Movement Magazine

Laibach Plays North Korea

Thomas Bellflower June 11, 2015
LAIBACH 
THE LIBERATION DAY TOUR
Venue: Pyongyang, NORTH KOREA
Dates: August 19 & 20 2015
“MAN IS THE MASTER OF EVERYTHING AND DECIDES EVERYTHING”
Kim Jong Il

35 years on from their genesis in the then-Yugoslavian industrial town Trbovlje,
Laibach are still the most internationally acclaimed band to have come out of the former Communist countries of Eastern and Central Europe. Founded in the death year of then-Yugoslavia’s leader Tito, and rising to fame as Yugoslavia steered towards self-destruction, Laibach have consistently opposed labels of any kind, be they “rock”, “pop”, “techno” or “industrial”. Self-styled engineers of human souls, Laibach can make you think, dance and march to the same music.

In August 2015, Laibach will become the first ever band of its kind to perform in the secretive country of North Korea, a reclusive garrison state as well-known for its military marches, mass gymnastics and hymns to the Great Leader, as for its defiant resistance to Western popular culture.

Laibach’s Liberation Day Tour will coincide with the 70th anniversary of the Korean peninsula’s liberation from Japanese colonization and subsequent division into two enemy states which confront each other in an uneasy truce to this day. The concerts will also be subject of a documentary film scheduled for premiere in 2016.

Laibach have just returned from a successful tour across North America, and will celebrate their 35thAnniversary with a very special show in Trbovlje on July 4, followed by a party meeting at nearby Mt. Kum and a rooftop concert at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Zagreb on July 11.

The Museum of Modern Art in Ljubljana are currently exhibiting a Laibach / NSK retrospective, open until August 17.

For full tour dates and the latest information, please go to http://spectre.laibach.org/tour-dates/


“WE ARE MILLIONS AND MILLIONS ARE ONE”
Laibach
Liberation Day Concerts directed by Morten Traavik. Layout: Valnoir. Supported by Arts Council Norway
www.laibach.org
www.traavik.info

Like this Article? Share it!

About The Author

Comments are closed.