Japanese Music Artists Performing Overseas in 2019: Part 3

21.May.2019 | FEATURES / MUSIC

With summer fast approaching, concertgoers are gearing up for this year’s music festivals and live shows. We previously covered numerous Japanese bands and artists performing who overseas this year in parts one and two of this feature, but since the previous entry, even more acts have been announced.


Here is a new list of artists embarking outside Japan this summer.



For the first time in their career, rock group Suchmos are set to embark on their first ever Asia Tour this June. They will hit up 6 locations, beginning in Hong Kong before heading to Taipei, Seoul, Shenzhen, Shanghai and Beijing.


▶︎ Suchmos ASIA TOUR 2019

2019/6/2 @ Music Zone @ KITEC, Hong Kong

2019/6/7 @ Legacy Taipei, Taipei

2019/6/9/ @ YES24 Live Hall, Seoul (*w/ HYUKOH)

2019/6/12 @ B10 Live, Shenzhen

2019/6/14 @ Modern Sky Lab, Shanghai

2019/6/16 @ Tango Live (Floor 3F), Beijing


Suchmos Official Website: https://www.suchmos.com


→News Update (June 1, 2019)
Following unexpected illness of one of their members, Suchmos have cancelled all remaining dates on their upcoming overseas tour.




Rock band [ALEXANDROS] are also heading on tour in Asia throughout June and July. The band are currently on their “Sleepless in Japan Tour” in promotion of their newest album Sleepless in Brooklyn and will take their concerts across Asia for 8 shows, starting with Shanghai on June 21 and wrapping in Seoul on July 21. This also marks their first time performing in Shanghai and Beijing.


▶︎ Sleepless 2019 Asia Tour

2019/6/21 @ Modern Sky Lab, Shanghai

2019/6/23 @ Beijing Omni Space, Beijing

2019/6/28 @ Jakarta (*Venue TBA)

2019/6/30 @ Moon Star Studio 1, Bangkok

2019/7/5 @ Music Zone @ E-Max, Hong Kong

2019/7/7 @ Legacy Taipei, Taipei

2019/7/19/ @ Bentley Music Auditorium, Kuala Lumpur

2019/7/21 @ MUV HALL, Seoul


[ALEXANDROS] Official Website: https://alexandros.jp




Sakanaction have announced that they will play in Shanghai and Shenzhen at the end of June. Upon unveiling the news the band created their own Weibo account, a Chinese social media platform. The rock band will release their new album 834.194 in June, their first album release since sakanaction was released 6 years ago in March 2013. The Asia dates were added to their ongoing Japan tour. This will be their second set of headline concerts outside in Japan since they performed overseas for the first time back in 2013 in Taiwan. The band are known for their use of cutting-edge technology at their shows, so foreign fans can look forward to seeing what they have in store for them next month.


▶︎ SAKANAQUARIUM 2019 “834.194”

2019/6/28 @ Modern Sky Lab, Shanghai

2019/6/30 @ A8 Live, Shenzhen


Sakanaction Official Website: http://sakanaction.jp



Earlier this month, five-piece maid rock band BAND-MAID announced the European leg of their 2019 world tour, one which will begin this June and one whose decided theme is Gekidou, or “tumultuous.” All shows on BAND-MAID’s 2018 world tour sold out completely. The initial European leg of their long-awaited new world tour will take them to 3 countries for 4 performances. They will then head to the US in September.


Related Article: BAND-MAID Announces European Leg Of ‘Tumultuous’ 2019 World Tour



6/22 – London, UK @ Islington Assembly Hall

6/23 – Paris, France @ Le Trabendo

6/24 @ Bochum, Germany @ Zeche

6/26 @ Hamburg, Germany @ DAS LOGOS

9/26 @ NYC Gramercy Theater, US

9/28 @ Dallas Cambridge Room, US




World Tour Info: https://bandmaid.tokyo/contents/241952

BAND-MAID Official Website: https://bandmaid.tokyo/


Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, CAPSULE, m-flo & More

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. 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. CAPSULE, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, Crazy Boy, HIROOMI TOSAKA and m-flo are set to deliver Japanese entertainment to US lovers of Japanese music and entertainment.


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



Date: July 3, 2019

Time: OPEN 17:00 / START 18:30

Location: THE NOVO by Microsoft, Los Angeles, California, US

Line-Up: CRAZYBOY / HIROOMI TOSAKA / m-flo / CAPSULE / Kyary Pamyu Pamyu



Date: July 3, 2019

Time: OPEN/START 22:00

Location: THE NOVO by Microsoft, Los Angeles, California, US

Line-Up: ☆Taku Takahashi / TeddyLoid / Yasutaka Nakata (CAPSULE) / …and more


Event Website: https://live.otaquest.com/

Tickets: https://www.axs.com/events/372261/otaquest-live-tickets?skin=novo


Ai Otsuka

This year, Ai Otsuka celebrates her 15th anniversary since her debut. The singer-songwriter released her greatest hits album Ai am BEST, too in January this year, and she is currently in the midst of her nationwide Japan tour. 5 Asia dates have been added to the tour. Her previous Asia tour took her to just three cities: Taipei, Shenzhen and Guangzhou, but this year she is spreading her wings and will perform in Guangzhou, Chengdu, Shanghai and Taipei.


▶︎ AIO PIANO at ASIA vol.2 

2019/7/17 @ Dr. Sun Yat-sen’s Memorial Hall, Guangzhou

2019/7/19 @ 特侖蘇音楽庁, Chengdu



2019/8/17 @ ATT SHOW BOX 大直, Taipei


Ai Otsuka Official Website:  http://avex.jp/ai/



If you love Japanese music and a Japanese band or artist are coming to a city near you this year, then be sure to show your love and support by getting your hands on a ticket to see them live.


  • Kyary Pamyu Pamyu to Perform at America’s Famous Music Festival Coachella 2020

    04.January.2020 | MUSIC

    Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival is one of America’s largest and most famous annual festivals. The lineup for Coachella 2020 has been announced, revealing Kyary Pamyu Pamyu. 

    Coachella 2020 will be held from April 10 to 12 and April 17 to 19 with Kyaryu Pamyu Pamyu performing on April 12 and 19. 

  • CAPSULE & Other Major Japanese Artists to Perform at ageHa’s 2020 Countdown Party in Tokyo

    18.December.2019 | MUSIC

    ageHa is set to host one of Japan’s biggest countdown parties again this year, falling on December 31, 2019 once more.

    Headlining the ARENA is English DJ and producer Sigala. He released his debut single Easy Love in 2015 which shot to number one on the UK charts. Since then, he has continued to pump out club and festival bangers such as Sweet Lovin and Say You Do. Seven of his nine singles have gone platinum, proving that he is one of the main players in the scene right now.

    Another headlining act for the show, this time from Japan, is CAPSULE, the music duo spearheaded by internationally-acclaimed Japanese DJ and record producer Yasutaka Nakata who is the official producer for two of the biggest names in Japanese music: Perfume and Kyari Pamyu Pamyu. CAPSULE plan to put on a special performance for the countdown party.


    banvox is also making a return from last year’s ageHa countdown concert, and CYBERJAPAN DANCERS are entering the fray for a special showcase.

    In the WATER area of the venue, which is produced by WORLD CLASS and TCPT, France-based bass house duo Loge21, who have piled up t he releases since Confession, will perform in Japan for the very first time. DJ Remo-con will join the line-up as a guest too.


    Over at the ISLAND area, the latest in cutting edge hip hop will take to the stage. Several DJs representing Tokyo will join rapper Jin Dogg, who is garnering attention right now, including HOKUTO, KEKKE, CHARI, and FUJI TRILL.


    Finally, the BOX area will give rise to trance tunes, with performances from DJ KAYA, NORIO SP, FULLMOON RAVE, agefarre, and more.

    But that’s not all, because the famous Robot Restaurantーa major tourist attraction in Shinjukuーis making an unexpected collaboration with ageHa to put on their first ever show outside the restaurant.

    A variety of other celebratory things are planned for the countdown party to chime in the new year, including servings of toshikoshi soba, omikuji fortunes, goshuin seals, and more. If you happen to be in Tokyo for the New Year, then don’t miss out on this very special event.

  • BAND-MAID Release ‘Blooming’ Music Video From New Album ‘CONQUEROR’

    10.December.2019 | MUSIC

    BAND-MAID just dropped their new music video for Blooming which is taken from their upcoming new album CONQUEROR which is set to hit shelves tomorrow on December 11, 2019.


    BAND-MAID「Blooming」Music Video: 

    BAND-MAID once again showcase their great musicianship in this headbangerーanother fast-paced tune, something which BAND-MAID have been rolling with recently.


    With the release of their third album CONQUEROR set for tomorrow, BAND-MAID released the album digitally worldwide on December 4 and it soon conquered the iTunes rock charts of countries all over the world.  The album currently holds third place in Japan. On December 5, it reached no.1 in Canada, no.7 in the UK, no.4 in France, no.3 in Australia, no.11 in Hong Kong, and even no.1 of 40 places on the America and World Music Charts.

    From working with world-renowned producer Tony Visconti and their Hollywood debut in a Netflix movie to their contracts with major booking agencies such as United Talent Agency and Live Nation, BAND-MAID are conquering the world with no intention of stopping.

    CONQUEROR will mark almost two years since the band released a full-length studio album.

  • BAND-MAID’s New Album ‘CONQUEROR’ Conquers iTunes Rock Charts Worldwide

    06.December.2019 | MUSIC

    With the release of their third album CONQUEROR set for December 11, BAND-MAID released the album digitally worldwide on December 4 and it soon conquered the iTunes rock charts of countries all over the world. 


    The album currently holds third place in Japan. On December 5, it reached no.1 in Canada, no.7 in the UK, no.4 in France, no.3 in Australia, no.11 in Hong Kong, and even no.1 of 40 places on the America and World Music Charts.


    From working with world-renowned producer Tony Visconti and their Hollywood debut in a Netflix movie to their contracts with major booking agencies such as United Talent Agency and Live Nation, BAND-MAID are conquering the world with no intention of stopping. 

  • BAND-MAID Releases 3rd Album ‘CONQUEROR’ Digitally Worldwide and Announces Guitar Battle on NHK TV Show

    04.December.2019 | MUSIC

    BAND-MAID has just released all the songs from their third album CONQUEROR digitally. The physical album is set for release on December 11. 


    CONQUEROR holds a number of their greatest songs which became sensational hits even before their release such as the Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS ending theme gloryBubble, which is the theme song for the ABC TV drama Perfect Crime, and even The Dragon Cries, which is a global hit produced by American veteran record producer Tony Visconti. 


    Having released all the songs from their new album digitally with a physical album to follow, BAND-MAID has proven their exponential growth to the world once again. Check out the streaming and download links below to hear their flawless musicianship.


    But that’s not all. BAND-MAID worked up a sensation on December 1 when they appeared on music news program SHIBUYA NOTE. On December 10, BAND-MAID’s guitarist KANAMI will appear on the NHK Educational TV show Shakiin! Sound Fighters (シャキーン!サウンドファイターズ). During the show, KANAMI will face off against Shinji Wajima from rock band Ningen Isu in a guitar battle.


    From their Hollywood debut to working with world-renowned producers and contracting with a world major booking agency, BAND-MAID are on a streak of global breakthroughs and have no intention of stopping. 

  • BAND-MAID to Appear in Netflix Original Movie ‘Kate’ as Themselves & Sign Contract With United Talent Agency

    27.November.2019 | MOVIE / MUSIC

    It has been revealed that BAND-MAID are set to appear as the band themselves in the upcoming action thriller Netflix Original movie Kate. The band have also signed a contract with United Talent Agency, one of the biggest booking agencies in the world.


    Kate is being directed by French film director and visual effects artist Cedric Nicolas-Troyan (Snow White and the Huntsman) while the screenplay is being written by Umair Aleem. It will be produced by David Leitch, who directed Deadpool 2 and Atomic Blonde.


    The film will star lauded actress Mary Elizabeth Winstead as the protagonist, as well as numerous notable Japanese actors including Tadanobu Asano, Jun Kunimura, and musician and actor MIYAVI.


    Following BAND-MAID’s signing with booking agency Live Nation, it has now been announced that they have sealed a deal with United Talent Agency tooーone of the world’s four biggest booking agencies. They are known for having booked some of the world’s biggest artists, including Guns N’ Roses and Muse, as well as numerous top bands from Japan such as ONE OK ROCK and BABYMETAL.

    It was also revealed last week BAND-MAID’s song The Dragon Cries, which is featured on their upcoming third studio album CONQUERORーset for release on December 11, 2019ーwas produced by legendary American record producer Tony Visconti, who has worked with a plethora of some of the biggest names in music including David Bowie. All of this good news about BAND-MAID is pushing them further to their goal: conquering the world.

  • Kyary Pamyu Pamyu and Yasutaka Nakata to Embark on vol.02 of their Ultimate Three City Tour

    22.November.2019 | MUSIC

    In 2020, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu and Yasutaka Nakata will be following up on their ultimate three-city tour that took place in Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya in 2016, returning to the three cities on tour again for vol.02.

    The duo’s performance at SUMMER SONIC 2019 saw both Osaka and Tokyo venues overcrowded with fans to the extent that entry had to be strongly regulated. Following the success of SUMMER SONIC and vol.01 of the duo’s tour in 2016, there’s no doubt that their upcoming 2020 tour will see an exponential increase in fans.


    The long-awaited 2020 tour is bound to fill Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya with excitement. This powerhouse duo is the perfect recipe for an explosive atmosphere that you just cannot miss.

  • BAND-MAID’s Song ‘The Dragon Cries’ Was Produced by the Legendary Tony Visconti

    20.November.2019 | MUSIC

    It has been revealed that BAND-MAID’s song The Dragon Cries, which is featured on their upcoming third studio album CONQUERORーset for release on December 11, 2019ーwas produced by none other American veteran record producer Tony Visconti. The song was released digitally worldwide on all major music platforms today.


    Visconti is known for having worked with a plethora of some of the biggest names in music history, including David Bowie and T-Rex. He himself sent an enthusiastic offer to the band to work with them. He even saw the band live in September.

    In a Japanese interview speaking about working with BAND-MAID, Visconti said he liked the band’s originality, and that getting to meet them in real life was like a dream come true. He explained how Saiki and Miku sang for almost 8 hours, which he revealed is longer than any other artist he has known. He commended their professionalism, and that they greatly met his expectations.

    BAND-MAID vocalist and guitarist Miku Kobato also commented: “Tony is so kind, he really likes BAND-MAID. He’s a really sociable, friendly and wonderful person.”


    She continues: “We also got to record vocals in the same studio in New York where David Bowie recorded. He listened to our wishes and opinions while producing for us. We are truly grateful. We’d like to work hard so that the next time we meet Tony, we can show him we’ve grown even more.”


    BAND-MAID are set to perform the song live for the first time on NHK General TV’s Shibuya no Oto on December 1, 2019.


    BAND-MAID recently played 5 shows in the US, all of which sold out. As BAND-MAID continue conquering forward, the success of their quest for world domination is inevitable.

  • Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s ‘KIMI GA IINE KURETARA’ Single to be Released on Kawaii Pink Vinyl

    12.November.2019 | MUSIC

    In May 2019, Harajuku fashion monster Kyary Pamyu Pamyu released her latest single KIMI GA IINE KURETARA on streaming services. The single was used as the theme song for the Nippon Television Network drama Mukai no Bazuru Kazoku. The single will be released in late February 2020 in the form of a kawaii pink 7-inch vinyl. The last time Kyary Pamyu Pamyu released a single in analog format was in 2015 with Mondai Girl.

    KIMI GA IINE KURETARA was produced entirely by Yasutaka Nakata. In the song, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu transforms into a modern social media expert, singing an encouraging message aimed at people who are lost in their obsession with getting likes on social media. The single’s B side contains the instrumental version of the song which has never been released.


    As the vinyl release is still quite far away, all we can do is wait in excitement. 

  • Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Will Perform a New Song if 100,000 People Sign Up for Merpay

    08.November.2019 | MUSIC

    Merpay is a smartphone payment service created by the flea market app Mercari. To reach out to young people who are still not accustomed to going cashless, the company launched a second round to their invite a friend campaign on November 7, 2019. As part of the campaign, both the user who invites a friend to use Merpay and the friend who creates an account will be rewarded with ¥1,000 worth of points. But that’s not all: Famous artist Kyary Pamyu Pamyu took to the scene with an even bigger reward.

    As the campaign’s mascot, Kyaryu Pamyu Pamyu made an appearance at the Merpay campaign event. It was announced that if more than 100,000 people use the special invitation code “MOTTAINAI” to create a Merpay account during the Kyary Pamyu Pamyu challenge period, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu will celebrate with a brand new song.

    After the event, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu headed down Harajuku’s famous Takeshita Street to enjoy a crêpe at a crêpe stand that uses Merpay. 

    “It’s been so long since I last visited Takeshita Street,” she laughed. “Buying the crêpe was just as fun as eating it.”.

    She then made a comment on her Kyary Pamyu Pamyu challenge song:

    “I want to sing it. What kind of song will it be? It’s so exciting just thinking about it.” She said.

    If you want to hear Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s new song, be sure to use the MOTTAINAI code to sign up for Merpay and invite a friend.

  • BAND-MAID Release New ‘Rinne’ Music Video On YouTube

    05.November.2019 | MUSIC

    BAND-MAID just dropped a music video for a song entitled Rinne taken from their forthcoming studio album CONQUEROR which is set to hit shelves on December 11, 2019. The song will be released on digital music platforms at midnight (JST) tonight.


    BAND-MAID – “Rinne” Music Video

    The music video was directed by Ryoji Aoki, who has worked on nearly all of BAND-MAID’s videos to date, and makes free-use of an 8mm camera in a hardcore shoot.

    CONQUEROR comes as the band’s third major album release, following the success of their 2018 record World Domination which established the rock maids’ desires to expand their popularity globally, effectively ‘taking over the world.’ The new record has been in the works for over a year, and already it’s look to be another fire album from the maid outfit-clad rock musicians.

  • BAND-MAID Unveil New Album ‘CONQUEROR’ Artwork & Bonus Merchandise

    16.October.2019 | MUSIC

    BAND-MAID have teased fans by showcasing the CD artwork for their upcoming album CONQUEROR which is set to hit shelves on December 11.

    The band has worked for over a year on the new record. The unveiled artwork features the band members with flowers blooming for them, signifying the blossoming of new music.

    Speaking about the artwork, vocalist and guitarist Miku Kobato commented: “We’ve put a lot of time into this album. It’s packed full of the best music we’ve ever written, which has been made possible by where we are today. I would be overjoyed if the album helps to blossom our Masters’ and Princesses’ dreams and desires.”

    The album will feature 15 tracks, including the song new Dilemma which until now was untitled. If you pick up a copy of the album at select stores in Japan, you can get your hands on some exclusive goodies too as pictured above. Full details below.