Japan 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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Clear 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 »
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 »
Our favourite Vocaloid has been continuing her global expansion plans since the release of the English build of Hatsune Miku arrived in August 2013.
In October, America will be home to the Hatsune Miku Expo which sees a celebration of Miku taking place in Los Angeles and New York. Both events will feature activities, artwork displays and Miku-themed shops. Plus both cities will host two live Hatsune Miku concerts.
A new official theme song for the Hatsune Miku Expo has also been released today. ‘Sharing The World’ by BIGHEAD feat. Hatsune Miku utilises a new in-development English build of Miku to deliver an upbeat tune in which the green-haired Vocaloid star sings “I can see this future is right now”.
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We’re pleased to announce that once again J-Pop Go will be involved in ANIME ATTACKS – An anime and cosplay event taking place in Gateshead on 25th October.
As with previous events we’ve arranged a special line-up of star performers, which this year consists of BECKII CRUEL, KELSEY ELLISON and HIMEZAWA.
Beckii needs little introduction having established herself via her dance videos from the age of 14 and achieving popularity both in the UK and Japan. Meanwhile, Kelsey is a rising star on the UK performer scene on the back of her song ‘Pom Pom’. Himezawa hails from Germany and has rapidly made an impression in the UK via performances at the MCM Expo, LAC and Hyper Japan. More Inside »