First ever New Crunchy City Music Fest will feature ATARASHII GAKKO! and more.
It’s convention time around the world, and damn if it isn’t needed! This August, Crunchyroll will host its Crunchyroll Expo in San Jose, California. However, cosplay and voice actors are not the only thing you can expect. The Anime streaming company has created New Crunchy City Music Fest and it will run for the same three days as the Expo, August 5th-7th. The press release for the Music Fest describes it as such:
“The New Crunchy City Music Fest will offer Crunchyroll Expo attendees three days of jam-packed performances. Fans can expect a headlining performance every day, alongside a mix of local and international artists. Select acts from the music festival will be available via streaming and / or video on demand, with additional details soon. Access to the New Crunchy City Music Fest is included free with tickets to Crunchyroll Expo.”
As someone who has almost 1500 of Japanese songs on his playlists, I would love to see this. From Bump of Chicken to Zutomayo, my wife and I consume Japanese music like a ravenous black holes.
Crunchyroll announced that ATARASHII GAKKO! will be performing at the festival. However, this “girl group” isn’t just another idol group. Crunchyroll described the musical act:
“ATARASHII GAKKO! (literally meaning “new school” in Japanese) are four young women who are redefining what it means to be a girl group. They wear sailor-fuku (sailor suits) uniforms in a style worn by Japanese students back in the 70s and 80s with long skirts and pulled-up socks and staunchly refuse to be objectified. Their aggressive and expressive dance moves, which they choreograph themselves, are a hybrid of the energy of Japanese butoh dance, heavy metal headbanging, and hip-hop street dancing. Musically, AG! brings together elements of modern J-Pop, Showa-era kayokyoku, rap, punk, and dance music, but it would be pointless to try to categorize them in any genre.”
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Sound cool? Well, get you butt over to the Crunchyroll Expo site and get some tickets! Or, if you can’t go in person, stay tuned for more information on streaming and VOD options.