With August just around the corner, the country is gearing up to host its biggest and most highly anticipated annual summer music festival.
Despite its short history, the newly inaugurated Hyundai Card Citybreak music festival has already managed to add its name to the short list of must-attend summer music fests. This year’s two-day event arguably sports one of the best artist line-ups of all of the year’s major concerts with headliners Maroon 5 and the legendary heavy metal rocker Ozzy Osbourne.
The mainstream pop-rock band Maroon 5, led by vocalist Adam Levine, recently released two new singles ― “Maps” and “It Was Always You” ― off the band’s upcoming “V” studio album, which is slated to drop on Sept. 1. Last month, Maroon 5’s “Maps” even managed to creep onto the local online music top 10 charts ― a rare feat for a non-Korean act. The upcoming rock fest will mark Maroon 5’s third performance in Korea.
As one of the rock world’s most iconic figures, Osbourne almost needs no introduction. The vocalist has churned out 11 solo albums and nine albums as a member of Black Sabbath in his illustrious 40-year music career. The heavy metal legend has sold over 100 million copies of his albums as both a solo artist and band member, earning a spot in the U.K. Music Hall of Fame and American Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for countless hits, including “Crazy Train,” “Bark at the Moon,” “Mama, I’m Coming Home” and “Goodbye to Romance.”
Aside from Maroon 5 and Osbourne, the Citybreak festival will also feature a long list of notable acts including the world’s most famous K-pop star Psy, popular American metal band Deftones, Hoobastank, rock guitarist Richie Sambora, New Found Glory, rapper Lupe Fiasco and many more.
Psy (Hyundai Card Citybreak)
The concert will mark “Gangnam Style” phenom Psy’s first local performance since his extravagant four-day Christmas concert series last year. It will also be his first big-stage appearance since releasing his most recent single, “Hangover,” featuring the legendary Snoop Dogg.
Hyundai Card Citybreak 2014 will be held on Aug. 9-10 at Seoul World Cup Stadium. Ticket prices range from 165,000 won to 255,000 won, with Hyundai Card members receiving a 20 percent discount. For more information, visit citybreak.superseries.kr or call (02) 3141-3488.
By Julie Jackson (firstname.lastname@example.org