Tokyo Idol Festival is Back for 2015! First Announcements Broadcast From Odaiba!
Tokyo Idol Festival (TIF), the largest idol event in Japan, is set to once again bring together over 100 groups and thousands of fans together this summer! Announced at a press conference which was broadcast live from Fuji TV’s spherical observation room “Hachitama” on March 24th, Tokyo Idol Festival 2015 is one part of Tokyo Idol Project which was launched in order to spread idol culture worldwide.
Tokyo Idol Festival 2015 will take place on August 1-2 at several locations in Odaiba. The first batch of groups confirmed to be appearing are (listed in Japanese “alphabetical” order): Idoling!!!, UPUPGIRLS (KARI), Afilia Saga, Dorothy Little Happy, Negicco, PASSPO☆, Fudanjuku, Babyraids JAPAN, and LinQ. Last year’s event had a record-setting 138 groups from all over Japan performing on 7 stages and attracted more than 40,000 fans from all over the world.
While this is only the first announcement, how many more groups will be announced? What possible big names will appear on the Hot Stage? If you watched the live broadcast, you might have seen that Dempagumi.inc was the first performer and HKT48 was the last performer at the press conference, so will they be returning again? Here’s a few pictures of some of those artists from last year’s event.
Here are some reports from Tokyo Idol Festival 2014:
Tokyo Idol Festival is also known for being a place where new groups make their big splash on the idol scene. Some notable standout groups from 2014 were La PomPon and Pla2me. At the same time, there are groups that will never be seen on a TIF stage again. This year is Idoling!!!’s final TIF as they will be disbanding in the fall. Last year’s event marked the final TIF performances of AeLL, Seishun! Tropical Maru (indefinite hiatus) and TOKYO GIRLS’ STYLE (artist declaration) as well as S/mileage and Babyraids before their name/image changes. One thing is certain: it’s going to be a hot weekend so don’t forget to stay hydrated, wear comfortable shoes, and bring a towel!
With Tokyo Idol Festival, @JAM Expo, and many other big festival-style events coming up this year, Tokyo Girls’ Update is looking for people who are interested in being reporters. If you love idols, have confidence in your writing ability, and will be in Japan this summer, send us an e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the e-mail please include:
1) Your name
2) Current location
3) Japanese language ability/experience
4) English ability
5) Favorite groups
6) Samples of your writing about idols (in Word or PDF format attached to the e-mail or links to a blog or website)
7) Samples of concert photography (optional)
If selected, you’ll be able to enjoy see more of Tokyo Idol Festival without having to wait in long lines, so if you think you have what it takes, apply now!
Tokyo Idol Festival Official Site: http://fes.tokyoidol.jp/
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