Hey guys. It’s june, so this week let’s all take a break from partying and instead wake up early on Saturday and Sunday morning to spend the weekend out in the sun.
Haha just kidding. What, you didn’t think I was serious, did you? I mean, sure, we should definitely take advantage of the great weather by spending some time outdoors, but that doesn’t mean we have cut back on our partying. Just sleep less! The way I see it, I’ll have plenty of time to sleep when I’m dead ;)
With that said, this week the party starts on Thursday night…
What’s up, SeoulGrid? Ok, before we start, I have to get something off my chest — Gui Boratto’s show at Eden on Saturday was unbelievable. This wasn’t a club night; it was an experience.
Around 3am, the slow build of the night reached its climax, and something transformed inside of me. Intoxicated by the music, I forgot the fact that I was stone-sober. The hot girls surrounding me on the dancefloor likewise became irrelevant. And my friend texting me that there was a crazy after-party going on at Sinsa Mansion was worlds away. The music was so good that nothing else mattered.
Near the end of his set he even dropped his signature track, “Beautiful Life” — a track that he has professed in interviews he doesn’t like to play at every show, only when he’s truly enjoying the crowd. Club Eden (and show attendees), consider yourself blessed. I dare say that in terms of music, this was the best performance I’ve ever seen. Truly a legendary night.
Ok, I feel better. Now we can get started with this week! We’ve got the amazingly talented French duo Beat Torrent, the tech-house precision of James Zabiela, and the soothing orchestral sounds of Daishi Dance, among other things. I’m going to try a different format this week: one that minimizes the amount of formatting I have to do to get this thing posted, and saves me a lot of time. So sorry if it doesn’t look as pretty, but if it really irks you, feel free to volunteer a few hours every week to help me out ;) Here we go…
What’s up SeoulGrid? James here, with big Vol. 10, and that calls for some sort of celebration! This week, Friday is a national holiday, so get ready for another three-day weekend of festivities.
On Thursday night we have two great DJs coming in: DJ Falcon and Zombie Nation. Friday’s a bit quiet. But on Saturday afternoon, we can all enjoy the fine weather with a brunch buffet and mamosas on the rooftop of Platoon. Then on Saturday night, one of the most raved about DJs of the last year is coming to Eden: Gui Boratto.
What’s up, SeoulGrid? I hope everyone had a good time at World DJ Fest. A few members of the SeoulGrid team and I got there around 4pm, and I think I finally got to sleep at 8am. Ridiculous night, from which it probably took me three days to recover. My favorite moment, however, was after the festival when we went for Kamjatang at sunrise, only to find half of the restaurant (who were clearly Festival attendees) passed out face down at their tables.
Kamjatang Restaurant, or Cheap Hotel?
Moving on, this weekend we’re graced with not one top 100 DJ, but three. Yes, you read that correctly: three of the best DJs in the world are all coming to Seoul in the same weekend — Benny Benassi, Mark Knight, and Ferry Corsten. On top of that, on Friday night there’s a show with the Brown Eyed Girls at Heaven, and on Saturday night Tiger JK (of Drunken Tiger) and a few Korean rock groups are pairing up with some of Seoul’s top electro DJs to put on a show at Walkerhill.
Hah. And you thought you could finally take a break from partying this week.
The weather’s finally heating up, and just in time, as the event we’ve been waiting weeks for is finally here – Seoul World DJ Festival is this weekend! For those new to the scene, World DJ Fest is an outdoor music festival on the Han River. It boasts four Stages with nearly 50 artists and DJs playing electronica, rock, and hip-hop music. And most importantly, it lasts from 2pm on Saturday until 6am Sunday morning, so you can party for 16 hours straight (if you’re so inclined… and physically capable). Yes, it goes without saying that this is one of the biggest party events in Korea. [Read more after the jump.]
But that’s not all we have in store this weekend — this Thursday marks the one year anniversary of the First Thursdays Afterwork parties, and this time it’s being hosted in one of my all-time favorite venues in Seoul. [Wow, lots of parties are turning one year old recently.] Oh, and Friday’s not half bad either.
I guess what I’m really trying to say is, Monday is going to be rough for all of us. You know, I think normal people use the weekend to catch up on sleep — we partiers spend the rest of the week trying to recover from the weekend. So I hope you’re well rested, and without further ado, let’s get started, shall we?
What’s up, SeoulGrid? Hope everyone had fun last week — I know I had a blast in Japan! But as fun a city as Tokyo is, I have to say, I’m definitely glad to be back in Seoul this weekend. I honestly don’t think there’s anywhere in the world that parties harder than we do ;)
This weekend starts off on Thursday, as we’ve got Kanye West’s DJ coming to Seoul and you wouldn’t want to miss it. So without further ado, let’s check out what this weekend has to offer…
What’s up, SeoulGrid? Sorry about the delay in posting up 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 just really irresponsible, and I spent the past week catching up on "Lost" instead of working on SeoulGrid. Look, I'm sorry, alright?!]
Midterms finish up this week for the university students among us, and you know what that means — the clubs are going to be wild this weekend in celebration. A few quick updates… The good: Club Heaven has free entry Friday night! The bad: Club Volume is still closed on Friday (and maybe Saturday too?) for renovations. 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, I’ll still be partying hard on the other side of the East Sea. Unfortunately for me, I’m gonna miss some great shows in Seoul this weekend.
Read on to find out what’s up, and prepare yourselves for yet another epic weekend of the chaotic debauchery that is Seoul’s club scene…
What’s up SeoulGrid — everyone have fun last weekend? I know I had a blast at Funkagenda, and I heard from tons of people that Oakenfold was epic. I even know one diehard clubber who hit up Volume, Answer, and Eden all on Saturday night so as to not miss anything. [Haha, I hope he's reading this -- rock on bro.]
No Paul Oakenfolds this week, but that doesn’t mean we can’t party hard. Unfortunately, Club Volume is closed again to finish renovations (these things always seem to take longer than expected), and should be opening finally next Friday. Fortunately, one of the other clubs has a really unique DJ coming in this weekend who’s supposed to put on an awesome show. Keep reading for the lowdown… Read the rest of this entry »
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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=""/>