Quirky schoolgirl pop group Atarashii Gakko! joins Maho Rasop

Photo: Atarashii Gakko!! / Facebook
Photo: Atarashii Gakko!! / Facebook

A J-pop girl group known for their sailor outfits and elaborate dance choreographies will be making their Thailand debut at this year’s Maho Rasop Festival.

Atarashii Gakko! is one of the second wave of artists announced over the weekend for the two-day international music festival in early December.

The four-member girl group are best known for donning their iconic sailor-style school uniforms, super catchy tunes, and elaborate dance performances.

Their name literally translates as “New School Leaders,” and consists of four members, Mizyu, Rin, Suzuka, and Kanon. Their varied personalities and high-energy dance routines have garnered a large following online.

In 2021, the band signed onto Asian-American label 88rising, joining a roster of globally-recognized Asian artists such as Rich Brian, Joji, Niki, and Thailand’s very own Milli.

Other second phase artists announced for the festival include Japanese-American singer Michael Kaneko, Taiwanese percussionist L8ching, and UK jazz musician Kamaal Williams. More local acts are also joining the already massive lineup including Zweed N’ Roll, Thaiboy Digital, and Numcha.

The newly announced acts join previously announced artists including headlining acts British punk group Idles, Canadian dream band Alvvays, and pop punk band Interpol.

The electronic music platform Boiler Room will also make their return with their own stage for two days, with the festival promising “a dynamic blend” of international and local DJs.

Maho Rasop’s fourth edition will take place Dec. 2-3 at ESC Park in Rangsit. Phase 1 tickets are on sale now through Oct. 31 for THB4,490.

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