London Korean Links

Covering things Korean in London and beyond since 2006

Gig Review: Korea Rocks at the Barfly

It was a cold a windy day in Camden on Sunday, something easily forgotten at Barfly thanks to the energy that filled the venue during the four hours of Korea Rocks. I like the Barfly venue – just the right size space for a gig to feel busy but intimate, and the whole place as … [Read More]

Tour review: Korea Rocks UK Tour

With explosive noise and thudding bass line, Apollo 18 launched the headline Korea Rocks gig in the South East. The whole room shook, and you wondered whether the beams supporting the floor were able to take the vibration. As energy levels increased further the long hair of the lead guitarist flew back and forth – … [Read More]

Korea Rocks profile #2: Galaxy Express

Four top bands are coming to the UK this month as part of the Korea Rocks tour presented by Hyundai Card Music. Here’s a profile Galaxy Express, who featured in LKL’s Critics’ Choice for 2011. Award-winning South Korean rockers Galaxy Express formed in 2006 in Seoul. The trio of guitarist/vocalist Jonghyun Park, bassist/vocalist Juhyun Lee, … [Read More]

Four top Korean rock bands come to the UK

Thanks to Anna over at for telling us the good news. Hyundai Cards have been promoting Korean indie music with videos and live performances at their Hongdae popup store, and now are bringing for top bands to the UK. The bands are Galaxy Express, Apollo 18, Goonamguayeoridingstella and Gate Flowers, and gives us … [Read More]

LKL Critics’ Choice 2011: Philip

2011 all told was not a bad year for K-pop, and K-indie too is reaching listeners through more outlets. My own record-buying was somewhat slower than in previous years, but nevertheless I picked up enough to have a lot of rejects in my pile. And here are five of the disks that will stay with … [Read More]