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Roots Space 공간루츠

This place is one of the newest venues in Busan. It’s not exactly a venue, but more a utility space for local ska band, Ska Wakers. They built it themselves… from the multi-colored wooden bricks decorating the mezzanine to the 15 foot high Bob Marley mural that dominates the wall behind the stage. There is a small bar that serves coffee, soda and beer on some nights… so long as you deposit a modest donation into the Roots fund.

Roots Space

Usually, the sound system is just a small PA that does a decent enough job. A couple times I’ve seen a much larger rented system for bands like Windy City and Kingston Rudieska. The atmosphere is great… there are places for everyone to enjoy the show. You can chill on the couches off to the side or revel right along with the band. It’s definitely got that house party vibe with the band just raised a few inches off the dance floor. The balcony is another chill spot to sit and take it all in. 

Kingston Rudieska @ Roots

Kingston Rudieska @ Roots

To find out about what shows are going on at Roots Space, the easiest way is to check out their facebook page. Usually they only advertise the bigger shows though, and it’s all in Korean. It isn’t super easy to find either. It’s in an alley and there isn’t a sign or anything… just a door that leads underground. Which is pretty cool actually. After you find the nondescript door, follow the metal stairs down into the dark with the thump and hum of live music gradually getting louder and suddenly you emerge into what feels like a secret party that only you and a handful of fellow music-lovers know about.

Roots Space Map

If your Korean isn’t too hot, the black dot in the bottom left is the PNU subway station. Walk up the street towards the university, past Busan Bank. Turn right at the eye glasses store. There’ll be an alley on the left and it’s at the back of that on the right.



Mission Statement

Music. It’s been part of me for every step I’ve taken in this life. I’ve studied, taught, performed, promoted and produced. Since moving to Korea 4 years ago, music has taken control. This has opened the door to a vibrant music scene that perhaps many people don’t realize is happening right under their noses. Even when Korean promotors and bands actively pursue foreigners for attendance at their shows, all the necessary info is rarely translated or distributed properly. There are amazing artists that are doing their thing in dingy basement clubs and most expats never know.

I’m no insider. But I do find myself regularly trying to get my friends to see bands that I find incredibly interesting. Hopefully, if you’re reading this blog, you’ll learn about a new venue or festival or band that will change the way you think about arts in Busan.