Metal-meets-pop trio BABYMETAL have big plans for the summer. The group, who are currently wrapping up a tour serving as the opening act for Red Hot Chili Peppers in North America, announced a nine-day series of live shows called the Five Fox Festival. It's set to start on July 18 at Tokyo’s Akasaka BLITZ venue and eventually touch down in other major Japanese cities, each night of the gathering is geared towards different demographics of BABYMETAL’s fandom.
The first night in Tokyo — the Black Fox Festival — is for men only, while the following night BABYMETAL invite out only women to see them perform. After that, teens get their chance to take in the headbanging pop stylings of the group, followed by a show geared towards elementary school kids and those who are “60 and up.” The Tokyo finale, on July 25, doesn’t have any restrictions beyond “DRESS CODE: CORPSE PAINT” which is somewhat vague but, hey, use your imagination.
Then in August, the trio head to Nagoya and Osaka for two days (a kids and senior citizens gig one night, a corpse paint one the next) a piece. That comes after a June run of the United States’ West Coast opening for Korn - just the latest band to embrace the BABYMETAL.
This practice isn’t totally unheard of in J-Pop, as many artists organise performances for specific sets of fans. This is especially true in the idol realm, where artists such as Momoiro Clover Z have massive events that only men and women can attend, respectively. BABYMETAL have done this too — in 2015, they held a “Red Mass” show and a “Black Mass” show, the former for women only, the latter men. They’ve also enforced dress codes before, though the extent of those was “wear red clothes,” not “paint yourself like the deceased.”
Anyway, the poster for the Five Fox Festival is below, start planning your summer and getting body paint.
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