Slovenian industrial group Laibach will be the first foreign band to play North Korea
In a confounding move, Slovenian industrial band Laibach announced that they will perform in Pyongyang, North Korea. The band will be playing August 19th and 20th at the Main Hall of the Kim Won Gyun Music Conservatory. Seating will be limited to mostly native Koreans though “foreign aliens” are welcome to head to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.
Laibach will be the first foreign band to play the cloistered off country. The Germans had Hasselhoff, so we suppose it makes sense that the North Koreans will get Laibach.
We’re not entirely sure if Kim Jong-un fully understands that the group’s penchant for wearing military uniforms on stage and use of meaningless (but slightly fascistic) imagery is a gag and a critique of authoritarianism.
Laibach was originally started as an avant-garde musical side project of the Slovenia Neue Slowenische Kunst (NSK) art collective from Slovenia in the ’80s. They pop up occasionally to do stuff like play a show inside a Bosnian atomic bomb shelter and crowdsource a tour, with a $10,000 donation reward being official band membership.
The band’s director Morten Traavik told the BBC, "North Korea is portrayed in the West as the world’s most closed country, but in fact it is more open to the outside world than the prevailing media narrative suggests. Both the country and the band have been portrayed by some as fascist outcasts. The truth is that both are misunderstood.”
So what we’re really looking at is a love story. Aw, you guys.