Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Groove Magazine: Hyundai Card Citybreak Festival

Story by Chance Dorland / photos courtesy of Hyundai Card Citybreak

Hyundai Card’s Citybreak Festival is brimming with potential. Between the impressive lineup and the fact that you can most likely bring your own food and beverages, this concert should offer a good return on your investment. One-day passes start at 115,000 won using Hyundai card discounts (165,000 won without) and a two-day “super plus package” hits 240,000 won (300,000 won without discounts), so this concert can in no way be considered “cheap.” But luckily for those who decide to buy in, there’s a hell of a lot to see.

Veteran heavy metal god Ozzy Osbourne head- lines this year’s festival and performs on Sat- urday night. This looks to be a solid choice to follow up Metallica, last year’s main heavy metal/rock attraction. Osbourne, the lead vocalist of Black Sabbath, is no longer the spry young man he used to be, but given that this is Ozzy F***ing Osbourne we’re talking about (the actual name he signed on his consent form before appearing on “The Howard Stern Show” while I worked there in 2010), his presence alone should infuse energy into the first day of the event, if not both days.

While more recently known for his solo career and various TV appearances, last year Osbourne and Black Sabbath released “13,” their 19th studio album. Despite being the band’s first record in 35 years, “13” did well internationally and earned the group a Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance.

Sunday promises to be a lighter affair, with Grammy Award-win- ning American pop group Maroon 5 performing just shy of their fifth full-length studio album release — September’s “V.” Do not underestimate how many people in Korea are looking forward to this performance. Take a stroll through Hongdae on any given Fri- day or Saturday night and you’ll eventually hear someone singing the band’s powerhouse hit “Sunday Morning” with a pile of 1,000 won bills crumpled in front of them.
Outside of the headliners, the solid list of B-level acts — New Found Glory, Hoobastank, Psy, Richie Sambora and The Deftones — should also bring out the crowds.

Much like last year’s lineup of notable artists of the past and present (Muse, Metallica, Iggy and the Stooges, Limp Bizkit and the Used, to name a few), a wide range of musical tastes are represented, meaning there will be diversity on stage, and if all else fails, the people-watching should get interesting. If this year’s crowds match the 75,000 people in attendance in 2013, I should be able to find one other person whose inner teenager is stoked for New Found Glory. Regardless, the convergence of international acts with a long history of making music is sure to please.

Hyundai Card Citbreak is Aug. 9-10 at Seoul World Cup Stadium. Tickets run 165,000 won for one-day and 300,000 won for both days with a 20 percent discount for Hyundai card users. Check out the official webpage http://citybreak.superseries.kr for more information. For ticket-specific questions, visit http://ticket.interpark.com/global.