Laibach to Tour North Korea

Ljubljana, 11 June - Slovenian music group Laibach will play two concerts in North Korea in August, its record label Mute said on its website on Thursday.

Laibach to play two concerts in North Korea in August.
Photo: Daniel Novakovič/STA

The acclaimed industrial music group will play the Liberation Day Tour concerts on 19 and 20 August in the Korean capital of Pyongyang.

The concerts will also be subject of a documentary film scheduled for premiere in 2016, Mute announced.

"The concerts will coincide with the 70th anniversary of the Korean peninsula's liberation from Japanese colonization and subsequent division into two emeny states which confront each other in an uneasy truce to this day."

Laibach meanwhile said on its Facebook profile: "It is finally confirmed. Laibach is leaving for North Korea!"

The group is known for its critical attitude towards totalitarian regimes, both political and economic ones.

Its socially-charged interpretation of national and ideological iconography from the 1980s is currently on show as part of a retrospective on the controversial NSK art collective at the Museum of Modern Art in Ljubljana.

Laibach have just returned from a tour of North America, and will celebrate their 35th anniversary with a show on 4 July in Trbovlje, the mining town in which it was founded in 1980.

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