Three of Japan’s Hottest Indie Talents Play Exclusive Showcase in London and Birmingham this May

Japan Underground will pull off a two-day showcase featuring three of Japan’s hottest indie-rock acts this May. Collectively, the bands have toured with Oasis, rocked America – twice, dominated Japan’s Fuji Rock festival and caused a huge impact on their home country’s indie rock scene.


Now, all three, 8otto, Miila and the Geeks and NOKIES! are joining forces for a night of quiet possibly the best new music to come from Japan, and it’s taking place right here in the UK at The Pipeline in London on 14 May (FB event page) and Birmingham’s Hare & Hounds on 16 May (FB event page).

8otto (the ‘8’ is silent) performed at Japan’s coveted Fuji Rock festival last year and opened for Beady Eye as well as Oasis a few years prior. Their trademarked take on garage-rock is highlighted by their afro-donning frontman Masaki Maenosono, who belts out the group’s catchy vocals from behind a drumkit.


Blissfully cheerful indie-pop unit NOKIES! toured America in March and recently travelled across Japan supporting Casiokids. Now they’re heading to the UK for the first time and have already been causing a noise on Twitter about it with several musical figures tweeting about it.

Last but not least is Miila and the Geeks (video)- rated in Japan Times’ ‘Best of 2011’. This kooky female-fronted band is clearly influenced from the riot grrrl movement and Japan’s own trendy Shibuya kei style, and features a distinctively British swagger. Its vocalist Moe is also a resected figure in Tokyo unsigned scene, where she’s a member of several influential bands.

Miila and the Geeks

All three acts will perform between DJs sets of classic and new tracks from Japan’s rock, electronic and alternative genres.

Tickets are on sale now, priced at £6 in advance or £8 on the door. Door entry is half-price for anyone with an afro bigger than that of 8otto’s vocalist.

Tickets for London are now only available on the door, priced at £8.
Tickets for Birmingham are available by clicking here for £6 adv, £8 on the door.

Transport links:

London: The Pipeline is a 2 minute walk from Liverpool Street Station and within easy walking distance from Aldgate, Aldgate East and Shoreditch High Street stations.
Birmingham: The Hare & Hounds is located in the Kings Heath area of the city.  Bus numbers 50 and 35 stop directly outside the venue from city centre while 11a, 11c, 27, 69 also stop within easy walking distance.

Here’s some 8otto for ya;


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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