Distant Worlds: Celebrating 25 Years of Final Fantasy in London

It’s hard to believe that 25 years ago the first HP was shed in what become one of SQUARESOFT’s flagship franchises; Final Fantasy. And to celebrate, famed series composer Nobuo Uematsu will jet off to London where he’ll join The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra for a special Distant Worlds program at the Royal Albert Hall which promises to be full of new additions and surprises.

Tickets for the show, taking place on Friday 2 November, sold out within minutes of going online at 9am on Thursday 15 March. Regular tickets ranged in price from £25-65, while a VIP package was also available priced at £135.

The VIP package includes;

  • Premium seating for the performance in the Stalls, Section K
  • Post-show standing reception in a Royal Albert Hall room
  •  Beer, wine and soft drinks served with nibbles
  • Meet with composer Nobuo Uematsu and conductor Arnie Roth
  • Tour booklet including images from Yoshitaka Amano
  • Autograph session and photo opportunity

Japan Underground: September in London & Birmingham

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JAPAN UNDERGROUND: LONDON
Where: Bloomsbury Lanes, Bedford Way, London, WC1H 9EU. [map]
When: Saturday 3 September 2011.
Cinema Tickets: Free (read about the screenings here)
Music Club Night Tickets: £8 – 7pm-3am
The Facebook event page: [click here]
The Last.fm event page: [click here]

The UK’s leading Japanese entertainment night returns to its home at the Lanes in London, bringing with it free Asian films by day, and a fantastic Tokyo club night experience by night! Featuring live music from Unshin, a J-pop act based in the UK who combine contemporary beats with the soothing sound of Japan’s national instrument, the koto.

The unit will also be launching their debut CD Waltz for Broken Dolls at the show,  a concept album telling the story of a young girl’s journey struggling under the pressures of Japanese society but holding steady to her path. The album has already been hailed as “Amazing” by Japanese music website JaME and “Top notch!” by Music Maker Magazine. Below is vocalist Megumi Miyoshi’s charity single for Japan:


The will also be music DJed throughout the night from Japanese music journalist Tom Smith, selecting the finest tunes from Japan’s rock, indie, electronic and metal scenes. Don’t know much about Japanese music? Don’t worry! He’ll be throwing in some familiar western tracks to keep the floor dancing till the 3am curfew. Which songs depend on the audience, so be sure to let him know what makes your body rock.

We’ll also be joined by the guys at Nintendisco for night-long retro gaming tournaments! And if you have a Nintendo 3DS, bring it for a bit of street pass action!

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JAPAN UNDERGROUND: BIRMINGHAM
Where: The Victoria, 48 John Bright Street, Birmingham, B1 1BN. [map]
When: Thursday 29 September 2011.
Tickets: £6 adv (WeGotTickets)
The Facebook event page: [click here]
The Last.fm event page: [click here]

Don’t worry Birmingham, we’re including you in on the action too! Our music night will be returning to the city along with the first British J-pop star, Bentley Jones! With over 5 million Youtube hits and 8 million units shifted featuring his music, Bentley Jones has now returned to the UK in an attempt to hit charts here. Gamers might recognise his tunes from the Sonic the Hedgehog and X-Files franchises.  His latest work sees him collaborating with Curtis Young, son of Dr. Dre. Below is his song used as the SEGA All-Stars Racing theme, So Much More;

Japan Underground Returns to London on Sat 28 May

Japanese music, gaming, fashion and karaoke collide as the UK’s leading Japanese club night returns to London on Saturday 28 May, boasting a headline performance from the first British artist to be signed to a major Japanese record label; Bentley Jones. He has nearly 5 million YouTube hits and over 8 million units of have been sold that contain his music. There will also be a live performance from Japanese violinist’s Masa Futagami, which will feature cover of famous video game themes, including Mario, Zelda and Street Fighter.

The event, which aims to bring the excitement and energy of Tokyo’s electric night life to Britain, recently raised £6,000 for charities helping Japan. Hailed as ‘fantastic’ (Kerrang Radio), ‘fun’ (Absolute Radio) and making Living Social’s top 101 things to do before you die, Japan Underground has established itself as the place to be for fans of Japan’s rock, indie and metal music, as well as becoming the UK’s home for Japan’s visual kei movement, a genre of music where aesthetics and fashion are often regarded just as important as the music.

Live music will come from British J-pop star Bentley Jones and Japanese video game violinist Masa Futagami.

Bentley Jones has almost 5 million YouTube hits, 8 million units sold that feature his music and has produced songs for Cheryl Cole, Britney Spears and N-dubz and collaborated with Curtis Young, son of Dr. Dre. In Japan he became the first British artist to sign to a major label (EMI) where his music has reached top five chart success as well as finding itself in to the Sonic the Hedgehog and X-Files franchises. His new album TRANS//LATION 2, the follow up to his Japanese debut and the first album to be released in the UK, will be available exclusively at the event before its official release this summer.

”I’m always excited to play my Japanese material in places other than Tokyo,” comments Jones. “My latest album is pretty much a salute to all areas of my career so far, which of course includes my work in various territories, and bringing them all together on one project has made it all-the-more significant for me. It feels like the most suitable album to release before making my original debut in Asia.”

Japan Underground is also set to strengthen its ‘exciting… quirky and eccentric evening’ (Subba-Cultcha) by paying extra attention to the video game aspect of its mission to bring the excitement of Japan’s alternative night life to the UK. To achieve this it’s teamed up with the team behind retro gaming night Nintendisco to bring competitive gaming to the event.

David Lightfoot, co-director of Nintendisco says; “We are chuffed to be working with Japan Underground, we have been massive fans of Japanese culture; anime, music and of course video games for as long as we can remember. Japan Underground brings all of these elements together in one great club night environment, so it’s the perfect place for Nintendisco to be.”

Japanese violinist Masa Futagami will also be performing a very special video game-themed live session which will include covers from Final Fantasy, Mario and Zelda as well as a Street Fighter medley. Complementing that medley will be X-Men vs. Street Fighter tournaments on the Sega Saturn throughout the night. Attendees are also encouraged to bring their handheld consoles for multiplayer fun in the gaming zone, which also features pinball, retro arcade machines and five bowling lanes. Plus karaoke from On Board Karaoke! London’s most authentic Japanese style karaoke bar, with over 600,000 songs!

Tickets on sale now: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/118337

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