C-ute, a sub-unit pop group under the Hello! Project umbrella, has announced plans to hold their very first performance at the Nippon Budokan arena. The concert will be called “The Day of Cute” and is scheduled to be held on September 10th, 2013.
C-ute currently consists of five female members from the Hello Project! franchise. They made their major debut back in 2007 and that same year, won Japan’s Best New Artist award. The very next year, the group was nominated for (but didn’t win) Japan’s most prestigious music award, the Grand Prix. Since then, they’ve quietly acquired a dedicated fan base and has seen moderate success.
Members of C-ute were at a launch event in a Yokohama mall when they suddenly heard the voice of their producer, Tsunku, being broadcast over the nearby speakers. He said he had an important announcement to make. C-ute members appeared to be confused by the voice, and acted slightly frightened. When later questioned about their reaction, they were quoted saying, “We didn’t know if he was going to announce a dissolution of the sub-unit or a planned graduation of one of the members“.
After hearing the announcement and subsequent news regarding future plans to hold a Budokan concert just for the sub-unit, the girls shouted & jumped for joy. “After hearing the news, I want to fly!” member Mami Yajima said when asked. The Budokan concert will take place after their July 5th ℃-ute Cutie Circuit ～ Voyage to Paris ～ event which will be the first time the group performs overseas. The girls are excited yet nervous about performing outside of Japan, but they promise to give it their best. Tickets for the Paris concert go on sale April 8th and will be 38 Euros (roughly $49 USD).
You can watch the members reactions and surprise upon hearing the good news below:
Source: Yahoo.co.jp (Japanese)