A brand new event combining British and Japanese music is about to head to London this Easter Bank Holiday weekend, and it’s guaranteed to be one heck of a show.
Flyjam Creative Agency, the team that brought Visual Kei rock-opera band Lacroix Despheres to Hyper Japan last November, and the Japanese Language meet-up group have teamed up for their latest event: a battle of the bands that sees British and Japanese acts go head-to-head.
Of the event, Flyjam’s Kenji Mitsuhashi said: “Loads of Japanese bands, musicians, and artists have been influenced by the British music scene up until now, and we feel that we have finally got to the point where Japanese and UK artists can be on the same stage. Maybe it’s time for us to show the UK what we can do!”
Taking place at the Pipeline in London on 30 April the night will feature three bands, and two special guests. In Britain’s corner are The Alpacas, The Vex and Fiende Fatale, while 蛮-BANG- and DJ Takaki are on Japan’s team, and are travelling from the country especially for the event.
BANG is a solo dance performer whose is known for his unique Animation Dance style. A powerfully expressive performer, BANG uses his flexibility and creativity to entertain audiences no matter the venue. The second Japanese guest star, DJ Takaki is also no stranger to the spotlight, as his innovative electronic music has earned him a huge name for himself in Japan. He is a world-class turntablist, and came to worldwide attention after he performed for the commercial of Panasonic at the FIFA World Cup 2014. He is also a frequent performer at Japan’s most popular clubs and festivals, so he is sure to be a sight to behold.
If you think that the event’s British talent won’t be able to compete with these two then think again. The Vex are a punk rock band from Kent, whose catchy music and talkative members make them a great opening act for the night. The Alpacas, meanwhile, are a multinational pop rock band whose lyrics-driven melodies are sure to be a highlight of the event; recently the band released their debut music video “Pictures Of You”, and they don’t plan on stopping there as plenty of new material is already on the way. Finally, Fiende Fatale are a North London-based rock & roll band who have been compared to the Arctic Monkeys and The Libertines.
Doors for the event open at 7.30pm, and tickets are £5 with a flyer (or photo of it on your phone) or £6 on the door. Check back on MCM Buzz for exclusive interviews with the guests and a review of the event!