Visual Kei and Kpop Collide in Camden This February

(l-r) Kaya, Satsuki, Storyseller and Choi Soo Min

Japan’s visual kei rockers Kaya and Satsuki will share a stage with South Korea’s all girl pop-rock unit Storyseller, as well as the country’s crossover pop pianist Choi Soo Min at the Camden Underworld in London on Tuesday 21 February 2012. Will it be a match made in heaven? We’ll have to wait and see, but it will certainly be a match for the wealthy – tickets, which go on sale from 14 November, are set at £25. Let’s hope that price tag doesn’t put the average music fan off from attending.

This will be the first time any of the artists have been part of a European tour, as well as one of the rare occasions where all four will perform on the same stage. In mainland Europe Kaya and Satsuki are touring independently from Storyseller and Choi Soo Min.

Kaya is a respected name amongst the underground visual kei scene in Japan and he (it’s not a typo) was originally signed to a record label belonging to Mana, one of the biggest figures in the genre.  Kaya was also part of the darkwave duo Schwarz Stein, Isola and Meties. Satsuki was the vocalist of the visual kei unit Rentrer en Soi, whose CDs were released here via Gan Shin Records. He’s also had one of his songs feature as the opener to the Japan-only PSP title Amnesia, and the film Cool Blue.

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