Posted on April 21, 2015

>>>>> DoIndie has a bunch of 3 day passes to give away for Chuncheon Top Band Festival (May 1st - 3rd). Details on how to win can be found at the bottom of this article! <<<<<

< Introduction >

Spring is here, and along with cherry blossoms and warmer weather comes anticipation for the many outdoor music festivals that will soon begin to dot the weekends here in Korea. Lucky for music fans, festival season will kick off a little earlier this year with the 2015 Chuncheon Top Band Festival taking place the first weekend in May.  With a rocking lineup, a variety of genres, and three sensational headliners set against a beautiful natural backdrop, the 2015 Chuncheon Top Band Festival is sure to be an exciting one.

The Festvial has booked 26 acts which include some of the biggest bands in the indie music scene as well as some legendary ”first generation” Korean rockers.  The Festival will also include a KBS Top Band Celebration on Friday, May 1st, which will feature bands that fans will recognize from the first two seasons of the survival music show. On Friday and Saturday, the music will go on until 4am, promising to keep the night owls happy and the fans energized.

The Chuncheon Top Band Festival will of course have all the amenities that fans expect to find at a full weekend of music, including a fully-stocked food zone, a bag check area, and a place for camping.  One difference that fans will find in Chuncheon, however, is that there is only one stage. This is great news for those familiar with the struggle of having to run back and forth between stages to catch a certain band at a festival.  So start May off right with a weekend of great music while enjoying the breathtaking natural surroundings of Chuncheon. Get ready for a rocking good time!

< Timetable >

KBS Top Band Season 3  is now in the works, so Friday, May 1st is “Top Band Day”, and features bands that you will recognize from the first two seasons of the show.   Rose Motel is headlining that night, with a solid list of bands leading up, and the music will continue until 4am.  Saturday features some of the biggest bands from the Korean indie scene as well as the legendary Lee Seung Hwan, who will be the highlight of the evening for many. For all of the night owls, DJ Dance Time will start at 2am to keep your feet moving for hours.   Sunday’s timetable begins and ends much earlier, but still promises to deliver on a day of great music, culminating the entire festival with the very well-known and unparalleled Guckkasten.

Friday, May 1st

17:00 : Ta Copy
18:05 : Super Kidd
19:10 : Broken Valentine
20:15 : Harry Big Button
21:20 : PIA
22:25 : Gate Flowers
23:20 : Rose Motel
01:00 : Post Panic
02:05 : Axiz
03:05 : Achtung

Saturday, May 2nd

17:00 : Eniac
18:05 : Peacock
19:10 : Lakin Rad
20:15 : Naty
21:20 : Galaxy Express
22:25 : No Brain
23:20 : Lee Seung Hwan
01:00 : Club 505
02:00 : Special Guest DJ Dance Time

Sunday, May 3rd

14:00 : A’Z Bus
15:05 : Eastern Sidekick
16:10 : Han Sangwon Band
17:15 : Hollow Jan
18:20 : Rock ’N’ Roll Radio
19:25 : Crash
20:30 : Guckkasten

< Recommendations >

Since the festival is conveniently organized so that music fans don’t have to spend any time choosing to see one band over another, it’s unlikely you’ll miss any of the awesome music that promises to be there until you get distracted in the food zone for too long.  However, in addition to the headlining acts, here are some other bands not to miss.

Day 1 - Friday May 1st :

On Friday, be sure to check out hard rockers Harry Big Button. Their grungy, guitar-driven heaviness is guaranteed to fuel the fire of all the headbangers in attendance.  When asked about the Festival, Harry Big Button’s frontman Sungsoo Lee commented, “Chuncheon Top Band Festival will be our first outdoor live concert this year... It will also be like a Top Band reunion. Let’s have some great fun together!”

After headliners Rose Motel, stick around for electronic rock band Post Panic. With a brand new lineup as well as some new tunes, be ready to dance along to this dynamic band.  The group’s new drummer, Chris Denny, told Do Indie that  “We’re very excited about this festival because it’s going to be the first festival with the new lineup, so it’s going to be interesting and I think it’s also going to help us progress as a band, too. We’re also really excited to playing on the same stage as bands like Harry Big Button because they’re friends of ours. It should be fun.”

Closing out the night will be the incredibly talented trio that is Achtung. Their original acoustic rock is bound to end the festival’s first day on a happy note. They are definitely worth staying up late for, so don’t miss it!

Day 2 - Saturday May 2nd :

Saturday’s lineup is full of huge names and the kinds of acts that always guarantee a great live performance.  Galaxy Express and No Brain are indie music superstars, and as back-to-back acts leading up to Lee Seung Hwan, it’s unlikely that anyone will want to take a break. Galaxy Express’ JuHyun Lee mentioned that the band was looking forward to “…making a lot of good memories,,,” and feeling “…full of energy in the warm May air by the lakes in Chuncheon.  Rock and Roll!”

Day 3 - Sunday May 3rd :

Finally, the unmatched A’Z Bus starts off the last day of the festival, and though they have gained in popularity since winning the 2014 K-Rookies competition, there are still not nearly enough people watching this amazing band.  With their hard-driving guitars, infectious, foot-stomping drum beats and unmatched electric and impassioned vocals, they are sure to blow away the entire crowd.  Wooju, the band’s vocalist and guitarist said, “I was really glad when I got a call from the Top Band Festival.  While working with another band, I competed in Top Band 2, but it did not go well, so I wanted to try for Top Band 3.  So, I am really excited for those three-days….”

Later, you can “Shut Up and Dance” to the musical stylings of Rock ‘N’ Roll Radio, who promise to have you bobbing your head and jumping around while enjoying the last few hours of the festival.

< Directions >

Chuncheon, “The City Surrounded by Lakes”, is located in the northern part of the Gangwon province.  Buses to Chuncheon leave from Seoul’s major bus terminals at regular intervals throughout the day, but people using public transportation would be wise to take one of the trains available, as the festival will be running shuttle buses from Chuncheon Station to the venue throughout the weekend. By train, travel from Sangbong Station (Jungang Subway Line) to Chuncheon Station is about one hour and 30 minutes. You can also take an ITX train from Yongsan or Cheongyangri.

Venue Address: Chuncheon City, Samcheon-dong 392 next to the Waterfront Park

If you are driving to the site, parking is free and there will be multiple parking lots available.

< Tickets >

Regular tickets are currently available on Interpark at the following prices:

1-Day Ticket: 77,000 won
2-Day Ticket: 99,000 won
3-Day Ticket: 121,000 won

Tickets will be traded for wristbands upon arrival at the festival and you can buy them here: Interpark


There is also a great group discount offer right now!  If you purchase 20 or more tickets, there is a whopping 50% discount available, which can be applied to one-, two-, or three-day tickets!  For inquiries, call 070- 8886-9219.  So gather your friends and co-workers and meet up with other music-lovers to enjoy life at what is sure to be a great weekend at the 2015 Chuncheon Top Band Festival!

Article : Jamie Gilbert and Brian Gilbert
Korean Translation : 손정은 (Jeong Eun Sohn)

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