“Music is best live!”
In partnership with Japan Expo, TENKUI company, which manages live houses in Japan, has launched two years ago a J-rock talent show: JAPAN EXPO ROCKs! The contest is back this year for the third time to unveil the new generation of J-rock artists while helping them start their career! From January 6 to April 21, solo artists and groups will be performing in live houses in Tokyo. The winner performs live on the Karasu stage at Japan Expo!
The contest follows several stages, from the first selections to the finals, which crowns the winner. During the first two stages, the audience votes to choose the groups who will follow the adventure. And from the quarter finals, a professional jury takes on and selects the candidates who will go to the semi-finals, and in the end, the winner.
The great winner of the second edition, Emi ARISAKA, set fire to the Karasu stage last year at the 19th Impact. Her successerrs has been unveiled: congrats to the group VM5, winner of JAPAN EXPO ROCKs 2019 finals!
- January 6-25, 2019: first selections
- January 27 to February 6, 2019: second selections
- February 25, 27-28, 2019: quarter finals
- March 27-29, 2019: semi-finals
- April 21, 2019: the finals
The quarter finals took place in 2 different places in Shibuya. From the bands and artists in the run, 18 made it to the semi-finals (click their names to have a look at their performances during the quarter finals): Eromanga Pikupikun Sensei☆; Atsugari; Magellan; MONAN; THE LOST GENERATION; Super Lapin; Mayutama; LAN 4 LINX; Chamaeleon; Toumei Jutai; Noble Rebel; THE THEATERS; Mizutamari。; THE BUGZY; MEIDARA; Lia Koizumi; VM5; RagTag; StudyWho
Among the 18 selected bands, 7 have made it to the finals and they will be facing each other during the ultimate round on April 21, 2019 (click their names to have a look at their performances during the semi-finals): VM5; THE THEATERS; Eromanga Pikupikun Sensei☆; RagTag; Mayutama; MONAN; THE LOST GENERATION
Among the 7 finalists, the group VM5 made the srongest impression over JAPAN EXPO ROCKs jury! Congratulations to the electro-rock band who distanced itself during the finals. It will soon be your turn to discover them lelive as they will be playing at the festival on the Karasu stage. We'll tell you more about them and their schedule soon!
JAPAN EXPO ROCKs 2017
During the first edition of JAPAN EXPO ROCKs, the big winners of the contest, Toranoko Rammy, set fire to Karasu stage, during their performance at Japan Expo!
JAPAN EXPO ROCKs 2018
For the second edition of the contest, the winner was Emi ARISAKA, an original and dynamic gothic lolita, who did a wonderful show on the Karasu stage during her visit to Japan Expo!