SOCIALive vol.2: 8 Artists, 1 Stage… £3?! Sunday 30 December

GAKUNOWA is seeing the year out by organising its second show, aptly named SOCIALive vol.2. The event, taking place at The Old Queens Head between Angle and Essex Road Station in London on Sunday 30 December, will showcase eight London-based artists that have a Japanese element. Doors open at 7pm, the same time the first band hits the stage, and entry is a steal at a mere £3.

The schedule for the night is as follows;
7:00-7:20pm: Unisun
An eclectic collective of musicians that play music from a variety of sources (primarily Japanese) as well as original material. Check out their cover of Faye Wong’s ‘Eyes on Me’ here.

7:25-7:45pm: Kajon
We caught her supporting S.S.ROCKET’s at their final show and were blown away by her heartfelt, dreamy take on ambient pop. If you like KOKIA you’ll love Kajon.

7:50-8:10pm: Tito
To be fair, this is the one artist on the bill we’ve never heard of – and we can’t seem to find their homepage either.. but! According to the GAKUNOWA crew, Tito (pronounced ‘Tea Toe’) consists of spontaneously gathered pop creatures that will ease your mind with catchy and melodic tunes.

8:15-8:35pm: Flaviyake
Okay, we lied. We don’t know Flaviyake either. Its front lady says the name is a ‘combination of my Italian name Flaviya and a Japanese ending, created after visiting an exhibition of a Japanese fashion designer Issey Miyake’. So there. Anyway, if their set’s anything like their song ‘ELECTRONIC BOY‘, expect a Euro-pop dance feel.

Akari Mochizuki

8:40-9:15pm: Akari Mochizuki & Hibiki Ichikawa ft. Chapa
The most established of all the acts, this twosome combine enka classics thanks to vocalist Akari, with the craftsmanship of the shamisen with master Hibiki. This performance will include flute too for the first time, courtesy of Chapa.

9:30-9:55pm: The Common Sense
A brand new indie-rock band from Japan, based in London! So new, in fact, that their Facebook page linked above had only two likes before we came along and boosted it to three. They have a few live videos on YouTube, one being this one – all songs are in English too!

Jun Okada

10:00-10:25pm: Jun Okada
You might remember the lovely Jun as the opening singer-songwriter at our event on 19 October with four Japanese girl bands. Expect a slice of acoustic pop-rock.

10:35-11:00pm: Colors
According to their site they’re an 80s J-rock band formed in 2010. Make of that what you will, but vocalist KenG and drummer Paul are top blokes, so definitely check them out. They even have a PV.

If you like the sound of all that, click your attendance on the Facebook event page.

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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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