Thanks to my amazing advisor, Hyunjoon Shin (for those who can read it, his Korean language music webzine, weiv, is worth checking out) I’ll be attending the Pentaport Rock Festival in Incheon this weekend! It set off yesterday on Friday with a big-name line up and “hip hop” focus, part of a promotional event for the 2011 World Championship Games, sponsored by Toyota. It continues for two more days, so I’ll be catching the tail end of the second day tonight, and most of the final day, Sunday.
I’m really excited. It was one of my goals before coming here to attend one of Korea’s crazy summer music concerts, and it’s actually coming true! Aside from the relative expense of tickets, I got caught up in a deluge of research and deadlines which left me with little thought for social events. I’m really not the party type either, so I may regret the disrespectful crowds and noise and cancer smoke very soon, and a little worried about night transportation back and possibly missing church tomorrow… but for now I’ll just bring my bible and a change of clothes! I’m pumped up to go out and see it all!
Further information for those more interested in going, what Pentaport is, or the history of music festivals in Korea, read on.