Japanese Traditional Drum Squad KODO Begin UK Tour This February


Japan’s legendary traditional drum ensemble KODO is back in the UK, and ready to beat a taiko near you this February! They’ll be jetting over to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland as part of the “KODO One Earth Tour 2014: Legend” European tour.

Photo: Takashi OkamotoTo celebrate the return of the Japanese performing artists, they have launched a competition to win tickets to a show of your choice. To ender, simply visit KODO’s official English Facebook page and add a comment to the photo to the right of this text. The comment should include which UK performance you wish to attend, then share the photo with everyone, making sure it’s set to ‘Public’ (otherwise they’ll never know you shared it). The entry deadline is Wednesday 12 February.

Here are those tour dates:

15 February: Lighthouse, Poole.
17 February: Symphony Hall, Brighton.
19 February: Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool.
20 February: The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester.
22 February: National Concert Hall, Dublin, Ireland.
23 February: National Concert Hall, Dublin, Ireland.
25 February: Sage Gateshead, Gateshead.
28 February: Brighton Dome, Brighton.

For more details, including where to buy tickets from, check out KODO’s official site, with links for each date by clicking here.

Shonen Knife Go Into Overdrive with New Album and New 2014 UK Tour

Shonen Knife 2014

Formed in Osaka almost 33 years ago, the trio rose from humble DIY beginnings to touring with Nirvana on their ‘Nevermind’ tour, trailblazing a path for women in music and inspiring legions of bands. Championed by Nirvana, Sonic Youth and hailed as a favourite by the crème-de-la-crème of Alternative Rock, Shonen Knife remain one of the most influential and beloved of Japanese rock exports.
Following an extensive tour of Europe in 2013, the band are returning for 15 dates across the UK and Ireland this May before heading to Europe, to promote the release of their 20th album, Overdrive, out 14th April on Damnably Records.

Live, they are a tight with machine-precision, punching out fast, highly exciting sets of Punk, Pop, Rock & Metal hits, all coated with their own distinctively quirky and life-affirming charm. As they fast approach their 1,000th gig, Shonen Knife’s joy and invention shows no sign of fading. As Naoko says, “Let’s Rock!”

30 April 2014: Ruby Lounge, Manchester [Tickets]
1 May 2014: Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
3 May 2014: Handmade Festival, Leicester
6 May2014: Whelans, Dublin
7 May 2014: Dolans, Limerick
8 May 2014: Crane Lane Theatre, Cork
9 May 2014: Cathedral Quarter Festival, Belfast
10 May 2014: CCA, Glasgow [Tickets]
11 May 2014: Electric Circus, Edinburgh
12 May 2014: Cluny, Newcastle
14 May 2014: The Fleece, Bristol [Tickets]
15 May 2014: Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff [Tickets]
16 May 2014: Sticky Mikes Frog Bar, Brighton [Tickets]
17 May 2014: The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
18 May 2014: Dingwalls, London [Tickets]

Crossfaith Forced to Upgrade Venue for First London Headline Show

Last week THE MICRO HEAD 4N’S were forced to pull out of London due to poor sales amidst cries of ‘Japanese music doesn’t sell like it used to’, and this week Crossfaith pull out of their headline show at the Barfly…. in exchange for a much bigger show headlining  the Underworld in Camden!

We’re pretty sure the Barfly would’ve been left in a heap of rubble if Crossfaith’s show there had gone ahead. The show sold out, and quite rightly so! If you ask us, Crossfaith are one of the hottest, most exciting bands to emerge from Japan in recent years. Now, expect to feel the ground shake as the electro-metalcore mob prepare to rock the much larger Underworld in Camden on Wednesday 8 May 2013. Additional tickets for the show have also been put on sale, and are available from kililive.com.

We’ll leave you with their blinding cover of ‘Omen’ originally by the Prodigy.

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Crossfaith to Tour UK with Bring Me The Horizon + Two Headline Dates for 2013 Announced

Japan’s loudest electro-metal act Crossfaith have just unleashed their long-awaited Zion EP upon the UK this week, and to celebrate, they’ve only gone and announced another UK tour! They’ll be hitting the UK supporting Bring Me The Horizon between 29 April – 7 May, and to kick it off they’ll be conducting two headliner shows in the metal-haven that is London and, er, Stoke.

“Bring Me The Horizon are one of my favourite bands. We are honoured to be on the road and partying with them in the country we love! It’s gonna be mental! And please make sure to get your ticket and check out us.  SEE YA IN DA PIT!” says vocalist Kenta Koie.

The tour dates with Bring Me The Horizon are;
Mon 29 April: Academy 2, Manchester
Tue 30 April: Newcastle University, Newcastle
Wed 01 May: Ironworks, Inverness
Thu 02 May: ABC, Glasgow
Sat 04 May: Pyramids Centre, Portsmouth
Sun 05 May: Solus, Cardiff
Mon 06 May: Wulfrun, Wolverhampton
Tue 07 May: Koko, London

Tickets for all of the above shows  are available by clicking here.

Crossfaith will also have headline shows on the following dates:
Fri 03 May: Sugarmill, Stoke
Wed 08 May: Barfly, London

Tickets for both shows are available by clicking here.

FACT Return to Smash the UK: February 2013 Tour Confirmed

Japan’s masked punk rockers FACT will be making their long awaited return to the UK in February 2013 to continue their ongoing  ‘FACT World Tour 『burundanga』2012-2013’  (click here for their trailer for it). Previously, the energetic headbangers hit the UK in 2009 with a headlining tour combined with a festival appearance on the main stage at Sonisphere, before returning to tour again in 2010.

Back then FACT were a five-piece. Since then they’ve picked up an additional guitarist, Adam (Versus the Night), meaning they now rank in with the likes of Iron Maiden by having three guitarists. The freshly formed sextet will be playing 15-dates across the UK supporting Brit-hardcore boys Your Demise along with Counterparts and Heights.

FACT’s 2013 UK Tour Dates:

Thu 07 Feb: The Haunt, Brighton.
Fri 08 Feb: Talking Heads, Southampton.
Sat 09 Feb: White Rabbit. Plymouth.
Sun 10 Feb: Cavern, Exeter.
Mon 11 Feb: The Fleece, Bristol.
Wed 13 Feb: Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff.
Thu 14 Feb: O2 Academy2, Birmingham.
Fri 15 Feb: Sugarmill, Stoke.
Sat 16 Feb: Cockpit, Leeds.
Sun 17 Feb: Cathouse, Glasgow.
Tue 19 Feb: NQ Live, Manchester.
Wed 20 Feb: O2 Academy2, Newcastle.
Thu 21 Feb: Waterfront, Norwich.
Fri 22 Feb: Rescue Rooms, Nottingham.
Sat 23 Feb: Garage, London.
Fri 1 Mar: The Pipeline, London (Special FACT headliner show with special guests)

Over here FACT’s released their first two major albums under Hassle Records, both of which we highly recommend you pick up;


Available on CD by clicking here.

Buy digitally from Amazon MP3 or iTunes UK.


In the Blink of an Eye

Available on CD by clicking here.

Buy digitally from Amazon MP3 or iTunes UK.

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