There’s a Lot More Fest Happening Than Just TIF This Weekend

For all the right reasons, it’s good to be excited about the Tokyo Idol Festival. It’s only going into its (counts on fingers) seventh year, but it’s already becoming a place where stars are kind of born; last year, for instance, Osaka Shunkashuto and PassCode went in as virtual unknowns and walked out with people buzzing about them.

However, while TIF has rather well-embraced a certain flexibility toward sound and attitude in its lineup, it doesn’t have room for everybody, and some of our very favorites either aren’t included or only get a cursory moment on stage. The idol-loving world’s eyes are on Tokyo for those three days, so what’s an indie, underground or under-exposed idol to do?

Fortunately, it’s not only TIF that can be organized for three concurrent days in August, and there are idol entertainment options far more representative of the kind of stuff that we dig happening in the Tokyo area. Continue reading


The World’s Cutest Horrorshow: Kamen Joshi Fes

I’m ashamed of myself for not knowing about this before:

Kamen Joshi, the super group at the pinnacle of the Alice Project, is (obviously, given all of the context so far) holding a self-made festival. You should see my face. Continue reading


Aaaaaand Now Babymetal’s Booked for Chicago Open Air

Didn’t specifically call this one, but that Babymetal wasn’t done putting together tour dates seemed increasingly obvious, and here’s a stop that’s going to matter: Going back to the Windy City for an appearance (fifth billing!) at the brand new Chicago Open Air festival on Sunday, July 17.

Poster for the 2016 Chicago Open Air festival, held July 15-17, and featuring none other than the Black Knights, the Kitsune Warriors, Babymetal

This festival is owned by the same company, Danny Wimmer Presents, as Carolina Rebellion and Northern Invasion, so I think I smell a nice contractual arrangement between that company and whichever of Babymetal’s agencies is handling these North American appearances.

But that’s just business — this is awesome news! The Kitsune Warriors broke out big in Europe in 2015 (and 2014, if we’re being completely honest) by shocking the festival circuit; between Colbert and these festivals and I’m sure a few surprises to come, this is their year to become a legitimate conversation piece in the United States.

Man, Metal Resistance is going to sell a bajillion copies if it’s anywhere near as good as their eponymous debut.