bringing in the likes of headliner Jang Kiha and the Faces, 10cm, Life & Time, Reflex, Idiotape, Sweden Laundry, Mood Salon, Zion.T and many more artists yet to be announced. The festival also includes several stages, including the unique “Busking Paradise” for those willing to give the stage a shot.
If looking to get up close and personal with the environment, Rainbow Island offers a large camp ground with various camping packages for guests. There is no need to bring any supplies: Rainbow Island will provide all the camping equipment needed from sleeping bags and lanterns to tents. There are also caravan sites available to rent for those planning to camp with friends and some spots allowing fires and cooking to encourage those bringing their own food.
Two-day tickets are currently KRW 55,000 for Early Bird tickets, though regular tickets at the time of the festival will be KRW 88,000. Camping tickets run from KRW 30,000 for a two-person site up to KRW 150,000 for a six-person caravan site. Tickets are for sale on Interpark, Yes24, Ticket Monster and Naver Booking. For more information, check out the website at http://www.rainbowfestival.co.kr/
Waterbomb – July 30
One way to beat the summer heat is to check out a unique fest that is part water fight, part music festival – Waterbomb. The dance music festival is bringing in some big names from home and abroad in its second year, and boasts that it is, as festival organizers claim, “a powerful festival that you can throw your whole body into”.
“This year especially, with the intense music, special effects and various performances, will be an even more thrilling experience,” comment the organizers.
The way the festival works is that attendees choose a team – red or blue – upon buying a ticket. Throughout the day, there will be designated water fight times when the crowd are then encouraged to shoot water guns, throw water balloons and participate in other watery mayhem. The festival says it will have a variety of water games and other events available for guests.
Headlining the festival is OWSLA-signed electronic music producer and DJ Kill the Noise in his first show ever in South Korea. The US DJ has played at major festivals including Tommorrowland, Ultra Music Festival, Coachella, Lollapalooza and others, where he “captivated the audience with his distinctive and powerful sound and unstoppable charisma,” festival organizers described.
Also taking to the stage at Waterbomb are AOMG artists Simon Dominic, Gray and Loco as well as DJ Wegun and DJ Pumkin. Magnetic rapper Jessie rounds out the hip-hop artists on the line-up. DJs Inside Core, S2, Vandal Rock, Juncoco, D.I.D., Peachade, DJ Koo and Maximite will also perform.
Tickets are available on Yes24, Interpark, Ticket Monster and Naver Booking. Early Bird tickets are available for KRW 55,000, but regular tickets are KRW 88,000. For more information, check out the festival’s website at http://waterbombfestival.com/
Seoul Soul Festival 2016 – Aug. 13-14
For the first time ever, the hottest R&B, soul and hip-hop artists are coming to Korea for the 2016 Seoul Soul Festival.
Taking place at Jamsil’s Olympic Stadium on August 13-14, the festival plays host to Young Money, the hottest name in trap hip-hop Tyga, Grammy-nominated and much-loved singer Musiq Soulchild, Grammy-winning producer Robert Glasper, and Philly soul group The Stylistics. The latest additions to the line-up include Maxwell and BJ the Chicago Kid, with more artists to be announced later.
Currently, the two-day Soul Early Bird tickets are on sale at Melon Tickets for just KRW 154,000. Once those sell out, Early Bird tickets will become available for KRW 188,000. After the early bird tickets, online tickets will be available for KRW 210,000 for two-day tickets and KRW 125,000 for one-day tickets. On-site tickets will be available for KRW 232,000 for two-day tickets and KRW 143,000 for one-day tickets.