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Zandari Festa is the largest annual music showcase festival in South Korea. Now in its fifth year, 2016’s edition of the fest will take place in Seoul’s Hongdae area from September 30 – October 3 and will see more than 160 acts playing in a dozen different venues. This year’s lineup will boast many of Korea’s top indie acts along with international talent from South Africa, Madagascar, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines, Cambodia, Taiwan, China, Japan, Mongolia, Russia, Poland, Denmark, Estonia, France, the UK, and the US.  In addition to the bands flying to Seoul to perform, delegates from a number of Western and Asian festivals and music companies will be attending Zandari to speak as part of the fest’s panels and check out the showcases.

Gaining more global praise and recognition with each passing year, Zandari Festa 2016 looks to be the strongest edition of the fest yet!

Reddot

Korean punk band Reddot’s drummer Sun Nine gives us his thoughts. This will be Reddot’s first time to play at Zandari Festa.

What are some of the things you like about Zandari Festa?

It’s a huge festival that features a lot of talented artists from all over the world. And a number of delegates from overseas festivals and music companies will come to Hongdae for the festival, which creates great opportunities for bands who are looking to perform in other countries.

What does Reddot have planned for its Zandari Festa 2016 showcase?

We are going to show off our limitless energy.

Reverse N Rebirth

Korean rock band Reverse N Rebirth’s bassist David Choi on Zandari Festa. This will be Reverse N Rebirth’s second time to perform at Zandari Festa.

What are some of the things you like about Zandari Festa?

Zandari Festa has a really charming and exciting atmosphere.  Folks from all walks of life are able to congregate, discover, and enjoy a lot of great live music and people.  It is also really interesting when musicians arrive in Seoul for the first time and find themselves mesmerized by how great a city it can be.

What does Reverse N Rebirth have planned for its Zandari Festa 2016 showcase?

You know, our first drummer disappeared right after our first Zandari Festa appearance.  Our second drummer split about three weeks ago.  We have less than a week before our show.  The only thing we can guarantee is that we are going to have a great fucking time on stage.

Uhnellys

Japanese rock/hip-hop/jazz hybrid band Uhnellys’ multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Kim talks about Zandari Festa. This will be Uhnellys second time to play at Zandari Festa.

Why are you excited to play at Zandari Festa?

It’s a fun festival and a cool way to discover great music from all over the world. Things went well for us at Zandari Festa 2015. We think this year will be even better.

What does Uhnellys have planned for its Zandari Festa 2016 showcase?

Our stage show is very energetic and has a lot happening with me playing several instruments and singing and rapping while Midi drums. Come check it out for yourself. You’ll be glad that you did!

Gigantic Roar

Taiwanese rock band Gigantic Roar’s drummer Sam on their excitement at performing in Korea. Zandari Festa ’16 will be Gigantic Roar’s first time playing in Korea.

Why are you excited to play at Zandari Festa?

We’ve never been to Korea before so we’re excited about that. And we’re excited about meeting other bands and music industry people at Zandari Festa.

What do you have planned for your Zandari Festa 2016 showcase?

We released our first album this year and we’ll be playing all the songs on it. We’re planning to have a good time.

The Steve McQueens

Quotes from Singapore neo-vintage soul-funk band The Steve McQueens’ vocalist Ginny Bloop. Zandari Festa ’16 will be The Steve McQueens’ first time playing in Korea.

Why are you excited to play at Zandari Festa?

We see so much of Korean pop and culture in Singapore, it’s great to bring some of our stuff over to share. We love performing for new audiences, and we’re coming over fresh off some performances in Australia, so we are so stoked about this tour! We've heard many great things about Zandari and we can't wait to check the other acts out too!

What do you have planned for your Zandari Festa 2016 showcase?

We’ll be playing tunes off our album, “SeaMonster,” as well as new songs that we’ve written over the past few months that will be on our next record. It's going to be something different as we’ve been writing with Andrew Lim, our latest addition to the band who is a simply sublime guitarist. Watch out, Zandari!

Magnolian

Magnolian, an indie-folk musician from Mongolia on his first time playing in Korea and Zandari Festa ’16.

Why are you excited to play at Zandari Festa?

I’m looking forward to meeting some great artists, audiences, and industry professionals and hopefully working with them in the future!

What do you have planned for your Zandari Festa 2016 showcase?

I recently released my first EP titled “Famous Men” so I’ll be playing all the tracks from that plus a couple of tracks that didn’t make it onto the EP. I’m also preparing a little Mongolian surprise for the audience.

Zandari Festa is held throughout the Hongdae area of Seoul, South Korea from 30th September to 3rd October. For more information see Zandari Festa Website and Facebook Page.

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