With headliners like the Foo Fighters, Calvin Harris, Lourde, Bjork and LCD Soundsystem, Japan’s two big summer music gatherings are sure to draw a crowd once again this year.
Although the first of the two won’t being until late July, it’s never too early to start planning, and saving for, that big summer concert or two, especially if you plan to fly in from Korea or Okinawa. Japan’s two big music festivals, Fuji Rock and Summer Sonic, are currently on sale and much of the lineups have been announced, with more coming.
Fuji Rock will be the first to kick off, as the three-day festival runs July 28-30 at Naeba Ski Resort in Niigata Prefecture. Headliners at this show currently include: Gorillaz, Aphex Twin, Bjork, LCD Soundsystem, Lorde, Major Lazer, Queens of the Stone Age and The XX.
Summer Sonic will run Aug. 19-20 and include events in both Tokyo and Osaka. The headliners for the two days include: Calvin Harris, Foo Fighters, 5 Seconds of Summer, Charli XCX, Good Charlotte, Justice, Kesha, Liam Gallagher, Phoenix, R3hab, Royal Blood and Sum 41. There is also a smaller show, SonicMania, Aug. 18 in Osaka.
Visit the festival websites for more info on the full lineup and other ticket options.
Okinawa will host a pair of music festivals itself this summer. Once again, the Corona Sunsets Festival will return with fun, sun and of course, beer, on the beach. While the lineup is not yet set, tickets for the show at Chura Sun Beach near Naha Air Port are 4,000 yen for an advance one-day ticket (5,000 yen for a walk-up ticket) and 6,000 for both days (July 8-9).
Also in July, those stationed on Okinawa will have a chance to check out many local musicians at the Peaceful Love Rock Festival, a free show July 8 at Koza Music Town near Kadena Air Base.
DATES: July 28 – July 30
WHERE: Naeba Ski Resort in Niigata Prefecture
HEADLINERS: Gorillaz, Aphex Twin, Bjork, LCD Soundsystem, Lorde, Major Lazer, Queens of the Stone Age, The XX
lineup: The Amazons, Asgeir, Bonobo, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Chronixx, Dats, DGYL, Eden, Elvin Bishop, Father John Misty, Goldroom, Grapevine, A Guy Called Gerald, the Hiatus, The Lemon Twigs, Lukas Graham, Maggie Rogers, The Marcus King Band, Never Young Beach, Nina Kraviz, Rag’N’Bone Man, Rhye, Sampha, Sturgill Simpson, Temples, Train, Troyboi, Western Caravan, and more.
- 1-day 17,000 yen-19,000 yen ($150-$170)
- 2-day 32,000 yen- 36,000 yen
- 3-day 39,800 yen- 43,000 yen
DATES: Aug. 19 – Aug. 20
WHERE: Tokyo & Osaka
HEADLINERS: Calvin Harris, Foo Fighters, 5 Seconds of Summer, Charli XCX, Good Charlotte, Justice, Kesha, Liam Gallagher, Phoenix, R3hab, Royal Blood, Sum 41
lineup: Blood Orange, Circa Waves, Communions, Daya, Declan McKenna, Dua Lipa, Fear, and Loathing in Las Vegas, G-Eazy, Jose James, High Tyde, Honne, Kehlani, Kungs, Lany, New Found Glory, Nulbarich, Pennywise, Pikotaro, Pong, Suchmos, The Struts, Sundara Karma, Whitney, Zara Larsson, and more.
- 1-day 16,500 yen ($150). Platinum tickets 30,000 yen
- 2-day 30,500 yen
- 1-day 14,000 yen. Platinum -25,000 yen
- 2-day 25,500 yen