SXSW 2017 – Korean Musicians (Round Four)

Collage of the two Korean acts announced in Round Four

We’re back with an update on the latest round of South by Southwest 2017 (SXSW) announcements which included two Korean artists/bands. In case you missed our previous article about the Korean musicians announced in round one & two (there weren’t any in round three), you can catch up on the six acts here. While we’re a little sad there’s only been eight artists/bands announced so far, you know we’ll keep you up-to-date with the future notifications.

But let’s talk about the two recently announced Korean acts.

Image courtesy of SXSW

Galaxy Express

I’m personally super excited to see them live for the first time (I started covering SXSW the year after their last appearance at the festival and the same with Canadian Music Week) as I’m been listening to Galaxy Express for years and I’ve heard that they are fun live. The alt-rock band has won awards and played festivals around the world, including as I just mentioned, SXSW. If you haven’t already, check out their last two albums, Walking on Empty and the self-titled, Galaxy Express – both of which are wonderful.

Here’s their SXSW page for more info.

Galaxy Express on Social Media


Image courtesy of SXSW


Leader of the girl group Sistar, Hyolyn (Hyorin) debuted her solo career in 2013. Now I’ll admit that I don’t listen to a lot of K-pop but my friends who do are super excited that she’s coming to SXSW. I strongly suspect she’ll be a part of the K-pop Night Out showcase once it’s announced and we’ll keep you up-to-date as we get closer to SXSW.

Here’s her SXSW page for more info.

Hyolyn on Social Media


Final Thoughts

While I of course, hope for more Korean musicians to play the festival, I’m looking forward to those that have been announced. And of course, we’ll have lots more coverage as I’m heading back to SXSW in March. It’ll be our fourth year covering the festival and it’s one of my favourite. If you have the chance, I’d definitely recommend going. Plus, in addition to all the great Korean music we’ve talked about, there are lots more musicians from all over the world. Will we see you there? 

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Cindy Zimmer

Live life to the fullest everyday - this is a the philosophy I try to live by and it's taken me on many adventures. I write about Korean culture from a non-Korean perspective as the editor/founder of ATK Magazine and I'm the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Toronto Korean Film Festival (TKFF). Previously, I ran a Korean-English language exchange group (in Toronto) for 3 years to stay connected to my three years living in Korea as an English teacher. I love music, film, food and sports and write about 3 of the 4.

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