- Stationary, cross-armed, Wayfarer-sporting, head bobbers;
- Hip parents and hip babies, lounging about on blankets and immaculately groomed grass;
- An inebriated man, belching the same song through the night, in an overcrowded campground.
While that may sound like a list of gripes, this colorful cast of characters, paired with the ability to pack in heaps of top notch live music in a fairly short period of time, is what always makes the festival-going experience a very unique, memorable, and above all extraordinarily fun summer getaway.
▲ Photo courtesy Ultra Music Festival Korea
Luckily, over the past few years, Korea has become an increasingly likely venue for such things. Whether you’re looking for big names from abroad, or more local flavors, there are events all over the peninsula that will suit your needs this summer, even right here on Jeju. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Rainbow Island Music and Camping Festival
When: Fri. 7 - Sun. 9 June Where: Nami Island What:This festival is located on your own personal island in the Bukhan River of Gangwon Province. In the wooded environs of this popular resort you will be treated to a mix of local and international indie bands. Artists: Travis, Nell, Jun Jae Hyung, Daybreak, Idiotape, Clazziquai, Taru, Beenzino, The Weekend, MDS, Jinbo, Vanilla Voy, Park SaeByul, and many more. Price: 3-day pass – 141,000 won
1-day pass – 88,000 won
Camping – 2-3 person tent 55,000 won, 4-5 person tent 77,000 won Web: rainbowfestival.co.kr
When: Fri. 14 - Sat. 15 June Where: Jamsil Sports Complex, Olympic Stadium, Seoul What: Part of the international Ultra Music Festival, it is billed as the top electronic music festival worldwide. Now in its 15th installment, it features top international dance acts. Artists: Afrojack, Armin Van Buuren, Avicii, Carl Cox, Kaskade, and many more. Price: 1-day pass – 100,000 won
2-day pass – 130,000 won Web: umfkorea.com
What: A variety of local indie bands and acts from the mainland providing Korean summer flavors at Hamdeok.
Artists: South Carnival, Apollo 18, The Sagitta, 3rd Line Butterfly, Seoul Electric Band, Witches, Kingston Rudieska and others.
Korea Full Moon Festival When: Sat. 20 - Sun. 21 July Where: Hamdeok Beach, Jocheon-eup, Jeju Island What: Bringing the sounds of dubstep and more to our very own Jeju for a second year, the Full Moon Festival is not as raucous as its Thai cousin, but should satisfy those needing a hit of electronica and bass. Artists: DJ Acceso, DJ Bruno Turati, DJ Fenner, DJ Kindergarten, DJ Peter Holman, DJ Richard Boxer, DJ Bagagee, DJ G-Tech, DJ Insert Coin, DJ Juncoco, DJ Pascal Dior, DJ Roem. Tickets: 1-day pass 20,000 won (VIP: 45,000 won) Web: cafe.daum.net/kofulfe
What: Although Ansan is the reincarnation of Jisan Valley Rock Festival, Jisan World Festival has risen from the Jisan Valley ashes - and it looks smoking! There is a real festival feel to this in rural surroundings.
Artists: Jamiroquai, Placebo, Weezer, Nas, Switchfoot, The Dandy Warhols, Deerhoof, Guitar Wolf, and more to be announced.
Tickets: 3-day pass - 200,000 won (until June 29)
Camping - 15,000 won per person (only available to 3-day pass holders)
What: If festival prices are enough to force you into that extra hour of privates on a Friday evening, don’t despair! Busan International Rock Festival is free and eco-friendly, if not all that international.
Artists: Strat Varius, No Brain, Crying Nut, Soil & “PIMP” Sessions, Kim Bada, PIA, Dickpunks, Toxic, Romantic Punch, Kingston Rudieska, humanrace, Galaxy Express, dear cloud, Yellow Monsters, Remnants of the Fallen, Stoned
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