ONE OK ROCK See Year Out With London Live, 2014

ONE OK ROCK will return to London this December with a show scheduled for The Electric Ballroom.

The Camden venue’s homepage put up about the show today, stating that it will take place on 16 December 2014. (source) No further information has been announced so far.

So, until further info’s been announced, here’s one of our favourite ONE OK ROCK songs;

JAPAN UNDERGROUND & JPU Records Join The Great Escape Festival 2014


Click for full sized map of The Great Escape. 23 = Queens Hotel

Click for full sized map of The Great Escape. 23 = Queens Hotel

If you’re in Brighton for The Great Escape Festival this year, and fancy an afternoon of quality live music from Japan, free sushi, and questionable tracks from us on the decks, then look no further than JAPAN RISING! Taking place at Queens Hotel on the Brighton seafront from 12-noon on Saturday 10 May, the event will showcase three acts from Japan, including the first UK appearance from legends Buffalo Daughter in 13 years. Plus, there’s our favourite new guitar slap heroes TarO&JirO, and award winning singer-songwriter Mayu Wakisaka too. In fact, we liked the last two so much that we’re dragging them to London on Monday 12 May to play again at JAPAN UNDERGROUND! (click here for all the details.)

Anyway, what exactly is JAPAN RISING? Here’s what It Came From Japan had to say;

It’s a big deal, that’s what. This will be the first time Japan has provided resources for a pop/rock showcase like this in Europe. The showcase is organised by The Foundation for Promotion of Music Industry and Culture (PROMIC) and Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ), and coordinated by It Came From Japan. It is part of a remit to create overseas showcase opportunities for performers at Tokyo International Music Market; further showcases will follow.

Held annually in Brighton since 2006, The Great Escape is Europe’s fastest-growing music marketplace and consumer festival. This year, 400 selected artists from over the world will perform at 35 clubs around the city on 8-10 May. It Came From Japan put on a stage at the first five editions of the festival, but this is the first time Japan will have an official presence.

Entrance requires a festival wristband, which have now sold out. Luckily, Buffalo Daughter will also play in London on Sunday 11 May, and TarO&JirO and Mayu Wakisaka on Monday 12 May.

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JAPAN UNDERGROUND presents: TarO&JirO (JP), Asian Chairshot (KR) and Mayu Wakisaka – Monday 12 May (LONDON)

Bo Ningen Confirm 10-Date UK Tour

Bo NingenAcid rockers Bo Ningen have announced that their third album is on the way this May, and to celebrate the currently untitled collection of new psychedelic tunes, the quartet will embark on a ten date tour of the UK. The new album will be release through their British label Stolen Recordings, while their new single DaDaDa is receiving a limited vinyl run from New York’s No Recordings.

Tickets for the tour are available now by clicking here.

7 May: Heaven, London
8 May: Thekla, Bristol
9 May: Hare & Hounds, Birmingham
10 May: Cockpit 2, Leeds
12 May: Deaf Institute, Manchester
13 May: King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow
14 May: East Village Arts Club, Liverpool
15 May: Bodega, Nottingham
17 May: Joiners, Southampton
18 May:  The Haunt, Brighton

Check out this ace live video of them doing their thing, in a Church. Yeah.

X-Japan Star YOSHIKI to Perform Classical Set in London – 29 May 2014


Yoshiki ClassicalOne of Asia’s most influential artists, Yoshiki, has not only launched Yoshiki Classical – an album of new compositions (which just so happen to be of the classical persuasion) – but he’s also announced that he’ll be touring the world with the said compositions! And us lucky lot in London shall be able to experience them live on 29 May at the Royal Festival Hall. Tickets are on sale now, ranging between £30-£75. We’d recommend you book them using the venue’s site (by clicking here), as it allows you to choose exactly where you’ll be situated.

Known as the founder of Japan’s biggest rock band, X Japan, and credited as the creator of the flamboyant visual kei rock sub-genre, Yoshiki is a world-renowned classically trained multi-instrumentalist, composer and musician.

The long awaited album Yoshiki Classical was released worldwide towards the end of 2013 and met with a tremendous response. It sees collaborations between Yoshiki and legendary Beatles producer Sir George Martin, the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Quartet San Francisco. Yoshiki Classical debuted at #1 on the iTunes Classical Music chart in 10 countries around the world and also saw a Top 10 debut in four countries. You can grab a digital copy right now from by clicking here. Alternatively, there are a few imported CDs knocking about too, while stocks last.

KYARY PAMYU PAMYU Announces 2014 World Tour Dates

Saviour of Japanese pop KYARY PAMYU PAMYU has announced a new world entitled NANDA COLLECTION WORLD TOUR 2014. So far 13 dates have been announced, including an appearance in London on 29 April at the Shepherds Bush Empire. Tickets go on sale from 9am Friday 24 January from LiveNation.

16 February 2014: Club Nokia LA Live, Los Angeles (tickets) [USA]
7 March 2014: Sound Academy, Toronto [CANADA]
8 March 2014: Best Buy Theater, New York (tickets) [USA]
23 March 2014: Metro Theatre, Sydney [AUSTRALIA]
5 April 2014: ROTUNDA 3, KITEC [HONG KONG]
25 April 2014: Bataclan, Paris [FRANCE]
27 April 2014: Gloria, Cologne [GERMANY]
29 April 2014: Shepherds Bush Empire, London (tickets) [UK]
17 May 2014:  Zepp Tokyo, Tokyo [JAPAN]
18 May 2014: Zepp Tokyo, Tokyo [JAPAN]
30 May 2014:  Taipei International Convention Center, Taipei (tickets) [TAIWAN]
28 June 2014: Bangkok Convention Centre, Central Plaza Ladprao (BCC HALL), Bangkok (tickets) [THAILAND]
21 June 2014: TBC, Singapore/ Coming soon!

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