"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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    Events & Auditions


    ConventionLocationDateAudition Link
    Anime CTXAustin, TXMay 24-26, 2019TBA
    Project: A-KonFort Worth, TXJune 27-30, 2019TBA
    San JapanSan Antonio, TXAugust 30 - September 1, 2019TBA
    Delta H ConHouston, TXSeptember 20-22, 2019TBA
    IKKiCONAustin, TXTBATBA

    About Us


    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.

    In 2016, our founders, Milky Kitty and Martha Marie, 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 Japanese idol culture. We go by out motto "Together, we can show how great idols can be" as a promise to bring the idol community together and 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!

    Informative Panels


    Idol Culture 101
    Status: Completed
    Description: Okay. So you've seen Love Live. Maybe some Idolm@ster. But what are idols anyway? What do they do? And why are there so many? These questions and more will be answered here, and you'll have a chance to dive into Japanese pop music history. Maybe you'll find that you're an idol fan already!

    Wotagei for Dummies
    Status: Completed
    Description: Never tried Wotagei, but would like to learn the basics? Come join the Texas Idol Festival as we explore the basics of Wotagei in the Idol Culture. Don't forget to bring your penlight or light stick if you have one!

    Audition FAQ


    QuestionAnswer
    DO I SUBMIT AS A SOLOISTS 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?Our mission is to spread awareness of Japanese idol culture while giving Texas based, national, and international idol talent a resource to perform in a unique, community-like, concert format. While we accept a variety of Asian genres, we ask a majority of your song selections be from Japanese idol genre or J-Pop to fit our mission. However, if a K-Pop song has a Japanese version, you may perform the song.
    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.
    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, this number is expected to change. We will post our 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, number, and kinds 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
    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 performed with us in the past, and if they have previously contributed to the community other than performing (hosting panels, dance workshops, cosplay and dance gatherings, etc.).

    Still have a question? E-mail us at texasidolfestival@gmail.com!

    History of Texas Idol Festival


    Timeline

    2016

    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

    TitleConventionLocationDate
    Texas Idol FestivalSan Japan 009Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center in San Antonio, TXSeptember 3rd, 2016

    2017

    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

    TitleConventionLocationDate
    Anime CTX Idol FestivalAnime CTXMarriott Austin North in Round Rock, TXAugust 5th, 2017
    Texas Idol Festival Vol. 2San Japan XHenry B. Gonzales Convention Center in San Antonio, TXSeptember 2nd, 2017
    IKKiCON Winter Idol FestivalIKKiCONRenaissance Hotel in Austin, TXDecember 30th, 2017

    2018

    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

    TitleConventionLocationDate
    Texas Idol Festival H₂IDOLProject: A-KonFort Worth Convention Center in Fort Worth, TXJune 9th, 2018
    Anime CTX Summer Idol FestivalAnime CTXMarriott Austin North in Round Rock, TXJune 30th, 2018
    Beat the Heat Idol FestivalDelta H ConHouston Marriott Westchase in Houston, TXJuly 14th, 2018
    Texas Idol Festival: M@GICAL IDOLSan Japan XIHenry B. Gonzales Convention Center in San Antonio, TXSeptember 1st, 2018
    IKKiCON Winter Idol FestivalIKKiCONRenaissance Hotel in Austin, TXDecember 29th- 30th, 2017

    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 founder and co-founder individually below.
    Please allow 24-48 hours for response time from all contact sources.

    Texas Idol Festival
    Idol Festivals and Panels
    E-mail: texasidolfestival@gmail.com

    Alana Saldana (Milky Kitty)
    Founder
    E-mail: milkykittychu@gmail.com

    Martha Marie
    Co-Founder
    E-mail: marthacmarvelous@gmail.com