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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

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!

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.