SCANDAL LIVE world tour HELLO WORLD o2 academy islington 2015
Tomomi  {I absolutely adore her stage outfit!!!}

It has been a while since I’ve shirked my responsibilities and run off to London to go and see a Japanese band play a gig. I did it many a time pre-uni, although ‘many’ suggests that it was a frequent occurrence and now I’m getting off track. Cliff Notes: I like a lot of Japanese rock bands, SCANDAL announced a ‘World Tour’ (which Included a London date!), a friend of a friend couldn’t go so I went instead. Boom. 

SCANDAL, by the way, is a Japanese pop rock 4 piece girl band: Haruna, vocals, Mami, lead guitar, Tomomi, bass, and Rina on drums. They’re all pretty damned adorable, even when they’re rocking out on stage. They also have a pretty extensive discography which I highly suggest you go and check out. For a taste of their sound, here’s their youtube.

SCANDAL LIVE world tour HELLO WORLD o2 academy islington 2015
Rina during  “Oyasumi”
SCANDAL LIVE world tour HELLO WORLD o2 academy islington 2015
Haruna 😀

As a casual fan, I went into the gig with no proper expectations, just that I hoped they put on a good show. (Which they did, a fabulous one at that.) I was really hoping that they’d play a few of their older tracks of which I am more familiar and can sing/scream all the lyrics to. Which they also did, in part, but it’s hard to fit everything into a one and a half hour set, and please everyone even with an encore. 

The set itself was a pretty energetic one, I’m never the best with setlists, but a highlight had to be Rina stepping away from the drums and picking up her guitar to lead ‘Oyasumi’ – these lot are a talented bunch, let me tell you – with sweet vocals and an equal amount of ridiculous adorableness. Tomomi, the bassist, was like the energizer bunny personified, jumping around the stage with her bass like it was weightless, having a whale of a time. I didn’t get to see a lot of Mami, since I am not the tallest of people and crowd settings with varying heights are not brill for those of us that are vertically challenged, but she was sounding pretty awesome. I had a great view of Haruna, who was so lovely in her MC sections, and fab vocally. 


– love in action
– satisfaction
– shunkan sentimental
– scandal baby
– kagen no tsuki
– onegai navigation
– hon wo yomu
– canned beer
– oyasumi
– departure
– taiyou to kimi ga egaku STORY
– yoake no ryuseigun
– your song
– image

– awanai tsumori no, genki dene
– everybody say yeah!

Experience wise, going to see SCANDAL has invoked a serious nostalgia for the times I used to go to these gigs in the past. The making friends in the queue and that weird sense of community you get when everyone’s there for the same reason. Minus the fact that the queuing can be for hours, I didn’t realise I missed it quite as much as I did.

Anywho, time for me to get back to being a good little uni student and write some essays. Let me know if you’ve been to see any Japanese bands play before (not expecting (m)any of you have), if so – WHO? If not, what’s the favourite concert you’ve ever seen, or who would you most like to see!


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  1. Aashfaria Anwar
    April 27, 2015 / 3:41 pm

    I used to listen to Scandal back when I was really into anime and Jpop! If i'd known they were playing here i would've gone. Sounds like an awesome gig :)

    • Fii Cridland
      April 27, 2015 / 3:49 pm

      Awh noo! We had an extra ticket too! It was really nice, great way to easy myself in before mucc in two weeks. (no doubt going to be much less pop-rocky) xo

  2. Anonymous
    April 27, 2015 / 3:41 pm

    I'm so jealous ): I used to love SCANDAL and listen to them everyday but now it's more of a nostalgia listen type thing. Still would have loved to see them though. To answer your Q, while I lived for seeing Nicki Minaj two weeks ago and I love her and always will and all that shabang, my favourite concert was P!nk's Funhouse tour. I worshiped P!nk back then (still do, but not as much) and her music was the soundtrack of my childhood and shaped me, I think. Also she touched my hand and told me my hair was amazing so there's that too.P.S. Great photos and I'm still really jealousChantel Dione || Bonnie Blondiexo

    • Fii Cridland
      April 28, 2015 / 7:24 am

      Awwwwhhh It was a sold out gig, they did so well I'm so proud of them :3 And oooooo ooo that's a sweet story I love it when singers are super cute to their audiences <3And ty boo. WE SHALL GIG TOGETHER AT SOME POINT. XO

  3. Alyssa Lakey
    April 27, 2015 / 8:56 pm

    I'd actually never heard of Scandal before, but they're so good!! Is there is anything better than girl bands?? Thanks for introducing me to them! Great photos too, by the way! ❤xx Alyssa — fragments of memories

    • Fii Cridland
      May 1, 2015 / 8:58 pm

      Yay I'm glad I could introduce them to you!!! They're pretty rad, and true to studio live, which is ALWAYS A BONUS <3xo

  4. Jaime
    August 8, 2016 / 10:10 pm


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