ONE OK ROCK Announce Worldwide Live Stream ‘Field of Wonder’ for October 11
24.August.2020 | MUSIC
ONE OK ROCK have announced their first ever online concert, ONE OK ROCK 2020 “Field of Wonder” at Stadium Live Streaming, which will be streamed worldwide on October 11, 2020.
The band will perform from an audience-less venue – ZOZO Marine Stadium in Chiba. Tickets are now available for both Japanese and international fans via the stream’s official website.
ONE OK ROCK 2020 “Field of Wonder” at Stadium Live Streaming
Date: October 11, 2020
Stream Start Time: 18:00 (JST)
ONE OK ROCK Official Live Streaming Site: https://20201011.oneokrock.com/en_index.html
BABYMETAL to Release Limited-Edition NFT Trading Cards
04.September.2021 | MUSIC
In May, BABYMETAL released their first collection of NFT trading cards to commemorate the band’s 10th anniversary. Now, a new collection of these limited-edition cards, 10 BABYMETAL BUDOKAN, are coming soon!
The previous collection sold out in only a few minutes, and as with the first trading card release, these special images will be sold using WAX NFT Blockchain, and will go on sale starting September 10 at 0:00 JST. The cards are designed with live photos from 10 BABYMETAL BUDOKAN, the 10 concerts held at Nippon Budokan from January to April. Two different sets will be on sale, and there will be 20 cards total in the set, each ranked common, rare, or super rare.
A 5-card set will be available for USD $35 with a limited quantity of 2,500 sets. A special MECHAPACK bundle containing a 15-card set and limited edition 10 BABYMETAL BUDOKAN gold vinyl record will be available for USD $125, with only 1,000 sets available. The record contains 13 songs from the April concert, which was the final day of the Budokan concert series.
Purchases can be made by credit card or PayPal, but customers will need a WAX wallet to purchase and receive NFT.
NFT minting and distribution will begin on September 15 at 2:00 AM (JST). The mint number and distribution order will be determined by when the order was made.
Will you be trying to snag one of these rare pieces of BABYMETAL history?
10 BABYMETAL BUDOKAN NFT TRADING CARDS
Release Date: September 10, (0:00 JST)
How to Buy/Price:
1 NFT Trading Card Set (5 cards) / Price: $35
2 NFT Trading Card Set (15 cards) + 10 BABYMETAL BUDOKAN Gold Vinyl Record / Price: $125
Macross Delta Vocal Unit Walküre’s 2016 Live Tour to be Streamed in 18 Countries
Tactical Sound Unit Walküre, featured in the Macross Delta anime series and film Passionate Walküre, held their live tour finale at Zepp DiverCity Tokyo on September 10, 2016. Now, a complete version of the concert will be livestreamed to 18 countries around the world for the first time on August 28.
This stream will be the only way to view the complete version of the show, as it has never been included in any DVD or Blu-ray releases.
Walküre made their debut in Macross Delta, the latest entry in the Macross franchise. Macross is celebrating its 40th anniversary next year.
Don’t miss this rare opportunity!
©︎2015 BIGWESTMACROSS DELTA PROJECT
Macross Delta #Air Walküre Premium 1st LIVE 2016 ~Walküre Attack!~
When: August 28, 2021 / Doors Open at 19:30, Stream Begins at 20:00
Archive Available: August 28 24:00 – August 30 23:59
Japan, USA, Canada, Australia, Taiwan, Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Brazil, UK, Germany, France, Italy, Poland
Where to Stream: Streaming＋https://eplus.jp/sf/guide/streamingplus-userguide/qa
Price: ¥1,800 (Tax Included) *In addition to base price, various fees may apply.
Tickets on Sale: August 19, 23:00 – August 30, 21:00
Buy Tickets: https://eplus.jp/walkure1st-streaming/
Official Site: https://liveviewing.jp/walkure-attack/
SCANDAL Announce 15th Anniversary Live Show ‘INVITATION’ to be Streamed Worldwide
03.August.2021 | MUSIC
Tickets for SCANDAL’s 15th anniversary live concert ‘INVITATION,’ which will take place at Osaka-jo Hall on August 21, 2021, have sold out, and so the band has announced that the concert will be streamed live in Japan and 52 countries worldwide.
The concert will be SCANDAL’s first time performing at Osaka-jo Hall since 2014. Online tickets are now on sale – more details at the band’s website.
SCANDAL also posted their performances of Tonight and eternal from their 2021 ‘MANIA’ tour on YouTube. Check out eternal below.
SCANDAL – Tonight 〜 eternal (Live from SCANDAL MANIA TOUR 2021 request 2021.04.18 @Zepp Haneda)
SCANDAL 15th ANNIVERSARY LIVE “INVITATION” at Osaka-jo Hall Livestream
Japan Time & Date
Date: August 21, 2021
Start Time: 18:00 (JST)
Ticket Price: ¥3,000
Buy Tickets Here: https://eplus.jp/st/821/scandal/
Validity Period: August 21, 2021 @ 18:00 – August 22, 2021 @ 23:59
Overseas Date & Time
Date: August 21, 2021
Start Time: 18:00 (JST) / 02:00 (PST)
Ticket Price: $30
Validity Period: August 21st at 2AM PST – August 23rd at 12AM PST
Stream/Download SCANDAL Here: https://jvcmusic.lnk.to/SCANDAL
SCANDAL Official Website: https://www.scandal-4.com/
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.
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
Free Online Japanese Music Festival NEXT VISION JAPAN 2021 Heads Online With XR Technology
24.February.2021 | MUSIC
A collection of Japanese companies, such as IMAGICA GROUP, IMAGICA EEX, PICS, Robot Communications, IMAGICA Lab., Photron, IMAGICA IRIS, Cosmo Space, and more are coming together to host NEXT VISION JAPAN 2021 XR LIVE (NVJ2021 XR LIVE), an no-audience concert that will take place at the Geo-Cosmos stage at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation in Odaiba, on Tokyo. It will be streamed live on YouTube for free on March 16, 2021 from 20:00 (JST).
NVJ2021 XR LIVE will incorporate the latest in XR technology to create an entirely new online live music and future entertainment experience.
The event has an incredible line-up of artists set to perform including singer-songwriter Sayuri, Cö shu Nie who is known for their themes for the Tokyo Ghoul anime series, ixR from AKB48, ballet dancer Mizuka Ueno, the New Japan Philharmonic orchestra, and more.
According to a survey carried out on July 30, 2020 by CyberZ, OEN, and Digital InFact, it is predicted that the amount of money that will be earned from online live concerts in Japan will grow to 100 billion yen by 2024. It is fitting then that events such as NVJ2021 XR LIVE are working to create more immersive and innovative shows.
National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation | Comment
“Geo-Cosmos is an exhibit that was made to connect lots of people allowing them to see the everchanging Earth from space. It uses several different pieces of scientific data to project the real appearance of the earth and shows the possibilities of 3D visual representation created by scientists and creators. This concert will serve as a new challenge for Geo-Cosmos. We hope you look forward to seeing Geo-Cosmos ‘transform’ on the live stage in this fusion of the real and the virtual.”
NEXT VISION JAPAN 2021 XR LIVE
Date: March 16, 2021 @ 20:00 (JST)
Style: No-Audience Live Stream
Platform: YouTube and elsewhere
Official Website: https://eex.co.jp/bunka/
Hatsune Miku Symphony to be Released On Amazon Music HD Using Dolby Atmos®
26.November.2020 | MUSIC
To celebrate the 5th anniversary of Hatsune Miku Symphony, three concerts are being held in Japan. The first took place at Suntory Hall for the first time on September 21, the second in Yokohama on October 17, and the third is scheduled to take place tomorrow (November 27) at Festival Hall in Osaka.
Fans unable to attend the final show will be pleased to know that part of the set list from Hatsune Miku Symphony 2019 is also being released tomorrow on Amazon Music HD in Dolby Atmos® format.
Dolby Atmos is a surround sound format that breaks the wall on the limits of mono and stereo sound and allows sounds to be interpreted in 3D, creating an entirely new immersive experience. This will make listening to a show like Hatsune Miku Symphony a true delight to Vocaloid lovers.
Those attending the Osaka concert will be able to listen to Miku Symphony in one of the Amazon Echo Studio booths that will be available at the venue. These booths will also be equipped with Dolby Atmos through Amazon Music HD.
The Yokohama performance that took place on October 17, 2020 is scheduled to be released on Blu-ray on February 3, 2021. It will be available to pre-order at the Osaka show.
Embroidery Art – ¥16,500 (Tax Included) | Acrylic Key Rings (7 Designs) – ¥800 (Tax Included)
A selection of merchandise will be available to buy at the Osaka show including an all-new piece of embroidery art, acrylic key rings, and more. These items will also be available to pick up at Magical Mirai 2020 in OSAKA taking place this weekend (November 28 and 29).
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US Rapper Dumbfoundead Announces Free Online Music Event ‘DOUBLE HAPPINESS Global Holiday Festival’
25.November.2020 | MUSIC
US rapper Dumbfoundead will spearhead the DOUBLE HAPPINESS Global Holiday Festival, a global online music festival set to stream for free via Eastern Standard Time on December 2 and 3 depending on where you live. The event will welcome performances from top Asian artists.
Over 30 artists will perform across 8 hours. Headliners include music duo NxWorries, eight-member South Korean idol group ATEEZ, K-pop artist CHUNGHA, and others. Atarashii Gakko no Leaders a.k.a. ATARASHII GAKKO! from Japan will also perform.
Ardhito Pramono、Atarashii Gakko no Leaders a.k.a. ATARASHII GAKKO!、ATEEZ、Audrey Nuna、AUGUST 08、Balming Tiger、BVNDIT、CHAI、Chi Pu、CHUNG HA、Dumbfoundead、Dvwn、Fern.、Guapdad 4000 、Jason Dhakal、Joey Alexander、Josephine Alexandra、Kiana V、Leila Alcasid、 MADDOX 、Massiah、、Milli、Numcha 、NxWorries 、Pamungkas、RIRI、Seori、Stephanie Poetri・The Resonanz Children’s Choir Alumni、warrenisyellow、Wolftyla 、Year of the Ox、Ylona Garcia 、Yuna
DOUBLE HAPPINESS Global Holiday Festival
Dates/Times: US Time – December 2, 2020 at 19:00 / Japan Time – December 3, 2020 at 09:00
Tune into Double Happiness on: https://easternstandardti.me
ONE OK ROCK released their new DVD and Blu-ray ONE OK ROCK “EYE OF THE STORM” JAPAN TOUR on October 28, 2020 which features their entire Yokohama Arena set held in Japan last year as part of their nationwide arena tour.
To promote the release, the band asked fans to create a playlist of their dreams—what songs they’d want to see ONE OK ROCK perform at a full live concert. The winners were announced today via the campaign website.
Three fan playlists were selected for Spotify, Apple Music, and LINE MUSIC. The three winners will each receive a signed posted from the band.
Be sure to check out the three playlists on the campaign site.
ONE OK ROCK Release AR Filter On Instagram in Promotion Of ‘EYE OF THE STORM DVD & Blu-ray
02.November.2020 | MUSIC
To promote the release of their live DVD and Blu-ray ONE OK ROCK “EYE OF THE STORM” JAPAN TOUR, ONE OK ROCK has released an AR filter for fans to use on their Instagram stories.
Available on mobile only, the AR filter features a CG rendition of Taka’s face from their performance of Eye of the Storm during their ‘Eye of the Storm’ tour.
The live DVD and Blu-ray, which released in Japan on October 28, 2020, features ONE OK ROCK’s performance at Yokohama Arena in January of this year as part of their ‘Eye of the Storm tour.’ The tour kicked off on September 22, 2019 in promotion of their Eye of the Storm. The release includes a 100-page photo book, commentary, live report, and more.
Be sure to check out ONE OK ROCK’s GIPHY campaign too.