Keun Soli is ecstatic that 2016’s Big Day South will be held in our home town of Gwangju. The annual event, hosted by Angle Magazine, boasts another impressive lineup of bands, artists poets and more. Here, we’ve chosen a few of the best.
One of a few acts representing Gwangju at this years Big Day South is eccentric pop outfit Amazing Visual. This band writes gloriously simple music that they describe as “Adult Children’s Songs.” Their songs contain raunchy lyrics and very grown-up themes but the music itself is like something from a pre-school TV show. The reason for this, the band admits, is because they “can’t play difficult things like other bands do”.
As tasty as their music is, Amazing Visual’s USP is their insane live shows bolstered by the bands insane costumes and weird props.
Keun Soli absolutely insists that you go and see Barbie Dolls. Hailing from Busan, they mix punk, alt-rock, rockabilly and surf into their humorous party spread. This is guaranteed to be loads of fun and should not be missed.
57 take their name from an early Biffy Clyro song but being Korean, you would say ‘Oh-Chill’. The Biffy influence doesn’t end with the name as the Scottish rock band are a major influence on 57’s riff heavy and discordant music being majorly inspired by them. As well as their pumping alt rock sounds, 57 build on this with some gentler songs too.
Another band representing Gwangju are skate punkers Betty Ass. These guys formed all the way back in 2002 and, despite 14 lineup changes, founding members Yongwoo and Bum are still thrashing strong.
Last year the band won “House of Vans” best band in Korea award which saw them open up for Pennywise and While She Sleeps on the Vans tour.
The creative individual behind the popular Dear Korea comic series will be doing some live paintings and giving a presentation on her work at Big Day South 2016.
Local arty superstar Jen Len is well known for her short comic strips which accurately point out the humorous aspects of being an expat in Korea. Having just released her first book, Jen Lee will be translating her unique style into a live showcase.
By Jamie Finn (@jamiefinn2209)