Summer + Live Music = Fun!

Written by on May 29, 2014 in Arts, Travel

Warm weather begs people to head outside and is there a better place to head than one with live music? Check out this list with the top music festivals to get your toes tapping this summer season. Grab some friends, grab some blankets and grab some shades and head outside for some blasting good fun at a music festival near you.

1. Greenplugged

May 31, 2014 & June 1, 2014

5th Greenplugged May 4 2014Don’t be confused. This festival was originally slated to be held on May 3rd and 4th but was postponed to the new dates seen above. Held at Nanji Park on the Hangang River, this festival started in 2010 aiming to provide music while also promoting environmental awareness.

Saturday look forward to the likes of: One Punch, Broken Valentine, Yellow Monsters, Go Go Boys, Pia, Deli Spice, Club 505, Human Race, Casker, Nell & more.

The Sunday line-up includes: Galaxy Express, Every Single Day, Newton, Nemesis, Go Go Star, Dick Punks, Mintgray, Vanilla Acoustic & more.

Where: Nanji Park, Seoul, Korea

Tickets: Door Price: 1 day tickets are W77,000



2. Rainbow Island Music Festival

May 31, 2014 & June 1, 2014

Rainbow Island music festivalStarted in 2011, this festival is everything you could want in a summer festival from live music to camping on a beautiful island. Taking a trip to Nami Islandduring normal times is a must, but if you have the opportunity to head there while the festival is taking place, even better.

This year, the line-up includes: Kim Changwan Band, Peppertones, Rose Motel, Besweet, Standing Egg, Beenzino, Kumka, Like Likes, Rainbow 99, The Barberettes and Tatles.

Where: Nami Island, Chuncheon, Gangwon Province

Tickets: Two Day Tickets: W66,000 + a Camping Pass to stay the night

Camping Pass: W11,000/ 2-3 People: W66,000/ 4-6 People: W88,000


3. UMF Festival

June 13, 2014 & June 14, 2014

UMF Korea posterUMF doesn’t need much of an introduction. This festival takes place in venues all over the world and fans in Seoul enjoy the stop. Artists this year include: M.I.A, Empire of the Sun, Beat Burger, Benjamin, Idiotape, Infected Mushroom, Blasterjaxx, Far East Movement, Brass Knuckles, Paul Van Dyke and Nervo just to name a few. Get your tickets soon as only a limited supply are available!

Where: Olympic Stadium, Seoul, Korea

Tickets: 2 Day Ticket W130,000 (Limited supply left)*


4. Exit Soundholic Festival

June 21, 2014 & June 22, 2014

Exit Soundholic FestivalIf you’re looking for some good music and a good time with some of your favorite Korean indie and rock artists, this is the place for you. Artists include: Jaurim, No Brain, Day Break, Crying Nut, Clazziquai, Glen Check, Sugarbowl, Galaxy Express, Romantic Punch, Post Panic, HarryBigButton, Startline, Bascussion and plenty more.

Where: Jamsil Stadium, Seoul, Korea

Tickets: 1 Day: W66,000; 2 Day: W110,000


 5. Incheon Pentaport Rock Festival

August 1, 2014 ~ August 3, 2014

Incheon Pentaport Music FestivalSince 2006, this festival has a been a favorite of fans of rock  and electronic music. The name comes out of the combination of the five main themes of the fest: music, passion, eco-friendly, DIY and friendship. Past performers have included Fall Out Boy, Windy City, Skid Row, Story Of the Year, Snow Patrol, 10cm, Simple Plan, Neon Trees and The Ting Tings.  The first line-up for this year includes: Kasabian, Boys Like Girls, Crash, The Horrors, Orange Suicide, Suicidal Tendencies, Pia, Romantic Punch, Solutions + more

Look for more to be added to the line-up as the festival approaches.

Where: Incheon Dreampark, Incheon, Korea

Tickets: Until May 31, 2014 tickets for the three day pass cost W149,600. Prices will rise until the festival.

By the day of festival, tickets will be: 1 day: W110,000; 2 day: W154,000; 3 day: W187,000*


6. Citybreak Festival

August 8, 2014 & August 9, 2014

Citybreak Festival posterOnly celebrating its second year competing for the summer music fans, City Break  is is building the anticipation with their first line-up which includes: Maroon 5, Psy, Richie Sambora, Nell, Lee Juck, The Neighborhood. Last year more than 75,000 fans rocked out to Metallica, Muse, Iggy and The Stooges among others and this year promises just as much fun with more than 30 acts. Keep watching their site to see who else will be gracing the stage.

Where: World Cup Stadium, Seoul, Korea

Tickets: Until May 31, 2014 early bird tickets will be sold for W230,000, but if you use your Hyundai Card you’ll get a discount and be able to pay W184,000. At the door tickets will be W270,000 or W216,000 if you use your Hyundai Card.*


For the rest of the list to end your summer strong with some more great live music, head on over to The Soul of Seoul to find out about some more great festivals this summer.

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Hallie Bradley

Hallie Bradley writes on her travels in Korea, daily life, the culture and traditions as well as on lessons learned from her Korean husband and in-laws. What was once only going to be a year abroad, has turned into seven and likely many more. She can be followed on Tumblr or Wordpress under the name The Soul of Seoul for up to date articles and pictures.