Do you want the good news or the bad news?
Good News: The Autumn Gyu Agricultural Festival is being held this weekend featuring many of our favorite units like MIGMA SHELTER, NaNoMoRaL, and Yanakoto Sotto Mute!!
Bad News: It’s the final Gynou Fest to be held at Studio Coast before the venerable venue closes for good.
Good News: It’s being livestreamed on Nico Nico!!
— ギュウ農フェス (@gyunoufes_SP) November 11, 2021
Note: A premium NicoNico subscription is required to view the entirety of the show.
Bad News: Only the Main Stage acts are being livestreamed so we won’t be able to catch second stage performances like the new APOKALIPPPS featuring their newest member, Yurapico.
Good News: Still! That’s almost seven hours of our favorite idols bidding farewell to Studio Coast’s unapparelled main stage and it’s legendary Octagon of Monster Sound. The line-up includes:
- MIGMA SHELTER
- Yanakoto Sotto Mute
- NEO JAPONISM
- Devil ANTHEM.
- Qumari Depart
- Task have Fun
- Maneki Kecak
- sandal telephone
Bad News: The livestream will not include WAGAMAMA RAKIA’s set.
Good News: The main stage will see an appearance by rival idol supergroups Eveninglory and Blood Cherry from Gyuno Films upcoming, crowdsourced idol/zombie film IDOL NEVER DIES. A special report on the latest news about the film will also air during WAGAMAMA RAKIA’s timeslot.
All in all, that’s more good news than bad news! Here’s the timetable:
— ギュウゾウ／電撃ネットワーク／ギュウ農 (@gyuzo_rock) November 11, 2021
While I am sure that Gynou Fest will find a new home for Spring, the end of Studio Coast hits hard. We have lost a lot of live music venues since the beginning of the pandemic, but the closure of Studio Coast, at least, doesn’t appear to be entirely COVID-related. It seems that their lease is expiring in early 2022 and, being housed on a prime piece of real estate overlooking Tokyo Bay and two blocks from the Keiyo Line, the cost of renewal was simply too steep for the operators. Hopefully, they can discover a suitable new facility to lease. Tokyo can’t afford to lose too many more of these high-quality, mid-size venues. At the very least, let’s hope the engineers behind the Octagon are able to find a new home for their legendary sound monster.