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
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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.

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.


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!

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.

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


Hyper Japan Announces Musical Guest for Feb 2012: Natsuko Aso

The UK’s biggest Japanese pop culture event, Hyper Japan, is returning to London for a third year, and bringing with it the 21 year old actress and J-pop star Natsuko Aso!

She shot to fame as Negima!‘s grumpy, anti-social tech-freak Chisame Hasegawa in the series’ live action adaptation (she also provided opening and ending themes for the show), and soon appeared in several other Japanese TV shows, including a cameo in the country’s superhero series Kamen Rider W.

Outside of Japan Natsuko Aso’s probably best known for her work in anime, including songs in Yasuhiro Imagawa’s (Gundam G, Giant RoboShin Mazinger Shougeki! Z-Hen, and the accompanying anime series to the card trading craze that took over Japan this year, Cardfight!! Vanguard – a collaboration between Yu-Gi-Oh and Duel Master‘s creators.

She will be appearing at Hyper Japan on Friday 24 and Saturday 25 February 2012. Last year Japan’s premier cello-vocalist Kanon Wakeshima performed her debut UK show at the event. Tickets for Hyper Japan, taking place at Earls Court’s Brompton Hall, are on sale now for all three days of the event, as well as tickets to the 2012 Sushi Awards, and the 2012 Sake Awards, and are available by clicking here.

Japan Underground will be at the event with our shop selling CDs, DVDs and more. See you there!

Beckii Cruel Gains UK Chart Position

Beckii Cruel: Photo by Dorothy Flint.

Love her or loathe her, Beckii Cruel is back. And this time with her debut UK single. And it’s riding in the charts – above the likes of Katy Perry and the Saturdays! The schoolgirl-turned-idol-superstar was a massive hit in Japan over the last few years, and hit the attention of the UK when BBC3 ran a documentary on her story.

Her new single ‘You Can’t Kiss Me’ features Aussie house duo The Clones and is currently sitting at number two in the Music Week Club Chart, just behind Chase and Status. The song also entered the Upfront Top 100 at 45.

Beckii comments, “This is brilliant news. We’ve done this all on our own without even a record company behind us so it is all the more incredible. I did a radio show in Spain last week, so the tracks are creeping their way around Europe now as well. Hopefully this will just keep building all the way through the upcoming holidays”

You can get up to speed on her history and the iconic Japanese figure who originally inspired her by reading our piece on her rise to fame on the MangaUK blog.

The single is available now from iTunes UK and, containing seven remixes additional to the track’s original mix. We’ll leave you with the Bluestone remix:

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