Giles likes music, but Giles doesn't go to many music festivals. Music festivals are expensive and usually Giles doesn't have the money for festival tickets.
This summer is different......
YES, SIREEEE! Got a bit of dosh, got tickets and a place to stay. The Ilsan Valley Rock Festival started in 2009 and is held on the last weekend of July every year since. I'd never heard of it before, but it seemed like an alright line up and being dragged along helped in my going (cheers, lady). The highlights for me will be: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Travis (2nd time seeing them!), Biffy Clyro (also 2nd time, omg I'm so cool!) and The New Mastersounds (wow.....2nd time too... isn't that amazing?). But srsly I don't really know any of the other bands, but whateverimprobsgonnaenjoyitrightright???
This is where we're staying.... it's not much..... but it's super close to the festival. Gonna be 4 of us sleeping on "futons" in here. It was 60,000 won for 2 nights each. Not cheap, but when the market is like a bazillion thousand festival-goers you can raise the price a wee bit. The floor feels exactly as expected. Rock hard.... but not rock hard, more wood hard cos its wood.
So after settling down and getting all ready for some festivities, we heading out to the festival to watch some people bang some instruments.
The festival was clean and pleasant. Nothing too crazy and no drugged-up loonies trying to buy drugs off us. I would call that a successful start to the weekend.
This is where we waited for the Chilis. The grass was lovely. I hadn't laid on grass for months because Korea rarely has grass and, if they do, it's usually solid and uncomfortable.
As you can see it wasn't particularly buzzing at this point, but then neither was it when the band actually started. It was a pretty small showing. So we just dropped our bags on the mat and headed toward the stage. Leaving stuff and knowing it's safe is awesome.
The biggest shock was how opposite the crowd was to an average day in Seoul. In the subways, and everywhere really, Koreans are rushed and like to push past everyone. It's frustrating in everyday life and has left me with a frowny face many times, but at this festival, I was so surprised to find so much space between each person in the crowd. We easily squeezed through to near the front without any hassle. Pretty weird, pretty cool.
he Chilis were pretty good. Nothing special. Just exactly what you would expect from a Chilis gig really. After that, we had a wonder and found a band at one of the smaller stages that Ji knew..... they were fun. They were called "Norazo" (as you can see from the picture) and they were like a fun, catchy, humorous metal band. I really enjoyed it *maybe more than the Chilis*. I would advise you guys to check them out in these videos, however they are a lot less metal in their recorded stuff:
And finally, after that insane comedy metal, we headed back to our room where we tortured ourselves by sleeping on a floor of pure pain.
Also, I had to add one small piece of Konglish at the bottom.
We didn't go there.... it looked pretty bad.... but we did buy some mats from them :D:D:D:D:D:D
Last but not least, please check out my webtoons page (click the picture). I have comics ready for it, but they aren't up to a high enough standard, so soon enough I will update it, just not with the current crap.