Jisan Valley Rock Festival 2009

Click Play. The Airborne Toxic Event – Sometime Around Midnight

A couple of weekends ago was the Jisan Valley Rock Festival (지산 배리 록 페스티벌), and I think I’ve finally recovered from it. Bands included Weezer, The Airborne Toxic Event, Fall Out Boy, Lee Han Chul and the Run Run Runaways (이한철), Jimmy Eat World, Deli Spice (델리스파이스), Starsailor and Oasis.

I hadn’t listened to Weezer that much since high school, so it was awesome hearing songs like Buddy Holly (video here), Say It Ain’t So (and here)… Rivers Cuomo really got the crowd going when he started speaking Korean.

A nice surprise was The Airborne Toxic Event which I hadn’t heard of before that weekend. It was probably my favorite show of the festival.

Great live performance of The Airborne Toxic Event

Great live performance of The Airborne Toxic Event

Anna Bulbrook jumping into the crowd.

Anna Bulbrook jumping into the crowd.

Fall Out Boy put a lot of energy into their performance…a lot of fun!

Fall Out Boy rocking out in Korea.

Fall Out Boy rocking Korea.

Lee Han Chul started talking about his European tour, when my friends around me started yelling that I was French. So he told me “Buenos Dias”. Hmm yeah, a little off target, but cool anyway.

Lee Han Chul: singled me out in the crowd.

Lee Han Chul: singled me out in the crowd.

Say "Yeah!"

Big boy

One cool thing with the Korean rock bands is that the crowd actually knew the lyrics. Deli Spice is a famous rock band here, and this song is probably their biggest hit.

Korean rock band Deli Spice

Korean rock band Deli Spice

The festival's main stage.

The festival's main stage.

Of course the performances were cool, but half the fun was just camping, hanging out, meeting people and soaking it all in.

Lots of hippie-ish clothes to be seen.

Lots of hippie-ish clothes to be seen.

Alec, and the t-shirt from his Rock Day bar in Suyu.

Alec, and the t-shirt from his Rock Day bar in Suyu.

Another balloon is lost...

Another balloon is lost...

Peace and love.

Peace and love.

The Mimi Sisters.

The Mimi Sisters.

Food and drinks weren’t allowed into the festival grounds, but they didn’t actually enforce the rules until the third day. That’s when the water guns became even more useful.

Sneaking beer into the festival required some imagination.

Sneaking beer into the festival required some imagination.

Jet.

Jet.

I still like messing with people:

Not the right time to fall asleep...

Not the right time to fall asleep...

Around 20,000 people showed up by Sunday, with many wanting to see Oasis.

Jisan's closing performance: Oasis.

Jisan's closing performance: Oasis.

Apparently, a war is over.

Apparently, a war is over.

During the Oasis show I somehow decided it’d be a good idea to sneak past security and go backstage. I didn’t get to meet Oasis, but I did skin my knees and meet these models.

Skinned knees.

Skinned knees.

Teddy bears are cool?

Teddy bears are cool?

Don't Look Back in Anger...

Don't Look Back in Anger...

Me.

Me.

The end of three rockin' days...

The end of three rockin' days...

My friend Alec made a video of our trip, with a lot of my pictures. Feel free to check it out here.

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~ by nathanhendrix on August 4, 2009.

3 Responses to “Jisan Valley Rock Festival 2009”

  1. There’re just one photo of mine.
    but it is so funny.

    I hope to see you again.
    Bye 🙂

  2. nathan! i found this festival awesome!!!! great beautiful pictures. i went to Oasis concert here in brazil, they’re amazing
    hope you’re doing fine

  3. Glad to see rock scene alive in S.Korea.
    Let’s bring Rammstein next year.

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