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PNU Club Tour

Damn… It’s been a long time – apologies and all the usual garbage excuses about being busy. Let’s get into it.

This weekend in PNU, a great event returns: The Club Tour. This will be the last one of the year… perhaps it is the 3rd or 4th of 2013. Anyways, a local promotor has been throwing together as many local bands and venues as possible for a few years now. It’s always between 10 and 15 bucks and it’s a great way to sample the scene. There are a lot of great bands that aren’t regularly gigging but manage to put together an impressive set for this event.

I missed the last one… but caught the one before. It was there I was introduced to some great bands like the Cowchips, Herz, Sugimoto Ladyland and the Feverdogs as well as caught old favorites Unchained, Every Single Day, Ska Wakers and Hot Pepper Pasta. All the venues are close enough together so that, if perhaps one band doesn’t suit your taste, you can easily get to another stage.

This time around, the venues are Jay Square, Dazzle, Roots and Moo Monk. Lineup and map below:

Oh Rock Bu Jang
Low Feels

Dan Sin Band
Ska Wakers
Sugimoto Ladyland

Woopa Roopa
Moon Scent
Cha Soo Jung
Dal Kom Sseup Seul Han feat. Sora

Jin Lee Project
Jo Yeon Hee
Night Suede
Lee Sang

Club Tour Lineup & Map

Ulsan World Music Fest

Now I know this isn’t technically a Busan event… but it’s close enough and the amount of overseas talent onstage is alarming. There will be folk music from all corners of the world, reggae, disco, hip-hop, jazz. Sometimes, the absence of outside culture here gets to me and I yearn for something different to stretch my brain around. This festival seems designed to do just that.


Held in one of Korea’s most economically robust cities, the festival itself is in it’s 46th year. Also, this is the first year there will be a conference held called the Asia Pacific Music Meeting which aims to connect artists, promoters and other industry folk from around the world. It’s an interesting addition that should help the lineup grow even bigger in the future. However, as it sits today, this festival is no joke.

Sadly, my computer doesn’t jive with the music festival website. Oh to be a mac user in Korea. But the details I am able to glean are as follows: There are 4 venues… I’m not sure if some of them are free or what, but I assume the ‘Open Stage’ is. The lineup is nice in that most acts play a couple times throughout the weekend so it’s easy to see every offering without jeopardizing your usual habits of drinking shitty beer in some dive. I found the Korean version of the website is more extensive than than the English one.

Skip & Die

If you can help it, don’t miss Tahuna Breaks (NZ reggae/funk) or Che Sudaka (Cumbia/ska). A lot of the Korean acts look like very interesting modern riffs on traditional gugak and pansori (Coreyah, Song-Hee) in addition to old favorites like Yaya and Surisuri Mahasuri. And then there are lots of random musics that I’d probably otherwise never get a chance to see like Skip & Die (hip hop, electro, random coolness), Bajofondo (tango), Breabach (Celtic), and Muzsikas (Hungarian Folk). One act that I am excited to see is a funky homegrown outfit called Sultan of the Disco. The band is spot on and the singers seem to have a choreographed thing going on that it seems only Koreans can pull of these days (although that’s up for debate).

So here’s an English lineup. The festival runs from October 3rd through the 6th. Most of these acts are worth checking out. Don’t miss this opportunity for some full on world culture up in ya face-piece!


This Weekend, PNU Rocks

Zero Festival gets down this weekend in PNU with all types of sonic goodness.

Yamagata Tweakster

Yamagata Tweakster

This is a yearly festival put on by AGIT, the local artist/musician collective. They always manage to bring a great slice of well known local acts together for decent street parties around the city. The music portion of the festival is just a small bit of what’s going on. There is also live painting, exhibits, forums, networking events and all other stuff artsy folk might be interested in.

The music will take place in a few different spots around the PNU area (English Info Here). There will be a free stage at the PNU main gate… and you can pay to get into any of the 4 clubs over the course of Friday and Saturday night. I believe the tickets are 20,000 won at the door of any club. There is too damn much going on to highlight it all so here is where I’d personally spend my time:

Friday: The outdoor stage looks pretty great with local punks YelloLoko playing early and brass band bonanza, Bascussion, playing later. Bascussion is not some old lame polish oompah. These guys seriously kick ass. Their sound is straight off of Bourbon Street. Since they are playing for free Friday night, I implore you not to miss them.

After the outdoor stage closes down, head to Soul Trane and catch 4 of the best bands to currently be playing in Busan: Sidecar, Genius, Danobannon and Spooky. Genius recently got back to the Bu after a US tour this past summer. Gonna be a good show.

Of course, the other venues, Roots and Moo Monk will be hoppin’ too. Check it all out.

Saturday: Wake up by 2pm because you need to get to the PNU main gate by 4 to check out Yamagata Tweakster. This guy is a legend. Performance art, sweet beats, audience participation… he does it all and he does it by himself. Also at the main gate, check out Kim Il Du, Kim Tae Chun and Unchained. More Busan legends… ’nuff said.

For night time, there are three venues: Punk at Soul Trane, Hiphop at Dazzle or Ska/latin/brass at Roots. Take your pick.

The show at roots is going to be PACKED. The lineup is Ska Wakers, Bascussion from Seoul and South Carnival from Jeju. I’m kicking myself for having to be out of town this weekend.

I’m not quite sure how the price of admission works… but I’m sure it’ll all be explained at the door to the first club you go in. Have fun!