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No Idol Festival? There’s So Many Events That You Can Plan Your Own in Shibuya This Weekend!

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No Idol Festival? There’s So Many Events That You Can Plan Your Own in Shibuya This Weekend!

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Summertime in Japan is when temperatures soar and all the big events happen! August started off with Tokyo Idol Festival 2015 (August 1-2) as over 150 performers and more than 51,000 fans gathered in Odaiba. Right after that there was idol nation (August 3), GIRLS’FACTORY 15 (August 3-4), and Idol Koushien’s 3-day event at Akasaka Blitz and Shin-Kiba Studio Coast (August 8-10), just to name a few others. Even though the giant festivals are mostly finished for now, that doesn’t mean that you need to stop and rest up until @JAM EXPO! On the weekend of August 15-16, there are a ton of events happening in Shibuya so you can plan your own idol event and not have to travel someplace far away like Ibaraki (Rock in Japan), or Chiba (Summer Sonic)!


August 15, 2015 (Saturday)

For those of you wanting to get the weekend started early, a cleanup event organized by solo idol Ichigo Rinahamu (ex-BiS, ex-Akishibu project) and NPO Green Bird will be taking place in Shibuya, starting at the famous Hachiko statue at 10:30am. This is part of a promotion for Ichigo Rinahamu’s new single “Poi Sute, Dame, Dame!” which will go on sale August 16th. The song is a response to accusations of her littering, which arose after someone took pictures of her on the train sitting near an empty Starbucks cup last winter. Here’s a short preview of the 4 songs included on the single. It’s a must have for any fans of “yume kawaii”!

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Starting around lunch time are 4 tai-ban events full of up and coming idol groups.

Stand-Up Hearts

Stand-Up Hearts

Revolution ~Geki-Atsu Onna Dai-Shuketsu Live!! ~Level 1
Shibuya Ruido K2
Open: 11:00am Start: 11:30am
Presale: 2,000 yen Door: 2,500 yen
Houpuri Youth – Stand-Up Hearts – HOT HEAT HEAT GIRLS – Shizu Mizuno – NEO Cardora Gutse – Kin Gin Pearls – Cherry Cinderella – Boy


Ultimate Future Weapons mofu

Ultimate Future Weapons mofu

Live Plus @ club asia Natsu Mankai SP 1st Day
Shibuya club asia
Open: 11:00am Start: 11:30am
Presale: 1,500 yen Door: 2,500 yen (+1 drink minimum)
PPP! PiXiON – With Love – Yuuka Ueno – Utano Aoi – Whoop!e whoop!e – Enta no Jikan – Mitsuki Ozora – Otome Brave – Ikumi Kato – Kiss Bee – KIRA☆PEACE – Crazy Bear – Serena Kozuki – KOTO – Ultimate Future Weapons mofu (Saishuu Mirai Heiki mofu) – Shibuya DOMINION – Still@Secret – Stereo Tokyo – Ayu Tadase – Chubbiness – DISSENTER DOLLS – Tokyo CLEAR’S – Dream Station Team road – N☆RNiR – Barbee – pinky poker – P.IDL – Sachimi Fukunaga – Millenium Girls – Yokohama CLEAR’S – Nao Yoshino – loop – re-2


Of particular interest is the event at Shibuya WWW where 10 groups will battle for the privilege of appearing at JAPAN EXPO 2015 in Los Angeles this autumn! The top 7 groups from the afternoon semifinals will clash again in the evening to see who will be given a chance to go global!

Chu-Z

Chu-Z

Five Stars 2015 x JAPAN EXPO 2015 in Los Angeles Semifinals/Finals
Shibuya WWW
Semifinals – Open: 12:00pm Start: 12:30pm
Finals – Open: 5:00pm Start: 5:30pm
Presale: 2,000 yen Door: 2,500 yen (+1 drink minimum)
Semifinals – ICE☆PASTEL – Underbeasty – 8princess – Eri Osanai – Ultimate Future Weapons mofu (Saishuu Mirai Heiki mofu) – Chu-Z – Hachikin Girls – Pinafa – petit pas! – Lyric Holic Kagekidan and Special Guest: Mai Yajima
Finals – ? and Special Guest: READY TO KISS


FES☆TIVE

FES☆TIVE

Live Plus @ Shibuya CLUB QUATTRO
Shibuya CLUB QUATTRO
Open: 12:00pm Start: 12:30pm
Presale: 1,500 yen Door: 2,000 yen (+1 drink minimum)
Utano Aoi – With Love – Whoop!e whoop!e – Enta no Jikan – Otome Brave – Ikumi Kato – Kiss Bee – Kimi to Boku, Tokidoki Melancholic – KIRA☆PEACE – Serena Kozuki – Shibuya DOMINION – Stereo Tokyo – Ayu Tadase – Chubbiness – DISSENTER DOLLS – Nato☆Kan – N☆RNiR – Barbee – FES☆TIVE – Pretty Good! – Baseball Girls – Yokoyama CLEAR’S – Nao Yoshino – Loop – re-2


In case you are looking for a change of pace for the evening, idol singer-songwriter and Miss iD 2015 winner Mikichu has organized a smaller live event at the cozy Shibuya eggman. It will be one of the last chances to see her before she goes on hiatus after her October 24th one-man live.

Mikichu

Mikichu

Mikichu presents Magic Ace Vol.4
Shibuya eggman
Open: 5:15pm Start: 5:45pm
Presale: 3,000 yen Door: 3,500 yen
Electric Ribbon – 3776 – Mikichu


For those of you looking for something a little more sexy, gravure idol unit G☆Girls will be having a mini one-man at PLUG-In SHIBUYA with a cheki event after!

G☆Girls

G☆Girls

SHIBUYA MINI ONE-MAN CRASH!!
PLUG-IN SHIBUYA
Open: 6:40pm Start: 7:00pm
Presale: 2,000 yen Door: 2,500 yen (+1 drink minimum)
G☆Girls


August 16, 2015 (Sunday)

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The most interesting event for Sunday has to be BiSH‘s hide and seek cheki event “CHEKi BiSH IF YOU CAN??” that will be taking place in the middle of Shibuya! All you need is a BiSH “IDOL” T-shirt and a pair of sunglasses! If you manage to catch one of the members, you can get a free 2-shot cheki with them. The event runs from 1:00pm to 5:00pm with a short 30 minute break from 2:30pm to 3:00pm. When you find them, you must yell “Catch BiSH!!” but you are encouraged to refrain from running or causing trouble to passersby. This might be difficult since the map includes some of the most crowded areas of Shibuya.

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Hints on the locations of the members during the game will be updated in real time via the Twitter account @CHEKiBiSH. You can take a cheki with each member once if you catch them and management has planned for about 1,000 chekis so don’t wait! Could this also be a chance to meet new members? If you miss this event, there is also the BiSH concert at Zepp Tokyo on August 26th which will be free for anyone with a Tokyo Idol Festival 2015 2nd day or 2-day wristband since their performances were cancelled.


A bunch of tai-ban events start from midmorning on Sunday and many of them may continue into the early evening. Several of the performers at the Live Plus events overlap so unless you are a super hardcore underground idol fan and want to follow your oshi wherever she goes, you probably don’t need to go to both. If you are unsure of what “good idol music” sounds like, there is an appropriately titled event for you at RUIDO K2!

Good idol Music Vol. 32
Shibuya RUIDO K2
Open: 10:30am Start: 10:45am
1,500 yen (+2 drink minimum)
Chihiro Arai – Mikku CHU Juice – Aeolian – Natsumi Ishido – Shiipyon – Aina Hoshino – doMebaby


Cupitron

Cupitron

Yanyan Utau Stage Natsu Yasumi SP!!
Shibuya O-Crest
Open: 10:30am Start: 11:00am
3,000 yen (+1 drink minimum)
3776 – Cupitron – amiina – Pretty Good!


Idol Generation vol. 30
Shibuya WWW
Open: 11:15am Start: 12:00pm
Presale: 3,500 yen Door: 4,000 yen (+1 drink minimum)
Lovely☆DOLL – drop – Ange☆Reve – Luce Twinkle Wink☆ – Stella☆Beats – Niji no Conquistador – Elfoat – Idol College – FES☆TIVE – Sei-SHUN Gakuen – Dear Stars – Kana Tsuzuki – Jelno! – Diamond Dollfy


Live Plus @ club asia Natsu Mankai SP 2nd Day
Shibuya club asia
Open: 11:00am Start: 11:30am
Presale: 1,500 yen Door: 2,500 yen (+1 drink minimum)
Utano Aoi – Miki Ichisaki – Whoop!e whoop!e – Otome Brave – Ikumi Kato – Kiss Bee – Kimi to Boku, Tokidoki Melancholic – KIRA☆PEACE – Serena Kozuki – C-Style – Shibuya DOMINION – Chubbiness – DISSENTER DOLLS – Nato☆Kan – N☆RNiR -Yokohama CLEAR’S – Nao Yoshida – re-2


Live Plus @Mt. RANIER HALL
Mt. RANIER HALL Shibuya
Open: 11:15am Start: 11:45am
Presale: 3,000 yen Door: 3,500 yen (+1 drink minimum)
Utano Aoi – Miki Ichisaki – Whoop!e whoop!e – Otome Brave – Ikumi Kato – Kiss Bee – Kimi to Boku, Tokidoki Melancholic – KIRA☆PEACE – Serena Kozuki – C-Style – Shibuya DOMINION – Chubbiness – DISSENTER DOLLS – Nato☆Kan – N☆RNiR – Baseball Girls – Yokohama CLEAR’S – Nao Yoshida – re-2


If you wake up later or are looking for a change of scenery around the middle of the day or afternoon, a few smaller events with less underground performers are available. Kagai Jugyou translates to “extracurricular lesson” which begs the question, why isn’t FYT one of the performers?

POP SONG FOR U Vol.5
Shibuya eggman
Afternoon – Open 1:00pm Start: 1:30pm
Evening – Open: 5:30pm Start: 6:00pm
Presale: 3,000 yen Door: 3,500 yen (+1 drink minimum)
I’S9 – Ultra Girl – Maria – Raise Chou Chou


lyrical school

lyrical school

Kagai Jugyou vol. 2
Glad – VUENOS
Open: 2:00pm Start: 2:30pm
Presale: 3.500 yen Door: 4,000 yen (+1 drink minimum)
The Natsu Yasumi Band – SAWA – Especia – KOTO – UKO – CICADA – WHY@DOLL – Shiho Namba – MIKA☆RIKA – ENTHRALLS – Rhymeberry – Erika Nishi – RECORIDE – Mikichu – JaccaPoP – lyrical school


Idol no Susume SUMMER LIVE 2015
Shibuya O-nest
Open: 5:30pm Start: 6:00pm
Presale: 2,000 yen Door: 2,500 yen (+1 drink minimum)
Meguriai – Rhymeberry – Rinatic State – Underbeasty – MUZE – Manaminorisa


This is probably not all the events going on this weekend but, remember that all this is just happening in Shibuya within walking distance of the station! If you are going through idol live withdrawal, Shibuya is the place to be!

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