Made in Hong Kong: Ariel Project 4th One-Man Live Report
If you’re reading this, chances are you are familiar with Japanese idol culture – pop songs, cute outfits, meet-and-greet, merchandise, polaroids, the whole nine yards. But most of the time you have to venture to Japan to experience it, which is not always an option for some. Luckily, idol fans in Hong Kong have Monfore Tang, the CEO of Star Creative Production, which brings artists and groups to Hong Kong and produces local groups like Ariel Project.
The group has 4 members – Hinako, Aoi, Seina and Nanami. Yes, you read that right – they
all have Japanese names, but they are all from Hong Kong. I don’t actually know their ages as the website does not list their birth years, but I would say they are probably between the ages of 15-18.
The event that I went to on May 22, 2016 was Ariel Project’s 4th solo live. It was held on the top floor of an industrial building, inside a record company that has a small stage. In general, Hong Kong doesn’t have a very big non-mainstream music scene, so independent and underground artists often have a hard time finding venues to perform in. About 40 fans showed up (90% male, 10% female) and most of them were equipped with the group’s merchandise such as T-shirts, towels, and penlights.
The event’s format was identical to many idol lives in Japan – the show started with songs sung by the whole group, followed by a short talk segment where each member introduced themselves using a catchphrase. Then the group broke into smaller units to perform some other songs, followed by another talking segment, and the main event ended with more group songs.
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