Club Day, a regular event that became one of the cultural icons of the hip Hongik University area, will be revived on June 24, Club Culture Association head Choi Jung-han said Thursday.
Club Day was halted in February due to controversy about over-commercialization. On the last Friday of every month since 2001, people could get access to all the major clubs in the area with just one ticket, and it was extremely popular with young Koreans as well as tourists from around the world. A Mapo District Office spokesman said, "Hundreds of Japanese and Chinese tourists visit Seoul on Club Day to experience Korea's club culture."
News of the revival was met with both excitement and concerns. Koo Ja-soon, a sociologist at Hanyang University, said, "It's a good thing because we can keep a culture for young people to enjoy." But Kim Sun-gun, a Chungnam National University sociologist, said, "Artists in Hongik University area may be forced to move out as the area gets excessively commercialized." And a police officer in the area warned crime could increase. In the early days of Club Day, violence and sexual assault were a serious problem.
The focus of the new Club Day will be dance clubs, as clubs that usually host live gigs have opted out. Ten places -- nine dance clubs and one cafe targeting people in their 30s -- will take part.
Ticket holders also get a 10 percent discount in about a dozen restaurants near the clubs.
Meanwhile, live clubs will showcase new music on the last Sunday of every month from July, independent of Club Day. The program will feature many well established indie bands, and no alcohol and tobacco will be sold.