MIYAVI Announces Album & World Tour 2014

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The outrageous, fun loving and exceptionally talented guitarist, MIYAVI is back on the world circuit in 2014. Today he announced that his album “MIYAVI” will be released throughout Europe on the 24th February 2014 followed by an extensive European tour. The three legs of the tour include Asia, Europe and Japan. This news has quickly followed the announcement that MIYAVI will feature as an actor in Angelina Jolie’s upcoming film “Unbroken”, due for release in December 2014.

European tour dates are as follows:

● 2014/3/14(fri) Paris, FRANCE LA Cigale
● 2014/3/15(sat) London, UK Shepherds Bush Empire
● 2014/3/16(sun) Helsinki,FINLAND Circus
● 2014/3/17(mon) Copenhagen,DENMARK DR Concert House
● 2014/3/19(wed) Moscow, RUSSIA Izestiya Hall
● 2014/3/20(thu) St. Petersburg, RUSSIA Aurora Club
● 2014/3/21(fri) Krasnodar, RUSSSIA Arena Hall
● 2014/3/23(sun) Krakow, POLAND Club Studio
● 2014/3/24(mon) Budapest, HUNGARY Barba Negra Music Club
● 2014/3/26(wed) Berlin, GERMANY Columbia Club
● 2014/3/27(thu) Cologne, GERMANY Live Music Hall

With a career spanning an impressive number of years and themes, and three successful world tours already under his belt, we’re very much looking forward to seeing what MIYAVI brings to the table in 2014. His sound is unmistakable, and his talents are solid. You won’t have seen a guitarist play like this live before in your life. A big fan of drama, we expect the MIYAVI circus to hit Europe hard and leave it with a hangover.

We can’t wait.

In the meantime, make sure you’re following the man himself on twitter @MIYAVI_OFFICIAL – you don’t want to miss any of the random moves MIYAVI makes, especially if he’s on his way to Europe!

For a taster of the upcoming album, check out the music video for Secret:

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FACT Return to Headline The Black Heart, Camden

We love FACT. That’s just a well known fact. This brilliant hardcore unit threw one of the best shows Japan Underground has had to date in March of this year, and it’s no small wonder we’re excited to have them back in London once more. The band are scheduled to throw down a headline show on the 15th of November at Camden’s Black Heart, right before they embark on the Vans Warped Tour. And as if that wasn’t enough to persuade you to get you out on a Friday night, they’ve decided to bring some friends as well; Arizona, Fathoms and a special secret guest band will all join FACT on the very tiny stage at the Black Heart.

For more information, check out the event Facebook Page.
Tickets are £8. For ticket reservations, send an email stating your full name to shinfo@nmamanagement.com
This gig is 18+ only and you must bring ID on the night.

You better send that email sharpish, this gig is going to sell out fast. And if you do need persuading, here’s a video by ElectricBloom of FACT’s show with Japan Underground:

 

Hotei returning to the London stage with Special Guests and Visual Show

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Japanese superstar musician Tomoyasu Hotei brought his show to London this time last year, packing out the Roundhouse for a night of some of the classiest rock’n’roll we’ve ever seen. This year, the Electric Samurai is bringing his show back to London on the 9th of November, and it looks like he’s determined to make it even more mind-blowing.

Famous all over the world for his musical contributions to Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill and Hollywood blockbuster Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol, Hotei began his career in the legendary band BOØWY. His particular guitar style has led him to greater and greater heights over the years and he shows a diversity and enjoyment for music which makes his performances irresistible. With a career spanning more than thirty years, Hotei is a real guitar craftsman.

profFollowing on from his successful Japanese tour this summer, Hotei’s upcoming London show will feature special guests Andy Mackay, English multi-instrumentalist best known as a founding member of Roxy Music, and Mike Edwards, the vocalist for successful British group Jesus Jones. Both of these artists have been collaborators with Hotei in the past and this performance will be a reunion. Known for his incredible collaborations with many musicians, from pop stars to full orchestras, we don’t doubt this won’t be a spectacle to miss.

Furthermore, Hotei’s Official Website has promised a special visual show will be coming to the Shepherd’s Bush Empire, which has previously played host to Japanese pop stars Perfume. Perfume brough a state of the art projection mapping show to the venue just three months ago, and it seems that Hotei is planning something equally spectacular. The show will be designed by some of Japan’s top young creators at RBGcreation Co., Ltd.

We don’t doubt that anyone who’s anyone will be at this show, so don’t miss out! Tickets for the show are on sale now from £28.50.

Date: 9th November 2013, 19:00
Venue: London o2 Shepherds Bush Empire
Tickets: LiveNation, TicketWeb

 

Live Report: Perfume, London Shepherds Bush Empire

Friday 5th July 2013

Last Friday, London played host to the first ever UK show of electro-pop group, Perfume. After beginning their international campaign last year, Perfume’s complete discography has been made available around the world via iTunes and the group announced WORLD TOUR 2nd, a tour that would expand their horizons more than ever before, including a debut date in London.

Produced by one of Japan’s best DJs and armed with some of the most acclaimed choreography in pop culture today, Perfume have all the equipment for a knockout performance. Combining a vibrant electro-house sound with super sweet vocals, the music they create has the potential for a great big party live, so we were definitely looking forward to their performance since the announcement by Live Nation in April.

Fresh from successful sold-out performances in Germany and France, the trio did not disappoint! London fans were treated to a show bursting with light and electric dance moves as well as good tunes. Using projection mapping techniques popular among DJs all over the world, Perfume took electro to a new level, turning themselves into magical light screens during their performance. Their super-robot stage personalities are easily believable with the opening of the show including moving wings on their costumes which sparkled with projected lights.

Performing a mixed set list mostly of newer material, the group showed so much energy and excitement it was difficult not to get swept up and join in. Standout performances were a brilliant opening remix of Spending All My Time and the brand new dance track for this tour, Daijobanai. Fans were also touched by the performance of the super uplifting Dream Fighter, complete with translated lyrics and dance moves which the taught their audience during their comedy P.T.A Corner MC.

Completely denying language barriers, Perfume made good use of their talented fans by using a member of the audience to translate their MCs. The main topic of conversation was Fish & Chips, which made everyone hungry.

The show was also broadcast all over the world via Internet TV, meaning Perfume were able to show off to many more fans around the world than could fit into the Shepherds Bush Empire in London.

Since the beginning of their International Campaign in 2012, Perfume’s music has been released all over the world via iTunes. Making their music easily available has endeared them further to their many fans all over the world, and we’re sure this tour will also serve to impress many more fans of electro.

Although idols are commonplace in Japan, Perfume have levelled up to bring their super-robot powers to the international electro game, and we think they can only succeed. With mesmerising choreography, incredible light shows and just the right amount of humour, Perfume are ready to impress.

We were able to offer a few lucky followers of the Japan Underground Facebook some amazing Meet & Greet passes for the show. We hope they enjoyed the fantastic experience! (It looks like they did.)

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Set List:
Spending All My Time (remix)
Magic of Love
Laser Beam
polyrhythm
MC
Spring of Life
SEVENTH HEAVEN
SPICE
Handy Man (instrumental)
Daijoibanai [I’m Not OK]
Electro World
P.T.A Corner (MC)
FAKE IT
Dream Fighter
Chocolate Disco (remix)
MY COLOR

Encore:
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VAMPS Rocking Back to Europe This October

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Hard rocking, hard rolling and hard touring; VAMPS have announced that they will once again tour Europe!

VAMPS, a unit of two members; hyde from legendary rock band L’Arc~en~Ciel, and K.A.Z from Oblivion Dust, will be returning to Europe this October. They will play at London’s O2 Academy Islington on Sunday 6th and Monday 7th October. Tickets for Monday’s show have now sold out. The remaining tickets for Sunday’s performance are available from TicketWeb by clicking here.

Since 2008 VAMPS have been rocking live houses all over the world with their mixture of rhythmic rock and sexy vocals. Not only do they love it live, they also make an intoxicating mix in the studio with a string of singles, every one of which has been in the Japanese charts.

London has played host to hyde once before for a legendary show by L’Arc~en~Ciel in 2012, we can’t wait to have him back with VAMPS. European tour dates are as follows:

28 September: Barcelona, Sala Apolo
1 October: Paris, L’Olympia
3 October: Berlin, Kesselhaus
6 October: London, O2 Academy Islington
7 October: London, O2 Academy Islington

As well as announcing this tour, VAMPS have also revealed a new album, SEX BLOOD ROCK ‘N’ ROLL, which will contain re-recordings of all their hit singles to date. There is not yet a date for release. We can’t fault their classic choice of album title.

For more information on the London show:
London O2 Academy Islington
Ticketmaster ticketing for this event

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