This year’s Zandari Festa promises to be a big one with a huge selection of both Korean and internationally regarded indie, electronic, funk, disco and more. We ploughed through the 100+ acts featured at this year’s festival to select our must-see acts.
Tel-Aviv based electronic songwriter Totemo is an absolute must see for this year’s Zandari. A collaborative project with the ever excellent Nightmares on Wax, Totemo brings a new found depth to his beats, with her lush, emotionally-driven songwriting. There’s elements of pop and r’n’b here all viewed through a uniquely eclectic prism with nods to trip-hop and ambience.
For fans of: FKA Twigs, Grimes, Bjork, The Books, iamamiwhoami.
Where to find them: Sangsang Madang, Sat 30th Sept, 9.30pm
Japanese duo Omni Sight bring their exciting electronic sound to Zandari on Saturday. Their sound involves rich ambient soundscapes washing over an eclectic range of beats from glitchy experimentalism to tropical dance. It’s a joyous sound, full of energy and it will be interesting to see how it translates into a live show.
For fans of: DJ Shadow, Lemon Jelly, The Books, Avalanches.
Where to find them: The Stump, Sat 30th Sept, 6.30pm
Ahead of the release of their debut album, the Nottingham based ambient-rock trio, Eyre Llew, will be playing at Zandari Festa this weekend. Very highly regarded by the likes of the BBC, Drowned in Sound, and Kerrang, Eyre Llew produce a rich and emotional style of post-rock infused alternative. These guys have been tipped for big things so who knows when the next chance to see them in Seoul might be. Don’t miss out.
For fans of: Sigur Ros, Explosions in the Sky, Godspeed You! Black Emperor
Where to find them: GOGOS2, Saturday 30th September, 9.30pm
Say Sue Me
Keun Soli’s first love (and indeed the first band we ever wrote about), Say Sue Me will be playing at this weekend’s festival. It’s been a massive year for our favorite surf-dreamers. They’ve been getting courted by high profile media outlets from all over the world including BBC, Bandcamp, Gold Flake Paint, The Fader and loads more. They also released their bumper self-titled album, a collection of various releases they’ve made over the years. If you’re not ready to let the summer die, go see Say Sue Me.
For fans of: Wavves, Best Coast, Beach Fossils, Surfer Blood.
Where to find them: Club Steel Face, Sat 30th Sept, 6pm
Bottlesmoker are one of the most original bands on this year’s lineup. The Indonesian electronic duo are known for splicing their upbeat danceable rhythms with experimental pop-centricsm. Because of their use of toy instruments, you’d be forgiven for thinking their music was cutesy on first listen. Listen a little deeper and you’ll find there’s a lot going on here. Get down to see them on Saturday and/or listen to their recent album Polarity.
For fans of: Dan Deacon, Passion Pit, Black Moth Super Rainbow, The Rugrats theme.
Where to find them: GOGOS2, Sat 30th Sept, 5.30pm
The relentless punk sounds of Scottish two-piece The Twistettes will be gracing us with their presence on the final day of Zandari Festa. The bass-driven, riot grrl alt is delivered with a healthy dollop of psychobilly. Think Bikini Kill x 80s Matchbox ÷ The Cramps and you’re about there.
For fans of: Bikini Kill, Babes in Toyland, The Cramps, Death From Above 1979.
Where to find them: GOGOS2, Sun 1st Oct, 6.30pm
Vaudou Game promise to be one of the stand-out performers at this weekends festival. The brain child of energetic front-man Peter Solo, Vaudou Game fuse a heavy influence of traditional Afro-funk with a love of 1970s Afro-American soul. Despite the historical influences here, the blindingly good results don’t back tread. Instead we get a sound that feels very immediate. This is definitely not one to miss.
For fans of James Brown, Reverend Jamel, Gil Scott-Heron, El Rego.
Where to find them: K-Art DDIMHALL, Fri 29th Sept, 8pm
Another artist we’ve previously covered is the excellent Neon Bunny. The singer-songwriter is the crown jewel of the k-pop scene making ethereal and emotional tracks that draw equally from her love of classic pop and more contemporary influences. Having worked with the likes of Demicar and the excellent Spazzkid between producing her own work, Neon Bunny’s not your usual k-pop artist.
For fans of Purity Ring, Phantogram, Chvrches, Chrome Sparks.
Where to find them: Club Crack, Sat 5th Sept, 5pm
Dead Buttons have been playing live shows non-stop for what feels like forever. This band are constantly touring around the country and beyond, treating listeners to their raw, driven psychedelia-tinged rock and roll. They’ll be following up the release of their new album, the excellent rabbit, with an appearance at this year’s Zamdoria Festa.
For fans of Thirteenth Floor Elevatora, Can, Black Keys, Bass Drum of Death.
Where to find them: Club Freebird, Sun 1st Oct, 5.30pm
Another firm Keun Soli favourite is Korean synth-pop gem Aseul. Having worked previously under the name Yukari, the artist changed in 2016 before the release of her excellent album New Pop. Since then Aseul has been busy playing a series of live dates and DJ sets around Seoul and released her new single Wake up. We’ve still not seen her live yet and couldn’t be more excited!
For fans of: Purity Ring, Grimes, M83, Chvrches, Neon Indian, Washed Out, Crystal Castles, FKA Twigs.
Where to find them: Evans Lounge, Friday 29th September, 7.30pm
For more info on Zandari Festa click here.
By Jamie Finn (@jamiefinn2209)