Since its inception, DOINDIE has always had a close relationship with Zandari Festa. They were one of the first organisations to support our vision, the first event for which we ever gave away tickets, and over the years we’ve become increasingly involved in the festival. This year we are working with Zandari again, right in the thick of things as part of the organisation’s team. One of our jobs has been to liaise with bands coming to play from abroad, which means we’ve been lucky enough to see in advance who’s coming to the festival. As the weeks have gone on, it’s safe to say that it’s been getting more difficult to contain our excitement about the line-up. Each time an application came in we went straight to Youtube to preview the band, and we were blown away by the quality of the bands applying. One of the things we’re most excited about are this year’s two ‘Special Stages’ (well, there will be three of them actually actually... hint hint… but, more on that in another article). One of these has just been officially announced, so thankfully we need not keep it to ourselves anymore (phew, we thought we might burst!)
Being from Britain and having this passion for music makes me (in my opinion) an ideal candidate to write an article on what promises to be one of the highlights of the festival, Zandari Festa’s BRITISH NIGHT. The official title of the show is ‘Sound City Takeover at Zandari Festa’ (perhaps not the catchiest title we’ve ever heard, but who cares what it’s called! More important is who will be playing!).
Let’s start off with what this show is all about. Liverpool Sound City is an annual music festival and industry conference held in the home of rock’n’roll, Liverpool, England. When it was first founded, Sound City was very much like Zandari, a club based city festival located in the city centre. Last year, Liverpool Sound City was relocated to Bramley-Moore Dock in Liverpool's historic docklands. Over the years Liverpool Sound City has seen some amazing, world-class acts, including Florence and the Machine, The Maccabees, The xx, The Kooks, Ed Sheeran,The Vaccines, The Flaming Lips, Belle and Sebastian, The Coral, Pete Doherty and many others. These are all famous artists you probably know and love already, but the chances are that when they first played at Liverpool Sound City you would have had no idea who a lot of them they were. That is one of the best things about the festival (and another thing it has in common with Zandari), they, at Liverpool Sound City (just like us here at Zandari) place a lot of emphasis on supporting up-and-coming talent and giving them a platform from which they can take the next step in their careers.
Now we know what the Sound City part of the title stands for, so what about the ‘takeover at Zandari’ part? Well, as you may or may not know, Zandari Festa and Liverpool Sound City festival have been partners for a few years now. Since 2013 Korean bands have been over to play at Liverpool Sound city annually, in 2013 Apollo 18, Gate Flowers, Goonam & Galaxy Express all made appearences at the festival and more recently, in 2016 57, Patients, Laybricks, We Are The Night, Dead Buttons and DTSQ all made the trip as well. Last year Sound City (in partnership with Arts Council England and the British Council) sent over 6 English artists to perform showcase slots at Zandari as well. The artists had an incredible response from Korean audience members and industry professionals alike. In 2016 the partnership is going one step further, with Sound City hosting its very own special stage at Zandari, which explains the ‘take over’ part of the title!
See, the title is not as silly as it sounds once you know what it’s all about.
Sound City Takeover at Zandari Festa promises to be one of the highlights of the year, and features some of the best emerging artists to come out of Britain. If Sound City’s track record is anything to go by, some of the artists you will see here in Korea may well go on to be some of the world’s future superstars. They have chosen a total of 6 artists to play at Zandari, and each will play individual showcase concerts during the weekend along with the Sound City Takeover stage, during which 5 of the bands will put on what is sure to be an excellent show.
Without further ado, let’s take a look at the bands that will be coming over …
* All these bands will be appearing on the British Night special stage (Club Freebird - Sat 1st Oct @ 10:30 PM). Access to the special stages is for special ticket holders only, but all the bands will also be playing their own individual showcase concerts at Zandari as well (which normal day ticket holders will be able to attend). For individual showcase times, please check out the Zandari SNS pages.
Atlas Wynd are a two piece garage rock duo formed two years ago by Peter Chapman (vocals and guitar) and Harry Sotnick (Drums). The band originally formed in the Northeast of England but are now based in the middle of Brighton and its critically acclaimed rock scene. The band delivers straight up rock, loud! The driving guitars and full-force drums make Atlas Wynd what they are and provides you with a wall of sound that is sure to make you feel like you have been hit by a truck.
COQUIN MIGALE (pronounced "Co-kane Mig-elle) are from Newcastle. The band consists of Alex Soper (guitar / vocals), Stevie Kane (bass), Josh Holmes (drums) and Jack Brooks (guitar). ‘Grindie’, their first single via renowned indie label Fierce Panda, represents a winningly grin-worthy carcrash of grunge and indie. The track instantly got picked up by BBC Radio 1 DJ Huw Stephens and was made his Tip Of The Week. The band have gone on to appear at some of the UK’s premier music festivals including an headline slot on the the BBC introducing stage at Reading and Leeds festivals.
I Set The Sea On Fire are an alternative rock band who are making a name for themselves as the next massive thing to come out of Sheffield. The band combine traditional indie with elements of funk, grunge and hip Hop to create a truly unique sound that is hard to describe, it is hard even for the band themselves, so they have settled on comparing it to an off shore oil rig explosion, but with less screams and a lot more trumpet. The band are well known for their high octane live shows, which have been described as a "Powerfully energetic set which could get the dead dancing, but with some of the most beautiful harmonies I've heard live in a long time".
Merseyside’s She Drew The Gun recently released their debut Album, Memories of the Future. The album is a dark but dreamlike collection of stories from Roach’s life and imagination, caught in a bubble of psych-tinged pop. Thanks to their melodic, storytelling, political, hypnotic music the band have already garnered a long list of admirers including BBC6 Music’s Steve Lamacq and Edith Bowman and James Skelly from The Coral who signed them to his Skeleton Key Records label, and produced their debut album. The band were also recently crowned winners of the Glastonbury 2016 Emerging Talent Competition, which earned them a slot on one of the festival's main stages.
Sugarmen (born, bred and based in Liverpool) with their infectious choruses, lyrical wit, great attitude and a growing reputation for intense live shows has marked them out as definite ‘ones to watch’ for a while now. Despite their young age the band has already opened for Blur, Paul Weller and The Who and continue to attract new fans at a rate of knots. You can tell if a band is going to be good by taking a peek at their record collection. Sugermen’s collection is said to contain everything from The Clash to Orange Juice. Hooton Tennis Club to Peace. From Parquet Courts to Alvvays. From The Velvet Underground to Wild Beasts. Enough said.
Elle Exxe is a wild and charismatic performer who has been singing and writing songs since the age of 15. Her powerful voice and self-styled (and super infectious) electro rock pop sound has won her an adoring legion of fans. Her explosive live shows are simply mesmerising and she has made an instant impression in the British Pop scene with all her first releases winning rave reviews from the critics. She has had airplay on over 100 North American radio stations, 50 UK radio stations and already sold out some of London’s favourite venues such as, 229, The Lexington, The Social, Koko (part of Club NME) and many more!
* Although not taking part in the Sound City Takeover evening Elle Exxe will be playing a showcase set at Zandari and is flying over as part of the Sound City group.
Written By: Patrick Connor
Korean Translation: Doyeon Lim (임도연)
Editing: Rock N Rose
💙 Date: 2016.9.30. ~ 2016.10.3
Special Ticket* : 100,000 won (Adv) | 110,000 won (Door)
1 Day Tickets : 30,000 won (Adv) | 33,000 won (Door)
2 Day Tickets : 50,000 won (Adv) | 55,000 won (Door)
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*Special Tickets will get you into everything that is happening at Zandari Festa 2016 (opening & closing parties, special stages, conferences and of course, all the showcase shows. They will even throw in a bit of Zandari merch as well).
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