Hanshin Contents Link Corporation, the master licensee of the Billboard brand in Japan, has announced its third domestic Billboard Live club — Billboard Live YOKOHAMA — is set to make its debut in spring 2020.
Opening its doors in 2007, the Billboard Live Tokyo and Osaka clubs have hosted a wide array of internationally renowned artists from Steely Dan to Burt Bacharach, Herbie Hancock, George Clinton, Lauryn Hill, Jimmy Cliff and more, in addition to domestic heavyweights like Koji Tamaki and Keisuke Kuwata of Southern All Stars.
The latest venue, with a seating capacity of 300, will launch in the up-and-coming Kitanaka area of Yokohama — adjacent to the vibrant Minato-Mirai commercial and business district — currently under a large-scale redevelopment project with ongoing construction of hotels, apartment complexes and commercial buildings. Kitanaka is also set to be the new home for Yokohama City Hall.
With a floor space of approximately 1,000 square meters, the club will be housed in the newly restored former Yokohama Raw Silk Inspection Office affiliated Warehouse B and Warehouse C, certified as historic buildings by the City of Yokohama. The interior design will be helmed once again by architect Yukio Hashimoto, who worked on the Tokyo and Osaka clubs, as well as Billboard cafe and dining.
“We are thrilled to be expanding the Billboard Live clubs franchise to Yokohama with Hanshin Contents Link Corporation,” said Andrew Min, SVP of Business Development and Licensing for Billboard. “The Billboard Live clubs offer a unique and immersive opportunity for people in Japan to experience the Billboard brand.”
The opening lineup will be announced in the future.