What’s a better way for a venue to commemorate an anniversary than to hold a live? How about holding four? Not enough? Okay, well, let’s make the whole tour free then!
That’s the approach livehouse SHIBUYA REX is taking to celebrate their 3 years on the stage – or, as the stage – for budding visual acts, and METEOROID, ALIVE, Zelktage, and Nobady are all coming along for the ride!
SHIBUYA REX is a venue built specifically with visual artists in mind, and in less than three years, it’s already established itself as a vital cog in the visual indies wheel.
In 2011, the same people behind the RUIDO network opened the 300-person-capacity REX, in the heart of Shibuya’s lively Dogenzaka, as a stepping stone for young, new visual kei bands, hoping to nurture a new generation of visual groups and eventually send them off to conquer the bigger stages. In order to further their goal, they also began to publish a free monthly magazine, VR (for “Virtual Reality”), which can now be picked up at venues and music shops countrywide and includes their live calendar, recommended “pickup” live schedule, and featurettes on the bands and musicians behind them. Their homepage also features a catalog of live reports to keep you on top of the performances you may have missed.
Although their anniversary is technically in November, SHIBUYA REX is popping the champagne early in 2014. They’ll begin the festivities by holding a free “spring break” tour starting in late March of 2014. The brief tour will hit Sendai, Osaka, and Nagoya before sliding into home in Tokyo at SHIBUYA REX. The tour will feature METEOROID, ALIVE, Zelktage, and Nobady as headliners with promises of guest band announcements to come early next year. And admission to every single show is absolutely free – well, minus the 600 yen drink fee*.
There’s more information to come, so be sure to check SHIBUYA REX’s homepage regularly to see tour details like time, opening acts, and special guests. And while you won’t have to worry all that much about your bank balance, you will want to make sure you snag these free tickets before they’re all snatched up, so be on the lookout for “sale” dates, too.
SHIBUYA REX 3rd Anniversary Haruyasumi Tokubetsu Kikaku ~SPECIAL FREE LIVE Tour~
Featuring METEOROID | ALIVE | Zelktage | Nobady | & more?
March 26 (WED) Sendai MACANA
March 29 (SAT) OSAKA RUIDO
March 30 (SUN) 3star IMAIKE
April 4 (FRI) SHIBUYA REX
*Fun fact: Most standing venues in Japan have a drink fee, a sort of “surcharge” upon entry. This money goes directly to the venue and helps keep ticket costs low, as it’s the venue’s non-negotiable “cut” from fans. Most venues will simply use your ticket stub as your drink ticket, but others hand out little mementos that fans sometimes opt to keep instead of trading in for beverages. Ebisu LIQUIDROOM, for instance, gives little metal badges. SHIBUYA REX gives away a pair of custom heart-shaped guitar picks. To get an alcoholic drink, you need to return both picks, but you can get a soft drink for one pick and pocket the second as a souvenir.