May’n, 10 others to perform live at Japan Expo in Paris

Translated by The Asahi Shimbun from the website of Anime Anime Japan Ltd.

Eleven anime, J-pop, indies rock, game and “visual-kei” music artists will perform at this year’s J.E. Live House event in Paris, the organizers announced.

The concert is part of Japan Expo, an annual convention devoted to anime, manga, game, music, fashion and other areas of Japanese pop culture that runs June 30 to July 3 this year.

Certain to attract attention is a performance by May’n, who was the singing voice of Sheryl Nome in the “Macross Frontier” anime TV series.

May’n has been performing overseas in the past few years. The singer’s concerts in Singapore and elsewhere in Asia were successful, as was her performance at last year’s Anime Expo in Los Angeles.

This year, May’n is out to conquer Europe. Her J.E. Live House performance starts at 5 p.m. on July 3.

Japan Expo has presented live performances in the past, including AKB48 in 2009 and Morning Musume in 2010. This year, the live event showcases the 10-member girl pop group Passpo.
In addition, game music composer Akira Yamaoka, best known for his contributions to “Silent Hill” and “Dance Dance Revolution,” will perform.

Japan Expo performances typically feature artists from a wide range of genres, in addition to well-known musicians.

Representing the diversity of Japanese music, Shanti, a young jazz singer, and 1000say, a four-member band that mixes digital sounds with vocals, will be in this year’s lineup.

Japan Expo is also keen to introduce indie artists that have developed devoted cult followings in Japan.

Golden Bomber is one such visual-kei rock band (known for using elaborate makeup, hairstyles and costumes) who are popular for their flamboyant stage performances.

Singer-songwriter Iruma Rioka is also making a name for herself outside Japan with her Gothic-Lolita look.

In addition to music, J.E. Live House will also include cosplay and fashion shows, as well as other events during the four-day run.

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