SCANDAL Live at 02 Islington
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SCANDAL return to rock the socks off London’s O2 Islington… When they first emerged into Japan’s busy music scene back in 2006, rock outfit SCANDAL certainly caught everyone’s attention. Haruna Ono (vocals, guitar), Mami Sasazaki (guitar), Tomoni Ogawa (bass, vocals) … Read More

PERFUME Gallery Experience
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PERFUME stage an exhibition of tour and video outfits for UK fans… For an outfit such as PERFUME, it’s quite rare to be able to explore the elements that make the group work and assess it outside of the context … Read More

KYARY PAMYU PAMYU in London
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As the world of J-pop continues to expand its global reach, it’s time for KYARY PAMYU PAMYU to demonstrate how she’s managed to retain her high profile as she embarks on the KPP 5iVE YEARS MONSTER WORLD TOUR 2016. Marking … Read More

THE TOMBOYS Live in London
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With the chilly winter weather still with us, London was warmed by the arrival of 4-piece rock outfit THE TOMBOYS who were making their overseas live debut as part of a Japan Underground showcase… The venue of choice was The … Read More

KAKEHASHI MEMORIAL CONCERT
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Naomi Suzuki hosts a special memorial concert to reflect on the tragic events of 2011… With the 5th Anniversary of the 2011 Japan Earthquake/Tsunami falling in March 2016, a number of events were organized to commemorate the occasion. Singer Naomi … Read More

HYPER JAPAN Xmas Market 2015
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With the winter chill bearing down, HYPER JAPAN warmed crowds up with a diverse variety of musical entertainment… The Christmas Market version of Hyper Japan can often feel like a scaled down version of its summer event – particularly following … Read More

MAN WITH A MISSION Live In London
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MAN WITH A MISSION take a bite out of London… One of the more interesting rock acts to emerge from Planet Earth in recent years is the group known as MAN WITH A MISSION. Having cultivated a fervent fanbase in … Read More

HYPER JAPAN 2015 Summer Review
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With the demise of the Earl’s Court venue, Hyper Japan have been shopping around for new premises – which for their summer event saw them landing at the O2. Situated on the Greenwich peninsula, the former Millennium Dome would appear … Read More

HYPER JAPAN Xmas Market 2014
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For the music element of this year’s HYPER JAPAN’s Christmas Market, they went for a few leftfield choices, including Diana Garnet, Joe Inoue and Kioke Miyu. But the UK performance scene was also well represented by the likes of Kelsey … Read More

REPORT : HYPER JAPAN 2014
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It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to state that the summer HYPER JAPAN had an insanely packed schedule. Perhaps the biggest surprise was the presence of ASOBISYSTEM at Hyper Japan this year. Best known for developing KYARY PAMYU PAMYU, the Japanese … Read More

BABYMETAL LIVE IN LONDON
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BABYMETAL’s appearance at the Sonisphere festival had sparked a lot of interest amongst UK J-Pop fans – but in the process had also apparently won over a lot of our resident rock and metal fans. Although some determined souls made … Read More

Kyary Pamyu Pamyu in London 2014
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With the threat of tube strikes impacting on KYARY PAMYU PAMYU’s return to the UK, any travel plan to the venue became something of a military exercise. Full points then to everyone who managed to endure the journey to enjoy … Read More

Die Milch at Milk Tea Day
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With an increasingly popular Lolita community in the UK it’s only natural that dedicated events should start to become regular features on the calendar. Milk Tea Day took place in London in December, following on from an earlier event (Austen … Read More

Adventures at MCM Expo 2013
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The MCM Expo appears to be getting larger judging by the sheer number of dealers and stalls that make up the core content of each event. It’s also become a popular choice of venue for the rising number of dance … Read More