Sunday 15 August 2010

Fuji Rock Festival 2010 Day One

by craig

Getting to Naeba early on Thursday was a good idea. We found a good campsite and thoroughly enjoyed the opening party. We joined the bon-odori for a bit, watched BEARDYMAN, MUSTANG and NARASIRATO PAN PIPERS at Red Marquee and danced to JAMAICA, MYSS and other DJs in the mud and rain at the Ganban stage.

We managed to stay dry in our tents and even get some sleep.
Day One started off with the wonderful HIKASHU at Orange Court. Fun, good-humoured avant-garde new-wave performance with funky dance moves, Jew's harp and theremin action from singer Koichi Makigami.

Mud, mud everywhere. Enjoyed MIIKE SNOW at Red Marquee, before heading to White Stage to watch (mostly) instrumental bands TOE and JAGA JAZZIST. Despite the rain, Jaga Jazzist was my fave act for day one. Beautiful blend of jazz, experimental, electronica and post-rock - like a danceable Tortoise. The excited bearded drummer got the crowd wild and everyone was bopping in their raincoats.

I stayed under the dry roof of the Red Marquee for a while and caught THE XX and BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE. Good stuff. Passed by Green Stage where MUSE were doing their awful stadium rock thing. Amazing light show, man..

Made it to White before !!! came onto stage. Wow!!! They had us all dancing and going crazy!!! Psyched up for all-night Fuji, we headed to Orange Court. Cool lights, man.

FISCHERSPOONER did a cool drunken electro/house DJ set. Everyone was dancing and as KEN ISHII came to the decks, even more people piled in to dance the morning away. Can't remember what I did next, but I'm sure it involved dancing in mud.

Review/pictures of Day Two coming soon!

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