"Together, we can show how great idols can be!"Welcome to Texas Idol Festival's official carrd! This is your ultimate source to finding out information about our upcoming idol festivals and related events around Texas and the US.

Welcome to the Festival!

Texas Idol Festival (TIF) is a Texas based organization made up of prominent, passionate members of the western Japanese idol culture community. Our goal is to spread awareness of Japanese idol culture and give Texas based, national, and international idol talent opportunities to perform in a unique, community-like concert format.

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About Us

Texas Idol Festival (TIF) is a Texas based organization made up of prominent, passionate members of the western idol culture community. Our goal is to spread awareness of idol culture and give Texas-based, national, and international idol talent opportunities to perform in a unique, community-like concert format.In 2016, our founders Martha and Nyaru began attending anime conventions across Texas and the United States, hosting idol festivals, informative panels about idol culture, and idol dance gatherings. TIF has also helped other idol festivals and our affiliates host idol panels and events across the country. Currently, we officially hold events at 5 Texas based anime conventions.We strive to give an accurate representation and spread awareness of idol culture. We go by our motto "Together, we can show how great idols can be" as a promise to bring the idol community together. We aim to show the passion, beauty, and raw, growing talent that makes idol culture amazing. We hope you can join us in our mission and to see you at one of our events soon!


Event FAQ

What is Texas Idol Festival?Texas Idol Festival (TIF) is a Texas based organization made up of prominent, passionate members of the western Japanese idol culture community. Our goal is to spread awareness of Japanese idol culture and give Texas based, national, and international idol talent opportunities to perform in a unique, community-like concert format. Read more about us here
What is an idol festival?An idol festival is an event where idol talent, from soloists to groups, come together to perform on a shared stage. The goal of an idol festival is to not only bring multiple sub-idol communities and fans together, but to also bring idol talent together as a community to share the passion and excitement of idol culture. We heavily inspire our idol festivals based off Tokyo Idol Festival, the worlds largest and longest idol festival.
How do we run TIF?Our idol festival is typically a two hour long event that hosts seven different idol soloists and groups to perform on stage for 15 minutes at a time. All organization of the festival from managing the performers to providing information about the performers is done through our main organizers. What makes our festival unique is we require all performers to learn a dance for a special final number at the end of the festival. A new dance is picked for every event and symbolizes the unity of the idol community.
What happens before the idol festival?We go through four phases in order: Audition, Judging, Announcement, and Preparation. In the Audition phase, we hold a audition process where soloists and groups can audition to be considered as part of the official lineup. Auditions forms are done through Google Forms and are posted 3-5 months prior to the event. In the Judging Phase, the organizers come together for the judging phase. You can read more about how we judge the auditions in the Audition FAQ below. In the Announcement phase, we contact each audition to confirm acceptance or rejection. We then announce our official lineup for the festival through social media and add lineup to any websites if requested. Finally, in the Preparation phase, we begin working one-on-one with performers to help them understand our guidelines, requirements, and work on the final dance number. To help assure a smooth experience, we make a handbook specifically for each festival that includes event information, due dates, important reminders, recommendations, tips, etc. for the performers to refer to and make their experience smooth.
What happens during the idol festival?Before the festival, we begin by setting up 1-2 dress rehearsal times to run through each performer's audio, make sure everyone can get a feel of the stage. and communicate with audio, video, and other staff to ensure communication on what is required. These rehearsals can last to 1-4 hours depending on time given. Once it comes time for the main festival, we gather all the performers an hour before to get them settled backstage or in an a specific area, go through our final number, double check audio, and make final preparations before the big show. Once everything checks out, we begin!
What happens after the idol festival?The festival doesn't have to end just yet. If the opportunity is given by the event, we host a Idol Meet and Greet where the audience can meet the performers face to face, get pictures, sign autographs, buy merchandise, and shake hands just like idols in Japan! This is typically scheduled two to three hours after the festival to allow performers time to rest, eat, and prepare merchandise tables/setups.
How many idol festivals have you hosted?Texas Idol Festival has currently hosted 15 idol festivals at 6 different conventions around Texas since 2016. You can find more information about our history and major achievements here.
I'm interested in having TIF host an idol festival at my convention. How can I get in contact?You can contact Texas Idol Festival via e-mail at [email protected]. If you would like to contact the orgnaizers directly, you can contact staff members listed on our contact page. For more information on contact, click here. Please allow 24-48 hours to be contacted back from all contacts.
Can staff members of TIF participate in the festival?Only two members of TIF staff are allowed to perform per festival. This is to ensure unbiased selection during the judging phase and allow staff to focus on organizing/running the festival on-site and off-site. However, in situations where the audition processes warrant low numbers of submissions, more than two staff members may be allowed to perform. TIF Staff will make it clearly known when a staff member is participating as a performer during any promotion.

Audition FAQ

HOW DO YOU JUDGE THE ENTRIES?After closing submissions, the organizers come together for the judging phase. We judge the auditions based on location (local to area and out of state/country have priority), quality of information provided (well written biographies, professional pictures, social media(s), etc.), quality of performance video example(s), social media following (all platforms are considered), if they have previously contributed to the community other than performing (hosting panels, dance workshops, cosplay and dance gatherings, etc.), and professionalism/past performances/behavior/etc. in previous TIF events.
CAN THE SAME PERSON APPLY MULTIPLE TIMES AS A SOLOISTS AND MEMBER OF A GROUP?While we understand circumstances of people being soloists or part of multiple groups, we can only allow one person to apply under two different projects. For example, Chika can apply to TIF as a soloist and as a member of Aqours, but cannot apply as a soloist, a member of Aqours, member of CYaRon, and member of Love Live! All Stars in one festival. This is to ensure unbiased judging and emphasize that the more times you submit yourself under different projects, you do not have a better chance of being selected. We understand this rule can be difficult to understand, so please e-mail us at [email protected] if you need further explanation.
DO I SUBMIT AS A SOLOIST OR GROUP?This depends if you want to perform by yourself or in a group. If you wish to perform by yourself, select soloist. If you wish to perform with a group consisting of 2 or more members, select group. If you select group, please give an exact number of members who will be participating the day of the festival. Accuracy will help us immensely.
WHAT IS A STAGE NAME? CAN I PUT MY REAL NAME?A stage name is a name assumed for professional purposes by an actor or other performer! You are free to submit a stage name or your original name. This will not effect your audition.
WHAT OTHER KIND OF INFORMATION DO I NEED TO PROVIDE?You will need to provide the following information: a bio/description, a high quality image of you and/or your group (logos accepted), and social media links that represent you or your group. Bio, Picture, and Social Media Links will be used for convention websites to display your information to our attendees. Depending on event, this information is subjected to change. We will email you if any information is missing or does not meet our criteria. You will have to resubmit with correct information.
CAN I PERFORM OTHER ASIAN GENRES LIKE K-POP?Of course! We love to see different types of idol performances from our applicants! During the judging process, we take into account what types of songs each applicant would bring to the table, that way we won't have a festival that's only kpop or only anime idols.
CAN WE SUBMIT VIDEO(S) ONLY SHOWING A FEW OF OUR MEMBERS?We ask all video being submitted to us show all members who will be participating at the festival. This will help us during our selection phase. If a group video cannot be provided under difficult circumstances, please provide different videos that showcase the participating members.
AM I REQUIRED TO LEARN THE FINAL NUMBER?All performers who audition and accepted are required to learn the final number dance we selected for any festival. During the convention, we will set up practices times to be able to go over the dance you learned. You are also required to come to those practice times. If you come and do not have the dance down, you will not be able to participate in the final number and this will effect your future submissions to any Texas Idol Festival related event. We highly recommend to start learning the dance before or after you submit your audition. Please do not wait until you are accepted to begin learning the dance.
HOW MANY GROUPS AND SOLOISTS WILL YOU ACCEPT?We accept up to 7 total acts for a 2 hour time slot. Depending on the event, time available and number of submissions, these numbers are expected to change. We will post our final lineup as we get closer to our event. Keep up to date with who performs on our Facebook and other social media! Note: We limit the number of anime based idol groups depending on how many submit. So far, we only accept 2 per festival. This is subjected to change depending on theme of the festival and number of submissions we receive
WHAT ABOUT MY PERFORMANCE TIME AND SETLIST?Like mentioned before, we generally have a 2 hour time slot for the whole festival. We divide up the time between 7 acts which allows a 15 minute time limit for each act. Most of our performers have been able to fit 3 full songs and their introduction talk/MC within that time. However, you can use this time however you like as long as it is under 15 minutes! After being accepted, you will be asked to turn in a setlist of the songs you are performing in order along with the audio files. We will not accept YouTube ripped audio. Please provide the highest quality audio you can provide. IF THERE ARE ANY SONG CONFLICTS, IT MUST BE SORTED OUT BETWEEN THE ACTS. TIF STAFF WILL ONLY GET INVOLVED IF AN AGREEMENT CANNOT BE MADE.

Still have a question? E-mail us at [email protected]!

History of Texas Idol Festival


Major Achievements
-Debuted at San Japan 009
-First Idol Festival in San Antonio, TX
-First Idol Festival in Texas
-First Idol Festival in United States of America

Major Achievements
-Began Partnership with AnimeCTX and IKKiCON
-First Idol Festival in Round Rock, TX
-First Idol Festival in Austin, TX
-First Out-Of-State Idol to Perform in TIF
-First Official Livestream of a TIF Event
-Introduced "Meet and Greets"
-Debuted "Idol Culture 101" and "Wotagei for Dummies" panels

Major Achievements
-Began partnership with Project: A-Kon and Delta H Con
-First Idol Festival in Fort Worth, TX
-First Idol Festival in Houston, TX
-Held first two day Idol Festival at IKKiCON

Major Achievements
-Began Partnership with Okashicon
-Had the most festival applicants in TIF history

Major Achievements
-Began Partnership with Anime North Texas
-First Online Idol Festival

Major Achievements
-Merged with Kira Kira Entertainment
-Hired on new staff members
-New Logo

Major Achievements
-Held First in-person festival after 1.5 years
-Held First mini TIF at MochiFest in San Antonio
-Shine Your Light Idol Festival at Delta H Con

Major Achievements
-Onsen Fantasy Idol Festival at Ikkicon
-Collaborated with Idol Nani to hold the first WeebCon Idol Festival

Contact Us

Thank you for reaching out to us! If you have any questions or inquires, please click on an icon to redirect you to our social media profiles and e-mail. You can also contact the co-founder individually below.
Please allow 24-48 hours for response time from all contact sources.

Texas Idol Festival
Idol Festivals, Events, and Panels
E-mail: [email protected]
Co-Founder & Co-Chair
E-mail: [email protected]