Last month, J-pop idol group Arashi announced that their 2020 concert will be streamed from an empty Japan National Stadium. The group has now released the concert details, including confirming the streaming date to be on 3 November, the date of their CD debut anniversary.
In their video on Twitter, Kazunari Ninomiya said that there would be two parts to the Arafes (short for Arashi Festival) concert, and everything would be streamed through Johnny’s Net Online.
Masaki Aiba added, “The first part of the streaming will be limited to fan club members, estimated to last around 90 minutes from 4.30pm to 6.00pm. The second part is open to public, and will begin streaming from 7.30pm.”
(The timings above are for JST, Tokyo’s time zone. Please adjust the time zone if necessary if you are outside of Japan!)
Tickets are available for purchase on their dedicated website, starting from 4,800 yen (about S$62). The group has also set up a Twitter account, @ARAFES2020, to disseminate information regarding the concert.
On their dedicated website, Arashi’s leader Satoshi Ohno said that the Arafes concert would be pre-recorded at the National Stadium. He also urged their fans not to loiter around the stadium, so as not to disturb the neighbouring shops and to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Ohno even warned that if safety could not be ensured, they might cancel the streaming.
Jun Matsumoto explained further, “On the day of the streaming, the servers for purchasing tickets may be busy, rendering the website inaccessible. As the streaming can neither be rewound nor played back on demand, please purchase your tickets ahead of time.”
As the year gradually comes to an end, so are the activities of Arashi. The Arafes concert may very well be the group’s final concert before they go on an indefinite hiatus from next year. To find out more about the behind-the-scenes regarding their upcoming hiatus, check out their Netflix-exclusive documentary Arashi’s Diary: Voyage.