Since starting up in 2002, the A-Nation concert has been one of J-Pop’s crown jewels every summer.
Organised by heavyweight label Avex Entertainment, the two-day concert features the company’s biggest stars...and as K-Pop wins over listeners in Japan, a strong contingent from neighboring South Korea. The line-up for the 2017 edition, set to be held at Ajinomoto Stadium in Tokyo’s Chofu area on August 26 and 27, has been revealed, and it is as star-studded as ever.
On the domestic side of the bill, the first day is highlighted by pop outfit AAA, while the rest of the 26 features some of Avex’s more popular boy bands, including Da-iCE and EXILE THE SECOND. A few younger names have prominent spots, including five-piece electro-pop unit lol and genre-skipping performer Daichi Miura. And - why not? - the king of combining pens with fruit gets a spot. Yep, Piko-Taro in the building.
Sunday features the artist who always closes out A-Nation, Ayumi Hamasaki, who has been the company’s flagship for nearly two decades now. She’s joined by up-and-coming megastars GENERATIONS from EXILE TRIBE, along with one of Avex’s first break out stars, Euro-dance-inspired unit TRF. A-Nation in general leans towards dance-centric pop, but they also have chugging rock duo VAMPS on the line-up, so those craving some vampire-themed guitar cuts have something to look forward to as well.
It’s a great chance to catch some J-Pop, but in recent years A-Nation’s K-Pop offerings have been just as...if not even more...popular with punters. The 2017 edition of the concert highlights mostly rising Korean acts (as opposed to say established titans, as they did last year with BIGBANG headlining one day). Across the two days, boy bands such as EXO, NCT 127 and iKON are set to appear, while girl outfits Red Velvet and BLACKPINK add some color to the A-Nation set.
Tickets are on sale now...well, the chance to enter a ticket lottery, with winners getting the opportunity to then buy tickets is happening until June 12.
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