Mark your calendars for some upcoming concerts and performances…
2021 is still sadly affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, but here’s a select guide to some of the forthcoming performances where possible from bands that J-Pop Go has championed, as well as links to other events which we feel might be of interest to JPG readers. Click on each individual listing for full details.
Please note that with the current Coronavirus crisis, many scheduled concerts are either being postponed or cancelled for the foreseeable future.
Multi-instrumentalist/composer based in Tokyo, Yuko Araki started playing piano when she was a small child and in her teenage years was inspired by hardcore and metal music, but she soon
Multi-instrumentalist/composer based in Tokyo, Yuko Araki started playing piano when she was a small child and in her teenage years was inspired by hardcore and metal music, but she soon became really eclectic and took on a diverse range of projects, including drummer of the tribal dream psych band Kuunatic and founding members of the Neo classical noise duo Concierto de la Familia and her solo project: harsh noise drones layered by analog synthesisers, cymbals and samples of Japanese traditional instruments creating abstract rhythms and dissonant harmonies that sound like a noise orchestra.
Her exceptional sensibility in processing extremely heavy and dense sounds makes the result sounding like nothing else you heard before: a thousand leaves oscillation sound at the same time rooted in Japanese noise but also totally different. Intergalactic noisescapes.
In 2019 she released an EP “I” for Indonesian label Gerpfast record and her debut album “II” for Italian label Commando Vanessa, followed in 2020 by a collection of live recordings (from shows at London’s Cafe Oto and Tokyo’s Kagurane). On 2nd April 2021, she released her 1st full album “End Of Trilogy” from Room40.
She’s currently collaborating with London based visual artist Daisy Dickinson on a A/Vperformance to premiere on a European tour in Fall 2021.
Yuko Araki performed across Europe, UK and Asia including Jogja Noise Bombing festival in Indonesia, Cafe Oto in London (UK), Kiezsalon in Berlin (DE), Soup in Tokyo(JP), etc.
November 25 (Thursday) 11:00 pm - December 25 (Saturday) 11:58 pm
Unit 4 Minerva Works, 158 Fazeley St B5 5RT
Reformed in 2016, Esprit D'Air is a Japanese electronic rock/metal solo project led by vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, and producer, Kai. As featured on Billboard, HuffPost, Loudwire, BBC Radio, Kerrang! & Louder,
Reformed in 2016, Esprit D’Air is a Japanese electronic rock/metal solo project led by vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, and producer, Kai. As featured on Billboard, HuffPost, Loudwire, BBC Radio, Kerrang! & Louder, their sound is unique and fresh, bringing together hard-hitting aggression with melodic vocals and electronic synthesizers.
In 2018, Esprit D’Air won ‘Best Metal Album’ at The Independent Music Awards in New York, for the release of their debut album, Constellations, judged by an esteemed panel featuring Slayer, Amy Lee (Evanescence), Sepultura & more.
(Sunday) 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
2 Academy Islington
16 Parkfield St, N1 0PS
PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGE SCANDAL will be making their only UK live date in 2022 on the back of new album Kiss from the Darkness. Since forming in 2006, SCANDAL have
PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGE
SCANDAL will be making their only UK live date in 2022 on the back of new album Kiss from the Darkness.
Since forming in 2006, SCANDAL have become one of the most successful bands in Japan and one of the country’s most recognised pop-rock acts overseas. The band has had 17 singles rank in the top ten or higher of Japan’s Weekly Oricon Singles Chart; had all six studio albums reach at least top five of the Weekly Album Chart; and achieved position three or higher for all three compilation albums. SCANDAL’s impact has even been credited for a national rise in young women learning to play a musical instrument in Japan.
SCANDAL have also had a number of their tracks used as theme songs to anime series through the years, including Pokémon, Bleach and Fullmetal Alchemist. Kiss from the Darkness expands this further with album track ‘A.M.D.K.J.’ (pronounced “amidakuji”) appearing as the ending theme to the latest series of the iconic anime GeGeGe no Kitaro.
Kiss from the Darkness is the first to be released from the band’s own label “her” and is licensed to JPU Records.
(Saturday) 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
O2 Academy Islington
16 Parkfield St, London N1 0PS