Announce a series of virtual shows titled ‘SHIN SEKAI (Nowhere)’ from 16th to 18th July 2021
In partnership with creative collective PARTY
Watch the trailer here
Listen to new single ‘Iron Feather’here
On sale now! Download the app and purchase tickets here
Celebrated Japanese indie-rock band RADWIMPS are pleased to announce an exclusive virtual concert, ‘SHIN SEKAI (Nowhere)’ taking place from 16th to 18th July, in partnership with digital creative collective PARTY Japan.
Spanning over the course of 3 days, the exclusive virtual show fuses the live musical experience in a digital, interactive environment and is available in over 40 countries and regions around the world including North America, Europe, and Asia.
Renowned for their hi-octane, immersive live shows, RADWIMPS aim to bring that same experience to the virtual gigs. Lead singer Yojiro Noda explains: “The final chapter of SHIN SEKAI starts here. In the time of COVID-19 crisis, we have spent over a year experiencing every day like never before. What are the meanings of being alive, everyday life, hope, family, work, music, the future? This may be the first time in our lives that we reflect this much on ourselves. Even so, I believe in the human strength. No matter how this powerful virus robs us of our everyday lives, we do not give up on this head-on fight. This past year has also given us the chance for such realisations. SHIN SEKAI is yet another rebellion, a new challenge. This stage of “nowhere” will be a never-before-seen musical experience that all of us create and share in the virtual space of VARP. We look forward to enjoying new sensations and emotions with you. See you in SHIN SEKAI ‘nowhere’.”
In 2020, utilising VARP Virtual Park System technology, RADWIMPS in collaboration with PARTY Japan launched ‘SHIN SEKAI’, meaning ‘New world’ in English, to create a new music experience by connecting fans around the world. At the premiere of the event held in December 2020, audiences gathered in the virtual space of ‘SHIN SEKAI’ and ‘traveled’ together through “ROLE-PLAYING MUSIC,” an experience that allows anyone to become a character in the world of RADWIMPS’ music.
Fast forward to 2021 and the world is still in disarray, the definition of ‘correctness’ is changing day by day and people are living with various restrictions. The band have decided to hold SHIN SEKAI ‘nowhere’ as an attempt to survive and move forward during this difficult time.
Utilising the power of technology, participants will transform into avatars and enter a world of music filled with new expressions that they have never experienced before, as if the real and virtual worlds are fused together. They will be taken on a journey to discover a new world and their own place in it, moving back and forth between an ideal world full of dreams and hopes and a realistic world of pain and sorrow.
From June 21 to July 4, participants can purchase tickets at a special early bird price. For users who have already downloaded the SHIN SEKAI app, they can purchase tickets by updating the app.
Note, you need to download the app first before purchasing the tickets here.
Showtimes: July 16-18, 2021 at 11:00 / 16:00 / 22:00 Every Day (All times in JST)
Please note: Ticket prices are listed in Japanese Yen and the prices shown in the currency of the user’s location may vary due to the tax rate and current exchange rate at the timing of purchase.
About RADWIMPS :
RADWIMPS formed in 2001, and made its major debut in 2005. Soon after the 4-piece band’s debut, it garnered a broad fan base, with the younger generation at the core. RADWIMPS has released nine original albums thus far. The band’s creation of music for record-breaking animated feature films “Your Name.” and “Weathering With You” led to recognitions at the Japanese Academy Award for Best Original Score. RADWIMPS expands its musical activities beyond Japan, including touring extensively around the world. In November 2020, commemoration of its 15th anniversary since major debut, RADWIMPS held a 2-day real-time live stream “15th Anniversary Special Concert” at Yokohama Arena on November 22 and 23. In March 2021, RADWIMPS released the album “2+0+2+1+3+1+1= 10 years 10 songs” which includes songs released annually on YouTube and new songs in remembrance of the Great East Japan Earthquake. All profits from the album will be donated to the Japanese Red Cross Society, local governments, and related organisations to support relief efforts for natural disasters and other disasters that occur throughout Japan (sales until December 31, 2021 are eligible for donation). In April 2021, they released a new song “Iron Feather” for digital distribution.
VARP is a virtual park system for people to create their own avatars and enjoy shared experiences of music, live performances, movies, art, and events in virtual spaces. With VARP, artists and event organizers can customize their very own virtual parks, and distribute them as iOS / Android apps. Users around the world will be able to freely explore the venues and share with one another the excitement of live music, events and an array of content. So far, VARP has been leveraged in collaborations such as the virtual music experience “VIRTUAL DISTORTION” with hip-hop artist kZm, as well as “JUMP FESTA 2021 ONLINE” with publishing company Shueisha. https://prty.jp/work/varp
PARTY is a creative collective that installs experiences of the future in society. Its many achievements are centered on creations that fuse the latest technology with storytelling, such as the virtual live performance “VARP” where users can enjoy entertainment experiences that are customized to each artist’s unique worldview, the creative direction for the Japanese edition of “WIRED” magazine, and the spatial design of Narita International Airport Terminal 3. PARTY also invests its energy in new business development projects such as “The Chain Museum,” which uses technology to democratize the relationship between art and people, and “Stadium Experiment,” which digitally transforms the experience of watching soccer games. https://prty.jp/