Japan Underground Returns to London on Sat 28 May

Japanese music, gaming, fashion and karaoke collide as the UK’s leading Japanese club night returns to London on Saturday 28 May, boasting a headline performance from the first British artist to be signed to a major Japanese record label; Bentley Jones. He has nearly 5 million YouTube hits and over 8 million units of have been sold that contain his music. There will also be a live performance from Japanese violinist’s Masa Futagami, which will feature cover of famous video game themes, including Mario, Zelda and Street Fighter.

The event, which aims to bring the excitement and energy of Tokyo’s electric night life to Britain, recently raised £6,000 for charities helping Japan. Hailed as ‘fantastic’ (Kerrang Radio), ‘fun’ (Absolute Radio) and making Living Social’s top 101 things to do before you die, Japan Underground has established itself as the place to be for fans of Japan’s rock, indie and metal music, as well as becoming the UK’s home for Japan’s visual kei movement, a genre of music where aesthetics and fashion are often regarded just as important as the music.

Live music will come from British J-pop star Bentley Jones and Japanese video game violinist Masa Futagami.

Bentley Jones has almost 5 million YouTube hits, 8 million units sold that feature his music and has produced songs for Cheryl Cole, Britney Spears and N-dubz and collaborated with Curtis Young, son of Dr. Dre. In Japan he became the first British artist to sign to a major label (EMI) where his music has reached top five chart success as well as finding itself in to the Sonic the Hedgehog and X-Files franchises. His new album TRANS//LATION 2, the follow up to his Japanese debut and the first album to be released in the UK, will be available exclusively at the event before its official release this summer.

”I’m always excited to play my Japanese material in places other than Tokyo,” comments Jones. “My latest album is pretty much a salute to all areas of my career so far, which of course includes my work in various territories, and bringing them all together on one project has made it all-the-more significant for me. It feels like the most suitable album to release before making my original debut in Asia.”

Japan Underground is also set to strengthen its ‘exciting… quirky and eccentric evening’ (Subba-Cultcha) by paying extra attention to the video game aspect of its mission to bring the excitement of Japan’s alternative night life to the UK. To achieve this it’s teamed up with the team behind retro gaming night Nintendisco to bring competitive gaming to the event.

David Lightfoot, co-director of Nintendisco says; “We are chuffed to be working with Japan Underground, we have been massive fans of Japanese culture; anime, music and of course video games for as long as we can remember. Japan Underground brings all of these elements together in one great club night environment, so it’s the perfect place for Nintendisco to be.”

Japanese violinist Masa Futagami will also be performing a very special video game-themed live session which will include covers from Final Fantasy, Mario and Zelda as well as a Street Fighter medley. Complementing that medley will be X-Men vs. Street Fighter tournaments on the Sega Saturn throughout the night. Attendees are also encouraged to bring their handheld consoles for multiplayer fun in the gaming zone, which also features pinball, retro arcade machines and five bowling lanes. Plus karaoke from On Board Karaoke! London’s most authentic Japanese style karaoke bar, with over 600,000 songs!

Tickets on sale now: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/118337

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About Tom Smith
Some say he's fuelled on nothing but energy drinks, and that when he visits Japan, he spends the whole time engaging the ground in an all too familiar way. But what we do know is that his words on the country's entertainment and culture find their way into NEO Magazine on a monthly basis, while everything else finds its way here. Be it quirky news item from the Land of the Rising Sun, or a story so gruesome it'd be rude not to pass it on, you'll find it here along with his general posts about life, work and most importantly play. And yes, he has had articles printed in the likes of MCV, GamesMaster, 360 Gamer and more, thanks for noticing.

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