This Saturday…

If you’re not doing anything this weekend, allow me to suggest this event I covered which is featured in this month’s Groove Magazine:

HBC Fest Just Wants To Rock!

The HBC Fest has seen it all: rock, punk, hip-hop, folk music, poetry, Shakespearean drama, comedy, even a large balding man painted head to toe in green and smashing watermelons over his head.

The festival now regularly attracts musical acts from cities all over Korea. More and more local businesses are vying to join as venues, and organizer Lance Reegan-Diehl has had to turn musical acts away, as he can’t accommodate the large number of willing participants.

Never before has the festival received this much publicity. Not only did this magazine give it a three-page feature last October, but all the other major monthly expat magazines, newspapers and websites also featured the festival. On top of this, the festival’s reputation grew as a place for people to get together and listen to good music, all under the banner of a music festival designed with expats in mind.

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HBC Fest: Celebrating More than Just Music

The slogan of the HBC Fest has always been ‘Celebrating Music, Art, and Life’. This slogan is there to welcome everyone, not just musicians, but artists and life, to have a good time. This festival has always been a great advertisement for the lifestyle that lies afterhours for many westerners who live in Seoul; a little bit unregistered, a little bit under the influence and always a lot of fun.

Ever since the first festival the HBC fest has done what it can for performers of all castes. Music has, needless to say, dominated the performance types at every festival, that being said each festival has always had the added attraction of non-musical acts.

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Born from Hellfire: The History of the HBC Fest From Then until Now.

The HBC Fest, being from Haebangchon, was born in the manner that is expected of it. Leaning on the bar in the Orange Tree (the old one that is, not the newer green one) Jim Gaynor listened as it was some how injected into his consciousness that he had the potential to organise and run a music festival in Haebangchon.

While no one (except Jim) will ever know what the shy and philosophical Australian with more gold teeth than real teeth dreamed off, this incident, a drunken conversation in a late-night venue, has gone on to be one of the most diverse and popular events on the waeguk scene in Korea. In fact I would argue that two events, the Seoul International DJ Festival and the Boryeong Mud Festival (both International festivals with major corporate and government support) are larger. The HBC Fest has grown and mutated and regrown and shrunk and mutated again into an orgasmic organic festival of Music, Art and Life. Continue reading