Why JYJ’s Japanese Charity Concert Can’t Find Venue


JYJ is holding a charity concert in Tokyo, Japan on June 7th. This event is organized to help support the people who were hurt by the tsunami and earthquake attacks in March. But with less than a month to go, JYJ’s management agency C-JeS Entertainment has only announced the date without yet finalizing the location of the concert.

The reason is quite complicated. JYJ, comprised of former DBSK members, originally sold tickets with plans to hold the concert at Yokohama Arena. But the venue abruptly canceled the agreement, and the group had to change the location to Saitama Arena. However, the same thing happened again and JYJ was told the arena would not be available for their concert.

This issue is closely related to A-Vex Entertainment, JYJ’s former management agency in Japan. Last October, A-Vex announced they would ban all JYJ promotions in Japan. It was later reported that the management agency sent official requests to both venues not to rent out their respective arenas to JYJ after hearing news of the charity concert. As a result, JYJ and the main organizer of the event filed a complaint to the Tokyo District Court accusing Avex of wrongfully interfering with their concert.

Following consecutive cancelations, JYJ was on the verge of canceling their charity event, but C-JeS Entertainment decided to proceed with their original concert plans.

“We’ve confirmed on a new concert location. The place will be announced through SNS channels to each individual ticket holder. It might cause some sound issues since the concert will take place outdoors, instead of an indoor arena as originally planned, but we decided to put on the show for the fans who have been waiting for so long (for the concert),” an official from JYJ said.

Baek Chang Joo, the head of C-JeS Entertainment, wrote on JYJ’s official Japanese website, “I would like you to take this concert not just as a one-time event—rather it’s something that signifies the start of JYJ’s Japanese promotions. The concert venue might be a bit poor in quality but I hope you understand our sincerity and continue to support us.”

Ironically, on June 7th, JYJ will go head to head against their former group DBSK who is also scheduled to perform in Japan at a joint K-Pop concert featuring 2PM, T-ara, 4Minute, and MBLAQ. 

Source: Sports Chosun