Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, Yasutaka Nakata & CRAZYBOY to Perform at QTAQUEST LIVE in Los Angeles

27.March.2019 | MUSIC

The biggest names in Japanese pop music are set to take over Los Angeles at QTAQUEST LIVE and OTAQUEST KICK OFF PARTY which is set to take place at THE NOVO by Microsoft on July 3, 2019.

 

With support from LDH JAPAN and LDH USA, the event is a celebration of Japanese pop culture that brings together a lineup of some of the most famous names in the industry.

 

Both OTAQUEST LIVE and OTAQUEST KICK OFF PARTY serve as the opener to Anime Expo, the biggest anime convention in the US, which will run from July 4 to 7.

Kyary Pamyu Pamyu

OTAQUEST LIVE begins at 6:30pm and will see CRAZYBOY, HIROOMI TOSAKA, m-flo, CAPSULE, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu take to the stage to deliver American fans the ultimate J-pop entertainment experience.

CAPSULE

OTAQUEST KICK OFF PARTY will begin later at 22:00 which will welcome to the stage ☆Taku Takahashi, TeddyLoid, and Yasutaka Nakata (CAPSULE) for a late-night extravaganza of Japanese dance music.

 

Tickets go on sale March 28, 2019 at 10:00am (US Time).

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    ©️Naoko Takeuchi

    ©️Naoko Takeuchi, PNP, Sailor Moon  –SHINING MOON TOKYO –

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