The latest trend in idol lives is to not announce livestreaming options until the in-person show is sold out. While I’m sure this makes good financial sense to manager-san, it creates nothing but headaches for fancy idol bloggers trying to put together a robust weekend livestream preview. Luckily, there is also The Calendar which receives constant updates as last-minute livestream announcements come to light. In the meantime, here’s some notable shows we’re aware of that are coming your way this weekend via various streaming media platforms.
ZOMBIE POWDER kick off the weekend, sharing the stage with the hardest working unit in chika idol, Dan te Lion and others in the 41st volume of the excellent Diffusion Φ Brightness taiban series.
Dan te Lion
Chu Kiss RIP
ZOMBIE POWDER pic.twitter.com/vyOXEovCt5
— ZOMBIE POWDER オフィシャル (@ZomPow_official) September 9, 2020
If shoegaze and dreampop are more your style, the incomparable LiLii Kaona, cana÷biss and more are performing in a line up headlined by electro pop artist Mariko Takei.
特典:Inst-CD or Rチェキ pic.twitter.com/PS31B6IP8r
— LiLii Kaona(リリカオ)【公式】4.22 1st Single“キヲク”全国発売！ (@LiLii_Kaona) September 7, 2020
NECRONOMIDOL is celebrating Roa Toda’s birthday with a special live and cheki session.
『Livestream Tickets / Online Cheki Sales for Roa Toda's Birthday Live』
Livestream tickets and online cheki for September 12's Roa Toda birthday live are available now via NECRONOMIDOL's Bandcamp.
Cheki will be signed live!https://t.co/MWyt1ZnrMf
— NECRONOMIDOL (@NECRONOMIDOL) September 10, 2020
K&M Music is hosting a special live with our tiny, little hero, 2&.
— ２＆(ダブルアンド) Official (@doubleand_2) September 9, 2020
The much anticipated debut of MANCLE has arrived. You can watch both performances for a mere ¥1,000.
— MANACLE (@MANACLE_0_0_) September 11, 2020
Closing out the weekend is URBANGARDE’s Depression Festival featuring Atarashii Gakkou no Leaders and others.
— 松永天馬（アーバンギャルド） (@urbangarde) August 15, 2020
URBANGARDE has been inviting chika idols to perform at their annual event since long before most other festivals would put idols on the same stage as rock bands. Past years have seen Shiina Pikarin, Maison Book Girl, JyuJyu, PASSPO☆ and one of the first appearances of BRATS. Attending this festival has been on my bucket list since URBANGARDE still had five members. Now that they are down to a trio, it is conceivable that this may be one of our last, best chances.