Expat mag joins Ulsan music fest with concert

By Korea Herald
  • Published : Sept 30, 2015 - 18:53
  • Updated : Sept 30, 2015 - 18:53

Expat-run art magazine Angle will take part in Ulsan’s Cheoyong Festival with its biggest-ever music show.

The Ulsan-based online magazine will present seven acts in a showcase of what the southern part of the country has to offer as part of the international music festival.

Magazine founder Philip Brett said that the show came about after a coordinator for the festival visited Big Day South, a showcase event organized by the magazine in April featuring artists and performers from across the southern end of the peninsula.

Angle was then invited to host the Cheoyong Angle Southern Show, leaving Brett with the task of choosing which seven acts to feature.

“I wanted to show the best of what we have happening in the south but also to have enough variety going on in terms of the style,” he said. “So we do have a pretty good mixture but they are all at a high level.”

Ska Waker. (Joochan Kim)
Taking place Oct. 11 in the 450-seat Little Hall of the Ulsan Arts and Culture Center, CASS will be the biggest ever for the magazine, and for some of the bands, too.

“For some of them it will be the first time performing on a stage that big and I’m delighted to be a part of that,” Brett said.

He added that the size meant that he was able to invite Kim Tae Chun and Ska Wakers, two acts that he hadn’t been able to bring in to an Angle show before.

The other acts are November on Earth, Say Sue Me, Graye, Illap and The March Kings, with styles ranging from avant garde to hip-hop.

“(Illap) performed at Big Day South on Saturday and the place went completely crazy,” Brett said. “Their MC is hands down one of the best performers that I’ve seen in the way that he instantly commands attention.”

Angle plans to put on smaller shows after the festival, while gearing up for next year’s Big Day South.

Ahead of the festival, Angle will cohost the launch on Saturday of Exotic Beasts, a print magazine featuring work by local artists, at Busan’s Roof Bar at 3 p.m.

But unlike last year, there will be no official anniversary event for the magazine, so Brett is hoping to use CASS as an opportunity to unofficially celebrate.

“I’m hoping the usual people who support us will come out because, while haven’t advertised it as such, this is essentially our second birthday party, so in that way it would be great for people who have supported us over the two years,” said Brett. “But as well I really hope we can get a lot of people who are just checking it out, don’t know what it is and hopefully will be pleasantly surprised.”

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