Japan Underground: September in London & Birmingham

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Where: Bloomsbury Lanes, Bedford Way, London, WC1H 9EU. [map]
When: Saturday 3 September 2011.
Cinema Tickets: Free (read about the screenings here)
Music Club Night Tickets: £8 – 7pm-3am
The Facebook event page: [click here]
The Last.fm event page: [click here]

The UK’s leading Japanese entertainment night returns to its home at the Lanes in London, bringing with it free Asian films by day, and a fantastic Tokyo club night experience by night! Featuring live music from Unshin, a J-pop act based in the UK who combine contemporary beats with the soothing sound of Japan’s national instrument, the koto.

The unit will also be launching their debut CD Waltz for Broken Dolls at the show,  a concept album telling the story of a young girl’s journey struggling under the pressures of Japanese society but holding steady to her path. The album has already been hailed as “Amazing” by Japanese music website JaME and “Top notch!” by Music Maker Magazine. Below is vocalist Megumi Miyoshi’s charity single for Japan:

The will also be music DJed throughout the night from Japanese music journalist Tom Smith, selecting the finest tunes from Japan’s rock, indie, electronic and metal scenes. Don’t know much about Japanese music? Don’t worry! He’ll be throwing in some familiar western tracks to keep the floor dancing till the 3am curfew. Which songs depend on the audience, so be sure to let him know what makes your body rock.

We’ll also be joined by the guys at Nintendisco for night-long retro gaming tournaments! And if you have a Nintendo 3DS, bring it for a bit of street pass action!


Where: The Victoria, 48 John Bright Street, Birmingham, B1 1BN. [map]
When: Thursday 29 September 2011.
Tickets: £6 adv (WeGotTickets)
The Facebook event page: [click here]
The Last.fm event page: [click here]

Don’t worry Birmingham, we’re including you in on the action too! Our music night will be returning to the city along with the first British J-pop star, Bentley Jones! With over 5 million Youtube hits and 8 million units shifted featuring his music, Bentley Jones has now returned to the UK in an attempt to hit charts here. Gamers might recognise his tunes from the Sonic the Hedgehog and X-Files franchises.  His latest work sees him collaborating with Curtis Young, son of Dr. Dre. Below is his song used as the SEGA All-Stars Racing theme, So Much More;

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.

2 Responses to Japan Underground: September in London & Birmingham

  1. Pingback: Japan Underground: Cinema All Dayer « Japan Underground

  2. Matthew Willis says:

    So you’re going to be showing non Japanese films, Playing non Japanese music and having the abortion of an artist Bentley Jones who, lets be very honest, isnt a Jpop artist at all performing. Whats the name of your event again? Oh yeah. GRAET JERB.

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