UPUPGIRLS (KARI) Rock Zepp Tokyo 2-Hours Nonstop at High Spurt RAVE FESTIVAL!
UPUPGIRLS (KARI) closed out their High Spurt RAVE FESTIVAL series of nonstop 2-hour lives for the year at Zepp Tokyo on December 6, 2015 with 2 adrenaline-packed performances that few would even dream of trying to match!
The audience clad in the 7 colors of their favorite members (or black/white of the group’s collaboration items with Reversal) were tireless as they kept up with UPUPGIRLS (KARI) for the entire time! As the countdown announced the minutes ticking down to ignition, voices raised up, growing in volume and intensity with each notification, peaking as the overture blasted over the speakers. Ayano Sato ran out to the island stage in the middle of the floor, shouting for the audience to get more excited and urged them to put their hands up, following a prompt on the screen. Saki Mori and Azusa Sekine made their entrance next and kicked things up a few more notches. Akari Saho, Konatsu Furukawa, Manami Arai, and Minami Sengoku ran onto the stage as the live began with “Zenryoku! Pump Up!! -ULTRA Mix-” and blue lasers and raised fists sliced through the air.
This was followed by “Shout!!!!!!!”, one of their newer songs, a hard-edged EDM tune with hip-shaking choreography and a singalong similar to something one would hear at a football (soccer) match. With flashing lights in their hands and the forest of waving penlights in the audience, it looked like something out of Ultra Japan. Citing the potential dangers of a 2-hour nonstop live concert, a voiceover lead UPUPGIRLS (KARI) and their “family” through a set of warm-up exercises before they launched into a cover of Melon Kinenbi’s “Onegai Miwaku no Target”. As the members ran back and forth between the stages, the fans near the island stage exchanged places with each other so they could cheer on their favorites.
Things settled down slightly with “Yuudachi! Through the Rainbow” and “Sutorera!〜Straight up!〜” before accelerating into high gear. Konatsu Furukawa gave Azusa Sekine a piggyback ride and UPUPGIRLS (KARI) swung for the fences during “Kira Kira Mirai” before transitioning into the similarly aggressive “Ichiban Girls!”. The beats hit like a pounding heartbeat as the members tapped their fingers together coyly and played peekaboo during “Bare Bare I LOVE YOU”, which had fans swooning when Sekine blew kisses into the audience.
The High Spurt RAVE Mix portion of the event took UPUPGIRLS (KARI) through their more EDM-influenced songs, opening with the carefree “ENJOY!! ENJO(Y)!!”. Giant inflatable balls were batted around the floor area as Sekine wandered around the stages with her selfie stick. During the afternoon show, a fan handed Ayano Sato the newly released photobook by Manami Arai and during the evening show it was Saki Mori. Both of them jokingly skimmed through it while feigning shock at the grownup appearance of their youngest member before handing it back. Mori rode around the stage on the UPUPGIRLS (KARI) x Miyata x Natalie racing bicycle. During the evening show Konatsu Furukawa set up a towel on the island stage and attempted to have a picnic with Sato, who struggled to escape.
A mirror ball was lowered as the High Spurt RAVE Mix switched between “UPPER ROCK -ScreeeeeeaMix-” and one of their newer songs “Seishun no Namida”, the tempo speeding up steadily before dispersing as the track shifted to the slower “Itadaki wo Mezase!” and “Runway”. With Christmas just weeks away, UPUPGIRLS (KARI) rolled out “Santa Claus”, which transitioned almost seamlessly into the CAPSULE-esque “Starry Night (SEKITOVA & Shu Okuyama Remix)”.
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