2018 Summer: Japanese artists who will perform overseas

07.May.2018 | FEATURES / MUSIC / SPOT

Summer is coming soon, and no doubt you are looking forward to going to summer festivals! In this article, I will introduce to you some recommended Japanese artists who are going to perform at summer festivals that will be held in foreign countries.

 

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Kyary Pamyu Pamyu

THE GREAT ESCAPE is a music festival held in Brighton, England which was started in 2006.

Many events will be held, not just live concerts and many up-and-coming artists, people who are working in the music industry and music lovers from all over the world gather at this festival. Many alternative UK rock bands perform at this festival but big-name artists such as ADELE, ELLIE GOULDING, ED SHHERAN and CHARLIE XCX have performed at this festival too, before or right after they debuted.

 

World Tour 2018:https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/94229

 

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THE GREAT ESCAPE

Location:Various Venues, Brighton City Centre Brighton BN1

Date: 2018/05/17 to 19

Website: http://greatescapefestival.com/

 

KYARY PAMYU PAMYU official website

kyary.asobisystem.com/

 

 

水曜日のカンパネラ 

Wednesday Campanella

She will also perform at Les Eurockéennes for the first time, a music festival held in Belfort, France. Les Eurockéennes has been held at a protected nature reserve in Belfort since 1989. In 2012, it was awarded Best Overseas Festival in the UK Festival Awards. It is one of France’s biggest music festivals. Wednesday Campanella’s appearance at Les Eurockéennes comes after enthusiastic demand from the people in charge of bookings.

 

Detail Information:https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/103258

 

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Les Eurockéennes

Location: Lac de Malsaucy, Belfort, France
Date: July 5―July 8

Website: https://www.eurockeennes.fr

 

Wednesday Campanella’s official website

www.wed-camp.com/

 

 

 

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crossfaith

 “crossfaith” is a solo unit who is gathering much attention all over the world for his unique music which is the mixture of strings and electronica and fresh ideas. He combines many kinds of genres such as metalcore, hard core, screamo and catchy pops to create his unique works. He is going to perform at many festivals this year, so let’s check out his official website.

 

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Download Paris

Date: 2018/06/15 to 17

Location:Base Aérienne 217, Brétigny-sur-Orge, France

Website:http://www.downloadfestival.fr/fr

 

Graspop Metal Meeting

Date: 2018/6/21〜24

Location:Dessel, Belgium

Website:https://www.graspop.be/en/

 

Aerodrom Festival

Date: 2018/6/28〜30

Location:Panenský Týnec

Website:https://aerodrome.cz/

 

Download Madrid 2018

Date: 2018/6/28〜30

Location:Uptown Theater

Website:https://downloadfestival.es/en/

 

crossfaith Official Website

http://www.crossfaith.jp/

 

 

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Cornelius

“Cornelius” is a solo unit of Keigo Oyamada from Tokyo which is gaining high reputation for its high-quality pop music and unique stage performance using various kinds of videos.

So far, it has been decided that he is going to perform at Field Day Festival and Sonar Festival which will be held in June. Please refer to his official website with regards to detailed information.

 

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Field Day Festival

Date: 2018/6/1〜3

Location:Brockwell Park London

Website:http://fielddayfestivals.com/

 

Sonar Festival

Date: 2018/6/14〜16

Location:Barcelona 25ª edición

Website:https://sonar.es/

 

Cornelius LIVE information

http://www.corneliusjapan.com/tour1/

 

Cornelius official website

http://www.corneliusjapan.com/

 

 

 

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BABYMETAL

BABYMETAL are a fusion of the metal and idol genres and are a band active across the globe. Their mix of authentic metal music with their cute singing and dancing continues to captivate fans worldwide. They have also opened their own apparel brand, ‘BMD FOX APPAREL.’ The three of them are also set to perform at many festivals this summer.

 

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Rock on the Range

Location: MAPFRE STADIUM, Columbus

Date: 2018/5/20

Website: http://rockontherange.com/index.html

 

Rock am Ring 2018

Location: Nürburgring, Germany

Date: 2018/6/1

Website: http://www.rock-am-ring.com/

 

Rock im Park 2018

Location: Zeppelinfield, Germany

Date: 2018/6/1

Website: http://www.rock-im-park.com/

 

Download UK 2018

Location: Donington Park, Derby

Date: 2018/6/9

Website: https://downloadfestival.co.uk/

 

BABYMETAL Official Website:

http://www.babymetal.jp/home/

 

 

How did you like our recommendations?

Don’t miss these chances to witness the live performances of popular Japanese artists!

 

 

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    Model: Yutaro

    Writer: Yuki Yokoo

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    TALENT PROFILE

    Yutaro

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    Nyoirin-ji Temple is often nicknamed “Frog Temple” due to the many frogs you can see at the temple grounds, a rare sight at a Japanese temple. It’s located in Fukuoka Prefecture’s city of Ogori which can be reached by catching a Nishitetsu Tenjin Ōmuta Line train from Tenjin in the heart of Fukuoka and getting off at Mitsusawa Station. From there the temple is just a 15-minute walk.

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    Nyoirin-ji Temple was built in 729. It is home to a Cintāmaṇicakra statue which is a rare sight in Japan. It is also a registered cultural property of Fukuoka Prefecture. It’s not just a location for kawaii adoration―it has been long been loved by locals since ancient times and has a long history.

    The wind chimes will be strung up until the end of September. Their gentle ring is sure to make you feel at peace, so why not try dressing up in a yukata like Rie and experiencing the festival for yourself?

     

    Rie has many other examples of popular tourist destinations from around Kyushu on her Instagram page. Be sure to give her a follow if you’re planning a trip to Kyushu yourself!

     

    Photos by Rie

  • Stream Your Favourite Japanese Artist Anytime With Deezer’s New ‘Asian Music’ Channel

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    Have you ever tried typing in your favourite Asian artist into Spotify only to find only some or none of their music is on there? All of that is about to change as the music streaming platform Deezer introduces its new ‘Asian Music’ channel to bring fans closer to their favourite acts, both mainstream and underground.

     

    Deezer boasts 14 million monthly active users in 180 countries around the world who are connected to an ever-expanding catalogue of 53 million tracks.

     

    Available now worldwide, the new music channel will help support local genres in Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, and Indonesia. It features exclusive and personal playlists from the biggest artists across the continent such as Kyary Pamyu Pamyu (Japan), Tabitha Nauser (Singapore), and Gloc-9 (Philippines). The editors at Deezer have also created dedicated playlists for each country to help fans find their favourite artists as well as introduce them to new acts.

     

    The playlists created by Deezer’s editors for Japan include: Top J-Pop, J-Pop Rising, Top J-Rock, and Japan 90s Hits. Look forward to listening to the biggest names in the land of the rising sun right now such as Perfume, Aimyon, and tofubeats and get familiar with rising acts like Manon and AAAMYYY.

     

    Deezer’s Asian Music section can be accessed here. Find your new favourite artist today.

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