Celebrate summer at a music fest

by Shoji Kudaka
Stripes Okinawa

The rainy season on Okinawa officially came to an end June 16. And it ended with a bang! Over a couple of days toward the end of the season, heavy rains splashed down to give the island one last hard time before the heat of the summer.

According to the Okinawa Regional Headquarters of the Japan Meteorological Agency, July is the sunniest month in Okinawa with a yearly average of 25 days of the sunny stuff. In the mainland, which is still splashing through rainy season, August marks the highlight of summer (and heat), as far as fine weather is concerned.

But let’s get Okinawa and summertime in July! I guess a lot of you are already busying making a list of things to do during the hot summer days. But if you allow me share a piece of advice as an Okinawan, let me say music festivals should definitely make the list!

Just like Fuji Rock Festival and Summer Sonic are major features of summer in the mainland in late July and August, music festivals take place in Okinawa in early July to set the mood for the hot days.

If you are one those people who can’t wait to dance to music every weekend, I strongly suggest going to the Okinawa Chura SUN Beach on July 2-3 to enjoy the Corona Sunsets Festival. Since its first installment in Ibiza, this unique music festival, which is dedicated to sunsets on the beach, has seen a success in UK, Canada, Mexico, Austria and mainland Japan.  

Artists from home and abroad will take the stage to entertain audiences with various genres of music, including surf, club, dance and funk. Come to Okinawa Chura SUN Beach, known as one of the best sunset spots on the island, to discover the perfect tune for your beach party anthem.

Rock music fans, you should check out the Peaceful Rock Festival 2016, scheduled at the Okinawa City Outdoor Stage near Kadena Air Base on July 9-10. If you think the music scene on Okinawa is all about classic folk songs, you’ll be in for a surprise when you check out this concert. From young artists who are known for recent smash hits in Japan to hard rockers you may be familiar with from Gate 2 street bars, performers at this concert will prove why Okinawa continues to produce so many talented rockers.
 
Let the beat take you to the climax of the Okinawan summer!

kudaka.shoji@stripes.com

PEACEFUL LOVE ROCK FESTIVAL 2016

Location: Okinawa City Outdoor Stage (2-1-1 Moromizato Okinawa city, Okinawa 904-0032)
Date: July 9-10 (Saturday and Sunday)
Time: 1:30 p.m. (venue opens at 1 p.m.)
Admission Fee: 3,500 yen for 1 day; 6,000 yen for 2 days. For a day-of-performance ticket, a fee of 500 yen will be added to the price of advance tickets.
URL: http://peaceful-love-rock.com/info-english_2016.html
http://kozaweb.jp/park/index.html
Artists scheduled to take the stage: Orange Range, D-51, Kiiyama Shouten, MURASAKI, JET, SHEENA & THE ROKKETS, Freddie Eto & Queeness,
Katchan Band, SidewaysSpecialBand and more.

CORONA SUNSETS FESTIVAL

Location: Okinawa Chura SUN Beach (5-1 Toyosaki, Tomigusuku city, Okinawa 901-0225 near Naha Airport)
Date: July 2-3 (Saturday and Sunday)
Time: 2 p.m. (venue opens at 1 p.m.)
Admission Fee: 4,000 yen for 1 day; 6,000 for two days
URL: http://corona-sunsets.jp/
Tickets are available at: http://iflyer.tv/en/CoronaSunsets2016/
Artists scheduled to take the stage: UA, Laid Back, Felix Da Housecat, Claptone, Pillow Talk, Donavon Frankenreiter, MOODYMANN, Kenny Dixon Jr., DaM-Funk and more.

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