SIRO-A Live in London

SIRO-A-group-shot1-950x950Regular visitors to Hyper Japan and the Japan Matsuri will already be familiar with the performances by Japan’s SIRO-A. Formed in Sendai in 2002, SIRO-A have been exporting their particular brand of performance art outside of Japan ever since.

It’s difficult to categorise Siro-A, who combine a variety of elements in their performance from dance, to projection, to music – and also a good side order of humour. What’s clear from their shows however is the painstaking attention to choreography and rhythm. DJ Kentaro Homma provides the Technopop-fuelled beats while the visuals are handled by video artist Daichi Norikane. In combination, the pair provide a suitable background for the rest of the Siro-A team to perform against. More Inside  »

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HATSUNE MIKU at HYPER JAPAN

hyper_mikuWith HYPER JAPAN looming on the horizon in November, some good news for HATSUNE MIKU fans as the Vocaloid star is scheduled to appear in performances across the weekend.

A screen is being set up to enable fans to watch Miku in action with the added bonus of green (of course) glowsticks to wave around during the performance. Each performance will run for around 30 minutes, with 100 people able to watch at a time.

There will also be other Vocaloid-themed talks, events and activities throughout Hyper Japan. More Inside  »

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J-Pop Go in Japan Update Weekly

IMG_5550Japan Update Weekly is a free newspaper distributed amongst Japanese-themed restaurants, shops and outlets in the UK. This week’s issue has its focus on J-Pop Go courtesy of an interview with Paul Browne.

The interview covers the initial inspirations behind J-Pop Go, the increasing popularity of J-Pop in the UK (particularly the continuing success of artists such as Kyary Pamyu Pamyu and Perfume) and also touches on J-Pop Go’s involvement with the rising stars of the UK performance scene, including Beckii Cruel, Kelsey Ellison and Himezawa (all of whom will be performing at the forthcoming Anime Attacks later this month).

The newspaper is still available from various outlets, including London’s Japan Centre. Alternatively, an online version is available on the Japan update Weekly website: http://www.japanupdate.co.uk

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SCANDAL MAKE THEIR UK DEBUT IN 2015

news_xlarge_scandal_art201409Clear your calendars for next year as rock outfit SCANDAL will be making their UK debut in 2015…

The 4-piece band have chalked up an impressive resume since their formation back in 2006. With a new album titled HELLO WORLD scheduled for release in December (preceded by new single ‘Image’ in November), this lays the groundwork for their 2015 concerts titled ‘SCANDAL WORLD TOUR 2015『HELLO WORLD』which will see SCANDAL embark on a series of gigs in Japan from January through to April. Following the domestic tour, the band go overseas for concerts in the US, France, UK, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. More Inside  »

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TEC003 feat VILE ELECTRODES, SPEAK & SPELL and SARAH BLACKWOOD

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On Saturday 13th September, our sister site The Electricity Club will present the TEC003 event at Hertford Corn Exchange.

The event will be headlined by VILE ELECTRODES while support will be provided by DEPECHE MODE (one of Hiroyuki Itoh’s favourite bands) tribute act SPEAK & SPELL (playing DM’s debut album Speak & Spell in full!) and special guest DJ SARAH BLACKWOOD (Dubstar).

Also on the DJ line-up will be Paul Boddy, who is not only a producer and remixer, but also has writing credits on a few J-Pop tunes – including songs by ARASHI. In the afternoon (prior to the evening event) there will also be an exhibition of DEPECHE MODE memorabilia.

Tickets for the event are £14 in advance (£16 on the door) and you can read up more on the event and order tickets via the dedicated TEC003 events page over on The Electricity Club… More Inside  »

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