Friday, 26 May 2017

Music Festivals 2017

Here are some of the best festivals coming up in summer and beyond, all accessible from Tokyo.

TAICOCLUB
May 27, 28
Beautiful and fun camping festival in Nagano.
@ Kodama no Mori Campsite, Nagano
Lineup: Acid Arab, Battles Bibio, Cero, Clammbon and more.
Tickets: ¥14,000
Day OneDay Two

COLEMAN OUTDOOR RESORT PARK
May 27, 28
Free outdoor, camping, food and music festival
@ Meiji Jingu Gaien, Tokyo
Lineup: bird, bunbuku, Michael Kaneko, The Natsuyasumi Band, Yasei Collective, more
Tickets: Free entry
Day OneDay Two

SHIMOKITAZAWA SOUND CRUISING
May 27, 28
Wander around Shimokitazawa checking out up-and-coming indie bands.
@ various venues in Shimokitazawa, Tokyo
Lineup includes 100s of local bands like Gezan Mass of the Fermenting Dregs, Tempalay, skillkills.
Tickets: ¥5,900, day only ¥4,800, night only ¥3,000
Details

OOO! Vol. 6
June 3
Chaotic experimental event at a live house and studio in Shinjuku.
@ JAM, Shinjuku, Tokyo
Lineup: Kuruucrew, Blackphone666, T. Mikawa (Incapacitants) x Kazehito Seki, The Dead Pan Speakers, Foodman, more.
Tickets: ¥2,500 advance, ¥3,000 door
Details

THE CAMP BOOK 2017
June 10, 11
Friendly camping festival with Japanese artists in the mountains.
@ President Resort Karuizawa, Gunma
Lineup: SOIL & "PIMP" SESSIONS, Seiko Oomori, never young beach, D.A.N, more
Tickets: 1 day ¥7,500, 2 days ¥14,000
Day OneDay Two

SPRING BREEZE
June 11
Urban festival in a park near Ginza.
@ Hibiya Open Air Concert Hall, Tokyo
Lineup: Ame no Parade, DATS, DYGL, Tensai Band, Humbert Humbert, bonobos
Tickets: ¥3,500
Details

TOKYO BOREDOM
June 17
Crazy Tokyo bands at a live house and studio in Akihabara.
@ Club Goodman, Akihabara, Tokyo
Lineup: SAYUU, Energish Golf, Elephant Noiz Kashimashi, Bossston Cruizing Mania, Compact Club, more
Tickets: ¥1,000
Details

YATSUI FESTIVAL
June 17, 18
Wander around the love hotel district of Shibuya checking out a wide range of Japanese artists.
@ various venues in Shibuya, Tokyo
Lineup: 100s of local bands including Urbangarde, Shibusashirazu Orchestra, toddle, Negicco, Puffy, more.
Tickets: 1 day ¥6,800, 2 days ¥12,500
Day OneDay Two

SATANIC CARNIVAL
June 17, 18
Sold out urban festival of Japanese pop-punk bands.
@ Makuhari Messe, Chiba
Lineup: coldrain, Ken Yokoyama, Oi-Skall Mates, Mongol800, Garlicboys, more
Tickets: sold out!
Day OneDay Two

TONOFON FESTIVAL
July 25
Chilled-out day in Saitama with some quirky Japanese pop bands.
@ Tokorozawa Kōkū Kinen Kōen, Saitama
Lineup: Shugo Tokumaru, Nikaido Kazumi with Gentle Forest Quintet, never young beach, Open Reel Ensemble, Ide Kensuke to Bosen
Tickets: ¥4,500
Details

ZIPANG
July 24, 25
Dance music based festival near Tokyo.
@ Shirahama Flower Park, Chiba
Lineup: Dachambo with Saori Kanda, Killer-Bong, Bryan Burton-Lewis, DJ Shhhhh, Gonno, more
Tickets: ¥7,000
Day OneDay Two

SASAKURE FESTIVAL
July 8
Small one-day event at a club in Shibuya.
@ Womb, Shibuya, Tokyo
Lineup: Zazen Boys, Dotama, imai (group_inou), Kindan No Tasuketsu, more
Tickets: ¥3,800
Details

GFB '17
July 15, 16
Otherwise known as Goose Fresh Beat or Tsukuba Rock Fes, a nice and cheap camping festival in Tsukuba.
@ Tsukuba Auto Camping Ground, Ibaraki
Lineup: avengers in sci-fi, Homecomings, Owarikara, Denims, Chiina, Chai, Marquee Beach Club, more
Tickets: 1 day ¥5,500, 2 days ¥10,500
Day OneDay Two

NATSUBIRAKI MUSIC FESTIVAL
July 15, 16, 17
A family-friendly festival, also held in Osaka and Fukuoka.
@ Tokorozawa Aviation Memorial Park, Saitama
Lineup: Soil & "Pimp" Sessions, Rhymester, Pushim, Nabowa, more
Tickets: 1 day ¥4,500, 3 days ¥12,000
Day One, Day Two, Day Three

RURAL
July 15, 16, 17
Electronic music camping festival up in Nagano.
@ Uchiyama Camping Village, Nagano
Lineup: GAS, Svreca, Roly Portwe, Solar, DJ NOBU, Felix K, Sapphire Slows, more
Tickets: ¥15,000
Day One, Day Two, Day Three

PEANUTS CAMP
July 22, 23
A cute camping festival in Chiba with a very Shibuya-kei lineup this year.
@ Ichihara Auto-camp ground, Star Village, Chiba
Lineup: Hideki Kaji, Bridge, Konishi Yasuharu, Keiichi Sokabe, more
Tickets: 2 days ¥13,000, 1 day ¥7,000
Day One, Day Two

FUJI ROCK FESTIVAL
July 28, 29, 30
The mother of all music festivals in Japan in a beautiful location with international and domestic artists over multiple stages.
@ Naeba Ski Resort, Niigata
Lineup: Gorillaz, Aphex Twin, Bjork, Queens of the Stone Age, LCD Soundsystem, Lorde, more
Tickets: 1 day ¥18,000, 2 days ¥34,000, 3 days ¥39,800
Day One, Day Two, Day Three

ROCK IN JAPAN
August 5, 6 + 11, 12
Huge festival over 2 weekends featuring popular Japanese artists.
@ Kokuei Hitachi Seaside Park, Ibaraki
Lineup: B'z, Love Psychedelico, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, Polysics, Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra, more
Tickets: 1 day ¥13,000, 2 days ¥24,500, 4 days ¥42,000
Day One, Day Two, Day Three, Day Four

METEO NIGHT
August 5, 6
Some of Tokyo's most interesting experimental bands between 3 venues in the same building.
@ O-West/O-Nest/7th Floor, Shibuya, Tokyo
Lineup: Groundcover., Limited Express (has gone?), Lostage, Energish Golf, Oshiri Penpenz, aoiswimming, more
Tickets: 5th ¥3,500, 6th ¥3,800, 2 days ¥6,000
Day One, Day Two

WORLD HAPPINESS
August 6
This year is the 10th anniversary of this urban Japanese festival.
@ Kasai Rinkai Koen, Tokyo
Lineup: Denki Groove, Hana Sekitori, Towa Tei, Taiiki Okazaki, Zombie-Chang, more
Tickets: ¥10,800
Details

SUMMER SONIC
August 19, 20
Large urban festival with a lineup covering a wide range of genres.
@ ZOZO Marine Stadium & Makuhari Messe, Chiba
Lineup: Cavin Harris, Foo Fighters, Black Eyed Peas, Man With A Mission, Kasabian, SUM41, more
Tickets: 1 day ¥16,500, 2 days ¥30,500
Day One, Day Two

SONIC MANIA
August 18
All-night event the night before Summer Sonic.
@ Makuhari Messe, Chiba
Lineup: Kasabian, Liam Galagher, Justice, Orbital, Perfume, Denki Groove, Shobaleader One, !!!, more
Tickets: ¥11,500
Details

HOSTESS CLUB ALL-NIGHTER
August 19
All-night event during Summer Sonic.
@ Makuhari Messe, Chiba
Lineup: Mogwai, Ride, The Horrors, Beak, Cigarettes After Sex, Blanck Mass, Matthew Herbert, more
Tickets: ¥9,500
Details

SWEET LOVE SHOWER
August 25, 26, 27
Three-day festival presented by Space Shower with popular Japanese artists.
@ Yamanakako Exchange Plaza Kirara, Yamanashi
Lineup: Elephant Kashimashi, Kana-Boon, [Alexandros], Cornelius, never young beach, more.
Tickets: 3 days ¥28,000, 2 days ¥19,000, 1 day ¥10,000
Day One, Day Two, Day Three

TOKYO JAZZ FESTIVAL
September 1, 2, 3
Indoor and outdoor jazz festival with paid and free performances.
@ NHK Hall/Yoyogi Park/WWW/WWWX, Shibuya, Tokyo
Lineup: Chick Corea, Amore&Lulu, The Danish Radio Big Band, Al Di Meola, Peter Erskine, more
Tickets: various prices, some free
Day One, Day Two, Day Three


BAYCAMP
September 9
Japanese rock bands in a park in Kawasaki.
@ Higashi Ogishima East Park, Kawasaki
Lineup: Awesome City Club, BIGMAMA, The Birthday, cinema staff, Creepy Nuts, Czecho No Republic, more
Tickets: ¥8,500
Details

NATSU NO MAMONO
September 10
Eclectic lineup of Japanese artists in a park in Kawasaki.
@ Higashi Ogishima East Park, Kawasaki
Lineup: Guitar Wolf, BiS, Mikami Kan, Tomovsky, Ningen Isu, more
Tickets: ¥8,000
Details

LOUD PARK
October 14, 15
Big heavy metal festival near Tokyo.
@ Saitama Super Arena, Saitama
Lineup: Michael Schenker Fest, Alice Cooper, Anthem, Apocalyptica, Cradle of Filth, Opeth, more
Tickets: TBA
Day One, Day Two

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