MBC Music Core is now located in the same place as M!Countdown, just across the street. The Ilsan venue was much bigger so getting into the live show is a bit challenging now, though you should still try if you really want to see it. At all music shows, it’s best if you arrive early (first train early) if you want to get in for your group.
MBC MUSIC CORE ADDRESS: (TO BE UPDATED…when I have the time…)
WHEN: Every Saturday but keep a look out on their schedule because they will sometimes change locations.
METRO STOP: Digital Media City Station (디지탈미디아시티역) Line 6/Airport Railroad. Exit 9
DIRECTIONS: Go straight out of Exit 9 and just walk for about three-four blocks until you see a building that looks like it’s made of squares. That’s the MBC building. The entrance is on the opposite side of the street you’re on (so go around the building to the courtyard)
WHAT YOU NEED: First and foremost, you will need the most recent CD of the idol you are hoping to go and watch. Some fandoms will require other things, such as online purchase receipts or ringtones. Some have you check in on their daum cafe. See ‘Group Specifics’ below for further details or check the comments.
WHAT YOU DO FIRST: FIND YOUR FANDOM. It’s pretty easy. Take out your CD and start asking around. Shy? Read the signs or look for people that have the same CD as you do. The MBC staff themselves will put out signs with the name of the groups performing in the courtyard. On rainy days or days when it is too cold/hot to function they will put the signs inside and you will line up in there. See ‘Group Specifics’ below for further details or check the comments.
WHAT YOU DO NEXT: Once you have your name on the list they will then tell you a time to be back by. And then you wait. When the staff arrives they will check that you have all the items you need and then put a number on your wrist. You will line up and get into the studio according to that number.
THINGS TO DO WHILE YOU WAIT: There’s some nice places to eat and hang around just down the road. Ilsan is known for their flowers so take the time to go explore the park across the street or down a block. There’s excellent shopping and food all around.
DOS AND DO NOTS:
+ Whatever you do, DO NOT JUMP LINES. It is extremely rude to the fanclub you were/are in. As Westerners, we understand that one can like more than one group at a time. For Koreans, however, it’s all about loyalty to that one particular band. And even then, it’s not about that. I know we all want to see our favorite bands perform, but out of common courtesy, please refrain from doing so. It gives FOREIGNERS a bad name and it makes the staff even less inclined to assist or even try to let foreigners do things at shows. Also, most groups have check in times that collide so it’s best for you to just choose one group and stick with them for the ENTIRE DAY. Don’t be a dick, okay?
+ You may or may not be in live recordings for other artists. Most of them are people that you may not be familiar with or dislike. Despite this, please try to cheer for everyone you see.
+ The production companies no long allow overnight queues so try to come at first light instead (around 5AM).
+DO NOT TAKE PICTURES. I mean it. If you take pictures, you’re going to get your ENTIRE FANDOM kicked out of the studio for that day and probably for a few OTHER performances as well! If you want your idol to have their fans in the recording to support them, DO NOT TAKE PICTURES.
GROUP SPECIFICS: (updated 2013.07.09)
+ SUPER JUNIOR/DBSK/SHINEE/2PM/BIGBANG/B2ST/ETC – If you don’t have an official fancard (which anyone reading this will definitely not have) then you bring your CD and a printout of their digital release (you can use Facebook Soribada if you cannot use any of the other music sites) and you ARRIVE AT FIRST LIGHT. Especially for special events.
+ EXO – The fanclub card is easy enough to get, but they also have an app that will show your card that you can show the people in line and you HAVE to bring their CD and a printout of their digital release (you can use Facebook Soribada if you cannot use any of the other music sites)
+ FTISLAND – Carded membership for FTIsland is open all the time. So if you’re in Korea, just go get one. Once you get one, you will need to buy the single online (they will require you to print this confirmation out) as well as the CD and a pentastick (the FTIsland support flag which will be sold there for 4,000won). If you don’t want to get a carded membership, then just bring the latest CD and a pentastick (or just buy it there :D)
+ TEEN TOP – Angels probably have official fancards now and they are HUGE FANDOMS so you will probably have to arrive EARLY in order to get a good place in line. Bring your CD and check on their site for further information.
+ U-KISS – Current CD + Online Cafe registration (found under 현장참여신청) If you DO NOT register on the fancafe you will be put at the back of the line regardless if you have the fanclub card.