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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

27/03/2014

BUFFALO DAUGHTER AND TARO&JIRO ANNOUNCED FOR GREAT ESCAPE FESTIVAL 2014


For three days every year in May Brighton becomes Europe's central music hub with bands from across the globe coming to take over 35 venues across the city. As of yesterday the full line-up for this year's Great Escape Festival (the UK's answer to SXSW) has been released with over 100 bands added since the last update in February.

An assortment of Japanese acts have joined the 400+ line-up for this year's festival which kicks off on May 8th including new wave rockers Buffalo Daughter, funk duo TarO&JirO, experimental one-man band ICHI, and award winning singer-songwriter Mayu Wakisaka. In years gone by we've seen the likes of hot mess electropop trio TRIPPPLE NIPPPLES and indie rock up and comers [Champagne] leave their mark on the festival, now it's time for these four fresh-faced Brighton first timers to do the same!

Tickets are now available from GreatEscapeFestival.com.

UPDATE: Buffalo Daughter, TarO&JirO and Mayu Wakisaka will be playing at the Queens Hotel on Saturday May 10th as part of the Japanese music showcase event JAPAN RISING. Also, free sushi! 

26/03/2014

CROSSFAITH + VAMPS SET TO ROCK DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL 2014


Last year it was announced that the UK's favourite Japanese metalcore unit Crossfaith will be sharing the main stage with the likes of Rob Zombie and Avenged Sevenfold at Download festival on June 13th, and now hard rock big shots VAMPS have decided to get in on the action with a set at the Pepsi Max stage on June 14th. Over the years Download has given Japanese bands such as Mad Capsule Markets and DIR EN GREY the chance to perform to thousands of potential new fans, though 2014 looks to be the biggest year for Japanese music at the UK's number one rock festival so far. These two heavy hitters have already managed to make waves across the country over the last year with both having their first major international album releases and London headline shows, but now it's time for them to show us what they can really do!

Weekend tickets are available now, and day tickets will go on sale Friday March 28th.