Hallo Hallo Entertainment, producers of the Manila-based idol group MNL48, has announced on Sunday that they will be bringing three Japanese idols as opening act for the group’s first major concert this April.
MNL48 First Generation: Living the Dream Concert, happening on April 6, will also feature the idol groups 7bridge, Fairytales and Sokubaku Kanojo as opening acts.
7bridge is a Japanese idol duo composed of Chika Yuuki and Miku Motojima, who performs overseas to “disseminate the heart and culture of Japanese harmony”.
The duo has released several original songs, and they have performed in Southeast Asian countries like the Philippines and Thailand.
Fairytales is a Japanese idol group started in 2018, composed of nine members, describing themselves on their website as an “idol rock group that jumped from fairyland”.
They have released three singles last year, and performed in several events and television shows in Japan.
Sokubaku Kanojo are ambassadors of the mobile video game with the same name, which was developed by Chronus, Inc. in 2015.
The ambassadors that will perform on the event are Yune, Ria, Mayuna and AYATO.
MNL48 First Generation: Living the Dream Concert is happening on Saturday, April 6, at the New Frontier Theater in Cubao, Quezon City.
For ticket information, please visit Ticketnet outlets nationwide and online at ticketnet.com.ph.
AKB48 was formed in 2005 as “idols you can meet”, which regularly hosts events, where fans can interact with its members, including taking pictures or shaking hands.
Since then, they have been one of the most successful girl groups in the world, and releasing several singles and albums which are being sold in millions worldwide.
The idol group currently holds the Guinness Book of World Records for Largest Pop Group, which was set in March 2013.
The idol group has expanded to several sister groups in Japan, which are SKE48 (Sakae, Nagoya), NMB48 (Namba, Osaka), HKT48 (Hakata, Fukuoka), NGT48 (Niigata), and STU48 (Seitouchi).
The first overseas expansion was JKT48, which is based in Indonesia’s capital of Jakarta, in 2011. Shanghai-based SNH48 followed the next year, but the AKB48 Group has suspended (and eventually ended) its partnership with the local partner in June 2016 due to contract violations and remove its references on their website.
The group has since expanded to several East Asian countries since 2016, which are BNK48 based in Bangkok, MNL48 based in Manila, AKB48 Team SH based in Shanghai, AKB48 Team TP (formerly known as TPE48) based in Taipei, and SGO48 based in Ho Chi Minh City.
The group will soon launch MUM48, which is an idol group based in Mumbai, India.