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 or For more details, visit the special “Perfume WORLD TOUR 3rd” website

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

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!

Harajuku pop star Kyary Pamyu Pamyu on her Pon Pon Way Pon Way to London! 13 February 2013

Harajuku’s very own Fashion Monster, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, will be London-bound in 2013, with a date confirmed at the O2 Academy Islington on Wednesday 13 February. The J-pop megastar recently appeared on the cover of fashion mag Dazed & Confused, while earlier in the year we helped her get a page in the Evening Standard. Now her first show in the UK has been confirmed as part of her 2013 world tour, with tickets going on sale to the general public priced at £22.50 from 9am on Friday 20 December 2012 by clicking here. While O2 priority tickets are on sale now.

Kyary Pamyu Pamyu first shot to fame internationally through the video to her single “PonPonPon” (video below), currently sitting pretty with over 40 million views. Soon Japan caught up with her notority and by the time of her second single she became the new face of Tokyo, plastered in about every advertising form imaginable. Is London next?

Get up to speed on Kyary’s digital discography, the following are all out now across Europe and the UK:

Album Title: Pamyu Pamyu Revolution

01. Pamyu Pamyu Revolution (1:00)
02. Tsukema Tsukeru (4:21)
03. Pon Pon Pon (4:02)
04. Minna no Outa (5:03)
05. Kyarynan (3:18)
06. Candy Candy (3:51)
07. Drinker (4:17)
08. Onedari44do (3:39)
09. Suki Sugite Kiresou (5:19)
10. Girigiri Safe (3:13)
11. Oyasumi (4:42)
12. Tyantyakatyantyan (4:46)

EP Title: Moshi Moshi Harajuku

01. Kyary no March (1:07)
02. Cherry Bon Bon (3:38)
03. Pon Pon Pon (4:02)
04. Tyodoiino (3:19)
05. Pinponganannai (4:44)
06. Jelly (4:32)
07. Pon Pon Pon Extended (6:01)

Single Title: Pon Pon Pon

01. Pon Pon Pon (4:01)

Music Video: Get ready for a colour overload.



Maxi-Single Title: Tsukema Tsukeru

01. Tsukema Tsukeru (4:21)
02. Kyarynan (3:18)
03. Cherry Bon Bon (Extended Mix) (5:02)


Music Video: Get those lashes ready.
Maxi-Single Title: Candy Candy

01. Candy Candy (3:51)
02. Demodemo Madamada (4:12)
03. Tyoudoiino (Extended Mix) (4:24)

Music video: Watch it now!


Maxi-Single Title:Fashion Monster

01. Fashion Monster (4:37)
02. 100% no Jibunni (3:27)
03. Tsukema Tsukeru Extended Mix (4:56)
04. Pamyu Revo Medley (0:45)

Music video: Check out that ‘do!

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SOCIALive vol.2: 8 Artists, 1 Stage… £3?! Sunday 30 December

GAKUNOWA is seeing the year out by organising its second show, aptly named SOCIALive vol.2. The event, taking place at The Old Queens Head between Angle and Essex Road Station in London on Sunday 30 December, will showcase eight London-based artists that have a Japanese element. Doors open at 7pm, the same time the first band hits the stage, and entry is a steal at a mere £3.

The schedule for the night is as follows;
7:00-7:20pm: Unisun
An eclectic collective of musicians that play music from a variety of sources (primarily Japanese) as well as original material. Check out their cover of Faye Wong’s ‘Eyes on Me’ here.

7:25-7:45pm: Kajon
We caught her supporting S.S.ROCKET’s at their final show and were blown away by her heartfelt, dreamy take on ambient pop. If you like KOKIA you’ll love Kajon.

7:50-8:10pm: Tito
To be fair, this is the one artist on the bill we’ve never heard of – and we can’t seem to find their homepage either.. but! According to the GAKUNOWA crew, Tito (pronounced ‘Tea Toe’) consists of spontaneously gathered pop creatures that will ease your mind with catchy and melodic tunes.

8:15-8:35pm: Flaviyake
Okay, we lied. We don’t know Flaviyake either. Its front lady says the name is a ‘combination of my Italian name Flaviya and a Japanese ending, created after visiting an exhibition of a Japanese fashion designer Issey Miyake’. So there. Anyway, if their set’s anything like their song ‘ELECTRONIC BOY‘, expect a Euro-pop dance feel.

Akari Mochizuki

8:40-9:15pm: Akari Mochizuki & Hibiki Ichikawa ft. Chapa
The most established of all the acts, this twosome combine enka classics thanks to vocalist Akari, with the craftsmanship of the shamisen with master Hibiki. This performance will include flute too for the first time, courtesy of Chapa.

9:30-9:55pm: The Common Sense
A brand new indie-rock band from Japan, based in London! So new, in fact, that their Facebook page linked above had only two likes before we came along and boosted it to three. They have a few live videos on YouTube, one being this one – all songs are in English too!

Jun Okada

10:00-10:25pm: Jun Okada
You might remember the lovely Jun as the opening singer-songwriter at our event on 19 October with four Japanese girl bands. Expect a slice of acoustic pop-rock.

10:35-11:00pm: Colors
According to their site they’re an 80s J-rock band formed in 2010. Make of that what you will, but vocalist KenG and drummer Paul are top blokes, so definitely check them out. They even have a PV.

If you like the sound of all that, click your attendance on the Facebook event page.

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