Concerts to Rock Independence Day
By Han Sang-hee
Korea's 63rd Liberation Day falls on Aug. 15, and music fans can celebrate the memorable holiday with various concerts.
Foremost is Seo Tai-ji, Korea's most popular rock singer, who returns after more than two years to hold his concert ETP FEST (Eerie Taiji People Festival). The two-day concert will be held Aug.14 and 15.
Seo started out his music career as the main vocalist of hit group ``Seo Tai-ji and Boys'' in 1992. The phenomenal group disbanded in 1996 and members went their separate ways, with Seo going solo as a rock singer.
The 36-year-old singer made headlines with his comeback early this month. Dubbed ``Culture President,'' the singer proved that he still had what it takes by selling more than 100,000 copies of his new single ``SeoTaiji 8th Atomos Part Moai'' on the first day of its release.
Various rock artists from around the world are joining the concert. They include Japanese bands such as Dragon Ash, Maximum the Hormone, Monkey Majik and Yamaarashi and American bands Death Cab for Cutie, The Used and top heavy metal performer Marilyn Manson.
On the first night of the concert, local groups Clazziquai, Crying Nut, Dr. Core 911 and Epik High will appear for fans. Japanese artists Shinichi Osawa and Daishi Dance will also perform.
The second night will be the highlight of the whole event, with Seo finally appearing in front of fans.
For more information, visit www.etpfest.com (English, Japanese and Korean) or www.ticketlink.co.kr. All tickets cost 132,000 won and fans can attend both concerts with one ticket.
SM Town Live
SM Entertainment, home of former pop groups like H.O.T, S.E.S and current group TVXQ, is holding a special concert for K-pop fans.
Held Aug. 15, the ``SM Town Live 08'' will start at 5 p.m. and continue for five hours. TVXQ, Super Junior, Girls' Generation, Cheon Sang Ji Hee the Grace and SHINee, among others will perform separately and together. Singer BoA, will also appear, her first performance in Korea in nine months.
``The concert will be the first grand-scale performance SM is holding for fans, and we have prepared various events and also a special seat section for families,'' a concert organizer said.
This concert will also mark the start of the agency's Asian tour, which will visit Beijing, Shanghai, Thailand and Bangkok.
SM Entertainment was launched in 1995 by former singer Lee Soo-man and started the K-pop craze with artists like H.O.T. Shinhwa, BoA and TVXQ.
SM Town Live 08 will be held at the Jamsil Main Stadium Aug. 15. Tickets cost from 22,000 won to 66,000 won. For more information, visit www.ticket.auction.co.kr.
Dongducheon Rock Festival
Dongducheon, Gyeonggi Province will rock to well-known Korean and foreign artists Aug. 15-17. Coming on the heels of the Pentaport Rock and Busan Rock festivals, the 10-year old Dongducheon Rock Festival will offer music from local bands such as N.E.X.T., Baekdusan, Crying Nut, Crash and artists like Kim Jong-seo, Moon Hee-jun, Kang San-eh and Maya. Baekdusan, one of Korea's oldest rock groups, returns to the stage for the first time in 20 years, while the former leader of hit boy band H.O.T. Moon is appearing as a solo rock singer. Japanese bands will also join the festival, including Out Rage, Survive, Nicotine. ANTHRAX, one of the world's best-known metal groups will also greet Korean fans for the first time.
A one-day ticket costs from 27,500 won to 33,000 won, a two-day ticket 50,000 won to 55,000 won and a three-day ticket 66,000 won. For more information, visit www.krock21.net or call (031) 859-5815.