I’ve received a LOT of e-mails from you guys asking me how I got to watch these music shows. I thought I gave enough information in my blog posts, but I guess not? In this post I’ll try to give as much information as I can!
M-Wave (click here for website)
M-Wave is a pretty new music show which airs on Arirang TV all over the world. Since it’s new, not a lot of the REALLY famous people appear on it. However, there may be one or two well known artists/groups that appear each episode. You’re probably thinking, “Then what’s the point of going?” The point is you can get it. Not a lot of people show up. So it’ll be pretty easy for you to get in.
DO bring the CD of one of the artists there. And DO try to stand with other people supporting the same artist (They’ll be noticeable with their color balloons and/or signs). To know which artists and groups will be there click HERE.
When: Tuesday at 6pm. First come first serve. Arrive atleast 30 minutes early.
Where : Konkuk University in New Millenium Hall.
*There was a few weeks that it was being filmed somewhere else, so before you go just check the website.
How do you get there?: Take subway lines 2 or 7 and go out exit 2. Walk down the stairs of the exit and walk straight to cross the street. Walk straight up the road (you’ll be walking the same direction as the subway is overhead). Go to the second entrance of Konkuk. Follow the red line on the maps to find the building….
MAP 1 MAP 2
Go to map.naver.com and search 건국대학교 새천년기념관 if you want a better look for yourself.
There are also a few buses that go near the University, follow the link HERE to see the bus list.
Once you are AT the building enter the doors and go immediately to the left. Follow the winding stairs all the way down to the auditorium, just follow the sounds of the talking fan girls.
AFTER the show if you want to try and see any famous people you’ll need to go near the backdoor of the auditorium. Here’s another map… map
Music Core (click here for website)
In my opinion the easiest show to get in of the 4 popular ones (Music Core, Inkigayo/Popular Song, Music Bank, M-Countdown)
If you plan on going to this show be prepared to be there ALL day! I recommend getting there as EARLY as possible, at least before 9AM. Click HERE to see who will be performing (usually isn’t posted until day before). You MUST bring the LATEST CD of an artist/group that will be there.
Where: MBC Dream Center in Ilsan.
How do you get there?:
a) Subway: Get to the orange line 3 and get off at 정발산 Jeongbalsan and go out exit 1.
b) If you’re coming from Yonsei (like lots of my blog readers are) you can take the red 1000 bus from the Yonsei Main Gate bus stop. Take the bus to 일산동구청 Ilsan-dong-gu cheong.
Follow the red line on the map to get to the Dream Center. Map
The blue line on the map shows the entrance to the parking garage. You will see fans standing here waiting to see the singers drive in/out. Sometimes the singers lower the windows and wave. Please do NOT run after the cars!!!!! It’s dangerous!
When you get there…: This is the hard part. You need to find the fan group for the artist/group that you brought the CD for. I suggest going with a group that’s pretty new. If you go with groups that have huge fan groups (SNSD, Big Bang, Super Junior, etc.) it’s going to be pretty hard to get in.
Some fan groups don’t let you wait with them if you’re not a fan club member (ex: Big Bang)
Wait in line with the fans and around 12 they should start giving out numbers based if you’re a fan club member or not and how early you got there. Each fan club has their own way of doing it…so I can’t really tell you a lot. Sorry. >.<
If your artist/group is pre-recording you’ll be able to go in early and watch them and maybe one other artist/group pre-record. Then they will bring you back outside for more waiting.
As for the show recording I’m not 100% sure on how it’s decided who goes in first and who gets the seats…but I always got stuck standing in the back.
TIPS: 1) Bring some food. You may or may not have a chance to go and get lunch.
2) Wear a hat, you might be waiting outside. If the weather is bad they’ll let you wait in the lobby. 3) If you fail trying to get in with one fan club, try another but make sure they didn’t know you were trying to get in with another group. Or if all else fails wait until the last group is getting let in and hop on the back of their line, you’ll probably get in…..maybe? I never tried. 4) If you completely fail the 1st day….just learn from your mistakes and try next week!! :)
I can’t give you anything about the other shows because I don’t know much or anything. Yes, I went to Inkigayo, but I was on the list so I didn’t need to wait inline outside. I’m assuming they are all pretty much the same thing. Go EARLY. Wait all day. Pray you get in.