ATARASHII GAKKO! Wows Audience of 12,000 at First Ever Budokan Concert


The vocal-dance group ATARASHII GAKKO! made their global debut in 2021 on the 88rising label, which promotes Asian music and culture to the world. The four members have continued to attract attention over the past few years, recently performing on NHK’s New Year’s staple Kohaku Uta Gassen for the first time and starting their own TV show. On January 9, the group held its first concert, SEISHUN SHURAI (Youth Invasion),  at Nippon Budokan.

When the first notes of Tokyo Calling began playing, all 12,000 fans in attendance instantly reached maximum excitement as they focused their attention on the 360-degree stage. The LED lights covering the stage began to shine and the members, clad in red sailor uniforms, appeared to the sound of wild applause.
After performing Toryanse, a new song released from embargo just before the start of the concert, and thePineapple Kryptonite Remix, the members began a brief MC, eager to address and thank the audience. “All of you fans out there, can you see us in all 360 degrees? We’ve dreamed of the day that all four of us would be here, standing on our own feet on this legendary stage.”

After a short intermission, the group moved on to a block of songs appearing on their first and second albums, including Night Before the Exam, Tomei Boy, Koi Geba, and other fan favorites, followed by a medley featuring Freaks, NAINAINAI, and other songs released following the group’s international debut in 2021. Rin performed finger drumming and the members amused fans with a cover of the Beastie Boys’ classic Intergalactic while wearing traffic guard costumes.

The audience’s excitement only continued to grow as the girls called out, screaming “Budokan, here we go!” before breaking into an intense performance of Saisyu Jinrui filled with head-banging and shoulder rides. During the last part of the concert, ATARASHII GAKKO! performed their new song BORN TO BE FREE!!!! for the first time. The track’s fast-paced sound immediately captured the hearts of fans, and the girls closed the main event with SEISHUN WO KIRISAKU HADO, an extremely popular song at their live performances.

The first encore song, unsurprisingly, was OTONABLUE, the global hit that has pulled in over 3.3 billion views on TikTok. The audience cheered, joining in with the viral ‘neck swing’ dance during the chorus.

During the final MC portion, there was a tearful moment in which Suzuka cried and hugged the other members. “I don’t want anyone to suffer alone,” she said. “We’re all here together. Thank you all so much.”

The group’s first concert at Nippon Budokan ended with Mayoeba Toutoshi, known as a common final song at ATARASHII GAKKO! concerts. “If you ever feel lost, you can always rely on us–on our concerts, our videos, and everything else,” Suzuka said.

Along with the announcement of a new fan club, the group’s first fan club tour, which will visit five prefectures, was announced during the show. Additionally, the new song Toryanse will be available to stream on January 26.


  1. Tokyo Calling
  2. Giri Giri
  3. Toryanse
  4. Pineapple Kryptonite (Yohji Igarashi Remix)
  5. Night Before the Exam
  6. Sekigae Gattuso
  7. Tomei Boy
  8. Koi Geba
  9. Dokubana
  10. Shiritai
  11. Freaks
  13. Fantastico
  14. Pineapple Kryptonite
  15. Intergalactic
  16. Saishuu Jinrui
  17. Janaindayo
  18. BORN TO BE FREE!!!!


  2. Que Sera, Sera
  3. Mayoeba Toutoshi

■Celebrating the 1st Budokan Concert! ATARASHII GAKKO! WOWOW Special
To commemorate the group’s performance, WOWOW will stream the concert and feature ATARASHII GAKKO! for three consecutive months. In February, a music video collection will be aired covering the group’s past activities, and in March, a ‘Special Edition’ will be broadcast featuring footage from the January 9 Budokan performance along with interviews with each of the members.

Special Site

<Fanclub Information>

<Tour Information>
May 5, 2024 Zepp Fukuoka
May 6, 2024 Zepp Osaka Bayside
May 9, 2024 Zepp DiverCity
May 16, 2024 Zepp Sapporo
May 28, 2024 Zepp Nagoya

Available: January 9 ~ January 31, 2024 at 23:59
Where to Buy:

<New Song Information>
Toryanse – ATARASHII GAKKO! (Digital Single)
Release Date: January 26, 2024