NEO Magazine to feature SCANDAL on Cover

SCANDAL, one of Japan’s most powerful all-girl rock bands, will feature on the cover of issue 138 of NEO Magazine in the UK from 12 June 2015, following the successful conclusion of their first world tour, their latest music video passing one million views on YouTube, and the release of two international albums in the last six months through London’s JPU Records.

It’s the first time a band has featured on the cover of the British anime, manga and Asian pop-culture publication since beginning ten years ago under publisher Uncooked Media. Fittingly, SCANDAL has also has their music used in hugely popular anime as Bleach, Fullmetal Alchemist and the latest Pokémon film.

The issue of NEO boasts an extensive six-page interview with the band, including exclusive photos from their sold out show at the O2 Academy Islington, as well as the group’s first time sight-seeing in London, including their homage to musical heroes The Beatles whilst visiting Abbey Road Studios, and rock legends Oasis in recreating the cover of (What’s the Story) Morning Glory?. Two full-A4 posters are additionally included.

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HYPER JAPAN Festival – 10th – 12th July 2015

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HYPER JAPAN Festival: a Summer Fiesta of Japanese Music and Culture at The O2!
The UK’s greatest celebration of Japanese culture, music, cuisine and entertainment is hosting its biggest ever party this summer. In the true spirit of its prestigious London venue, The O2, this year’s HYPER JAPAN Festival will showcase a dazzling line-up of musical performers from Japan, in addition to popular gaming and anime titles, a wide assortment of traditional booths, family friendly activities and delicious Japanese cuisine. Get ready for a festival like nothing you’ve ever experienced before!
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This summer’s event will feature the first live concert house in HYPER JAPAN history, where an unmissable line-up of Japanese artists will perform over the weekend. Prominent among them are video game and cosplay-loving idol group Dempagumi.inc, and anime music singer Eir Aoi of “Sword Art Online” and “Kill la Kill” fame. Tokyo Girls’ Style, LOST ASH, TOMOCA, Heisei Kotohime, VANIRU, ILU GRACE, Less than Love, Die Milch and May J add their talent to this all-star musical guest list.

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Tickets cost £13 for the Friday and Saturday sessions, and £16 for the Sunday session
Children aged 10 and under go free on Friday, aged 5 and under go free every day
To book tickets and for more information visit: http://hyperjapan.co.uk/tickets/

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New Band X’MAS Join European Label HIGHFeel

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X’MAS (X Made Alcoholic Santaclaus) was started by the band’s guitarist CHARLIE and his friends back in 2013, in the city of Yokohama, Japan. The guys had known each other for years, as they had previously played together in several different bands (like STUD, STAB, and others), and had performed for many events and festivals before finally creating X’MAS.
They describe their sound as « Loud Heavy Rock n’ Roll ».
The 4 « Alcoholic Santaclauses » want their music to bring something special and joyful to people all over the world.
X’MAS is also involved with several other activities, like CHARLIE’s own project “KAKEJIKU” and a collaboration with the Japanese fashion brand “KUSTOMSTYLE”.

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HIGHFeel have made a promise of announcements, regarding upcoming  shows with local bands for later in the year, to come soon…

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the GazettE reveals teaser for New Album

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“13 years have passed since the GazettE formed.
This eighth album was born out of the band’s struggle attempting to metamorphose.
This is the beginning of everything stained by the darkness and dogma.”

Fresh from the band’s sold out 13th anniversary event at the legendary Nippon Budokan on Tuesday 10 March 2015, the GazettE reveals THE BEGINNING OF OMINOUS YEAR PROJECT by unleashing the first video teaser for upcoming album 「DOGMA」 scheduled for release this August in the UK and Europe from JPU Records.

HYPER JAPAN Christmas Market 2014

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Kensington Olympia’s National Hall will become the UK’s one-stop shop for Japanese-themed Christmas Shopping this November with a huge selection of exhibitors at the 7th HYPER JAPAN event.
HYPER JAPAN is the UK’s biggest celebration of Japanese culture, cuisine and cool. It brings together diverse exhibitors, sellers, performers and fans to show off the best of both traditional and contemporary Japan in the heart of London. First held in October 2010, HYPER JAPAN has grown in popularity and size, with record numbers of visitors to the summer HYPER JAPAN 2014. The wide range of visitors includes J-pop culture fans in their teens and 20s, young professionals, families, and older generations interested in traditional Japanese culture. It has also received plenty of media coverage and is a great place to discover the latest trends.

Featuring a number of highlights including live performances and special guests from Japan, HYPER JAPAN allows visitors to experience diverse elements of Japan’s culture in a single venue. HYPER JAPAN Christmas Market in particular focuses on gift ideas and exclusive goods with a Japanese theme to them, timed just right for one’s seasonal shopping. Highlights include:

Shopping: Add some Japanese aesthetic to your Christmas gifts this year with items such as toys, fashion goods and accessories, and more traditional items such as tableware and crockery (such as tea sets), Ukiyo-e artwork, washi (Japanese decorative craft paper) and tasteful Japanese print wrapping paper.
Food & Drink: More than just a food court, there’ll be gift-suitable items such as Sake, Japanese snacks, exotic teas and Japanese-style chocolate for you to take home to your loved ones.
Experiences: Makeover and nail areas for a cool new winter look, autograph sessions with guests (TBC) as well as our ever-popular martial arts displays.
Entertainment: Live J-pop music, Food and drink demos and lectures (such as fancy Japanese cocktails to show off over the festive season), traditional Japanese Taiko Drumming and other guests from Japan, plus fashion shows and the World Cosplay Summit UK preliminaries!