Mad Hatter’s Rock Party Hosted by Gakunowa


GAKUNOWA’s last  event was so much  fun I found out about another FREE installment on Denmark St at Alleyway in the Westend.

Five bands performed, including musician playing Japanese traditional music and a band all the way from Japan. Hibiki Ichikawa who is known as a famous shamisen featuring backing from the talented Digereedoo/drum player Chapa.


The lineup:

[19:00-19:30] 蜜柑 – Mikan

Lovely singer from band Tito performs with new sound and lots of vigour.

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[19:40-20:10] めくりくる – Mekurikuru (from Japan)

Great vocals and guitar moves and the drummer was really getting into it. I don’t know how they all kept their cool wearing jumpers on stage.

[20:20-20:50] だにえる – Daniel

Did a number of covers by Adele, Gotye and even a popular Japanese song.

[21:00-21:30] The Common Sense

Indie Japanese band based in London are back to rock the stage  with help of the lovely singer of Mikan.

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[21:40-22:10] 一川響 – Hibiki Ichikawa feat. Chapa

The popular and top Shamisen player returns with backing given by unusual digereedoo/drum player chapa and the addition of Hibiki’s best friend, Keisuke Moriya, on drums. Was a spectacular end to the night.

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[22:10-late] DJ Highpriest

Now becoming a tradition a member of Gakunowa celebrated their birthday with a guitar shaped cake.


About 樂ノ輪 Gakunowa:

GAKUNOWA is a London-based music community with the aim to expand and develop the music network hosted by Japanese musicians.


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