If you’re heading to Olympic Stadium this weekend for 2015 Ultra Korea, you’ll want to give our tips a read-through. We’re veterans when it comes to Ultra Korea and Korean festivals in general, so we thought we’d share some wisdom with you.


1. Be prepared to wait in lines.

While waiting in line is normal for almost every festival or large event, it’s still worth the reminder that you’ll need to factor this time into your plans. Between picking up tickets from ‘will call’, dropping off your bags for safe keeping, finishing off outside food and drinks, and waiting for your late friends to get there, you will need quite a bit of extra time. So plan ahead and arrive early enough to get through the whole process before your favorite act takes the stage. Also, if you already have a wristband that was mailed to you, make sure you REGISTER it before JUNE 11TH!

2. Pregame before you enter.

There are several reasons why we suggest you pregame before entering Ultra Korea. First of all, you don’t want to be waiting in line for a drink while your favorite DJ is playing their set. Secondly, you don’t want to be paying an arm and a leg for a warm beer or a cocktail with just a splash of alcohol. Thirdly, you can’t bring outside food/drinks into Ultra Korea, so pregaming will be all you’ve got. Get a nice buzz going before you arrive and hopefully you’ll be able to coast nicely through the festival with an occasional drink. Make sure you don’t hit the bottle too hard beforehand, because you will actually want to remember the weekend.

3. Take a walkthrough when you first enter.

Get a lay of the land when you first arrive. Make mental notes of where the stages, bathrooms, and vendors are located. This will come in handy later when you have to meet friends or get to another stage quickly so you don’t miss your favorite act.

4. Don’t forget the basics like water and sunscreen.

This should go without saying, but we’ll say it anyways. Be smart. Don’t ignore the basic things such as water and sunscreen. Dehydration is never a good thing so drink plenty of water. Also, you don’t want to wake up for Day 2 with a sunburn, so apply sunscreen when needed.

5. Don’t always expect the best atmosphere to be at the main stage.

Bigger is not always better. While the main stage is there for a reason, you’ll often times find that the smaller stages have just as much talent, if not more. The smaller stages typically attract crowds of dedicated fans, so you can expect to be surrounded by people that are there for the music. While it will be incredible to see some of the world’s biggest DJs on the main stage, take some time to expand your tastes by checking out the smaller stages too.

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4 Responses

  1. Crystal

    This is really helpful, thanks! I was wondering about the T money card though. Can we not use KRW at all?

    • ElectRow

      Judging from past festivals and the fact that there are T-Money locations on the Ultra Korea map, we think that this will replace all cash at the event. However, you might be fine with credit/debit cards, but we can’t say 100%. If you don’t have a T-Money card you can buy for cheap all over Korea in convenience stores and subway stations. They should also have them available for purchase at the festival, but you’ll have to wait in line of course. Who knows how long that might be.

  2. Howard Kang

    When it comes to water, do they have water stations or do we have to
    buy it?

    • ElectRow

      While there may be water fountains in the stadium complex (we can’t completely recall and most people would refuse to drink from them anyways), most water is purchased from the vendors. So you’ll probably want to make sure you have some money on your card reserved for that!