Japan Underground launches in London

October 25, 2010 | 10:32

Tags: #entertainment #geek-chic

Companies: #capcom #japan #tom-smith

While we don't normally cover nightclubs on bit-tech, we're willing to make an exception for this: a new nightclub is opening in London that aims specifically at gamers, geeks, and fans of Japan.

Founded by DJ, journalist, and gamer Tom Smith, Japan Underground is designed to bring the unique flavour of Japanese nightlife to the UK, offering London-based nerds a chance to groove on down to DJ sets featuring the best from Japan's pop, rock, visual kei, urban and underground scenes.

Smith also promises that the club will play 'remixes from video games such as Street Fighter, Final Fantasy, and more,' with live DJs offering up gaming tunes for the dancers' delight.

Japan Underground will also host themed nights, with its inaugural event due to be themed around Capcom's Sengoku Basara feudal brawler. Attendees at the event will get a chance to play the latest title in the series, Sengoku Basara: Samurai Kings, while the anime series will be screened in a dedicated cinema room.

Japanese-themed entertainment wouldn't be complete without karaoke, of course, and specialist On Board Karaoke will be in attendance with machines packed with 130,000 songs, including popular game, anime, and TV theme tunes.

Smith is also planning to offer a purikura-like service, where attendees and cosplayers can have their photographs taken and printed at the event against a variety of backgrounds, although Smith has confirmed that it will be a chargeable service on top of the entry fee.

The launch event has already signed up some pretty big names, including live performances from 10 and Cosmic Shenngy and a DJ set from game fanatic Iain Lee plus Smith himself.

The launch party is due to take place on the 17th of November from 7PM to 2AM, with more details available on the official site.

Do you think that the Japanese culture of mixing nightclubs, gaming, and anime will translate well to London audiences, or is the club destined for failure? Will you be heading to the launch party? Share your thoughts over in the forums.
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