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Airu: Visual Tour – Vol 1. WING WORKS

We’re already counting the days until Hyper Japan Christmas Market coming up on 27th November! You’ll be able to catch the super talented WING WORKS at this years event on the Friday & Saturday! (time to be confirmed.) Check out this great interview with Airu and find out a little more about WING WORKS before the main event! Follow all the latest news from the Visual Kei world with Airu...

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LIVE REVIEW: Miyavi – Shepherds Bush Empire

As the clock ticks closer to 9pm, the anticipation and excitement builds as fans start chanting ‘Mi-ya-vi, Mi-ya-vi’ until it’s finally showtime! It’s been 18 months since Miyavi last graced the UK and even with the jetlag, Miyavi & Bobo kick off the European leg of their ‘We Are The Others’ tour as they mean to go on; no holding back and a force to be reckoned with! As an album, ‘The Others’ features a vast collection of catchy tunes that also displays Miyavi’s mind-bending skills on guitar. In some ways the album can sound a little compressed but...

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Visual Unite: Your source for visual kei!

Airu Hino (founder and creator of Visual Unite) is on a mission! Not only to bring you the best interviews with visual kei bands from Japan but also to explore new and emerging talents on a worldwide scale! Visual kei is not new on the scene, in fact this dates back to the 1980’s. Pioneered by bands such as X Japan, the term visual kei is believed to come from one of X Japan’s slogans, “Psychedelic Violence Crime of Visual Shock”. Examples of modern bands would include: The Gazette & Dir en Grey. Airu’s website features all the latest news...

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Accessing music from your favourite Japanese artists.

Ok, let’s say you’ve just got back from Hyper Japan and you’ve now fallen in love with a band or artist and you’ve got no idea where to find their music online. After the panic sets in, you immediately turn to Google. You locate the bands website (with a little help from Google Translate) but the postage costs and the 2-3 week shipping may dampen your spirits. Where do you turn to next? Well, hopefully we can help! Below is our current list (to which we’ll be adding to if we find any other sources) of the best ways to locate...

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EP REVIEW: Taffy ‘Darkle’

It might seem that Taffy have been out of the limelight for a while but their last release (Plus +++) was only released in June 2014. There’s something magical in Taffy’s formula. It’s their fresh take on the Britpop sound with Iris’s dreamy vocals and crunchy, distorted guitars that make your feet tap and ever curious to see what this foursome will create next. Luckily, we didn’t have to wait too long. ‘Darkle‘ will please the ears of current fans and newcomers alike. They have carried on with their Britpop-esque tones with a matured sound. Opener ‘Suicidal Bunny’ (also featured...

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