Across Japan, the June rainy season is about to give way to summer’s searing heat that kicks in come July. That means one thing to music fans: Festival season is getting into full swing.
This year, The Japan Times picks out the best of the bunch — whether it’s Kazuyoshi Kushida, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu or Kraftwerk that gets your mercury soaring.
These extravaganzas on the festival circuit have been drumming up publicity via social media for months with line-up announcements, and each one grabs annual attendances of more than 100,000.
The first to take place will be Fuji Rock Festival (July 27-29). Since relocating in 1999 to its present home of Naeba, Niigata Prefecture, new stages have been added regularly to the venue, making it Japan’s largest festival. This year’s main draw is Britain’s Radiohead, who will headline the final day’s program on Sunday night. In fact, the headlining slots are pretty much a U.K. rock lover’s dream (though I wish Blur or Pulp could’ve made the bill) with former Oasis singer Liam Gallagher’s new band Beady Eye, and the recently reformed Stone Roses anchoring Friday’s lineup; and The Specials and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds taking the main Green Stage on Saturday. It’s unlikely that Liam and Noel will cross paths, as the brothers are reportedly not on speaking terms — but if there’s ever a chance for drama it’s more likely at Fuji.
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