Zandari Festa 2015 – Five Questions with Diealright

Zandari Festa 2015 will take place in Hongdae from October 2 – 4.  In order to spotlight some of the talent performing at this year’s event, Korea Gig Guide and our friends at Do Indie are teaming up to ask a bunch of acts five simple questions.

Diealright

For this installment, we’re talking to Song-Hwa Chae, guitarist vocalist of Seoul’s electric Diealright. From their unique dirgy rock sound to their enigmatic vocals and stage presence, they are a unique force in the Hongdae scene. Now let’s get to Chae’s answers!

1) Why are you excited to be performing at Zandari Festa 2015?

As Zandari Festa is one of the biggest fests in the Hongdae area, I am very excited about performing at it. I believe it will be beneficial to our career.

2) What can people expect from a Diealright live show?

They can expect something powerful and wild. Some people may feel differently about our music, though.

3) For fest-goers not familiar with Diealright yet, what should they know about you?

There is nothing you need to know before enjoying our show. It is enough to share the same feelings and moments there.

4) Aside from performing, what else would you like to do during Zandari Festa 2015?

As a lot of bands perform at the fest, we’re planning to watch other bands play.

5) It’s important to stay hydrated at music festivals. What’s your festival drink of choice?

Beer is best!

For more information about Diealright, check out their Facebook page here.  To learn more about Zandari Festa 2015, you can check out the festival’s website here and its Facebook page here.

Zandari Festa 2015 – Five Questions with Burning Monkeys

Zandari Festa 2015 will take place in Hongdae from October 2 – 4.  In order to spotlight some of the talent performing at this year’s event, Korea Gig Guide and our friends at Do Indie are teaming up to ask a bunch of acts five simple questions.

Burning Monkeys

For this installment, we’re talking to Ji-Hwan Kim, frontman of Seoul garage punk act Burning Monkeys. With infectious energy and crowd-electrifying stage performances they are certainly not to be missed. Now let’s get to his answers!

1) Why are you excited to be performing at Zandari Festa 2015?

Burning Monkeys have never been listed on the Zandari lineup because in the past we always applied to play after the deadline. Even though we performed at the 2013 festival in place of a band who canceled their performance, this is our first time being included in the official lineup.

2) What can people expect from a Burning Monkeys live show?

Our shows are extremely entertaining and full of passion.

3) For fest-goers not familiar with Burning Monkeys yet, what should they know about you?

The more active the audience is, the more powerful Burning Monkeys play! So if people go crazy we can make a great rocking party together!

4) Aside from performing, what else would you like to do during Zandari Festa 2015?

We’re looking forward to hanging out and having fun with everyone!

5) It’s important to stay hydrated at music festivals. What’s your festival drink of choice?

Water will be mandatory as it’s going to get hot inside the club where we’re performing. Still, our members’ favorite drink is beer!

For more information about Burning Monkeys, check out their Facebook page here.  To learn more about Zandari Festa 2015, you can check out the festival’s website here and its Facebook page here.

Zandari Festa 2015 – Five Questions with Tsunami Ride

Zandari Festa 2015 will take place in Hongdae from October 2 – 4.  In order to spotlight some of the talent performing at this year’s event, Korea Gig Guide and our friends at Do Indie are teaming up to ask a bunch of acts five simple questions.

Tsunami Ride

For this installment, we’re talking with bassist Aleksey Kulikov from the hard-rocking Tsunami Ride out of Vladivostok, Russia. Heavy guitars, melodies, and screams mixed together with hard-firing drums make this six-piece, self-dubbed “far east groove/southern” band stand out. Now let’s get to Kulikov’s answers!

1) Why are you excited to be performing at Zandari Festa 2015?

It’s a great experience to be a part of an international music festival. Different countries, people, and cultures collected in one area all create a great atmosphere. You can hear something new, share your experiences, and meet new people. Isn’t it awesome? We think it is. Some band members have already participated in Zandari Festa as a part of other acts and we’re excited to hit the stage with bands we’ve already played with like Korea’s Apollo 18. Those guys are sick and we remember the crowd went crazy during their performance. Besides that, we hope that Zandari Festa can help us to become frequent guests at Korean music festivals and make us more familiar to the Korean public.

2) What can people expect from a Tsunami Ride live show?

Unstoppable raw energy, mosh pits, headbanging, groovy sounds, and lots and lots of fun! In other words, be ready to unleash all the energy and emotions you keep inside.

3) For fest-goers not familiar with Tsunami Ride yet, what should they know about you?

Well, we’re a Russian band from a city called Vladivostok that’s considered to be the Russian gate to Asia. Our music is a mix of groove metal and southern rock. And although our band is based in Vladivostok, I am actually living in Korea at the moment. We’re friendly guys and are always free to talk, have a drink, and have fun so for all those who want to have a chat with us and hang out during the festival, please do so!

4) Aside from performing, what else would you like to do during Zandari Festa 2015?

As musicians we want to meet new people, make new acquaintances, promote ourselves, and be a part of this big Zandari family. As tourists we’d like to do some sightseeing, some shopping maybe and of course, visit bars. And maybe we’ll have a chance to have some other gigs during our stay in Korea.

5) It’s important to stay hydrated at music festivals. What’s your festival drink of choice?

Water, energy drinks, and beer. Liquid is very important during the show especially when you give all of yourself to a crowd. So we’ll need a lot of it!

For more information about Tsunami Ride, check out their Facebook page here.  To learn more about Zandari Festa 2015, you can check out the festival’s website here and its Facebook page here.

Zandari Festa 2015 – Five Questions with Jon Byrne

Zandari Festa 2015 will take place in Hongdae from October 2 – 4.  In order to spotlight some of the talent performing at this year’s event, Korea Gig Guide and our friends at Do Indie are teaming up to ask a bunch of acts five simple questions.

Jon Byrne --1

For this installment, we’re talking with British singer-songwriter Jon Byrne.

1) Why are you excited to be performing at Zandari Festa 2015?

It is my first time In Korea and Asia so it’s a totally new experience for me which I am really looking forward to. The festival looks amazing and I’m looking forward to listening to some Korean bands and learning more about Korean music. As a storyteller this is a great opportunity for me to experience a different culture and take in all that’s around me, breathe it in, and let it become part of me. This is what excites me.

2) What can people expect from a Jon Byrne live show? 

My stepmother died 10 years back, she loved to paint and she had this box she used to carry her paints around in. After she died my dad gave me the box saying she had left it to me. I took the paints out and painted this huge sun on the wall in my studio. When all the paint was used up I put a microphone in the box and a friend of mine reinforced it with steel plates, it works great as a stomp box, acting like a heartbeat running through my songs. I feel like a freight train flying across America at top speed as I stomp a steady beat chugging my guitar and howling down my harmonica.

I try to make my one-man show entertaining, upbeat, real, honest, and powerful and I believe I have every piece of passion possible for what I do and sing about. I live and almost die with that passion on stage. I also like to break my set down with some ballads sang on piano.

3) For fest-goers not familiar with Jon Byrne yet, what should they know about you? 

What I write about most is things that have happened in my life. The place where I grew up is a small and hard-hitting ship building town called Barrow-in-Furness. It’s full of warm and colourful eccentric characters. A very British thing! This is something that lives and breathes in my music. I believe that God placed within my spirit a great social awareness and empathy of the lives that are happening around me. There is a good deal of dark humour in most of my songs that I hope that Korean audiences will enjoy and find some interest in.

4) Aside from performing, what else would you like to do during Zandari Festa 2015?

I have never been to a festival overseas so I’m looking forward to experiencing it, I have looked online at the festival and it looks fantastic. I don’t know a great deal about Korean music so I’m looking forward to watching some bands and artists perform, gathering some inspiration, and also hopefully checking out other things that might be happening aside from the music.

5) It’s important to stay hydrated at music festivals. What’s your festival drink of choice?

I no longer drink alcohol. I say this as it used to be my only drink of choice and it certainly never kept me hydrated, so it’s just good old water for me now and maybe a lovely cup of tea and the end of the day.

For more information about Jon Byrne, check out his Facebook page here.  To learn more about Zandari Festa 2015, you can check out the festival’s website here and its Facebook page here.

 

 

Get Sweaty with Galaxy Express on September 5

Just a few weeks after I was bounced through the crowd during their Busan International Rock Festival set, I was sitting down for a coffee with Galaxy Express vocalist/guitarist Park Jonghyun to discuss the band’s new album, rock ‘n’ roll antics, and upcoming album release show. “Hi, I’m Jonghyun, the most handsome guy from my band,” he jokes by way of introduction.

Tom and Jonghyun

Beginning his rock career in a Ramones cover band named Mowgli, Park was first inspired to pick up the guitar as a high school student after hearing Nirvana’s seminal album, “Nevermind.” Soon after he was drawn into the sweaty world of punk rock.

“I saw Crying Nut on television and I was really shocked,” he recalls. “Then I went to their club called Drug and I was even more shocked. I couldn’t believe it. I was like a virgin in there. People were packed in the space and everyone was sweating so much. Everyone was going crazy! The electricity went out. It was a sh*t hole, but it felt so alive.”

Park has come a long way since then, but it’s that same infectious rock ‘n’ roll spirit that has inspired Galaxy Express’ own attitude. “Our first album was a DIY album. We recorded it using a small mic and an MD [MiniDisc recorder],” he told me. In fact, he can’t even remember what they called it and no longer has a copy.

Since such humble beginnings, Galaxy Express has gone on to share the stage with Crying Nut countless times, eventually releasing a split EP together in 2011 called “Naughty Boy.”

Galaxy Express,photogrpaher Manchul Kim, Korea
Galaxy Express (photo by Manchul Kim)

Now a rock ‘n’ roll powerhouse in their own right, Galaxy Express are a musical tour de force that have earned their reputation as one of the most exciting live acts in the country. Aside from their chant along melodies, the band is famous for their trademark “stacking” in which Park performs while straddling bassist Lee Juhyun’s shoulders like a human totem pole.

Having performed their stage antics around the world, I wondered what their craziest experience was? “Vladivostok at last year’s V-Rox festival,” Park explained. “Juhyun drank so much vodka the night before. When we came to sound check, he couldn’t move at all. We gave him a chair, but he couldn’t play anything. He was like a zombie. He vomited on the stage during sound check.”

But somehow the show went on. “He was amazing,” Park continued. “When we started the show, he was so normal. Right after finishing the show, he started going down the steps and he vomited on them!”

Turning to more sober matters, the band’s latest offering, “Walking on Empty” took a year and a half to record, and is a labor of love. While the initial recording was done in Chuncheon, the final mastering was done by Miles Showell at Abbey Road Studios in London.

Park says it reflects the amount of thought and time that went into making it. Having completed their 2010 album, “Wild Days,” in just 30 days, this time they opted to take things slowly.

Being less restrained for time allowed them produce a more sophisticated work that Park describes as a “calmer, more relaxed, and more detailed” album. “We could focus our bodies and our playing.”

The band views the result as their best album to date. From the raucous “Running on Empty” which packs a familiar raw punch to the more psychedelic “Booster,” the album refuses to be bound by a single style. “All 10 tracks are different from each other. They all have their own character,” Park adds.

In addition to the Busan International Rock Festival, the band recently played at the Ansan Valley Rock Festival too. While Park enjoys playing outside with an open sky, he remains attached to the more intimate experience of playing club shows: “Small clubs are more fun because people get sweaty and it’s more sticky.”

You will have a chance to get sticky with Galaxy Express on September 5 when they perform at their official album release show  for “Walking on Empty” at Sangsang Madang.  They’ll be performing their new offering in its entirety with a session guitarist plus a number of old favorites as a three piece. “So you can enjoy the old school and the 2015 version of Galaxy Express,” Park says. Expect a set that will last at least an hour and a half.

Galaxy Express’ September 5 show at Sangsang Madang starts at 7 pm. Tickets are 30,000 won in advance and 35,000 won at the door. Goonam, The Veggers, and Fling will open the concert. For more information, check out the show’s Facebook event page here.

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Zandari Festa 2015 – Five Questions with Burning Hepburn

Zandari Festa 2015 will take place in Hongdae from October 2 – 4.  In order to spotlight some of the talent performing at this year’s event, Korea Gig Guide and our friends at Do Indie are teaming up to ask a bunch of acts five simple questions.

Burning Hepburn

For this installment, we’re talking with vocalist and guitarist Wonsuk Song from the Korean punk band Burning Hepburn.

1) Why are you excited to be performing at Zandari Festa 2015?

There are several big music festivals in Korea, but Zandari is a music festival held in Hongdae and all off the bands are participating voluntarily. These things make Zandari an exciting and highly anticipated event.

2) What can people expect from a Burning Hepburn live show?

We haven’t had many chances to play gigs recently because we’ve been working on a new album. But at Zandari Festa, we’re going to release all of our pent-up energy.

3) For fest-goers not familiar with Burning Hepburn yet, what should they know about you?

People who have seen us perform or have listened to our music have told up that our music is very moving. And some people have said our music is like their own life story. For anyone who is not familiar with us, please come check us out with an open mind!

4) Aside from performing, what else would you like to do during Zandari Festa 2015?

We want to watch lots of other bands play.

5) It’s important to stay hydrated at music festivals. What’s your festival drink of choice?

Beer!

For more information about Burning Hepburn, check out their Facebook page here.  To learn more about Zandari Festa 2015, you can check out the festival’s website here and its Facebook page here.

New Generation of Ska 2015

For the second year in a row, the last Saturday of August is the most important date for fans of ska and reggae in Korea.

For nine years now, New Generation of Ska has been a declaration, a brand, and a rallying call — not to mention a ton of fun. The concert series, started by Ryu Jinsuk in 2006, upgraded to a free street festival last year, bringing bands from Japan as well as the Bruce Lee Band from the US. They played in the car-free Yonsei-ro street that spans between Sinchon Station and the intersection in front of Yonsei University.

Ryu Jinsuk fronts Skasucks at the 2014 New Generation of Ska Festival.
Ryu Jinsuk fronts Skasucks at the 2014 New Generation of Ska Festival.

Thanks to the personal and financial sacrifice of Ryu and his team, dubbed Team New Generation of Ska, the festival reached thousands and was voted the 9th best ska festival in the world in Ready Steady Ska’s “Best of 2014” poll. Through crowdsourcing they surpassed their original goal of 15 million won thanks to 171 individual donors, but still it wasn’t enough to cover all their costs.

“We did get more money than our initial target, but you have to remember that our members have already sunk a lot of their own personal money into this project,” said Ryu in an interview with Broke in Korea. “Honestly, because we had made such a loss on last year’s festival we had decided right from the start that this year’s festival would be on a smaller scale.”

The venue was moved indoors to EMU, a multupurpose art hall next to Gyeonghuigung and Seoul Museum of History downtown. All four levels of the venue, from the basement stage to the roof, will be used during the festival, with plans for exhibitions on ska, live painting, a flea market, and food. They decided to charge money for this year’s festival with tickets costing 30,000 won in advance and 40,000 won at the door,  but that’s still very low for 10 great bands from Korea, Japan, and America.

Anyway, it was looking to be a scaled back year for Team New Generation of Ska, until they were contacted out of the blue by Rob “Bucket” Hingley, lead vocalist of legendary New York ska band The Toasters.

“My buddy Mike Park told me about the scene there so naturally I wanted to come and check it out,” said Bucket in an interview with Broke.

Rather than bringing all six members of the band, Bucket is meeting up with Japanese band Beat Bahnhof who will serve as his backing band.

“The backing band was a matter of expediency as the festival couldn’t afford to fly the whole band from the USA as they are a non-profit and so that price tag was too high,” explained Bucket to Broke. “At this year’s edition of the London International Ska Festival [Beat Bahnhof] proposed the idea of myself playing with them in order to be able to go to Japan in September and so we were able to develop the concept and add NGOSKA to that set of dates. Serendipitously as it turned out but I will take it!”

The Toasters formed in 1981 shortly after Bucket, an Englishman, moved to New York. He brought with him a love for Jamaican music, but at the time there was little awareness of the genre. He started The Toasters as an American 2tone band, and he formed Moon Ska Records to distribute music, basically igniting the ska scene in America which culminated with several years of popularity in the late ’90s.

This year’s festival may not be as flashy as last year’s, but with a solid mix of great Korean bands including Kingston Rudieska, South Carnival, and Skasucks, as well as newcomers Respects and John Stocktone rounding out the lineup it will still be a great day.

The New Generation of Ska Fest 2015 takes place on August 29. The festival starts at 2 pm and tickets are 30,000 won in advance and 40,000 won at the door. Performers include The Toasters, Beat Bahnhof, Lazybone, Skasucks, Burning Hepburn, Pegurians, John Stocktone, South Carnival, Respects, and Kingston Rudieska.

RSVP and learn more on Facebook.

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Pentaport Celebrates Its Tenth Anniversary with Another Memorable Outing

Written by Brian Gilbert and Nadia Arnold

There is nothing like that feeling of walking out of the subway station at the end of Line 1 and hearing music from the main Pentaport Stage pounding in the distance. Music charges the air and the electricity of the moment can be felt throughout your body. After all, this is what the Incheon Pentaport Rock Festival does best: music.

Pentaport

Now in its tenth year, Pentaport remains one of the country’s top summer outings and features plenty of cool acts from around the world playing over the course of three days. From when the first indie bands took the stage around lunchtime each day right through until the final acts finished up in the wee hours of the morning, the music never stopped. As each performer took their final bow, festival goers marched to the next stage as another amazing act was just starting up. At an international rock festival of this magnitude, being able to go from stage to stage and band to band with ease is heaven. The main Pentaport Stage and the secondary Dream Stage were situated incredibly close together with the Dream Stage protected from the booming sounds of the main stage by its domed enclosure. Meanwhile, the smaller Shinhan Card Stage was great for checking out more independent acts playing their hardest as they reached out to the plethora of new fans waiting around every corner of the Pentaport grounds. Visiting these three areas amounted to all of about a 10-minute walk, leaving festival goers ample time to see as much of the array of bands as they wanted.

Penta Dream Stage
The Dream Stage (photo courtesy of the Incheon Pentaport Rock Festival/ Yescom Entertainment)

To ensure everyone had a non-stop rock experience, in addition to the three bigger stages, Pentaport added on even more in order to keep the entire grounds filled with music. In a clearing behind the back lawn of the Pentaport Stage seating area, there was a much smaller stage called the Zippo One Love Stage. Groups such as Kim Banjang and Windy City, No. 1 Korean, and South Carnival played there after their performances on the Pentaport Stage providing an awesome opportunity to see them again in a more intimate setting.

This year, there was still one more stage for people to see, and the beauty of the final one was that you didn’t even need a ticket to check it out! The Uprising Open Stage was set up outside of the venue and was free for everyone to attend. Seeing up-and-coming Seoul alt-rock trio Guten Birds playing their soundtrack to the thundering rains on the Uprising Open Stage was definitely one of the weekend’s musical high points.

Inside the gates, there were plenty of other highlights too. Saturday’s headliners, Seotaiji Band, ignited the crowd with their impressive performance. Topping Sunday’s bill, The Prodigy were probably one of the weekend’s biggest surprises for us.  The thumping sounds of songs like “Breathe” and “Firestarter” from the group’s 1997 chart-topping album “The Fat of the Land” and the title track from their most recent full-length offering, March’s “The Day Is My Enemy,” must have been heard many kilometers away from the venue!

Photo courtesy of the Incheon Pentaport Rock Festival/ Yescom Entertainment
The Prodigy (photo courtesy of the Incheon Pentaport Rock Festival/ Yescom Entertainment)

Larry’s Pizza from China were an energizing wakeup call late Saturday morning on the Shinhan Card Stage. Hongdae regulars Maan put on an absolutely incredible show Saturday afternoon – even if it only lasted for 18 minutes! And Annyeongbada played a great ethereal set following Seotaiji on Saturday night.

Each year at pretty much every festival, concert goers say things like “How will they top this?”, “Nothing will be as good as _____,” etc. However, we all know there’s always something extraordinary to look forward to next year. More and more people will line the streets and more and more music will pound into our eardrums as long as Pentaport keeps lighting up Incheon one weekend a year with some of the best music the planet has to offer. Congrats on your tenth birthday Pentaport, we can’t wait to see what you present to music fans over the next decade!

Photo courtesy of the Incheon Pentaport Rock Festival/ Yescom Entertainment
(photo courtesy of the Incheon Pentaport Rock Festival/ Yescom Entertainment)

Zandari Festa 2015 – Five Questions with Shima Shima Electric

Zandari Festa 2015 will take place in Hongdae from October 2 – 4.  In order to spotlight some of the talent performing at this year’s event, Korea Gig Guide and our friends at Do Indie are teaming up to ask a bunch of acts five simple questions.

Shima Shima Electric

For this installment, we’re talking with bassist Natsuki Hirano from Japanese bass-and-drums rock duo Shima Shima Electric.

1) Why are you excited to be performing at Zandari Festa 2015?

We want to perform around the world and we want people from all over the world to know about our band.  Zandari Festa is Korea’s largest showcase festival and features many great Korean and overseas acts so we feel really honored to be performing there.  We hope we can learn lots of things from all the other bands we’ll meet and play with.

2) What can people expect from a Shima Shima Electric live show?

We have only a bass-and-drums setup, but the deep and profound sounds we create will make you think that there’s more than just two of us playing!  Since both of us sing, we’re also able to use our voices to add more depth to the music.  I think the thrilling sounds of our bass-and-drums-driven songs will excite people at Zandari Festa who are seeing us for the first time.

3) For fest-goers not familiar with Shima Shima Electric yet, what should they know about you?

Yoko and I started Shima Shima Electric in March 2012 and released our first music video in June 2012 for our song “Space Pusher.”  In July 2014, we put out our full-length debut, “Kagakuno Kodomo.”  We’ve collaborated with Yuji Katsui from the popular Japanese band Rovo in the past, and in March of this year we did our first American tour.

4) Aside from performing, what else would you like to do during Zandari Festa 2015?

If we have time, we would like to eat Korean food and experience Korean culture.  This will be our first time visiting Korea, so we’re looking forward to walking around the streets and meeting Korean people.  In Japan, many people love Korean dramas, study Korean, and are very interested in learning about Korea.  We want to be able to speak Korean one day.

5) It’s important to stay hydrated at music festivals. What’s your festival drink of choice?

While we’re in Korea for Zandari Festa, we want to drink baekseju.  A friend gave us some before and it was so delicious!

For more information about Shima Shima Electric, check out their Facebook page here. To learn more about Zandari Festa 2015, you can check out the festival’s website here and its Facebook page here.

Zandari Festa 2015 – Five Questions with Romantiqua

Zandari Festa 2015 will take place in Hongdae from October 2 – 4.  In order to spotlight some of the talent performing at this year’s event, Korea Gig Guide and our friends at Do Indie are teaming up to ask a bunch of acts five simple questions.

Romantiqua

For this installment, we’re talking with drummer Anton Brinza from Seoul spacey instrumental rockers Romantiqua. How to describe the group’s sound? Well, imagine Earth is being invaded by aliens and pitched in its final battle for survival. Romantiqua is there belting out a sonic serenade to our final moments. No one really knows if we’ll survive this moment, but it sure as sh#t feels epic! The band recently released a new recording and last month played both the Ansan Valley Rock Festival and Jeju’s Stepping Stone Festival. Now let’s get to Brinza’s answers!

1) Why are you excited to be performing at Zandari Festa 2015?

For musicians like us who play in Hongdae frequently, Zandari Festa is like the best slice of pie in the shop. It’s an exciting weekend in Hongdae, when the indie music center of the country becomes even more lively, engaging, and approachable than it normally is. Somehow, given the chaos of clubs and timetables and people and energy, it’s always a relaxing weekend.

2) What can people expect from a Romantiqua live show?

The answers to all of life’s problems.

3) For fest-goers not familiar with Romantiqua yet, what should they know about you?

We’re an instrumental band on the Gogol Records label. Even though we’re labeled as a post-rock group, we straddle a fine line when it comes to the expected post-rock sound. There are a lot of different influences going on in our music, and some people aren’t really comfortable calling us post-rock. If we’re doing it correctly, then someday we hope to earn the label “Romantiqua-rock.” Or I prefer “Romantiquaesque.” Even if it takes twenty or more years, that’s sort of what all artists strive to attain. Also, one of our members has a love affair with chocolate, and a lot of people think that two of the band members are foreigners, but there is only one.

4) Aside from performing, what else would you like to do during Zandari Festa 2015?

Zandari provides the perfect opportunity to check out new bands, or established bands that you’ve heard about but never had a chance to see live. The timetables may look chaotic, but the festival is actually organized so well that there’s never much of a problem. The long sets that all of the bands get really make it manageable. And with more international groups and promoters coming every year it’s becoming a really great place to network.

5) It’s important to stay hydrated at music festivals. What’s your festival drink of choice?

Romantiqua’s Romance Tips, #42: If you see a pretty girl or an attractive fellow with a cocktail, ask what they’re drinking. Claim that you’ve never tried that particular drink before and that you’re dying of curiosity. Take a sip when they offer, act impressed. Flirt accordingly. This is also effective, to a certain extent, when you’re low on cash!

For more information about Romantiqua, check out their Facebook page here.  To learn more about Zandari Festa 2015, you can check out the festival’s website here and its Facebook page here.