MNET M!COUNTDOWN ADDRESS
Mnet M!Countdown may be the easiest of all the shows to get into. That is, of course, if you don’t work on Thursdays. Almost all of their performances are pre-recorded, so you will have to check your idol’s cafe for specific times. At all music shows, it’s best if you arrive early (first train early) if you want to get in for your group.
: 마포구 상암동 1606번지 CJ E&M센터 2층
: Digital Media City Station (디지탈미디아시티역) Line 6/Airport Railroad. Exit 2
: There is a bus stop across the street from exit 2. You will need to take the 7711 bus from that stop to the studio. The stop you want is the Sangam Digital Media City Public Information Hall
(상암DMC), which is the third stop from the station. The announcement for this stop is made in English so listen for it if you can.
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. 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. Some groups will have paper signs posted up and people will be crowded around them. Ask someone in this line for the list and they will point you toward someone that will take your name and sometimes your number. Other groups will have similar lists or require you to take a picture and send it to them. 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: Exploring the area across the street from the bus stop will get you a starbucks and a bunch of other places to eat. You can also find a food court in the building behind the DMC building.
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.
+ 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 – They have yet to get an official fancard or fanclub name so you will 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.