Rising international stars BAND-MAID and Amatsuki rocked MCM London Comic Con, as the three-day pop culture event experienced record numbers of more than 133,000 people attending, making it Europe’s biggest comic con and the third biggest event of its kind globally.
Both acts proved extremely popular, with combined queue times to meet them and get items signed exceeding six hours over the three days. The acts also performed to packed out crowds at all three of their live shows and sold more than one thousand CDs, T-shirts and merchandise – and would’ve sold more had they not sold out of nearly everything before the end of the event.
Amatsuki, who originally became popular through recording cover songs online, and has since topped Japan’s national charts with his original work, comments, “The UK is totally new place for me, but I am very glad that so many audience members enjoyed my music and I could gain such amazing experiences! I would love to come back and have a chance to sing in London again. Thank you so much.”
Miku Kobato, guitarist and vocalist of BAND-MAID, adds; “I am very happy that we could play our first UK serving* at MCM London Comic Con. This was our first time serving an outdoor stage outside of Japan, and it was a great experience. We will never forget that masters and princesses** called for an encore at the last serving at the event. Our latest album Brand New MAID will be launched in the UK from 17 June and we will definitely come back to do some serving once again. We will progress more and more towards our goals of world conquest.”
* please note, BAND-MAID refer to their performances as ‘servings’
** they also refer to their audience as masters and princesses.