[NEWS] Zandari Festa Lineup Additions 3 & 4


Over the past week Zandari Festa has announced over fifty new acts in their third and fourth lineup announcements. 

The annual event takes place in Seoul’s Hongdae area, the epicentre of youth culture in South Korea and ground zero for the country’s indie music scene. Each Autumn, Zandari Festa brings together acts and music industry professionals from around the world for concerts and conferences at a number of unique venues around Hongdae. One wristband allows festival-goers access to all of Zandari Festa’s shows.

The additions to the line up are vast and impressive and we spoke to FIVE of the newly announced acts to find out what we can expect from their festival performances.

Zandari Lineup Poster

Additions listed separately at the bottom of the article

Big Baby Driver TRIO

bbdTRIO previously played Zandari Festa in 2013. Guitarist and vocalist Big Baby Driver tells us why she is excited for Zandari 2016

Why are you excited to be a part of Zandari Festa 2016?
Zandari Festa is the largest music festival and showcase event in Korea. Although it takes place in middle of Seoul’s Hongdae area, the fest brings out different audiences in addition to the usual indie music fans. So it’s a great opportunity to share our music with new listeners.

What can people expect from bbdTRIO’s Zandari Festa 2016 showcase?
We released our first album in July so our performance will show what we’ve been working on and how we’re moving forward.

Aside from bbdTRIO, who is one other band that people should try to watch at Zandari Festa 2016?
This year’s lineup featureslots of wonderful musicians like Galaxy Express, Say Sue Me, Billy Carter, Howaho, Room 306, and many more. All of them are worth watching. Or you can just watch something you’ve never heard of before. I’m sure either way, you’ll find something awesome!

Find out more about bbdTRIO on Facebook

Ego Function Error

This is the fourth year Ego Function Error will play Zandari. They recently played Midem in Cannes; and vocalist Minjung Kim tells us how Ego Function Error have already been involved in preparation for Zandari this year.

Why are you excited to be a part of Zandari Festa 2016?
It’s not easy to make an international showcase festival of this size, but the people who organize Zandari Festa have been doing it for five years now so we really respect them. This festival is a lot of fun for artists and music lovers and is the only festival that truly represents the indie music scene in Korea, which is one of the reasons why we feel so proud to be a part of it. As well, our drummer is in charge of designing the art work for Zandari Festa this year!

What can people expect from Ego Function Error’s Zandari Festa 2016 showcase?
We’re a psychedelic punk rock band, so you can expect to feel lots of energy and experience our brilliant playing and crazy performance at Zandari Festa.

Aside from Ego Function Error, who is one other band that people should try to watch at Zandari Festa 2016?
You need to check out the Korean hardcore punk band The Veggers. They’re awesome!

Find out more about EGO FUNCTION ERROR on Facebook


This the first time AKUA will play Zandari, and vocalist Jaeyeon Hwang tells us what to expect from Akua’s sound. 

Why are you excited to be a part of Zandari Festa 2016?
Every year Zandari Festa features such a wide range of talented artists from all different genres. This year’s fest will see more than 150 Korean and overseas acts playing in Hongdae. We like checking out lots of different music so that weekend is going to be a lot of fun. And we’re thrilled to be able to participate in such a wonderful festival.

What can people expect from Akua’s Zandari Festa 2016 showcase?
They can expect to be engulfed in the atmosphere of Akua. An Akua show is like falling into a wonderful water-filled dream.

Aside from Akua, who is one other band that people should try to watch at Zandari Festa 2016?

Find out more about AKUA on Facebook


This is the first time PAKK will play Zandari, but guitarist and vocalist Daeinn Kim knows exactly what to expect as he has played the fesitval with his other band, Apollo 18.

Why are you excited to be a part of Zandari Festa 2016?
Zandari is the biggest festival in Korea. It has the most bands, the most stages, and is the biggest party. And the audiences at Zandari Festa are awesome too.

What can people expect from Pakk’s Zandari Festa 2016 showcase?
They can expect to hear songs from our ‘A Wail’ EP that we released earlier this year. It’s our first release and has gotten some really good reviews. Please come check out our music for yourself. We like it and hope you will too.

Aside from Pakk, who is one other band that people should try to watch at Zandari Festa 2016?
They should try to watch Telefly. They have always been good, but I think they’re finally reaching their full potential. As of right now, I think Telefly is the most awesome band in Hongdae.

Find out more about PAKK on Facebook


London electronic duo Ooberfuse will be travelling from the UK to play at Zandari Festa, Hal St John, and Cherrie Anderson tell us how they heard about Zandari.

Why are you excited to be a part of Zandari Festa 2016?
Hal St John: We’re very excited to be part of Korea’s largest music showcase festival – to hear music from amazing Korean bands and also other international bands, and hopefully to meet new friends too.

What made you want to apply to perform at the festival?
Hal St John: We heard about Zandari Festa when we attended a music conference sponsored by the UK Trade and Industry in Liverpool earlier this year. We had the lovely opportunity to meet the festival’s director, Dalse, and really liked what he said about Zandari Festa being a musician-friendly event, about creating a culture where music is shared with appreciative listeners, and also about having fun at the festival.

Will this be your first time playing in Korea?
Cherrie Anderson: We have played several concerts in the Philippines and will also be touring China next month, but Zandari Festa will be our first time playing in Korea, so we are very much looking forward to this.

What can audiences in Seoul expect from your Zandari Festa 2016 showcase?
Cherrie Anderson: Performing our songs live is one of the aspects of music life that we love.  Expect East-meets-West electronic music, well-crafted songs combined with emotional and heartfelt vocals. Expect a lot of ooberfusiasm –  energy, passion and, as one UK music critic said, “a one way, all expenses paid ticket to Ear Worm Central!”

Find out more about Ooberfuse on Facebook

Zandari Festa 2016 will take place from September 30 – October 3 and will see more than 150 acts performing at 10 venues to an enthusiastic crowd of music fans, journalists, and industry professionals.
Featuring four days packed with showcases from fantastic homegrown and international acts, this year’s Zandari Festa promises to be the most exciting edition of the festival yet!


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3rd Lineup Additions:

Galaxy Express, GOONAM, Kim Sawol X Kim Haewon, Danpyunsun and the Sailos, The New Investors [DK], The Monotones, Deer [MX], Love X Stereo, look and listen, Room306, Very Very Good Life, Biuret, Bug Baby Driver Trio, Shin Seol Hee, ASEUL, AKUA, Ego Function Error, Ooberfuse [GB], Theatre8, jindatrae band, Takako Tae [JP], 24Hours, PAKK, Paranoid City [PH], Honggap

4th Lineup Additions:

Night Marks Electric Trio [PL], Dead Buttons, Drinking boys and girls choir, LAZYBONE, Romantiqua, LudiSTELO, The March Kings, Magnolian [MN], Southway [GB] Asianchairshot, A’zbus, L.O.D, The Essence, …Whatever That Means, Green Glame Boys, Cosovel [PL] Crying Nut, twomyong, PATiENTS, Hollow Jan, Hellivision





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