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Korea's biggest rock festival coming up in Incheon

It’s Korea’s biggest rock festival -- the Incheon Pentaport Rock Festival 2008 is back with another exciting line-up of smashing performances being prepared. The outdoor festival that provides a concert and camping experience at the same time will be held in the Songdo Daewoo Motors Field for three days from July 25 to 27. Well-known musicians from both home and abroad are to heat up the stage, and there is sure to be something to suit the tastes of rock fans of all stripes.

The first day is to open up with Ellegarden, DJ Fin, The Go! Team, Kid-8, The Music, The Ratios and Rocket Diary among others. The second day features Travis, DJ Accomplice, Broccoli, you too? End of Fashion, The Gossip, Lee Han-choul and Run, Run, Run awayz. The third and final day comes alive with Underworld, Kasabian, Hard-Fi, Delispice among others.

The steel truss stage is made to withstand any weather and the seating is designed to prevent scorching heat or rain from getting into the audience. Of course, lots of food is available on site, and there are other activities to take part in on the sidelines of the concerts. Facilities have been upgraded to fully prepare for audiences so that there is no need to leave the site during the festival.

Meanwhile, the global sports brand Adidas Originals is to sponsor the festival once again. Adidas already made a great impression last year through their joint project with world-class musicians like Run DMC and Missy Elliot. Their exclusive music space "Adidas PentaGRUN," whose name comes from Adidas Originals’ environment-friendly collection "adiGRUN," is to attract visitors with its green programs. Adidas this year plans to display collections made of yarn, cotton, bamboo as well as PET and EVA recycled materials. Its Penta Beach, fitted out once again with sands and hammock, promises to be a space for festival goers to relax.

Such eco-friendly activities are based on Pentaport Festival’s slogan "No Care, No Love" following its previous slogan "No Music, No Fun."  Adidas has extended the boundaries of originality to "care" for one’s environment and implement "love."

The Pentaport festival embraces five major themes of music, passion, friendship, a do-it-yourself mentality and environment-friendliness. This all derives from Incheon city’s earlier plan for self-promotion: Pentaport is a combination of Incheon’s Tri-port Strategy (Air-port, Sea-port and Telecommunications-port) and a business-port and leisure-port. First held in 2006, it already saw its audience double in 2007.

Ticket is priced at 88,000 won for one day, 132,000 won for two days and 165,000 won for the entire three-day festival. Camping costs 10,000 won but is only available to two- and three-day visitors. Campsites will be open starting from 5 p.m. July 24. The festival will open the next day at 10 a.m.

For more information on festival and camping visit: 
English reservations 02-3444-9969
Japanese reservations 02-783-0114

By Kim Hee-sung staff writer

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