May 9-10 | Seoul World DJ Festival at Nanji Park
The third annual Seoul World DJ Festival (SWDF) comes to the capital this May with an impressive line-up, exciting events and a party weekend in store for all dance fans. Taking place at Nanji – Jigu at Han River Park between 9th and 10th May, embrace a weekend full of the best techno, dance and house music in the biggest outdoor DJ festival of the year.
This year’s theme comprises of ‘to dance the night away’ as the DJs listed for the 2009 extravaganza see the decks pumping until dawn. Returning to familiar straits, the popular Han-River site is a much established one for revelers of the Korean dance festival. A group of 250 organizers and over 25 DJs from all corners of the globe have brought together a mixture of exhibitions, experiences and performances for this memorable weekend.
Notable DJs will be playing their sets on stage, with main headliner Towa Tei topping the list of acts. The former Dee-Lite member (who hit the spotlight with dance filler “Groove Is In The Heart” in the 1990s), has continued his career as a successful DJ in both Korea and Japan. Kylie Minogue and Ryuchi Sakamoto are amongst the numerous collaborations under his belt as Tei brings his more recent ‘Motivation’ series to the East with much more than a party set in store.
Deepgroove are the duo favorites within the UK dance scene having won DJ magazine’s ‘Best British Breakthrough DJ’ award in 2007 and have performed in a majority of major UK club venues over the last 12 months. Having coined a reputation for being the party players of any festival, their set at SWDF is no exception with their unique niche of chemical rave and electrifying techno coming to your ears.
Scott Pullen is the down under choice, playing the top of the Sydney DJ scene since the 1980s. No stranger to large audiences, Pullen has played at the 2000 Sydney Olympics Closing Party and even made an appearance at the 2008 SWDF. Expect deep, uplifting funky vocal house and enjoy a journey through dirty underground at this year’s festivities.
Ricky Stone hits the decks as Asia’s number one DJ for the fourth year running, and no doubt with some tricks up his sleeves. Stone, who originally hails from Sheffield, England, has experience playing at dance meccas such as Ministry of Sound, The Cross and Eclipse before he set up his new home roots in Hong Kong and has since become the sound of the city across the country’s club scene. Having toured with Sasha, worked with Pete Tong and hundreds of global appearances behind him, Stone’s brand of electronic beats comes to Seoul this May.
Other acts include Daishi Dance, the centre of Sapporo’s thumping dance scene and many local flavors including House Rulez, Beejay and Oriental Funk Stew. Providing a global mix to festivities, DJs from all over the world are bringing their cultural influences to SWDF this year.
Aside from the music, revelers can also enjoy Korean dancing ‘Kang Kang Su Wol Lae’; a ceremonial dance used at such events and a number of chill-out and relaxing activities for party goers to embrace. A range of tents will be on show for those to sit down, cool down or simply rejuvenate as the party continues until dawn.
The festival is aiming for a multi-cultural atmosphere, drawing both locals and non-Koreans to enjoy the biggest dance party this summer. Be it techno, electronic or funky house, there’s going to be more than one DJ in the house. So, whatever your musical tastes, grab yourself some friends and make this year’s Seoul World DJ Festival one to remember.
The Seoul World DJ Festival takes place at Nan-Ji Jigu at Han River Park on 9th and 10th May 2009. Tickets are available by email or at the venue for 50,000 won. Email nanji.tix@gmail for further ticket information.
For more information on the Seoul World DJ Festival (including tickets and directions), please check http://www.myspace.com/worlddjfestival or find the Facebook group or the Facebook page, by using the key words ‘Seoul World DJ Festival’.