New Wave J-Rock band Budo Grape returns to UK for Doki Doki Japanese Festival



April 28, 2013 — Nagoya-based Japanese band Budo Grape will return to the United Kingdom for the Doki Doki Japanese Festival in November 2013.

Budo Grape completed their first tour of the United Kingdom in 2012 in cooperation with It Came From Japan, with appearances in London, Brighton, and Manchester. The Doki Doki event will be held at Manchester’s Sugden Sports Centre, with a live concert and art, culture, and fashion events.

More info at:

Budo Grape Official Website
Budo Grape Official Facebook
Budo Grape Twitter

Budo Grape – “Otome no Price”

Budo Grape – “Botan wo Oshinaose”

Quminco÷Grape – Vocal
Nagai÷Grape – Vocal, Guitar
Matsui÷Grape – Vocal, Bass
Taichi÷Grape – Drums
74÷Grape (Naho÷Grape) – Keyboards

Budo÷Grape is a catchy, high energy avant-garde pop band from Nagoya, Japan. With a style often compared to the B-52’s, the band is fronted by model and radio personality Quminco and Nagoya music legend Nagai of the “Shockers”.

Formed in 2001, Budo÷Grape released their first full album Koibito wa Koishite Tsukuru in 2005. The album was a hit in the Japanese underground scene and was followed up with the 2006 release Soko kara Detekinasai and 2007’s Otonatachi x Kodomotachi.

In 2008, Budo÷Grape released their fourth album Aimore and peformed their first American tour, with appearances in Dallas, TX (A-Kon), San Antonio, TX (Slim’s Burger Joint), and New York (Knitting Factory). Inspired by their overseas fans, they returned to the studio that same year to release the EP Five Hits and Dust.

2009’s Himitsu Gallery would be the band’s final recording for three years as each member worked on various side projects, including a Shockers reunion. The band reunited for the 2012 album Kare no Namae wo Omoidasenai, and performed their first UK Tour for October 2012.

The band, whose members all have “Grape” for a last name, claim to come from “Neo-Nagoya.” They continue to tour Japan with their crazy live show and catchy songs.