DEAN FUJIOKA Announces Four Weeks Of YouTube Premiere Concert Footage
06.August.2020 | MUSIC
DEAN FUJIOKA has announced that over the next 4 weeks he will premiere his live performance of My Dimension held at Osaka-jo Hall back in 2016 over on his official YouTube channel starting on August 6, 2020 at 20:00 (JST).
DEAN FUJIOKA wrote My Dimension back in 2008, a song that would go on to be released for the first time in 2013 when it was used as the main theme for the Japanese film I Am Ichihashi: Journal of a Murderer which DEAN FUJIOKA also directed and starred in.
The live performance footage to be premiered is taken from the artist’s concert DEAN FUJIOKA Special Live “InterCycle 2016”.
DEAN FUJIOKA “My Dimension” Live from InterCycle 2016
DEAN FUJIOKA will premiere more live performances over the next four weeks on his YouTube channel.
The singer-songwriter is re-releasing My Dimension under the song title Neo Dimension on August 19 which breathes new life into the 12 year-old song with new lyrics.
DEAN FUJIOKA Releases ‘Runaway’ Music Video Behind-the-Scenes
02.August.2021 | MUSIC
DEAN FUJIOKA released the music video for his new song Runaway last week. The song is used as an insert song in the Fuji TV drama Oshi no Ouji-sama and as the main theme in the FOD spin-off drama Boku no Oshi wa Ouji-sama.
DEAN FUJIOKA – “Runaway” (Music Video)
On Thursday, a behind-the-scenes for the music video was also posted on his channel.
The video features comments and interviews with Fujioka as well as former Sakurazaka46 member Shiori Satō who also appears in the music video.
Fujioka is set to embark on his “Musical Transmute 2021” tour which will take him to 18 cities for 20 shows. The last run of early bird tickets are now available for purchase.
Japanese Music Artists to Perform at Crocs Japan x atmos pink’s Summer Festival
Casual footwear brand Crocs Japan and sneaker select shop atmos pink are set to host a summer pop-up event titled ‘Atokuro Natsumatsuri’ at atmos pink’s flagship store in Harajuku as well as online from July 31 to August 9.
atmos is one of the leading sneaker brands in Japan, while Crocs is a staple of summertime footwear. Together, the two brands are set to deliver an array of summer season content with classic Japanese summer stalls, creating your own custom Crocs Jibbitz™, and more. Additionally, everyone who attends the event and buys something will enter for a chance to win some limited-edition merhandise.
Starting on August 2, a line-up of Japanese artists will perform live on YouTube for the event, with names such as FAKY, Yurufuwa Gang, ELLE TERESA, CHAMELEON LIME WHOOPIEPIE, Atarashii Gakko no Leaders, and more.
Running: July 31, 2021 – August 9, 2021
Location: atmos pink Flagship Shop Harajuku
Address: 6-5-3 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:00-20:00
August 2 @ 21:00 – FAKY
August 4 @ 21:00 – Yurufuwa Gang
August 6 @ 21:00 – ELLE TERESA
August 8 @ 21:00 – CHAMELEON LIME WHOOPIEPIE, Atarashii Gakkou no Leaders
atmos pink channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkSEEsKnBrGz0bP9XLDkSGw
atmos pink Official Website: https://www.atmos-pink.com/
RADWIMPS Tease New Visual and Video For Upcoming Virtual Concert
16.July.2021 | MUSIC
RADWIMPS are set to hold three virtual concerts titled SHIN SEKAI “nowhere” which will be streamed worldwide from July 16-18. The shows will be a unique musical experience that the band and fans will create and share in the virtual space of VARP. In promotion of the concert series, the band released a new 30-second clip and visual. They also held a pre-showing of the concert to the press.
New promo video
Members of the press were granted exclusive access to experiencing the show early at the WHITE CINE QUINTO film theatre inside Shibuya PARCO in Tokyo on July 12. The concert title appeared on the screen, and at the same time, the audience used their smartphones to enter the virtual space as an avatar where they experienced an interactive concert. A talk session was also held with RADWIMPS members Yojiro Noda, Akira Kuwahara, and Yusuke Takeda, as well as Yohei Kajiwara of PARTY, Kairi Manabe, and last but not least Kentarō Ochiai who was the MC for the show. They discussed creating SHIN SEKAI as well as the future of entertainment and music experiences.
Speaking about how the project came about, Noda said, “Last year, we said farewell so a lot of shows on the tour. It was a bottomless pit of sadness. It was at the time when we were wondering what we could do so that our music wasn’t eradicated that we met PARTY. We felt we could do something new, and decided on trying out this virtual concert.”
“It was my first time becoming an avatar,” said Kajiwara. “It was a lot of fun. For example, I could make myself big and enjoy things you can only do in a virtual space.”
Noda added to Kajiwara’s comment, saying, “We could go to space or another world whenever we wanted. Whatever you can’t do in a real concert, you can do at a virtual one.”そ
“If you go virtual, everyone around the world can be in the same place,” explained Takeda. “When I read comments on social media when we did this last time, I saw a lot of people say how they were able to enjoy themselves with people they didn’t know and communicate with people overseas. I feel we were able to foster something new for fans.”
Finishing up the talk, Noda’s final comments were: “I look forward to seeing how we can evolve this technology. I want everyone to be the first people at the door to experience all the incredible things and possibilities we will be able to deliver and to enjoy the excitement of our concerts with lots of others. Please look forward to it on the day.”
RADWIMPS – SHIN SEKAI “nowhere”
Dates: July 16, 2021 / July 17, 2021 / July 18, 2021
Times (Each Day): 11:00 / 16:00 /22:00 (JST)
Official Website: https://rad.varp.jp/en.html
Concert Review: Red Bull x King Gnu Secret Gig at Tokyo Bay Sea Fort
11.July.2021 | MUSIC
As part of Red Bull and King Gnu’s “Go Louder” project, the Japanese pop-rock band held an exclusive live concert at a secret location as part of the Red Bull Secret Gig experience on July 4. That location was Tokyo Bay’s No.2 Sea Fort which invited fans attended on July 4.
Tokyo Bay No.2 Sea Fort
No.2 Sea Fort has a history as formally being a gun battery that’s part of Tokyo Bay Fortress. The site has a lot of large machinery and is normally under strict management, making this the first time a live music concert has been held there. Over 130,000 fans applied to attend the show, and just 70,000 lucky ones were selected to both attend in-person and watch via an official livestream.
To find the venue, fans has to solve a puzzle. 30 illustrations of megaphones were plastered up all around Japan, each facing a different direction. Photos of them were also posted on Red Bull Japan and King Gnu’s official Twitter accounts. The clue fans were given was that all the megaphones were geographically facing the direction in which the venue was located, so everyone had to put their heads together. For those unable to attend or watch the show, part of it along with a behind-the-scenes will be released on Red Bull TV on July 22.
An unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime experience. King Gnu and Red Bull’s secret show was truly something special, treating fans to not only throwbacks, but exclusive sights that will never be beheld again. The main reason behind that was because the concert was held on an unmanned island in the middle of the ocean. Setting foot on this island is strictly forbidden under normal circumstances, but for King Gnu fans, it was all access for this one-night show. The band staff constructed a stage from scratch for King Gnu to stand as the first band to ever perform music there. Out of the 70,000 or so people who were successful to witness the show, only 60 very lucky fans were actually allowed to attend in-person (the rest watched online), and this intimate experience took place on June 5.
Red Bull Secret Gig has taken place at over 10 locations in six countries worldwide, and this was the first time for it to be held in Japan. It took about a month to roll out the megaphone images across Japan from April.
For the concert, the audience were split into two groups at No.2 Sea Fort and transported to the island aboard a small Red Bull Secret Gig ferry from Mikasa Terminal in Yokosuka. It took about 30 minutes for them to reach their destination, during which they could look out at the picturesque bright blue and sun-basked sea. Excitement was high amongst King Gnu’s passengers. Constructed between the mid-Meiji Period (1867-1911) and Taisho Period (1912-1925), No.2 Sea Fort saw the Imperial Japanese Army there before WWII, and later the Imperial Japanese Navy used the island as the key spot to protect Tokyo. The shipping of materials to build King Gnu’s stage began a week before the show started. Lots of mirrors which reflected the silver framework of the stage, as well as megaphones and other decorations, gave a dystopian vibe to the venue.
Both groups of fans were treated to performances at the Red Bull Street Jam until they arrived at the island, which saw Red Bull dancers and artists put on a show of breakdancing, freestyle football, and double dutch sessions. Everyone was off the boat by 15:40, and they didn’t have to wait long for the main act to make an appearance. The sound of steel drums surrounded the crowd, white smoke filled the air, and flames roared high from the stage, signalling the start of what was to be a very special day for King Gnu lovers. The band members rolled up to the stage: Daiki Tsuneta began to strum his guitar while Yu Seki began drumming a tight rhythm. The groove ignited the moment Kazuki Arai entered the music with his bass as the band opened with their first song, Senryo Yakusha. The aggressive sound was offset when Daiki Tsuneta and Satoru Iguchi entered with harmonising twin vocals. The band showed off their dynamic performance skills as they offered both a solid yet explosive showcase. Keeping with the exciting energy, they cracked the gears up as they moved on to Sorrows. The stage lit up in a blaze of flames while black smoke shrouded the stage. It was a breathtaking backdrop to behold as the fire, smoke, stage, and setting itself was akin to a mirage floating in a desolate wasteland. But the smell of the smoke, the heat of the crowd, and most of all the flesh and blood of the band’s performance confirmed to everyone that this experience was indeed real.
Aerial shot of the concert
From Kasa to McDonald Romance, King Gnu displayed how unique their music is as they elevated the soundscape from the stage to the sky. McDonald Romance in particular stood out, the love song’s exquisite sound combining a gorgeous groove with Kazuki’s transient and beautiful vocals.
After a short interval, the band moved onto Hikotei. The flames erupted for this heated performance, and black smoke poured around the stage, so much so that the band couldn’t see, but this only served to enhance the performance in all its grand and massive sound. Some of the song’s lyrics struck a cord as they reminded one of how our lives have been drastically affected since 2020.
Black smoke turned to red smoke for Slumberland. This performance was the embodiment of King Gnu establishing a new sense of values during this chaotic period we’re going through. What the crowd witnessed was a band able to perform so well in so much smoke, a condition that wouldn’t be able to be replicated in a normal venue. They didn’t falter even once – their musical precision made them seem almost unhuman, or at least that they definitely aren’t ordinary people.
Changing up the vibe, Daiki went ahead for a peaceful piano solo. The sound of a helicopter could be heard in the sky, adding to the otherworldly atmosphere of the show. Daiki began with The Hole, a delicate and beautiful ballad which Satoru provided some synthesiser for. The music had a tinge of pain and uncertainty to it, a compelling message reminiscent of the times we live in today. It was a standout amongst the set list.
White smoke covered the stage once more, and at the same time, Satoru reappeared having changed clothes into a tank top and red half-pants. This of course could only have meant one thing: Teenager Forever. Satoru was dancing and singing around the stage even more than usual, and Daiki joined in without thinking as he sang too. This rock tune is the most youthful-sounding song in King Gnu’s discography, so it was a refreshing thrill to the set.
King Gnu wrapped up the show with Summer Rain Diver. It opened up the beautiful endless sky overhead with its mysterious and alternative sound which sounds almost like a hymn. This musical fusion of dreams and reality served as the perfect ending for the secret show.
The members looked at the crowd with smiles and satisfied looks before leaving the stage. For King Gnu, this was a show that can never be re-experienced.
Two days after the concert, the stage was dismantled and everything taken back, leaving the island floating quietly and solitarily as if nothing had happened. But fans know that of course isn’t the case, as King Gnu made history there as being the first band to perform live. This Red Bull Secret Gig was a once-in-a-lifetime, unprecedented work of art, and quintessentially King Gnu.
- Senryo Yakusha
- McDonald Romance
- The hole
- Teenager Forever
- Summer Rain Diver
A behind-the-scenes is will be released on Red Bull TV Japan on July 22, 2021.
DEAN FUJIOKA has announced his all-new “Music Transmute” tour which will take him across Japan in 2021.
This is DEAN FUJIOKA’s first tour since his “Born To Make History” tour in 2019, and is sure to be highly anticipated amongst domestic fans after the cancellation of his Asia tour last year. The new tour will take him to 20 venues across 18 cities starting at Kawaguchi Comprehensive Cultural Center Lilia’s Main Hall on September 4, 2021.
What surprise does DEAN have in store for fans this time, and how will his music transmute?
Pre-sale tickets for fan club members opened on June 10. More details on the full tour schedule will be announced on his official website in the run up to the first show.
DEAN FUJIOKA “Musical Transmute” Tour 2021
Season two of Astro Connect’s Online Planetarium series began on Friday. The project, which has streamed every Friday since April 2020, is a chance for people to connect with the stars and space.
The project began as a means of entertainment for people who have been in lockdown and unable to go outside due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our time indoors has increased, and so Online Planetarium serves as a way for people to have fun while begin able to travel. The stream, which is in Japanese, focuses on talking about space and stars.
Red Bull x King Gnu Secret Gig Announced
As part of Red Bull and King Gnu’s “Go Louder” project, the Japanese pop-rock band are set to hold an exclusive live concert at a secret location as part of the Red Bull Secret Gig experience, which has taken place at over 10 locations in six countries worldwide. The show is scheduled for early June this year, and applications for tickets opened on April 27.
Tickets to the Red Bull Secret Gig shows are free, but the venue is kept a secret until the last minute, and concertgoers must solve puzzles and riddles. There are two ways to attend the King Gnu concert: in-person and online, each of which will be determined on fans’ success in the endeavour.
Red Bull Secret Gig
Date: Early June 2021
A-Prize: Attend the concert in-person
Who’s Applicable: Those who are randomly chosen from a pool of people that have figured out the venue
B-Prize: Watch the concert online
Who’s Applicable: Those who are randomly chosen from a pool of people that have figured out the venue
A-Prize: April 27, 2021 – May 16, 2021 at 23:59 (JST)
B-Prize: April 27, 2021 – May 31, 2021 at 23:59 (JST)
Official Website: https://www.redbull.com/secretgig-jp
Tennozu Canal Fes 2021 Spring: A Line-Up Of Asian Music Artists
Tennozu Canal Fes 2021 Spring ~WORLD TRAVEL – ASIA~ is set to take place online via CANAL’s official YouTube channel on April 24. The event comes in response to the cancellation of the in-person event due to fears of COVID-19 transmission.
“World Travel” is the theme of Tennozu Canal Fes 2021 with a different region to be chosen each season, allowing for music lovers and concertgoers to enjoy a little bit of something from abroad. The theme for spring is Asian music which focuses on music from around Asia – except Japan. Viewers can tune in to see everything from Indian dancing to classical Chinese opera, Chinese erhu performance, and more. Performances will still take place at Tennozu Canal in Tokyo but will be live streamed.
14:00～14:30 coco ayumi & Ethno-Exotica Vaudeville (Indian dance)
15:00～15:30 Kanae Nozawa (Erhu)
16:00～16:30 Shinchou Gekiin (Classical Chinese opera)
17:00～17:30 HamojiN (Acapella)
18:00～18:30 Tsukiko Nakamura (Piano and hand mic)
18:40～19:10 Tsuzu King (Solo singing)
The final livestreaming of Online Planetarium Announced
13.April.2021 | MOVIE
Astro Connect, the space and astronomical project organizer, has been organised the project called Online Planetarium with ABLab, the astronomical online salon, to livestream the sky where you can observe the stars every Friday night since April 16, 2020. The final livestream will take place on April 16, 2021, which marks the first anniversary of project launching. The renewal of project will begin after April as Season 2.
We used to visit the Planetarium to explore and experience the universe with expert commentary until before the pandemic began. This time, they will deliver it to your home. You can observe the universe while listening to the interaction between a presenter and a commentator live. Also, the viewers can send questions directly to the presenter during the livestream to experience the new communication style of planetarium.
Why don’t you spend a luxurious time at home while watching the starry sky over the online planetarium?
In promotion of his new single Take Over, which dropped on Wednesday (March 10), DEAN FUJIOKA is holding a 24-hour live stream on the same day as the record’s release.
The stream will begin at 18:30 (JST) and will air music videos before DEAN FUJIOKA appears to perform live at 20:00. He will of course perform his new single, talk about his first-ever picture book Famubamu, talk to fans through video call, and more.
The singer-songwriter also released a music video for his song Plan B on YouTube which you can check out below.
VTuber Group Holostars Launch First Official Show On YouTube
04.March.2021 | ANIME&GAME
VTuber group Holostars’ first official program on YouTube will launch on March 4 at 7pm (JST).
The program will treat fans to a whole new side of the members, the likes of which they’ve never seen. The official name and further details of the program will be announced on the first broadcast on March 4 on Holostars’ YouTube channel.
Holostarts Official Youtube Program
First broadcast date: March 4, 2021 at 7pm (JST)
Cast: Miyabi Hanasaki, Izuru Kanade, Rikka, Arurandeisu
Hololive Official YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJFZiqLMntJufDCHc6bQixg/
Holostars Official YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWsfcksUUpoEvhia0_ut0bA
Official Website: https://www.hololive.tv/holostars
VTuber Group Nijisanji Release Two Songs Simultaneously to Celebrate 3rd Anniversary
The VTuber group Nijisanji are celebrating three years since their debut with the release of two new ones: PALETTE 001 – Wonder NeverLand and PALETTE 002 – Nijiiro no Puddle, both of which hit music streaming and download services on February 25, 2021.
PALETTE 001 – Wonder NeverLand
PALETTE 002 – Nijiiro no Puddle
The first new song, PALETTE 001 – Wonder NeverLand, was produced by kz (livetune) who also wrote the song Virtual to LIVE for Nijisanji’s 1st anniversary. It was recorded live in a studio with wind and string instruments and features singing from 12 streamers.
The second new song, PALETTE 002 – Nijiiro no Puddle, is performed by the internationally-beloved Japanese rock band FLOW. It’s a song about enjoying the here and now to the fullest, and also includes the voices of 12 streamers. This also marks the group’s first collaboration with FLOW, a band who is set to perform at Nijisanji Anniversary Festival 2021 on February 26, 2021.
Nijisanji Anniversary Festival 2021 Zenyasai feat. FLOW
You can follow Nijisanji’s 3rd anniversary celebrations on social media with the hashtag #nijisanji_palette.
VTuber Nijisanji 3rd Anniversary Project “PALETTE”
Simultaneous Song Release: February 25, 2021
PALETTE 001 – Wonder NeverLand: https://nex-tone.link/96905
PALETTE 002 – Nijiiro no Puddle: https://nex-tone.link/96907
Project PALETTE Details: https://music.nijisanji.jp/palette
Nijisanji Anniversary Festival 2021 Zenyasai feat.FLOW
Stream Date: February 26, 2021
Stream Time: 17:30-19:30 (JST)
Event Details: https://anniversaryfes.nijisanji.jp/eve-festival/
Buy Tickets: https://secure.live.nicovideo.jp/product/5952
Ticket Window: Available now until March 31, 2021 @ 23:59 (JST