EXIT TUNES DANCE PARTY 2016 -SOUND VOLTEX FLOOR ANTHEM + beatnation summit-

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http://www.bemanistyle.com/2016/03/21/exit-tunes-dance-party-2016-sound-voltex-floor-anthem-beatnation-summit/

March 5th was a big day for BEMANI fans in Japan. The EXIT TUNES DANCE PARTY (EDP) 2016 -SOUND VOLTEX FLOOR ANTHEM & beatnation summit- (yes, the name is really that long) was held at Toyosu PIT in Tokyo.

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What’s that? Never heard of EDP/beatnation summit? EDP is essentially a concert series sponsored/hosted by worldwide record label Exit Tunes/Pony Canyon. Originally, the events were run under the ETA (Exit Tunes Academy) banner, which typically hosts utaite artists such as kradness, Matsushita, etc. However, as the Bemani-related events grew in popularity, they needed a new brand – and thus EDP was created. beatnation summit was a 2-part Konami-run concert back in 2007. It was only held once, but it’s now been revived for the EDP series as of the 2015 live. The most recent events are below:

 

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Toyosu PIT is a recently-opened concert hall that donates a portion of its earnings to Tohoku 3/11 disaster recovery, and it’s a new venue for Exit Tunes, which usually holds events at ZeppDiverCity.

This time around, tickets were sold first through Konamistyle, with the “Limited Edition Fastest-in-the-universe Deluxe Ultra Ultimate Premium ticket set” limited to around 300 people, included early-entry plus front-row space, and a unique penlight glowstick. You better believe we got one of these sets. Check out the penlight below:

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As I arrived at about 9am, I noticed this absurdly long line that stretched around the building, and halfway across the adjacent bridge…

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Why?! Well, as with every past EDP event, a bunch of amazing Bemani goods were sold at the venue on the day of the concert, and everyone wanted to be sure they got the items they’d been looking forward to. The sales counter opened at 10am and closed when the event finished around 10pm. Take a look at how huge this operation is:
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(Above: The first goods to sell out were the DJ TOTTO and Nekomata Master keychains)

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(Customers were limited to one of each item. Usually, the limit has been 3-5 items per person, so this caused the lines to move at a fairly slow pace this time around.)

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After emptying your wallet on goods, you could also drop by the Exit Tunes booth to pick up some popular or hard-to-find albums!

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All the new merchandise is shown below. There were more items than I’ve ever seen at any EDP/ETA event!

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In addition to these, some older items from past events were still available in very limited quantities. Aside from merchandise, “official” Sound Voltex curry and ramen dishes were being sold. Since the event was around 6 hours long, the guests were bound to get hungry, right?

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We tried the “Soflan Curry” from this shop, and it really hit the spot. Just the right balance of sweet and spicy!

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(The manager was awesome.)

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After grabbing lunch, I walked to the back of the line for group A, the first group allowed to enter the dance floor. The lines for this event are long, but nothing compared to some other events such as AKB48 concerts, etc.

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Once I was inside, unfortunately, photography was restricted. The staff at Exit Tunes did provide us with a few photos. Hopefully we’ll be able to use our own next time!

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The event started off with a quick Sound Voltex exhibition match between the KAC and Tenkaichi champions boll and etsuya with a then-unreleased KAC contest song, REVOLVER / sky_delta. It was an intense battle, but etsuya pulled through and won. They also had a challenge from Cody – if they could both clear a song, it would be unlocked for all players. That song was KAC 2013 ULTIMATE MEDLEY -HISTORIA SOUND VOLTEX- Emperor Side. It was rough, but they both managed to scrape by with a AA clear. After that, the concert got underway with the Sound Voltex Floor section, followed by the Bemani section.

For the most part, there were 2 or 3 DJs/artists on the stage at a time. This resulted in an excellent “DJ battle”-type effect and also seemed to fire up the crowd more than ever. The energy at this event was intense, for almost 6 hours straight. The crowd sang along to many different songs and since most of us had color-changing penlight glowsticks, we could change the color according to the song or artist – for example, White for VENUS, Pink for PRIM, etc.

Thankfully, there were 2 10-minute intermissions to give everyone a bathroom/drink/rest break, but even so, I saw some fans who pushed themselves too hard and required first-aid. But I feel for them! It’s hard to drink water or take a breather when you’re enjoying such an amazing performance.

After the final song, the crowd called out for an encore, and, to the surprise of absolutely nobody, Super Star MITSURU slowly walked out and started singing She is my wife. SUDDENLY… a record scratch cuts off the music, and the lights go out. Surprising absolutely everybody, SUPER IDOL☆MITSURUKO appeared on stage, interrupting MITSURU to sing her remix from Sound Voltex. This then turned into a duet, with the full cast also joining them with part of the famous dance routine we all know and love, bringing the performance to an end.

At this point, most of the attendees left, but the VIP ticket-holders remained for an exclusive group photo session, and high-five line including all the performers. Sadly, the photos cannot be shared online.

So, how can YOU attend the next EDP? Well, assuming you can get to Japan, tickets are usually available at the door, but if you want the full experience, buying the VIP package is always a great idea if you can.

We’ll end with the massive, 154-song setlist for the night, broken down into stage-sections, below. Thanks for reading, and if you have any specific questions, feel free to ask!

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■SOUND VOLTEX -First Half-

  • 1. Crack Traxxxx / Lite Show Magic (t+pazolite vs C-Show)
  • 2. Daily Lunch Special (tpz Overcute Remix) / t+pazolite
  • 3. Tomorrow Perfume (tpz Despair Remix),Tomorrow Perfume (C-Show Remix) / t+pazolite,C-Show
  • 4. Invitation from Mr.C / C-Show
  • 5. Electric “Sister” Bitch / t+pazolite
  • 6. PANIC HOLIC / C-Show
  • 7. 香港功夫大旋風 / Daisuke Ohnuma
  • 8. レトロスペクティビリー・メリーゴーランド / はるなば
  • 9. 隅田川夏恋歌 (I/O Angel mix) / Daisuke Ohnuma(大福P)
  • 10. ムラサキグルマ / ここなつ Produced by はるなば
  • 11. Lunartic Dial / Shiron
  • 12. CODE -CRiMSON- / Shiron
  • 13. croiX / Team Grimoire+あま猫
  • 14. C18H27NO3 / Team Grimoire
  • 15. Chant du Cygne / ke-ji
  • 16. Discloze / lapix
  • 17. Last Concerto / ke-ji
  • 18. NEO GRAVITY / lapix
  • 19. gigadelic -stance xxxx- / Hate
  • 20. ボルテ体操第一 / Kaoru feat.FG75
  • 21. Qubism / Hate vs Brilliance
  • 22. INFINITY OVERDRIVE / DecisionS(kanone + nora2r)
  • 23. VISION / nora2r
  • 24. SOUL EXPLOSION / kanone
  • 25. Cold Inflation / kanone vs. Yooh

■SOUND VOLTEX -Live-

  • 26.Help me, ERINNNNNN!! / ビートまりお(COOL&CREATE)
  • 27.突撃!ガラスのニーソ姫! / 山本椛 (monotone)
  • 28.めうめうぺったんたん!! / 日向美ビタースイーツ♪
  • 29.恋する☆宇宙戦争っ!! あばばばみっくす / ARM(IOSYS)
  • 30.ちくわパフェだよ☆CKP / 日向美ビタースイーツ♪
  • 31.チルノのパーフェクトさんすう教室 / ARM(IOSYS)

■SOUND VOLTEX -Second Half-

  • 32. HAELEQUIN / orangentle / Yu_Asahina
  • 33. Freeway Shuffle -More2 HAPPY Re-Mix- / Yu_Asahina
  • 34. 音楽 -resolve- / Yu_Asahina
  • 35. カレクレンマ / Music by アサヒナユウ, Vocal by みかん汁
  • 36. Voice 2 Voice / MAD CHILD
  • 37. EGG / ginkiha
  • 38. EOS -INFINITE EDIT- / ginkiha
  • 39. Dawn of Asia / ginkiha+kamome sano
  • 40. citrus / kamome sano
  • 41. 流れ星と君の歌 / Music by 沙野カモメ, Vocal by SOPHY
  • 42. Hello world! / Music by 源屋, Vocal by SOPHY
  • 43. Ray / 源屋
  • 44. 華陽炎-Hana Kagerou- / 源屋 feat.Kuroa*
  • 45. Unlimited Field / Music by 上村香月, Vocal by Kuroa*
  • 46. 七色のウタ / Music by 上村香月, Vocal by みゅい
  • 47. 超恋愛☆エクストリーム・ガール / Music by Ayatsugu_Otowa, Vocal by みゅい
  • 48. 超越してしまった彼女と其を生み落した理由 / Ayatsugu_Otowa
  • 49. 侵蝕コード:666 -今日ちょっと指(略 / かぼちゃ「黒幕はあやつぐ」と供述しており
  • 50. Princessどうかお願い!! / 20文字と言う字数制限に挑み続けるかぼち
  • 51. SPARKLING FANTASY / Music by BlackY, Vocal by ぁゅ
  • 52. Pet Peeve / Hirayasu Matsudo
  • 53. XyHATTE / cosMo@暴走Ultimate
  • 54. For UltraPlayers / cosMo@暴走P
  • 55. UnivEarth / Antinomic Paradox
  • 56. Sayonara Planet Wars / 黒魔
  • 57. 大宇宙ステージ / 黒魔
  • 58. ムーニャポヨポヨスッポコニャーゴ / 全日本スッポコニャーゴ親衛隊
  • 59. Absurd Gaff / siromaru
  • 60. BLACK or WHITE? / BlackYooh vs. siromaru
  • 61. Dynasty / Yooh
  • 62. Max Burning!! / BlackY
  • 63. XROSS INFECTION / BlackY vs. Yooh

■かめりあ / P*Light / PHQUASE

  • 64. Second Heaven(P*Light Remix) / Ryu☆ remixed by P*Light
  • 65. 追想快晴テーマパーク / PHQUASE
  • 66. Storm Buster / P*Light
  • 67. EMPIRE OF FLAME / かめりあ
  • 68. onslaught / PHQUASE
  • 69. 神よ、ニャンコを与えたまえ! / かめりあ feat. ななひら & 謎の黒猫神”W”
  • 70. STARLIGHT DANCEHALL / P*Light
  • 71. draw!!!! / PHQUASE feat. ぁゅ
  • 72. Bangin’ Burst VS. Blastix Riotz / かめりあ VS. かめりあ as ”Bang Riot”

■DJ YOSHITAKA

  • 73. FLOWER / DJ YOSHITAKA
  • 74. JOMANDA / DJ YOSHITAKA
  • 75. VALLIS-NERIA / DJ YOSHITAKA
  • 76. Lisa-RICCIA / DJ YOSHITAKA

■Sota Fujimori / TAG / DJ TOTTO

  • 77. Fly Above / Sota Fujimori
  • 78. UNLIMITED FIRE (DJ Amane Remix) / DJ Amane
  • 79. ANDROMEDA -SF_2011 Mix- / Sota Fujimori
  • 80. LIGHTNING THUNDERBOLT-Try to Sing Ver.- / TAG rejected by DJ TOTTO
  • 81. 春風ブローインウィンド / TAG
  • 82. アルストロメリア KURO-HACO Remix / kuroburger
  • 83. VOLTEXES III / Sota Fujimori
  • 84. Valanga / DJ TOTTO
  • 85. HAPPY☆LUCKY☆YEAPPY / DJ ミラクル☆ストーン
  • 86. New Decade / Sota F.
  • 87. 伐折羅-vajra- / DJ TOTTO VS 兎々
  • 88. Rebellio / MAX MAXIMIZER VS DJ TOTTO

■猫叉Master

  • 89. Element of SPADA / 猫叉Master feat.霜月はるか
  • 90. Following Flow / 猫叉Master
  • 91. Journey / 猫叉Master
  • 92. サヨナラ・ヘヴン / 猫叉Master
  • 93. Kung-fu Empire / 飛燕流舞
  • 94. Chrono Diver -PENDULUMs- / 猫叉L.E.D.Master+

■L.E.D. / Prim

  • 95. それは花火のような恋 / 夏色バーニングラブ☆Prim
  • 96. 表裏一体!?怪盗いいんちょの悩み♥ / ◇◆噂の怪盗少女 ぷらずま★彡Prim◇◆
  • 97. 轟け!恋のビーンボール!! / ダイナミック野球兄弟 v.s. クロスファイヤーPrim
  • 98. HELL SCAPER / L.E.D.LIGHT-G
  • 99. HELL SCAPER -Last Escape Remix- / Remixed by DJ TECHNORCH fw.GUHROOVY
  • 100. THE DEEP STRIKER / L.E.D.-G
  • 101. NEOGENERATOR SEVEN / L.E.D.-G
  • 102. EXUSIA / L.E.D.-G
  • 103. Sol Cosine Job 2 / DJ TECHNORCH
  • 104. X↑X↓ / DJ TECHNORCH
  • 105. 真 地獄超特急 -HELL or HELL- / DJ TECHNORCH Vs. L.E.D.Light-G

■VENUS

  • 106. Survival Games / VENUS
  • 107. FUJIMORI-祭-FESTIVAL – / VENUS
  • 108. I・MA・SU・GU ALL RIGHT! / VENUS
  • 109. Wow Wow VENUS / VENUS
  • 110. MAGICAL SUMMER SMILE / wac feat.VENUS
  • 111. 恋愛観測 -VENUS Mix- / VENUS

■SOUND HOLIC

  • 112. 無双 / SOUND HOLIC Vs. VENUS feat. Nana Takahashi
  • 113. Grip & Break down !! / SOUND HOLIC feat. Nana Takahashi
  • 114. Ha・lle・lu・jah / SOUND HOLIC feat. Nana Takahashi
  • 115. しゅわスパ大作戦☆ / SOUND HOLIC feat. Nana Takahashi
  • 116. INDEPENDENT SKY / SOUND HOLIC feat. Nana Takahashi
  • 117. TYCOON / SOUND HOLIC feat. Nana Takahashi

■U1-Asami

  • 118. ドーパミン / U1 overground
  • 119. 天空の華 / S-C-U × U1 overground
  • 120. EGOISM 440 / U1 High-Speed

■wac / PON

  • 121. 創世ノート / PON+wac
  • 122. 恋歌疾風!かるたクイーンいろは / ねこまんまチーム!
  • 123. murmur twins / yu_tokiwa.djw
  • 124. rumrum triplets / yu_tokiwa.djw

■Hommarju / RoughSketch / OSTER project

  • 125. Onigo / Hommarju
  • 126. Crazy Jackpot / Hommarju
  • 127. 405nm (Hommarju Remix) / Another Infinity
  • 128. Thank you / Hommarju
  • 129. Sacrifice for Justice / RoughSketch
  • 130. Army Of Marionette / RoughSketch
  • 131. Booths of Fighters / RoughSketch+DD”ナカタ”Metal
  • 132. Devilz Staircase / OSTER project
  • 133. SpaceLand☆TOYBOX / OSTER project
  • 134. ラブラドライト / OSTER project feat.常盤ゆう

■HHH×MM×ST / movies / Xceon

  • 135. Follow Tomorrow / HHH×MM×ST
  • 136. 蒼が消えるとき / movies (moimoi×Xceon×Dai.)
  • 137. Din Don Dan / Ryu☆ feat.Mayumi Morinaga
  • 138. Everlasting Last / HHH×MM×ST

■Ryu☆ / kors k / dj TAKA

  • 139. Decade / kors k Vs. dj TAKA
  • 140. Blue Rain (STARLiGHT Mix) / dj TAKA VS Ryu☆
  • 141. The Wind of Gold & 中華急行 Mashup / kors k & Ryu☆
  • 142. Blue Spring Express / DJ Scratch & Bend
  • 143. Din Don Dan (Fusion Remix) / TAKU1175 feat.かなたん
  • 144. The star in eclipse / しーけー
  • 145. smooooch ・∀・ 2014 / kors k
  • 146. Air Reading Power / ADULTIC TEACHERS
  • 147. Clione Hommarju Remix / Hommarju
  • 148. starmine (STARLiGHT Mix) / Ryu☆
  • 149. ABSOLUTE (Ryu☆Remix) / dj TAKA
  • 150. Line 4 Ruin (kors k Remix) / Ryu☆
  • 151. I’m so Happy (STARLiGHT Mix) / Ryu☆
  • 152. 朧 (dj TAKA Remix) / HHH×MM×ST

■encore. SUPER STAR 満-MITSURU-

  • 153. She is my wife / SUPER STAR 満-MITSURU-
  • 154. She is my wife すーぱーアイドル☆ミツル子Remixちゃん / 高井さんとuno(IOSYS)

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Paul Richardson

Hi, I'm AceJay. I couldn't play enough BEMANI in America, so I moved to Japan. Started with DDR and IIDX, and still going strong after 12+ years. Also #1 SLAKE fan.

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