Anime NYC powered by Crunchyroll has announced the final artist to join the lineup of the inaugural Anisong World Matsuri concert event in New York City, to be held November 16 and 17 at the historic Hammerstein Ballroom.
YOSHIKI announced X JAPAN's new tour "X JAPAN Live in Japan 2018 Three Deep Red Nights at Makuhari Messe" on his Yoshiki Channel broadcast on August 19th, with ticket pre-sales for the September 28-30 dates beginning immediately after the program aired.
On Saturday, July 28, YOSHIKI made a surprise appearance on stage with internationally famous DJ and producer Skrillex at one of Japan’s biggest outdoor music events, Fuji Rock Festival ’18, held at Naeba Ski Resort in Niigata, Japan.
YOSHIKI completed the first wave of his sold-out dinner shows in Tokyo on July 16, a marathon 7 shows over 4 days celebrating the fifth anniversary of his intimate concert series.
"Japan Kawaii Live", the final night of Anisong World Matsuri's three-day concert event at Anime Expo, was held on July 7, 2018 at the Microsoft Theater, featuring AKB48 Team 8, THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA GIRLS, i☆Ris, and Shoko Nakagawa.
On July 6, 2018, anisong fans packed the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles for "Japan Super Live" — the second night of Anisong World Matsuri at Anime Expo 2018 — to see rare U.S. performances by anime superstars May'n, Aimer, Sanketsu-girl Sayuri, and Yuki Kajiura.
YOSHIKI shocked fans at LUNATIC FEST. 2018 with a moving tribute to X Japan guitarist hide and guest collaborations with members of LUNA SEA, GLAY, and MUCC in his first-ever solo classical performance at a music festival.
On June 15, 2018 AK48 held its first World Senbatsu Election and for the first time in five years a new winner of the event was crowned.
Japanese rock group URBANGARDE celebrated their 10th Anniversary with a spectacle-filled concert titled "KEKKON SHIKI" at Nakano Sun Plaza on April 8, 2018.