Performance Guests

The following is an archive of our 2021 performance guests:


Crimson Apple

CRIMSON APPLE is a pop-alternative band of four sisters who grew up on the beautiful island of Oahu, Hawaii. With a wide variety of influences, the band has been pushing the pop envelope, and their daring sound, paired with a charming sibling-dynamic, has taken the social media world by storm. 

While many assume that the sisters have been playing music together since birth, Crimson Apple formed in the summer of 2012. The girls have always viewed the formation of the band as an act of fate; Each sister picked up their respective instruments and found their love of music at different stages in their lives. One day, they realized that together, they made up the perfect pieces of a whole band. 

Since their formation, Crimson Apple has created a unique, powerful sound that is not only reflected in their music, but can also be felt in their hard-hitting live performances. This allowed the band to tour multiple festivals and venues across America, opening for major acts such as The Chainsmokers, Plain White T’s, and All Time Low. 

In 2020, the band started their own TikTok channel and saw immediate success as their second video went viral. Crimson Apple later landed a feature in an article by Variety, was selected to represent the category #AnimeTikTok in TikTok’s 2020 Top100, and today boasts 1.8 million followers on the platform. 

Having recently released fan-favorite singles, the band invites listeners to take another bite and hang on for the ride as they get back on stage and continue to push genre norms further. 

Cosplay Wrestling Federation

Are you ready to rumble? Returning for their second appearance at Queen City Anime Convention is the Cosplay Wrestling Federation. Featuring a unique blend of comedy improv and pro wrestling theatrics, CWF delivers a one of a kind show that has to be seen to be believed. CWF has been featured at Anime Expo, MAGfest, Sakuracon, and even on the Twitchcon exhibition stage.

Twitch: CWFNetwork

Twitter: @TheCWFUniverse

For the Love of Clod

Clod is reinventing the PLAY in cosPLAY by producing innovative character shows for anime and pop culture conventions. Their performances have been featured in conventions throughout the Southeastern United States and have garnered over a million views on YouTube.

Instagram: @for_the_love_of_clod.

James Landino

With over a decade of experience, James Landino is a leading force in video game music. He is a game composer and touring DJ bridging the gap of video games and electronic music together, amassing over 10 millions plays across multiple platforms.

His major composing credits include: Osu, DropMix, Cytus II, Amplitude HD, RWBY and Crypt of the Necrodancer. James has headlined during numerous events such as MAGFest, GDC, Anime Expo, Super Smash Con, Tokyo Game Show, and more. James has shared the stage with major Japanese acts such as Teddyloid, Taku Takahashi, and contributed official remixes for pop star Koda Kumi.

Cirque du Cosplay

Cirque du Cosplay is a Charlotte based group of ground based and aerial circus performers who love to cosplay! These performers take cosplay inspired acts into the air for an unforgettable and one of a kind show.

Instagram: @cirqueducosplayclt

Discordia Dames

Composed of Memphis Muerte, Lux Valentina, Sadie Mae Hem, May Hemmer, and Allison Wonderland, this troupe out of North Carolina has something to tickle every fancy. The Discordia Dames host a monthly show in Greensboro & the Discordia Days Burlesque Festival.

Instagram: @discordiadames

Kelly Kirstein

Kelly Kirstein’s experience spans several genres of performance, from representing the United States and placing as a semifinalist at Miss Supranational 2015, to working as an internationally published model and appearing in film and television work. She has worked for multiple companies through her entertainment background like Cartoon Network, Hot Topic and the Walt Disney Company. Kelly loves performing live at conventions, experimenting with new makeup looks and is proud to be a LGBTQIA+ cosplayer. 

Kelly will be performing as Evelynn in the K/DA Tribute Concert as well as hosting “It Gets Better: A LGBT Round Table”.

Professor Shyguy

Professor Shyguy’s music can be best described as; high energy, chiptune-electro-rocking, 8-bit, epically vocalized, highly danceable, theatrical nerd-pop. With Jonna doing projected visuals while on stage he sings 50% about video games and the other 50% is anything from Space/Time to English Language gymnastics. He is recently known as the singer for Starring Star on the Funimation dub of Dragon Ball Super. He has a new album out featuring guests such as Matt Mercer, Ashly Burch, Pyschostick, and more!  You might have also heard him on Kumail Nanjiani and Emily Gordon’s Podcast ‘the Indoor Kids’ or the Diamond Club podcast.  He has also made theme songs for the Angry Video Game Nerd, GuudeBoulderfist, This Week in Chiptune, PortsCenter, and more!

Raspberry Pie

Dubbed “Orlando’s #1 dance band” by Orlando Magazine, Raspberry Pie have been packing dance floors throughout the southeast since 2015. Composed of guitarist/vocalist Douglas Horne, keyboardist Ryan Goodwin, and their robot drummer CLYDE, Raspberry Pie are all about feel good songs with tasty grooves and sing along choruses. They have a reputation of starting nerdy dance parties everywhere from coffee shops to sold out clubs. They’ve headlined shows at Tampa Bay Comic Con, Atlanta Comic Con, Wisconsin Comic Con, WasabiCon, and Indiana Comic Con to name just a few, and released their new EP “Lunch Rush” in June of 2021.


Afrococoapuffs is a cosplayer and musical artist from South Carolina. You may know her from her viral hits “Cosplay” and “She Gon Be Black Today”! These songs and more will be released on her very first album. She most recently performed at Blerdcon but will be returning to the Carolinas for a live performance at Queen City Anime Convention. 

None Like Joshua

NLJ is taking over the internet with his music and EDM productions that anyone can dance and rock out to. According to FreshNewTracks, “he isn’t your average rapper. None Like Joshua comes in with a style like Mike Shinoda’s, but dreams further than the stars rapping over some of the hottest beats.” He’s also released a rap metal/nerdcore album, L33T, with the French band, Smash Hit Combo, which reached #1 on iTunes metal for France. He’s even performed in various cities and countries during his career; from Washington to Texas, Atlanta to New Orleans, and even across Europe in Amsterdam and London. With an upcoming EP, epic remixes, covers, and collabs on the way, NLJ is sure to give a show you’ll never forget. You can find his music at


NineLyoko, a.k.a. fka Tres, is a dj/producer based in Asheville, NC. He got his start in the video game remix scene back in 2014 and has since developed a passion for many electronic genres including Drum and Bass, House and Hardcore. Every mix he works on includes some measure of breakbeat sounds, reflecting his love for the Y2K DDR era of music and a love for the Tokyo club scene.


The word katakana means “fragmentary kana”, as the katakana characters are derived from components or fragments of more complex kanji. As such, his name and style of play make sense, having been derived from many artists and influences over the years. Katakana has been DJing for 10 years, pulling his own style of play from the likes of Ookay, Deadmau5, Flosstradamus, and Tha Trickaz to name a few. Always at home on stage, the variety of sounds he pulls from hip-hop inspired trap to trance will always keep you guessing for what’s yet to come.


Hailing from Raleigh, NC. Gauntlet has been creating and performing music for over 20 years. Constantly learning and developing new ideas and techniques to bring the best show he can. His music tastes are wide and you can expect to hear a style you enjoy when he plays; including: House, Techno, Dubstep, Trap, Drum & Bass, Synthwave, and Hip-Hop. He knows that the party starts with you and he’s going to keep the convo going while he’s on the decks.

Tokyo X Nova

TokyoXNova is a Dubstep and Future Bass music producer/DJ from Charlotte, NC that makes hype and energetic music with a melodic tone. His most popular song “Shogun” has taken people by storm with a theatrical samurai-mixed Dubstep song with a melody that will get stuck in your head. He also was showcased on the YouTube channel KawaiiBass using his song LoveStruck. And most recently created a Kawaii Future Bass EP with the same name that is rising to the top for its unique sound. And is now coming to Queen City Anime Convention to showcase his new music and excite crowds with his mixing skills!