Wednesday, 9 April 2014

BABYMETAL To Make UK Debut At Sonisphere Music Festival 2014


Sonisphere Music Festival have confirmed that Japanese idol girl group BABYMETAL will be making their UK debut, performing a set in the Bohemia tent on Sunday 6th July 2014.

Edit: Their scheduled performance has now changed, and they'll be playing the Main Stage on Saturday 5th July 2014.

Eldest band member SU-METAL (sixteen year old Suzuka Nakamoto) said:
“I am so honored that we are confirmed to play Sonisphere Festival UK,”
She continued:
“There are so many different types of artists playing this festival but I hope to deliver a one and only, unique style metal –BABYMETAL – even to those who will see us for the very first time. This will be our very first time in the UK, which makes us nervous, yet excited just imagining what type of people will come and see us, what sort of show it will end up being, and whether the audience will enjoy our show. We’ll hopefully get to see Metallica-san’s performance again after witnessing them at Summer Sonic festival in Japan which we are very excited about.”
You can BUY TICKETS from the Sonisphere website. The festival is headlined by The Prodigy, Iron Maiden and Metallica.

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Formed in 2010, BABYMETAL started out as a subunit of the idol group Sakura Gakuin, releasing their first video in 2011 "Doki DokiMorning". They described themselves as Kawaii Metal.

Doki DokiMorning (ド・キ・ド・キ☆モーニング)


Their first single "BabyMetal × Kiba of Akiba" was released independantly, and came out in 2012. This was followed by another single "Headbangeeeeerrrrr!!!!!" which was the first time I had heard of them. I had only seen a short teaser trailer for the song, but I was intrigued by the heavy guitars, juxtaposed with the squeeky girly voice maniacally singing "Hedo-bang, hedo-bang" over and over.

Headbangeeeeerrrrr!!!!! (ヘドバンギャー! !)


After hearing the full version, I wanted to hear more! Unfortunately for me, there was only one other single available, plus the debut video, but from then on, I would make sure I followed their releases.

Their debut major label release "Ijime, Dame, Zettai" was released in January the following year, which was followed by "Megitsune" five months later.

Ijime, Dame, Zettai (イジメ、ダメ、ゼッタイ)


Megitsune (メギツネ)


BABYMETAL have recently released their debut self-titled album, which came out in February of this year, and their latest single is "Gimme Chocolate!!" also out in February.

Gimme Chocolate!! (ギミチョコ!!)


Buy the new album from cdjapan.co.jp:


Photo Credit: Official BABYMETAL Website
Interview Source: Official Sonisphere Website

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