Laibach have performed in Pyongyang, North Korea becoming the first band of their kind to perform in the 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.
This historic event has been covered worldwide, here’s a sample of the stories that have run so far:
BBC WORLD SERVICE, http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02yxbtb
BBC RADIO 4 TODAY PROGRAMME,
NEW YORK TIMES, http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/21/world/asia/laibach-concert-in-pyongyang-north-korea.html?_r=0
THE GUARDIAN, http://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2015/aug/20/avant-garde-laibach-first-western-band-play-north-korea-video
BBC NEWS, http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-33995268
The tour coincided with the 70th anniversary of the Korean peninsula’s liberation from Japanese colonisation and subsequent division into two states. The concerts will be subject of a documentary film scheduled for premiere in 2016.
The Liberation Day Tour was directed by Norwegian artist Morten Traavik, who created the video for the band’s recent single, The Whistleblowers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c6Mx2mxpaCY
Laibach recently completed a worldwide tour following the release of their most recent album, SPECTRE. The tour included sold out shows across North America plus a very special 35th anniversary performance in their home town of Trbovlje and a rooftop concert at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Zagreb.
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.
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Liberation Day Concerts have been supported by Arts Council Norway