Let me show you the coolest music festivals in Korea that heat up the summer. If you love music and water, this is the event for you. If you’re visiting Korea in the summer and are over 19 years old, you are fully qualified to jump into the waterbomb festival.
Are you ready to get wet with music, love, and water? If so, let’s go!
What is the Waterbomb Festival?
Waterbomb Festival is the largest music and water-themed festival in South Korea. It’s a music and water-themed event that focuses on hip-hop and EDM music at large. It was held for the first time in August 2015, with subsequent dates being set for the end of July every year from the following year.
At the Waterbomb Music Festival, water is continuously sprayed on the crowd and performers during music concerts. Most of the spectators also hold water guns and spray water on each other and the musicians. Like a magnificent fountain, the music venue pours out water in abundance.
The water-gun battle at the waterbomb festival is a whole new level of water gun fight we’ve ever experienced. During this festival, both the audience and the singers have drenched in the water thanks to the huge stage and water cannon special effects. Most spectators and performers are wearing revealing swimwear. As a result, adults 19 years old or older are permitted to attend the Waterbomb Festival.
What is Waterbomb Seoul?
The Waterbomb Seoul started at Jamsil Sports Complex in Seoul in 2015. Its name was simply the Waterbomb festival at that time. And it has been expanded to 6 cities in 2019, starting with Busan in 2018, Incheon, Daegu, Gwangju, and Daejeon due to its bombing popularity. As a result, Waterbomb Seoul was named after each city and differentiated in 2018.
The Waterbomb Music Festival is one of the few Korean festivals that travels across several regions each year. The Waterbomb Festival’s huge popularity is evident. Waterbomb festivals in other cities are also popular, and tickets sell out fast, just as they do in Waterbomb Seoul.
When and where is the Waterbomb Festival?
Waterbomb Festival has been held commonly in July. Waterbomb Seoul has always been held at Jamsil Sports Complex, the symbol spot, the starting point of this festival. Due to Covid19, the event was canceled in 2020 and 2021. In 2022, Waterbomb festivals will be held in four cities in Korea, Daegu, Incheon, Suwon, and Seoul.
2022 Waterbomb Festival Schedule
- Waterbomb Seoul: 24~26 June 2022, Jamsil Sports Complex
- Waterbomb Daegu: 23 July 2022
- Waterbomb Incheon: 6 August 2022
- Waterbomb Suwon: 13 August 2022
Excepting Seoul, other cities have not yet confirmed venues.
2022 Waterbomb Festival Ticketing
The Waterbomb Festival’s how-to-buy tickets are well-documented on the official website. However, be cautious because when tickets go on sale online, they’re quickly sold out. So if you want to go, you’ll need to buy your tickets well in advance. Because almost all of the tickets are sold out when these are released online, it’s impossible to buy them onsite.
How to get to Waterbomb Seoul
The easiest way to get to Jamsil Sports Complex, where Waterbomb Seoul is held, is by subway. You can take line 2 or 9 to Sports Complex Station and walk for about 10 minutes. There are also many buses that go there, so you can check the website for more information.
Waterbomb Festival Lineup
The Waterbomb Festival is famous for putting up a line-up of skilled hip-hop artists and renowned EDM DJs with sexy costumes and spectacular performances.
Every year, the artist lineup is announced by two competing teams. The audience also picks a team and purchases tickets. Water fighting is the main attraction, therefore it requires elements involving a confrontation. The team is split into two colors. Starting in 2015~16, they were divided into blue and red teams. However, starting in 2018, green and yellow are used as team colors instead of blue and red.
The wonderful cast line-up for 2022 is something that those who have been waiting for two years are hyped about. Introducing the super cool 2022 Waterbomb Seoul lineup. Everyone Scream!
2022 Waterbomb Seoul FRI
- Yellow Team: SUNMI, HWASA, BE’O
- Green Team: ZICO, ASH ISLAND, LA CHICA
2022 Waterbomb Seoul SAT
- Yellow Team: LOCO, GRAY
- Green Team: JESSI, JAY PARK, HOLYBANG
2022 Waterbomb Seoul SUN
- Yellow Team: SIMON DOMINIC, DPR LIVE, HOOK
- Green Team: CL, (G)I-DLE, LEE YOUNG JI
The lineup has yet to be announced the all of them, so fans are waiting eagerly for the opportunity to add more like their favorite artists.
For example, Hyuna, the queen of the Waterbomb Festival, is not yet on the list. But there is a lot of anticipation that she might make a surprise appearance.
Psy, the king of performances, made a comeback with ‘that that’, a collaboration with BTS’ Suga. But He’s not on the waterbomb 2022 lineup list yet, so fans are expecting Psy to be definitely one of ‘AND MORE’.
Waterbomb Festival Preparation Tips
Participating in the Waterbomb Festival is like falling into the water. You should bring a swimsuit, a rash guard, beachwear, or clothing that is suitable for getting wet in any form.
There are luggage storage and changing rooms at the Waterbomb festival area. It’s a good idea to bring a waterproof bag, since everything you have might get wet, including phones.
Many participants wear goggles in preparation for an intense water gunfight. Slippers can be slippery and dangerous, so it’s good to wear shoes that don’t take off easily, such as aqua shoes, and can get wet.
Waterbomb Festival also has a variety of merchandise on sale. Sunglasses, goggles, hair bands, rash guards, and other items are just a few examples of the goods sold. Merchandise sales vary from year to year, so it’s best to pay a visit to the MD booth during site visits.
However, water guns are an exception. having a water gun on hand ahead of time is a good idea. The MD booth at Waterbomb Festival has more pricey items for sale, and your favorite goods may not be available. It’s better to have your preferred water gun ready ahead of time.
As a participant in the Waterbomb Festival, you must have a firm mindset.
You must be prepared to get wet from head to toe the moment you enter this festival venue. You don’t have a chair to sit still and quietly enjoy the music.
You are the Waterbomb Festival Yellow or Green Team Water Gun Fighter. Warriors! scream louder, wet more, water spay more, jump higher, enjoy more!
Enjoy Waterbomb Festival 2022
We delved into everything there is to know about the Waterbomb Festival, the coolest music festival in Korea’s hottest summer. People who have been waiting for a cool concert to soothe the gloomy atmosphere caused by Corona 19 are very much looking forward to this event. If you have a chance to go to Korea in the summer, you must not miss out on the Waterbomb Festival.
The Waterbomb Festival is a yearly event that is known for its amazing line-up of skilled hip-hop artists and renowned EDM DJs. This year’s festival is sure to be just as exciting, with a lineup of performers that includes SUNMI, HWASA, ZICO, ASH ISLAND, LOCO, GRAY, JESSI, JAY PARK, HOLYBANG, and more! If you’re excited to see who will be performing this year, make sure to check out the website for more information. And don’t forget to pack your swimsuit! The Waterbomb Festival is all about getting wet and having fun.
So make sure you’re prepared to get soaked from head to toe. Warriors, scream louder, wet more, water spay more, jump higher, enjoy more! And most importantly, have a blast at the Waterbomb Festival!
If you’re interested in learning more about other festivals in Korea, check out our previous articles.
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