Sound City Korea, an initiative supported by Arts Council England and the British Council, has seen the Liverpool festival take a handful of British artists out to South Korea every autumn for Zandari Festa.
Zandari Festa takes place from October 4th to 7th this year. The festival showcases established acts, alongside exciting up-and-comers from the country’s vast indie scene. Each year Zandari places more emphasis on becoming a truly global event – attracting more international talent. Zandari exposes Korean audiences to a wider range of music, and aids in bridge building between artists, and industry professionals from all over the world.
The ‘British Night’ at Zandari Festa sees an impressive turnout and has seen many of its artists go on to find success in South Korea.
Sound City has announced this year’s line up for their official showcase of British Artists at Zandari, and it is more than impressive.
ALICE’S NIGHT CIRCUS
“Alice’s Night Circus is a curious journey down a musical rabbit hole, featuring a blend of apocalyptic fairytale steampop with a touch of the circus.”
Alice (Julia Scott) tells incredible stories through her music and style – much like The Dresden Dolls/Amanda Palmer, Alice’s Night Circus lies in the obscure and alternative.
Eyre Llew is an atmospheric ambient-rock trio from Nottingham UK who have been performing to audiences worldwide since selling out their debut show in May 2015.
The group’s atmospheric sound fills their music with an immense depth, evoking many emotions and creating a sense of calm.
Eyre Llew will also be recording a split album and touring Asia with Korean group In The Endless Zanhyang We Are, following a successful UK tour together.
Double-sided noise-pop, DIY & grunge band.
The female vocals of False Advertising create an instant relation to naughties grunge groups such as No Doubt. Despite their clear grunge influences and attitudes, False Advertising has a much more controlled vocal somewhat reminiscent of the pop stylings of early Avril Lavigne.
A two piece band from Sheffield, playing aggressive soul, absorbing life and singing about it.
Hot Soles describe their sound as ‘aggressive soul’, a term that seems perfectly befitting. There is a soulfulness to their lyrics, almost hidden by the energy of the vocals. Just when Hot Soles have a sound that often feels comfortable and familiar, though you’re never sure what is around the corner.
Yes, it rhymes with ‘Mega
Love Ssega’s sound is a mix of New Wave and 80 hip hop seamlessly blended into a smart pop sound.
Love Ssega is a name many are familiar with in the UK, having lent his voice to Clean Bandit tracks Mozart’s House and Telephone Banking. He’s been regularly played on BBC Radio 1 and Beats 1.
Red Rum Club
Red Rum Club is a sextet from Liverpool, combing sounds of old and new channelling ‘Tarntino-esque’ wild western vibes with the help of a solitary trumpet. Liverpool influenced they deliver a modern twist of poetic yet catchy lyrics and melodies that blend to make the sound that is unmistakably, Red Rum Club.
Playing at Zandari marks the first international performance for Red Rum Club. Their music is perfectly rooted to Liverpool through the Scouse twang of Francis Doran, though takes you on a musical journey with a sound that certainly doesn’t stick to any stereotypes. When performing live the group are immensely engaging, surprising, and above all – true to their recorded sound, if not better.
The ticket purchase link, for English-speaking festival-goers, should be live on Monday 27th August, follow Zandari Festa on Facebook for updates.