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First foreign rock band concert to North Korea

August 19, 2015 - NORTH KOREA

Slovenian band Laibach plays two concerts in the North Korean capital, the first time a foreign rock band has played in the secretive and restrictive country. The tour coincides with the 70th anniversary of the peninsula's liberation from Japanese colonization.

Laibach will play a selection from the Sound of Music and and some Korean heritage songs at Pyongyang's Kim Won Gyun musical conservatory to an audience of locals and foreigners.

NHK describes the concert as an unlikely pit stop for a rebellious group on a world tour. In an interview ahead of the tour, band member Ivan Novak told the Japanese broadcaster that the group would adapt the setlist to meet the sensitive needs of the country.

The Slovenian band's music has been described as rock, avant-garde neoclassical dark wave and industrial.

Will Slovenian band rock N. Korea (NHK 11 Jun 2015)

Laibach to play Sound of Music covers at Pyongyang's first rock concert (Guardian 22 Jul 2015)

Date written/update: 2015-07-27