Feb 052016
 

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In the surprising turn of events today, the eight location for Hatsune Miku Expo 2016 tour in North America has surfaced: Chicago at The Chicago Theater on May 25th. The official announcements came via the official tweet and the official site update just recently.

Tickets will go on sale from February 12th at 11:00 AM CST. Stay tuned for further event updates!

> Hatsune Miku Expo 2016 tour in North America

Jan 212016
 

After nearly 4 years, it looks like Hatsune Miku will be making a return to the stage in Taiwan from June 25th~26th in “Hatsune Miku Expo 2016 in TAIWAN”! Taiwan is the 5th country announced for a visit in this year’s Miku Expo 2016 tour, which leaves the second half of the year open for more surprises.

The event’s main activities will be concerts, and a simultaneous Hatsune Miku exhibition. The exhibition plans to feature goods in planning/collaboration with Taiwan creators, DIY workshops, and Taiwan-limited official merchandise.

Concert tickets and event details will be announced after the lunar new year, so stay tuned to the official “Hatsune Miku Expo 2016 in Taiwan” Facebook page!

「HATSUNE MIKU EXPO 2016 in TAIWAN」
◆Hatsune Miku Concerts
June 25th, 2016
June 26th, 2016
Venue: New Taipei City Exhibition Hall

◆Hatsune Miku Exhibition
June 4th, 2016 ~ June 12th, 2016
Venue: Huashan 1914 Creative Park

※Miku Expo Official Website
※Miku Expo Official Twitter
Miku Expo 2016 in TAIWAN Official Facebook (Opens after 6:00 PM Taiwan Local Time)

Via Gamebase

Dec 012015
 

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With Hatsune Miku Expo’s 2016 tour plans well under way, it’s clear that 2016 is shaping to be an exciting year for many Hatsune Miku fans everywhere. But Crypton Future Media is not finished yet! Today, Crypton Future Media is ready to announce a new campaign to help bring Miku Expo to more locations around the world: The “MIKU EXPO Let’s Go Campaign“.

https://youtu.be/sOGNxJ9zDN0

MIKU EXPO Let’s Go Campaign is a crowd funding campaign, but not in the typical fashion that people would expect. Instead, it will use the platform “Pledge Music” to help raise funds to make international travel of Miku Expo that much easier. There will also not be specific location goals, since it’d be almost impossible to reach a goal if Hatsune Miku fans were being asked to pledge for a location that isn’t even in their home town (as much as they’d like to visit every city in the world, it’s impossible!). Instead, it’s hoped that the combination of buzz around the Miku Expo tour and the Miku Expo campaign will help make the tour a success, and create more opportunities to visit other countries.

A number of exciting rewards will be available to pledgers that offer their support to the campaign, and these include the following:

– Pledge Music-exclusive MIKU EXPO Supporter pin badge (All Backers)
– HATSUNE MIKU EXPO 2016 EP (13 track-CD in a gatefold package, including the MIKU EXPO 2016 theme song)
– HATSUNE MIKU EXPO 2016 EP signed by HachiojiP
– MIKU EXPO Let’s Go T-shirt
– MIKU EXPO × OMOCAT Exclusive T-shirt
– Supporter Exclusive Watch
– MIKU EXPO Official Glowstick *Only available outside of Japan.
– MIKU EXPO Let’s Go Bundle (EP, Let’s Go shirt, Penlight) *Only available out side of Japan.
– On-stage Photo with Miku (Limited to 2pairs per 1 venue)
– MIKU EXPO Special Thanks Credit and Message screening. *Only available for Japan Tour.
– Early Access Pass (Early access to digital download of remix songs etc)
– SPECIAL OPTION: For $1 million, Miku Expo will come to any town of your choice! Available to all countries, except Japan (some restrictions apply).

Pledge your support here!

We spoke recently with Crypton Future Media staff about their exciting plans, and what exactly goes into making a Miku Expo event happen. Read the interview below!

MikuFan: It’s thought by some overseas fans that hosting an event like Miku Expo at any given location is as easy as 1-2-3, but this isn’t so. Can you give some insight to the challenges Crypton faces when it comes to hosting overseas events?

CFM: Of course it’s not easy. The first of many things of course are the fans. We do see the many requests from fans all of the world, such as fans in Europe. Some also think we’re ignorning them. We are aware we have a large fanbase in Europe. We need to convince the local concert promoters that the fans want a show in their area.

MikuFan: Yeah, it’s not something actually hosted by Crypton. It’s someone who has to say “Hey, we’d be happy to do this”, and you just work with them on that.

CFM: Yeah, we need a local partner to have the show. But for Los Angeles and New York last time, we did organize everything 100% on our own, because we knew the local promoters didn’t know about Miku. So through promotion on David Letterman and everything else we did, it helped these promoters learn about Miku. It ended up being really successful, so we could get support from more local promoters this time around to make a North America tour happen. And then of course there is the concert, which requires certain kinds of stage plots. The requirement for this isn’t very easy, either. There’s problems if it’s a small or insufficient venue. So an area needs to have an appropriate venue, as well as a stage with a workable plot for the concert.

MikuFan: I can see how this would make accepting just any location very difficult. I’m sure you guys would want to make each event have the best experience possible.

CFM: We ended up losing money again with Los Angeles and New York last time, but with things different this time around, it will be much easier for us.

MikuFan: Kind of like how a completely different event organizer took care of the Miku Expo events in Shanghai, making it much easier on Crypton.

CFM: Yeah, China is very different. We’re partners with a company there there that has exclusive rights to produce Hatsune Miku merchandise for mainland China. They’re a huge sponsor for us. But in America and other overseas countries, we don’t have that there. So we need big sponsors to help with events in these countries. And finding these partners is very difficult. Hopefully this tour will also help spark interest in potential European partners.

MikuFan: Outside of just the concert events, what kind of accompanying activities are in the works for Miku Expo’s North America tour?

CFM: A lot of ideas are still being worked out since it’s still early, so nothing is 100% confirmed, but we have ideas for things like events at local retail stores, an evening dance party, an art gallery, etc. But it really depends on the city, since we’re hitting so many locations this time.

MikuFan: Do you have any special message for fans around the world?

CFM: Thank you very much for supporting Hatsune Miku and all of our other characters! We are very excited to have our biggest North America tour, and hope to see you there in person. This time, we are trying to make MIKU EXPO more of a Hatsune Miku-ish participatory event, not only having many locations but also organizing song contests, the Miku Expo Let’s Go campaign, and we have more to announce in the future! As we mentioned, we are all aware that we have many fans all over the world. We will try our best to bring Miku to your country, so please keep support us and join our Let’s Go campaign. Arigato! :)

Nov 262015
 

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The winners of the Hatsune Miku Expo song contest have finally been announced! First up on the list is the grand prize winner, Circus-P for his song “Ten Thousand Stars”! The grand prize includes 30,000 Yen in products from Sonicwire, tickets to a location where the song will be performed, as well as his song being featured at one (or more) of the concerts in North America!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N1-Z8uslIsI

There are also two runner-ups, who have won 20,000 Yen in products from Sonicwire for their contributions. These include “Together, Make The Magic!” by Xyao-Ming, and “Constellation” by ϕrkestrate.

Lastly, there are two honorable mention winners. While there was no prize for getting an honorble mention, they were still note-worthy entries. These honorable mentions include “ALL IS MUSIC!” by YZYX, and “MikuMambo” by AlexTrip Sands.

Congratulations to all music contest participants!

Nov 182015
 

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The 7th location in North America for Hatsune Miku Expo in 2016 is… Mexico City! Crypton has confirmed this location via the official Hatsune Miku Expo North America 2016 website. The event is scheduled for July 4th (Saturday) at the El Plaza Condesa venue (specific times and ticket info will be posted sometime soon). The official website has also been updated with an all new illustration by Neco, specifically for the North American tour site.

Se ha confirmado como séptimo destino de el tour de la miku Expo 2016 en Norteamérica a la ciudad de Mexico. Felicidades a todos los fans en Mexico!

Stay tuned for further event updates!