SeoulGrid is going to start keeping an archive of the photographs from the main clubs and parties each weekend. Get your photo snapped at the club and want to see how it turned out? Couldn’t make it to a party and want to see how good it was? Come here each week and check it out.
This week we’re looking at party photos from Michael Canitrot @ Answer, Peter Bailey @ Eden, Jamie Doom (Turntable Lab) @ Heaven, and “The Real Party” @ Heaven.
What’s up, SeoulGrid? I’m sure you all know the deal by now — each week we highlight the best nightlife and club events for in Seoul so you can be sure you don’t miss the hottest parties and DJs for the coming weekend. And believe me — this weekend is hot.
“But James,” you protest. “You say that every weekend.” Ok fine, so I’m easily excited. But seriously, this weekend we have something that will blow you away — his name is Paul Oakenfold. And when it rains it pours (in a good way), as he’s not the only great act coming this weekend. But I’m getting ahead of myself. First, let’s start off with…
What’s up, clubbers — James here, and this is the first of a weekly series that’s intended to keep you up-to-date with each weekend’s club events and parties so you can make your plans accordingly.
Now, I’m not going to waste your time with every small party that gives itself a name and designs a pretty poster. Each week I’m going to stick to the four biggest electronic-music clubs in Seoul (Answer, Heaven, Eden, and Volume), as well as parties that have either proven themselves in the past or look interesting enough to warrant checking out. In other words, I’ll never post a party that I wouldn’t attend myself.
Throughout this series, I will also sometimes award a “top pick” — a recommendation for a party that I think will be better than anything else going on that night. Now, I’m sure there are a few among you who are snickering quietly to yourself and asking, “What does this guy know about the club scene?” Fair enough. It’s my first article, so allow me to provide some background on myself.
My credentials: I’ve been in Seoul for the past year and a half, and during that time the majority of my waking hours have been spent partying harder than could ever be considered sane or healthy. I’ve partied until the sun was high in the sky more times than I can count, and I’ve probably partied more cumulative hours in the past year than you and all of your friends combined. (If you’re reading this and that’s not true, then that means you probably already know me personally. Haha.) Ergo, I’d say I’m as close to an expert on the club scene in Seoul as one could reasonably expect. Yes, that’s me pictured above.
Hey; it’s a tough job, but someone has to do it. So without further ado…
It’s not every day that I get to go over to Hongdae, since it’s a little far from where I live. But make no mistake, Hongdae has one of the liveliest streets in Seoul. Hongdae actually is an abbreviation for Hongik University (Daehak, or 대학). Other universities such as Yongsei and Ewha are located nearby, so Shinchon/Hongdae is the area where the youth controls the scene; restaurants and bars cater to this specific demographic. Prices are lower, and atmosphere is generally rowdier than your average bar in Cheongdam or Shinsa.
Hongdae also boasts the highest club densities in Seoul. There are more than 20 clubs located within the area including M2, NB and Harlem, and on every last Friday of the month, there is Club Day, where pretty much everyone comes out to go club hopping. Essentially, if you pay for cover charge for one club, you get to go into other clubs for free (for participating clubs, that is). In other words, clubs around the area get so packed to a point where you can’t really dance, since you are squashed in the dance floor shoulder-to-shoulder, but at the same time you can’t quite fall down either.
Sometimes you just need your own space – which is the reason why I was rather hesitant to write this article to begin with. I sort of wanted to keep this venue out of everyone’s sight, which I am sure the venue owner will strongly disagree with, but I decided to share my hidden gem with everyone on the site.
The venue in question is titled Social Club, in the middle of Shinsa Garosu-gil. It is located smack in the middle of the main street, right across from 7/11. I ended up checking out the place when I noticed a sign that I didn’t notice before. Fairly conspicuous with its minimalist design, the square sign suggested it must be a new trendy place in Shinsa.
Macaroni Market is by far one of my favorite hangout places in Seoul. It’s not everywhere you can find a cafe & deli for a sandwich and a cup of tea, restaurant space for full course dinner and a private club where you can have a well-made cocktail or two while dancing the night away.
What's up, SeoulGrid? Sorry about the delay in posting the club guide this week. My already crazy week unexpectedly got a bit crazier... [My plane crashed on this mysterious island, then we got attacked by this big black column of smoke, and... Ok, so I'm really irresponsible and I spent the past week catching up on "Lost" instead of writing this article -- look, I'm sorry, alright?!]Quick updates this week: The good, Club Heaven has free entry Friday night! The bad, Club Volume is still closed for renovations until further notice. The ugly, I'll be in Tokyo this weekend, so you all will have to party it up without me. Yeah, I know you'll miss me, but don't worry -- the East Sea won't stop me from giving you the lowdown, and there's lots of good stuff going on this weekend.Read on to find out what's up, and prepare yourselves for yet another weekend of the chaotic debauchery that is Seoul's club scene...
Club Naked shutting down has mixed things up a lot. I remember seeing a lot of these guys at Club Naked back in the day, and now I guess they have a bit of freedom to play at other parties as well.
These guys are really talented -- some of the shows they put on at Naked when it first opened were incredible. (I went to Naked much less frequently in the last months before it closed, so I'm not sure if they continued). Two of them would DJ simultaneously, often creating new music on the fly, blurring the boundary between a DJ set and a live performance.
This party is described as "House Mixset for Driving," so I'm not sure exactly what kind of style to expect, but it reminds me of my midnight drives up I-95 between my college and my hometown. So chug a Red Bull, crank the volume, push the pedal for the floor, and check your review mirror periodically for flashing red and blue lights!
Note that although Club Heaven also lists "Shut Da Mouth" as a guest DJ, I'm not listing because on last week's poster it read:
Anyway, actually guest DJing tonight are Clubber Langz from the UK and Ross Mackay from Ireland. Here's Clubber Langz playing at Elune in Busan with an MC:
Free entry: From what I gather, you can get in this show for free if you arrive before midnight and say "Clubber Langz" at the desk. So if you've been wanting to check out the club scene but don't feel like paying a W30,000 cover, here's your chance.
A friend of a friend just saw Kavinsky in Tokyo and said that the show was incredible. People are calling him the next generation of French Electro, following in the footsteps of Daft Punk and Justice. After listening to his stuff, I can say his style is definitely one-of-a-kind.
Think synth film scores from the '80s. Think SNES. Think Knight Rider meets Tron. [Speaking of SNES, did anyone here play Mega Man II? This game had one kickass soundtrack. Ok I'm a huge dork.] Anyway, If I wanted to sum up Kavinsky's style in a word, I would have to go with "Neo-Retro," if that makes any sense. So it's like he came from some strange alternate universe where the '80s was awesome.
Check out more of his music on Kavinsky's Myspace. If you like what you hear, then I'll see you Saturday!
This duo goes under the name "Masters at Work" or MAW. The video I posted is a bit more upbeat than a lot of their stuff, but it was the highest quality video I could find. For the most part their style seems to be a kind of funky, soulful minimal house with some Latin influence. Definitely an ineresting sound if it's your style.
What did you guys think of the new layout for this installment? Easier to navigate? Like it? Hate it? Let me know in the comments.Next week we should finally see Club Volume reopen permanently, a thus our weekend megaclubbing options will increase by, well, 33.33%. And with so many options, it can be confusing to decide where to party. But fear not, dear reader! That's what we're here for. So tune in again next week for the lowdown on what's happening in the Seoul club world. Party hard, SeoulGrid!JamesAttn: Promoters: Want to make sure your party gets included in a weekly update? Send an email to email@example.com with the information and flyer. We’ll check it out, and if it meets our standards we’ll include it. Thanks!&h=60&w=100&zc=1" alt=""/>