Seoul Live Music Festa, WARP Day | March 24, events from 5 pm
There’s a lot going on in this multi-venue festival that spans seven clubs and seven hours in the Hongdae–Sangsu–Hapjeong triangle. Those of you who have short attention spans will appreciate the rapid succession of band after band and the opportunity to traipse along to a new venue every hour or so. Unless of course, you are distracted by that hoddeok cart, or those bright lights over there, or ooh, look, the Makgeolli Man… Concerts at Rolling Hall in Hongdae. Tickets 20,000 won. See website for venue and lineup info.
Save the Air Green Concert #16 with Daybreak, Afternoon | March 24, 6 pm
SangSang Madang pairs up with Jinair this weekend to give us a party with a cause. As the name suggests, proceeds from ticket sales will go to environmental protection groups. Starting off the evening is Daybreak, known for “amazing vocals and witty lyrics.” The night wraps up with Afternoon, an award-winning group founded in 2002. Tickets 20,000 won. SangSang Madang Live Hall.
Kim Toil’s Single Album Showcase | March 25, 7 pm
Recently opened cafe/artspace WAYSOFSEEING hosts singer/songwriter Kim Toil (of Toil Trio fame) for a showcase of his new single album, Wolhwasumokgeumtoil (월화수목금토일). This is the venue’s very first time hosting a performance (“런칭 공연”) so you get to feel extra special. This is virgin ground, my friends, virgin ground. See more of Kim Toil’s sweet, mellow strumming here. Free admission. WAYOFSEEING is at 683-134 Hannam-dong, Yongsan-gu (located next to MMMG, but accessible through a downhill alley parallel to the main Itaewon road).
Festival Bo:m | Through April 18
Staged at multiple venues around the city, Festival Bo:m is an international showcase of interdisciplinary arts that “values the spirit of experimentation and challenge, and places the focus on discovering new artists which are at the heart of the festival.” With both performance and visual arts-based pieces, there’s probably something for (almost) everyone. See the complete program schedule here and check this page before purchasing to confirm that your show of choice isn’t already sold out.
Two exhibitions in Jongno for the weekend
It may not be the balmy early spring we’re hoping for, but this weekend is looking dry (with the exception of Friday) and mild enough to spend crawling the lovely galleries of northern Seoul. If you haven’t already, check out our guide to gallery hopping in Jongno and check up on these new exhibitions:
Desire by Kim Hyun Jung (김현정) | March 15–April 15
At 16 Bungee (Gallery Hyundai). Free admission. Closed Mondays.