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Seo Taiji’s ETPFest to Be Held in Seoul
By Elise Yoon
Staff Reporter
Korean popular musician Seo Taiji will host and perform at the fourth ETPFest on August 14-15, 2008 in Seoul.

Seo Taiji Company will host the fourth ETPFest (Eerie Taiji People Festival) on August 14-15, 2008. The event is to be held at the Jamsil Sports Complex in Jamsil-dong, Songpa-gu, Seoul.

Korean popular musician and producer Seo Taiji (born Jeong Hyeon-chul) made his debut with the band Seo Taiji and Boys in 1992 and its explosive hit "I Know." The group pioneered blending American styles of hip-hop, gangster rap, rock, and metal into Korean popular music, presenting a distinct sound with each album release.

The band officially ended their career together in 1996 while Seo Taiji continued to put out solo albums. Aside from a greatest hits compilation last year, Taiji hasn't released an album since 2004, also the year of the last ETPFest. This will be the first ETPFest in four years and is seen as a sort of comeback for Taiji. Though somewhat reclusive, his fans remain loyal and Taiji an idol.

Seo Taiji's controversial "Classroom Ideology" criticized the Korean educational system. The heavy metal-influenced sound and critical content drew accusations of brainwashing Korean youth. Similarly, Marilyn Manson has been blamed for such tragedies as the Columbine High School shooting in 1999, and other misbehavior by American youth.

The two counterculture icons are slated to perform along with a diverse lineup including Korean pop fusion group Clazziquai Project, American indie rock band Death Cab for Ctuie, and Japanese groups Monkey Majik, and Dragon Ash.

Tickets can be purchased through and more information is available at

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Elise Jong-Eun Yoon is serving as a staff reporter of The Seoul Times. She studied telecommunications at Michigan State University in the US. She covers the diplomatic community, travel industry, and other cultural events. Her hobbies include listening to music and swimming.






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