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Zandari Festa is Korea’s largest music showcase festival and the showcase application submission is closing soon. Started in 2012 the fifth edition of the event will take place in Seoul’s Hongdae area from September 30 – October 3 and will see 150 plus acts playing in 10 different venues. The festival is currently accepting applications until July 31 from musicians from around the world that would like to showcase their talents at Zandari Festa ’16. It’s free to apply, and artists interested in submitting an application can do so in English at:

Growing greater in stature with each passing year, nearly 600 Korean, expat, and overseas acts applied to be a part of Zandari Festa ’15. At 2012’s inaugural Zandari Festa, acts from two other countries traveled to Seoul to perform. But 2015’s event featured bands from 15 different countries and was attended by thousands of music fans along with music industry professionals from Korea and overseas festivals such as Liverpool Sound City in the UK, V-Rox in Russia, and SXSW in the United States. Along with featuring lots of concerts, Zandari Festa also includes conferences and parties making it a great place to network.

Read first hand how Zandari Festa has helped Korean rock act Dead Buttons in their career in Korea and abroad:

I think Zandari Festa is great for the indie scene because it’s open to all musicians regardless of how famous they are or what kind of music they play. The festival is a really good chance to play for a new audience and to network with other musicians and music industry staff from around the world.

With each passing year, Zandari Festa is growing and there are more music fans attending so it’s a good way to get introduced to our local music scene. And more and more international delegates are traveling to Seoul from abroad each year too. As well, the festival has the absolute best after party in the world.  This is something I 100% guarantee. Trust me, it’s something you don’t want to miss!

Dead Buttons’ guitarist and vocalist Jihyun Hong.

Zandari Festa 2016

30th September to 3rd October, 2016
Hongdae, Seoul, South Korea
For showcase submission application:

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