First foreign band to play North Korea is famed for its ‘fascism’

Amy Bryzgel

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle


The 70th anniversary of the Korean peninsula’s liberation from colonial Japan is being celebrated in Pyongyang with two concerts by the Slovenian rock band Laibach. This will be the first performance of a foreign band in North Korea.

The choice of band may seem appropriate. Formed in 1980, Laibach is known more for its controversial aesthetics and performances than for its music. Its early stage shows took on the characteristics of mass totalitarian rallies, and its name has fascist associations, being the German word for the capital of Slovenia, Ljubljana, used by the Nazis during the occupation of the country.
Original languageEnglish
Specialist publicationThe Conversation
PublisherThe Conversation UK
Publication statusPublished - 18 Aug 2015

Bibliographical note

Amy Bryzgel receives funding from The Arts and Humanities Research Council.


  • Music
  • World War II
  • North Korea
  • Nazism
  • Fascism
  • Live Music
  • Slovenia


Dive into the research topics of 'First foreign band to play North Korea is famed for its ‘fascism’'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this