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22/04/2014

EMO-PUNK UNIT UPLIFT SPICE TO TOUR EUROPE IN MAY - LONDON SHOW CONFIRMED


After appearing in Europe for the first time in 2011 for a sold out show at the Maroquinerie in Paris, Uplift Spice are back for a full 10-date European tour starting in May!

Formed back in 2005, this feisty female fronted emo-punk troop have managed to build quite a reputation over the years, supporting some of Japan's hottest bands around including ELLEGARDEN and BRAHMAN, as well as western emo stars The Used and Saosin. Equipped with their new album 'ØØØ', Uplift Spice are now ready to take on Europe once again, kicking things off in Paris on May 18th and wrapping the tour up in London on June 2nd at The Underworld.

Sun 18th May – Paris, France, La Machine du Moulin Rouge
Tue 20th May – Munich, Germany, Garage Deluxe
Wed 21st May – Vienna, Austria, Aera
Thu 22nd May – Prague, Czech Republic, Storm Club
Sun 25th May – Poznań, Poland, Blue Note
Mon 26th May – Hamburg, Germany, Logo
Tue 27th May – Dortmund, Germany, FZW
Thu 29th May – Berlin, Germany, Urban Spree
Sat 31st May – Annecy, France, Le Brise Glace
Mon 02nd June – London, UK, The Underworld

10/04/2014

BABYMETAL TO MAKE UK DEBUT AT SONISPHERE 2014


With the festival season just around the corner, line-up announcements have been flooding in left right and centre. The most surprising and welcomed news being that Japan's queens of heavy metal and internet phenomenon BABYMETAL will be performing on the Bohemia stage on Sunday July 6th at this year's Sonisphere Festival!

During BABYMETAL's milestone show at the legendary Budokan in Tokyo, where they became the youngest-ever female artists to grace the venue's stage, the trio broke the news that they'll be touring Europe at the end of June this year, with the news of their Sonisphere appearance being the first confirmed show of the tour.

In November last year it was announced that Sonisphere would return to Knebworth Park after 2013's festival was a no-go, and will play host to some of the biggest names in rock including Iron Maiden, Metallica, and The Prodigy.

For more information and to get your tickets head to Sonisphere.co.uk!

06/04/2014

FAR EAST MENTION MANNEQUINS (FEMM): PLASTIC DUO MAKE DIGITAL DEBUT


This is FAR EAST MENTION MANNEQUINS, or FEMM for short, a feisty mannequin pop duo crafted around one idea, world domination. How? By combining some of the best aspects of Japan's underground, high-fashion, and otaku cultures, tracks produced by a handful of the most prominent producers behind A-list popstars such as Beyonce, Deadmau5 and Lady Gaga, along with moves choreographed by Hidali, the geniuses behind Genki Sudo's suited and booted robotic smash hit WORLD ORDER.

This neophile's dream duo made their first appearance in October of last year with a teaser trailer similar to that of a budget Hollywood sci-fi (along with trademark gruff voiceover) directed by creative unit IKIOI, whose previous works include music videos for hardcore troop FACT and POP DISASTER. Though it wasn't until February with the release of the intensely pink video for 70's revival track 'UFO', a cover of the 1977 hit by pop duo Pink Lady, featuring Fz (half of electronic rockers sfpr), that FEMM was truly announced to the world.

FEMM are SW-000000 (a.k.a RiRi) and MS-000000 (a.k.a LuLa), mannequin divas that have been causing quite a stir around Tokyo, appearing in art performances with graffiti artist COOKONE, and even performing at French Champagne brand Veuve Cliquot's yearly event on top of Shinjuku's Isetan Department Store. The concept of a plastic pop duo taking to the scene may seem odd at first, but it's almost genius, opening the door to endless possibilities not confined by one set sound or image, allowing them to work with an array of artists across all genres, and change their style within the blink of an eye.

On April 2nd FEMM's debut EP 'Astroboy' dropped on the Japanese iTunes store, featuring their first A-list collaboration with Brian Lee, known for his work with the likes of Icona Pop and Owl City. Expect to see a lot more from this up-and-coming mannequin dance duo over the next few months as they attempt to turn the world of pop on its head!



LINKS:
- FAR EAST MENTION MANNEQUINS | FEMM
FEMM - UFO feat. Fz from sfpr vs Invaderous (Music Video)
- iTunes - FAR EAST MENTION MANNEQUINS 'Astroboy' EP