J-POP Summit, one of the world’s biggest Japanese pop culture events, takes place from July 22 – 24 in San Francisco. Experience the latest in Japanese music, fashion, film, art, games, tech-innovations, anime, food and niche subcultures at the annual summer festival. This year the lineup of entertainment includes top Japanese pop idols, ani-pop stars, electronica and rock artists. Catch Kyary Pamyu Pamyu at The Regency Ballroom on Friday. On Saturday and Sunday at Fort Mason watch electronic dance group WORLD ORDER, all-female pop rock band Silent Siren, pop house unit Wednesday Campanella, and ani-pop duo GARNiDELiA.
Music at J-POP Summit 2016
About WORLD ORDER
WORLD ORDER is an electronic dance performance group produced by Genki Sudo, the legendary mixed martial arts fighter. The group is known globally for its pop and sensitive dance music and the choreographed performances that feature tightly syncopated movements by suited members. Their monotonous black suits and eerie, robot-like movements are deliberate and prompt the audience to reflect on contemporary society, working styles, global culture, and images of modern Japan. From its inception, WORLD ORDER aimed to become a globally known group and has gained widespread support in Asia, North and South America, and EU countries.
About Silent Siren
Silent Siren is a 4 piece all-female band formed by Su (Sumire Yoshida on vocals and guitar), Hinachu (Hinako Umemura on drums), Ainyan (Aina Yamauchi on bass), and Yukarun (Yukako Kurosaka on keyboards). Silent Siren held its first overseas concert in Hong Kong in 2014. Since then, they have actively performed overseas. An Asian tour in 2015 saw the group perform 20 shows in over 16 cities, and a solo concert in Jakarta, Indonesia was celebrated by over 2,000 local fans. Silent Siren made history as being the first all-female band to perform a solo concert at Nippon Budokan the legendary hall for singers in Japan. All of their 12 singles and albums after their 3rd album have been ranked in the Top 10 in the national music charts.
Official artist web site: http://silent-siren.com/en.
About WEDNESDAY CAMPANELLA
Wednesday Campanella is a pop house unit that delivers a mixture of house, techno, and trance style music. The unit is formed by Kom I (front man), Kenmochi Hidefumi (composer), and Dir.F (all the rest). Of the three, Kom I will be the only one to perform at the J-POP SUMMIT this year. The group is recognized for its comical and sensational music videos and for the singer’s very unique personality. The group’s recent activity includes release of the album, “Zipangu” based on a concept of traveling around Eurasia and looking back to Japan from overseas. Wednesday Campanella has performed major music festivals such as South by Southwest 2016, Summer Sonic 2015, Rising Sun Rock Festival 2015, and the Rock in Japan Festival 2015.
— Related: past Red Carpet Bay Area coverage of J-Pop events