I had such a great time at the Ansan Valley Rock Festival. It was in a new location this year. While things were a bit disorganized, I liked the venue. Mild rain and mosquitoes were an annoyance, but overall, I had a lot of fun.
My friends and I stayed in a pension, which I think is the way to go, because I can’t imagine camping in the rain.
Great line up, including Polyphonic Spree, Vampire Weekend, Cat Power, The Cure, The XX, My Bloody Valentine, Steve Vai, Coheed & Cambria, Foals, Nell, Stereophonics, Priscila Ahn, Skrillex, Yellowcard, fun., Nine Inch Nails, and a bunch of Korean bands I should take some time to listen to.
It’s not on the same scale as Sasquatch Music Festival, but I still think the Korean organizers did a good job. There were definitely moments were I was thinking, “Wow, this is such a Korean experience and would never happen back home." Such as getting my hair styled and foot massages while drinking free booze.
Also, there is no exchange of money at the festival. Instead, you charge and use your T-money card, which can also be used on subways and buses in all (or maybe just major?) cities. It’s a bit dangerous because I wasn’t keeping track of how much money I was spending, but it was really convenient.
My mosquito bites are heinous, but I had a great time, and I would go again!