JPU Records Host Official HYPER JAPAN After Party

HYPER JAPAN After Party 2014
London’s Largest Japanese Music Label Teams Up With the UK’s Biggest Japanese Pop Culture Event for the Ultimate J-pop Party

When: Saturday 26 July 2014 (7pm-midnight)
Where: Namco Funscape, County Hall, Riverside Buildings, Westminster Bridge Rd, London SE1 7PB. (map)
Nearest Tube/Train: Westminster, Waterloo.
Tickets: Free entry (500 capacity – one in one out if full)
Performances: Broken Doll, YANAKIKU, Kero Kero Bonito, Kelsey Ellison
DJ: JPU Records staff
Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/491089981036648

JPU Records is proud to announce that it will be organising the official HYPER JAPAN after party on Saturday 26 July 2014. The event, celebrating all things J-pop, will take place at Namco Funscape in County Hall, Westminster, from 7pm and will be entirely free entry for all.

Four performance artists will be joining the event. Coming all the way from Japan will be cute punk rockers Broken Doll and ‘KimiCos’ duo YANAKIKU, plus British talents Kero Kero Bonito and Kelsey Ellison. There will also be popular tracks from Japan spun by JPU Records to keep the party atmosphere buzzing, as well as arcade machines, a licensed bar, snacks, dodgems, bowling and more available at additional costs.

JPU Records will also be exhibiting at HYPER JAPAN in Earls Court between 25-27 July, selling a wide range of CDs and merchandise from Japanese rock, pop and metal artists. The label will also be collecting ‘get well soon’ messages from fans of its artist SPYAIR. The pop-rock band, which has music in The Amazing Spider-Man and anime series Bleach and Gundam, recently had to postpone tour dates due to vocalist IKE suffering from acute bronchitis.

BROKENDOLL LondonBROKEN DOLL:
Equal parts band, part Harajuku-fashion brand. Broken Doll are a culmination of Japanese pop and street culture influences with a twist of punk rock energy. Channelling the spirit of Blondie and Sex Pistols via Kyary Pamyu Pamyu (who also wears Broken Doll’s fashion accessories) and Babymetal, Broken Doll are guaranteed to charm and kick-ass in equal measure. This will be part of their first performances outside of Japan.


YANAKIKU LondonYANAKIKU:

Combining mainstream and sub-cultural Japanese influences, this cool and quirky decora influenced J-pop duo have a unique perspective on the world. Having earned themselves a sizeable UK fanbase the last time they visited, their next step along the road to global culture domination includes an English version of crowd favourite “Fujiyama△Disco”.

Along with their trademark catchy melodies and dance routines, this pair distinguish themselves from the rest of the J-pop crowd with their ‘Kimocos’- a totally original mashup of cosplay and kimono that are taking the music and fashion worlds by storm!

KERO KERO BONITO:
An electric-pop trio featuring vocals from half-Japanese kawaii rapper Sarah Bonito, and funky chiptune and electro beats created live from Gus and Jamie Bonito.

Kelsey Ellison LondonKELSEY ELLISON:
Kelsey Ellison is a professional performer from the U.K. who also uploads videos to YouTube. Her videos include a variety of subjects such as Japanese and Korean pop covers, English covers, vlogs, reviews and tutorials. She has recently released her debut single titled “Pom Pom“.

As of now she has almost 47,000 subscribers, over 6 million total views and has topped the weekly YouTube Japan music chart at #2 numerous times.

HYPER JAPAN 2014 
Date: 25th – 27th July 2014
Address: Earls Court One, Warwick Road, London, SW5 9TA
Nearest Tube: Earls Court

Opening Hours: 
• Friday 25th July – 12:00 – 19:00
• Saturday 26th July 09:15 – 14:15 or 15:15 – 20:15
• Sunday 27th July – 09:30 –18:00

http://hyperjapan.co.uk

 

Jpop trio Perfume Return for 2014 WORLD Tour

Perfume 2014 WORLD tour

Our favourite chocolate discoteers Perfume will make their return to London on 12 November as part of Perfume WORLD TOUR 3rd, their third international tour.

Tickets for the London show, taking place at the Eventim Apollo Hammersmith, go on general sale at 9am on Friday 4th July priced £35 & £25 (subject to per-ticket charge plus order processing fee) and are available from www.livenation.co.uk or www.ticketmaster.co.uk. For more details, visit the special “Perfume WORLD TOUR 3rd” website www.perfume-web.jp/cam/WORLD/

Perfume first toured Asia in 2012, followed by Europe in 2013, and with their world of sound and visuals sold out all shows. With increasing demand from international fans, the 2014 world tour will see Perfume return to bigger venues as well as new territories. Prior to the tour, the group will release their new EP “Cling Cling” in July, followed by a national arena tour in Japan in August, while a DVD release of their European tour “Perfume WORLD TOUR 2nd” is also planned for the fall.

Their latest album “LEVEL3” was released digitally around the world and reached the Top 10 of the iTunes electronic album chart in 19 regions, including the US and Canada, and topping the chart in 4 regions. Their hit single “Polyrhythm” was featured on the 2011 Disney/Pixer film “Cars 2”, and saw the band invited to the world premiere of the film in LA.

Perfume WORLD TOUR 3rd
Friday 31st October: Taipei International Convention Center, Taiwan
Sunday 2nd November: Resorts WorldTM Theatre, Resorts World Sentosa, Singapore
Sunday 9th November: Hollywood Palladium, LA, USA
Wednesday 12th November: Eventim Apollo Hammersmith, London, UK
Saturday 15th November: Hammerstein Ballroom, NY, USA

Japan Underground vs. NEO Magazine – The Ultimate After Party

TWO OF THE UK’s leading East Asian entertainment sources join forces on 26 May for a party like no other.

Taking place at Bloomsbury Lanes, a 5 minute walk from London’s Euston Station, NEO Magazine (Great Britain’s anime, manga and Asian pop culture magazine) and Japan Underground (innovators in the promotion of Japanese music) will commence a 7 hour energetic DJ battle of the very best tracks from Japan and Korea until the early morning.

Japan Underground will supply a selection of party-rocking tunes from Japan’s alternative scenes, including music ranging from classic rockers X-Japan to latest screamo act Crossfaith and everything in between; Mad Capsule Markets, Maximum the Hormone, Dragon Ash, The GazettE, Gackt and many more.

NEO Magazine’s approach will focus on pop, throwing in music from some of the artists interviewed in its pages, such as Korea’s SHINee to Japan’s L’Arc~en~Ciel and An cafe, plus a whole host of J-pop and K-pop from the like of AKB48, 2NE1, MOMOIRO CLOVER Z, Super Junior, Perfume, BIG BANG and Morning Musume. Requests will be welcome throughout the night.

Entry is £5 on the door and the venue is strictly 18+ only – valid photographic ID will be required. The venue contains a fully licensed bar and boasts bowling lanes, karaoke rooms, arcade machines, pool tables as well as table top football.

Japan Underground and NEO Magazine will also be exhibiting at the MCM Expo London Comic Con during the day. However, this event is in no way connected, organised or endorsed by the MCM Expo London Comic Con.

Join the Facebook event page for further updates: https://www.facebook.com/events/359608197405821/

University of Westminster Set for Evening of Live Japanese Music

Photo of Hibiki Ichikawa and Alika Mochida taken by James Fielding.

THE UNIVERSITY OF Westminster‘s historic Fyvie Hall will play host to ‘An Evening of Live Japanese Music‘ on Wednesday 18 April 2012. The event, starting at 6pm, includes four live acts which range from enka and J-pop, to anime song and video game covers. Tickets are on sale now priced at £5, or £3 for London students. Students from University of Westminster and SOAS get free entry as long as valid ID is presented upon request. Tickets must be purchased in advance and cannot be purchased on the door.

The line-up and their setlists have been partially announced;

Enka singer Alika Mochida is confirmed to be performing her renditions of Sayuri Ishikawa‘s classic ‘Tsugaru Kaikyo Fuyugeshiki‘ and ‘Amigi-goe‘, plus other songs.

One of the highest ranking shamisen players in the UK, Hibiki Ichikawa, will play a collection of famous shamisen songs, including ‘Tsugaru Jongara Bushi‘, a shamisen song connected to the Tsuguru-jamisen style of playing which originated in the Aomori prefecture of north Japan.

J-pop singer Naomi Suzuki, who is currently experiencing chart success in America and organised and performed at our charity show Japan: We’ve Not Forgotten You last year, will be performing a number of her songs, including her charity single ‘Mother‘.

Violinist Masa-kun will also be playing a selection of songs from anime, video games and popular culture, including songs from Studio Ghibli, Final Fantasy, Sailormoon, Dragonball, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Hikaru Utada, X-Japan, Mario, Tetris and many more.

We’ll leave you with Masa-kun’s take on Hysteria by Muse:

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