Esplanade Presents


Drinking Boys and Girls Choir

(South Korea)

29 Oct 2022, Sat, 7.05pm


(Intermission: None)

Powerhouse² (Singtel Waterfront Theatre at Esplanade) & Online

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Photo Credit: Pallo

“Daegu, South Korea rockers Drinking Boys and Girls Choir caught our attention with a standout virtual SXSW 2021 set that we called “a blast of mosh-inspiring, yet melodic K-punk from minute one.”... Drinking Boys and Girls Choir may sound sweet, but they won’t hesitate to call it out as the world around them sours.” – Scott Russell, PASTE


Drinking Boys and Girls Choir (DBGC) is a three-piece punk band from Daegu, South Korea. The band was formed in 2013 when drummers MJ and Meena shared a rehearsal space and decided to form a band, resulting in Meena switching to bass and recruiting guitarist Bondu not long after. They bonded over a shared love of drinking, skating and punk, and the band is heavily shaped nspired by Daegu’s ‘90s and ‘00s hardcore punk/indie rock scene, shying away from the Seoul-centric music industry in favour of sustaining the local scene.


In 2017, MJ suffered a serious motorbike accident, so the band took a hiatus while awaiting her recovery. When she was fit again, they self-produced their 18-track debut album Keep Drinking which was released on Damnably/Electric Muse in 2019. This was followed by show-stoppingappearances at SXSW, TGE, LSC, Pentaport, Busan International Rock Festival, Zandari and MU:CON. The trio also toured the UK, supporting label mates Otoboke Beaver and Say Sue Me. Bondu retired from the band following their UK tour and Myorori stepped in on guitar duties.


In February 2020, the band toured Europe with Otoboke Beaver just ahead of the pandemic. In this time, they wrote and recorded a new album while also participating in several online editions of festivals. While Myorori left the band after the album, they are now joined by Junghoon Han on guitar.


The bands sophomore album Marriage License was released in May 2021 on Damnably/Electric Muse, picking up favourable press in Spin, Paste, MTV, Bandcamp, as well as radio from KEXP and Stromo’s show on CBC in Canada. They became the third Korean act to have recorded a KEXP session.


Mask-wearing is optional. However, audiences are encouraged to continue to exercise responsibility and caution, such as wearing masks when in crowded places.


Ticket-holders are advised to arrive at the venue early, as unutilised tickets may be offered to walk-in patrons, on a first-come, first-served basis once the performance has started. This will enable as many people as possible to join us for this free performance.


Ticket-holders who leave the venue during the performance will have to join the queue for walk-in patrons in order to re-enter the venue.

Language: Korean, English
Things to Note:
Accessibility Advisory: We provide a range of access services and relaxed performances for patrons with access needs. For wheelchair-accessible seats, please call Esplanade Customer Experience at 6828 8377 for assistance. Concessions for Persons With Disabilities (PWDs) and up to one accompanying companion are available. | View our accessibility guide
Date & Time


29 Oct 2022, Sat


Powerhouse² (Singtel Waterfront Theatre at Esplanade)


On demand viewing is available until 20 Dec, 12pm.

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