Announced yesterday at a handshake event at the Yokohama Arena, AKB48 will be going on a national tour throughout August visiting 13 cities but that’s not all. Just before going on tour, AKB48 will be stepping up from venues where they usually perform to actually holding 3 concerts at the Seibu Dome in Saitama from July 22nd to 24th. AKB48 members have always wanted to perform at the Tokyo Dome so I’m taking that the group’s management will see how things go at these 3 concerts first. If they sell out easily then performing at the Tokyo Dome will become a reality sooner rather than later. Performing in front of 15,000 people at venues is the norm for AKB48 so to try a concert where the capacity is 35,655 for a baseball game is a huge step for them. I’ve no doubt that tickets will be sold out for the 3 dates.
Here are the tour dates for the group which will no doubt be an emotional experience for them on the 12th August where they visit Sendai.
August 1st – Fukuoka Palace Hotel & Hall
August 2nd – Kagoshima-shi Minbunka Hall
August 4th – Kouchi Kenritsu Kenmin Bunka Hall
August 8th – Tottori Yonago Convention Center
August 10th – Aomori Bunka Kaikan
August 12th – Sendai Sun Plaza
August 15th – Hiroshima ALSO Hall
August 17th – Niigata Kenminkaikan
August 19th – Hokkaido Nitori Bunka Hall
August 22nd – Toyama Aubade Hall
August 24th and 25th – Nagoya Kokusaikaigi Century Hall
August 29th – Shiga Kenritsu Geijutsu Theater Biwako Hall
August 30th and 31st – Kobe Kokusai Kaikan Kokusai Hall