As reported on Louder Than War a few months ago Laibach have become the first western band to play North Korea and completed their gig their on Wednesday. The gig at the  Ponghwa Theatre was a polite affair and a partial culture shock for the audience.

With a nod to their location the band played with a backdrop of images from North Korean propaganda posters projected on to a screen, with translations in Korean which was both a nod to where they were and probably a double bluff of toying with image and the band’s love of imagery and symbols.

Fantastically eccentric as ever Laibach delivered a set of songs that included songs from The Sound of Music, including Edelweiss, Do-Re-Mi and The Hills Are Alive apparently because the film is popular in North Korea.


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Award winning journalist and boss of Louder Than War. In a 30 year music writing career, John was the first to write about bands such as Stone Roses and Nirvana and has several best selling music books to his name. He constantly tours the world with Goldblade and the Membranes playing gigs or doing spoken word and speaking at music conferences.


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