Pop rock and indie

In the crazy world of K-pop, where you can have a “comeback” without ever having announced your retirement, you can, according to the below PR, also have an international tour before you officially “debut”. Now having had their debut, the new K-pop group K.A.R.D are already seasoned travelers and are coming to the University of […]

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Event news: G-Dragon tour comes to London and Birmingham

by Events Editor 4 August 2017
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After the full group came to London in 2012, G-DRAGON returns on his own to play at the National Exhibition Centre and Wembley Arena. His agency, YG, comments “G-DRAGON has built quite a name for himself by participating in high profile fashion shows and events. However, now G-DRAGON’s fans in Europe will actually be able […]

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Event news: K-music 2017 — Kingston Rudieska, 23 Oct

by Events Editor 21 July 2017
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Kingston Rudieska bring the Caribbean summer to Autumn in London: Kingston Rudieska Monday 23 October 2017, 8:30pm Borderline | Orange Yard | Manette St | Soho | London W1D 4JB Book tickets Seoul may not be first city you think of when you say “Ska!”, but there is a fanatical ska and reggae movement there, […]

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Event news: K-music 2017 — AUX, 15 Oct

by Events Editor 21 July 2017
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This concerts promises to be intensely exciting, and Rich Mix is the perfect venue for it. AUX (억스) Rich Mix | 35-47 Bethnal Green Road | London E1 6LA | richmix.org.uk Sunday 15 October 2017, 8:30pm Book tickets Psychedelic pansori-rock from Korea crashlands in Shoreditch en route to the Womex festival. AUX bring together screaming […]

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K-music 2017: full programme announced

by Events Editor 9 July 2017
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It seems wrong to be posting details of events in the Autumn when summer has only just started, but I’m a great believer in being able to plan your diary a couple of months in advance, and there’s lots here that you will want to come along to. K-Music 2017: Full Programme Announced 15 September […]

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Event news: London Korean Festival 2017 with Feel Korea

by Events Editor 15 June 2017
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As part of KOREA/UK 2017-18, the London Korean Festival 2017 with Feel Korea offers day-long family festival and then an evening K-Pop concert at Olympia on 8 July. London Korean Festival 2017 with Feel Korea Olympia London | Hammersmith Road | Kensington | London W14 8UX Saturday 8 July 2017, 11am – 10pm Both daytime […]

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Love X Stereo at the Windmill – both intimate and euphoric

by Philip Gowman 17 May 2017
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Many thanks to Annie Ko and Toby Hwang for a fantastic gig down in Brixton on Monday night. Featuring tracks from their recently-released album 37A – the first fruits of their crowdfunded project for 2017 in which they aim to release 37 songs during the course of the year – as well as earlier albums, […]

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Gig news: Monotones + Billy Carter @ Nambucca

by Events Editor 14 May 2017
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Sadly going head-to-head with the Barberettes and Sultan of the Disco at Borderline, the Monotones and Billy Carter will be performing at Nambucca in North London the same evening. You can also catch the Monotones at The Great Escape in Brighton on 20 May; and Billy Carter will also appearing at London’s Red Room on […]

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Gig news: Love X Stereo at the Windmill and Alleycat

by Events Editor 13 May 2017
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Definitely one to go to. Two London appearances to choose from, following their appearance at Focus Wales on 12 May. Love X Stereo (Korea) The Windmill Brixton | 22 Blenheim Gardens | London SW2 5BZ | www.windmillbrixton.co.uk Mon 15 May 2017 8:00 PM (Entry Requirements: 18+) (+ Jerskin Fendrix) Alleycat Bar & Club | 4 […]

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Event news: The Barberettes + Sultan of the Disco @ Borderline

by Events Editor 25 April 2017
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It’ll be nice to see the Barberettes again, and this time they are joined by Sultan of the Disco for a fun filled evening of retro-chic (note that this event was originally scheduled for the previous day at a venue in Camden). K-Music Showcase: The Barberettes + Sultan of The Disco Tuesday 23 May 7pm […]

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Event news: Grace Kim + Rusty Filament @ Cargo

by Events Editor 13 March 2017
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Those of you who came along to the opening night of the Korean Artists Association residency in January this year will have enjoyed the three-song set performed by Rusty Filament. There’s another chance to hear them, this Saturday in Shoreditch, along with the wonderful Grace Kim, an R&B singer based in Liverpool. Brin’it Sound’s First […]

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LKL’s evening with Zion.T in Kentish Town

by Philip Gowman 19 February 2017
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On the very rare occasions when I go to a big popular music concert I usually end up wondering why. A couple of years ago I queued for ages to get into the cheap seats (£77) for Big Bang’s gig in Wembley Arena. At least they didn’t have a support act, and worked hard to […]

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Tickets still available for Zion.T’s concert on 17 Feb

by Events Editor 12 February 2017
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At the time of writing, tickets are still available for Zion.T’s concert on 17 February. His latest album was released earlier this month, and is available on iTunes. You can catch some tracks from the support act, Choice 37, on SoundCloud. More details on the Cult of Ya’s event page. Zion.T in London O2 Forum […]

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The reviews of ZICO’s London gig

by Philip Gowman 12 January 2017
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The general verdict is that ZICO’s 5 January gig in Camden was 40 minutes of excellence, but as for the rest of it, well it wasn’t what people paid for. A couple of vlogs below, first from KpopSteve: and second from GZBKarma: … and a couple of reviews – from KondaKorea | MACG Magazine | […]

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Gig review: Asian Chairshot + Danpyunsun and the Sailors @ RichMix

by 앤서방 20 December 2016
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앤서방 reviews the second of 2016’s K-music festival gigs at Rich Mix  Each year I look forward to visits from Korean indie musicians to the UK. Starting with ska-punk rabble rousers Crying Nut’s thrilling London show in 2006, over the years we have been treated to some of the most interesting, exciting and original acts: […]

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Liberation Day gets international premiere at IDFA

by Philip Gowman 24 November 2016
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Morten Traavik, the man who brought us a North Korean accordion quintet covering a Norwegian synthpop track, now gives us a documentary about a Slovenian art-rock band performing versions of songs from The Sound of Music in North Korea. Read a review of the “documentary musical” Liberation Day in the Guardian. More info on Morten […]

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K-indie on BBC World Service

by Philip Gowman 20 November 2016
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Bernie Cho of DFSB Kollective (@DFSB_Kollective) presented a 50-minute programme for BBC World Service Radio this weekend highlighting some of the freshest indie sounds from Korea. Bernie interviews all the musicians and we get a few videos as well on the BBC website. The playlist is as follows: Goonam: Jangdan, from their 2011 album Woojung […]

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