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This year introduces a whole new rock festival. Jisan Forest Resort and KBS Media have teamed up to present the first Jisan World Rock Festival this summer, loaded with international and Korean talent: The lineup includes veterans Placebo, Weezer and Jamiroquai, all of whom gained international stardom in the ‘90s. Also present are popular Korean rock bands Crying Nut, No Brain and Lazybone.
This three-day festival — to take place Aug. 2-4 at Jisan Forest Resort near Icheon, Gyeonggi Province — will be packed with rock bands from around the world, from alternative rock crusaders to locally revered funk rockers.
Groove Korea caught up with Weezer for a brief Q&A, where the Angeleno rockers shared some tidbits about what music does for them and what fans can expect at their next visit to the Korean Peninsula.
Since forming in 1992 and pumping out nine studio albums, Weezer has performed in front of millions of fans all over the world, making countless tour memories while doing it.
In the interview, they noted one of their most memorable experiences while on tour — “floating down a river in Zion National Park with Gwen Stefani, playing with the Flaming Lips and Lush.”
In 2009, the last time they were in Korea, Weezer covered “Seven Nation Army,” but the band wouldn’t hint what they’d perform this time around. The only clue came after we jokingly “double-dared” them to perform Psy’s “Gangnam Style.” “I think that’s a really great idea that we’re going to modify with the song, ‘Master of Puppets,’ they suggested.
If 2013 Weezer could tell 1992 Weezer one thing, they say it would be: “Shut up and play.”
What does Weezer get out of music? “A secret knowledge.”
Another band set to take the stage at Jisan World Rock Festival is French pop group Manceau. While the band has only been around since 2010, they’ve already gained a growing global following. In an interview with Groove Korea, the members talked about how their music has evolved in their short history.
Their debut album “On a Mellow Day” can be described as folk pop, but their most recent work, “Life Traffic Jam,” is more electro-pop. “The record has been produced in a different way because we didn’t want to do it on our own. We wanted to feel the danger at the edge of the abyss,” they said.
“We try to dress our songs with different clothes and we wanted ‘Life Traffic Jam’ to be produced as an electro-pop album. We were curious to know how it was going to sound mixing old synthesizers and machines with acoustic guitars. Hot and cold: That’s what we wanted to explore, and that’s also what we did writing the lyrics.”
Manceau embarked on their first Asia tour last year, stopping in China and Japan. Jisan World Rock Festival will be their first visit to Korea.
If your tastes transcend the rock genre, there will be multiple stages and artists to pump out hip-hop and electronic beats. Using the forest as a backdrop, organizers hope to create a one-of-a-kind rock ‘n’ roll experience for festival-goers.
For electronic lovers the World Ska Stage will feature Dr. Ring Ding from Germany and Kingston Rudieska from Korea.
More than 60 bands have been confirmed in the first four lineups, including Jamiroquai, Placebo, Deerhoof, Switchfoot and The Dandy Warhols. A fifth lineup will be revealed shortly.
Complete with camping and food areas, organizers at Jisan Forest Resort have said that convenience is the key to a successful festival.
There are still a few rules to keep in mind: Stay hydrated, help others, and if you find yourself lost in the throngs, “Slam-zone, mosh-pit, whatever you call it … No throwing objects, (and) no punching in the face.”
Manceau, meanwhile, is looking forward to their first stop in Korea. “That’s incredible for us,” they said. “We never thought it would be one day possible to play our music on the other side of the world.
“We love spending time together on the road because we have the same sense of humor and we laugh a lot. For us, music is also a way to meet different people. It might sound cliché, but that’s true. We met amazing and funny people in the venues we played. We try to enjoy these moments as much as we can.”
Ticket Prices (10% discount in july ON TICKETS)
Three days: 250,000 won
Two days: 180,000 won
One day: 125,000 won
Camping: 15,000 won
Tent rental: 55,000 won
To order tickets: www.jisanworldrockfestival.com/ticket/foreignersbooking . Tickets can be picked up at the ticket booth at the festival. Make sure to bring your ID and confirmation email.
DIRECTIONS: There are a number of routes to Jisan Rock Festival. Check the website for details: www.jisanworldrockfestival.com/location