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    Fujirocker’s Seven Tips for Extreme Festival Fashion


    We all know what we’re supposed to wear! But will your breathable waterproof hiking wear inspire naughty looks from appealing strangers? Will your neck towel help you stand out in a crowd of 40,000? Will that sensible all-weather hat get you onto other people’s Instagrams with the hashtag #onlyatfujirock?

    There is no problem if you bring sunscreen and sturdy shoes, but remember that Fujirock is a party! So we put together this lookbook of Fuji Rock’s best dressed, and it was just as easy as perusing the people photos in the “More Fun” section of last year’s FujirockExpress.com. So get ready, this goes way beyond band t-shirts. Below we’ve selected seven of the top looks / bits of advice so you too can join Fuji Rock’s best dressed.

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    Stage line-ups announced, including POW, Gypsy Avalon, etc.


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    Well the big news today is that the line-up for all of the stages has been announced. For me, it’s always a heartbreaking moment as I begin to make dreaded schedule decisions, writing off some bands that I would love to see but would be logistically impossible.

    For example, it’s gonna impossible to catch both Gorillaz (Green) and Queens of the Stone Age (White) on Friday night without running your ass around and being content with half-sets from each band. But then again,having an abundance of choice aint such a bad thing.

    Further complicating matters comes from the myriad of other stage announcements which came out today like Palace of Wonder, Naeba Shokudo, Mokudo Tei, Gypsy Avalon, Pyramid Stage, etc. All of these acts are worthy of your time and attention. But if you see have to see one act these stages, I think it’s gotta be Big Willy’s Burlesque This fella sure puts on a helluva show and really gets the place steaming.

    Let’s hear it from you…. who are you gonna see.. or to put it another way who are you gonna miss?

    Text: Sean

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    The Three Species of Fujirockers


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    Fujirock has many sights and not the least of them is the people. The smiling crowds are invariably a wild mix of personalities, fashion and music tastes. However, after a few trips to the festival I find there are some broad categories that we can assign people to, based on how they approach the festival.

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    Why choose Fuji Rock?


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    A few days ago my colleague Sean touched on why music festivals matter, in this post I’m going to tell you why you should make Fuji Rock the one festival that matters the most. There are a number of ways you can spend your hard earned money and time this summer, so why choose Fuji Rock? The Japan summer festival season is impressive. There are loads of festivals and/or concerts you can attend, great bands and DJs you can take in every weekend this summer. READ MORE

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    Not a Walkabout: Lots of Music Without Alot of Work


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    Let’s be honest, you can probably have a pretty good festival just sitting on your ass in front of the Green Stage. By my estimation, a good number of people (dare we say the majority) actually do just this. On Friday, a nice lineup of Boredoms < Biffy Clyro < Jake Bugg < James Blake < and Sigur Ros aint a bad way to pass the day. READ MORE

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    Korean Reggae! Interview with NST & The Soul Sauce


    Or should that be the “Seoul” Sauce?

    Japan has had a strong reggae and ska scene for decades, and Fuji Rock has always been one of it’s major showcases. But Korean reggae? Yes, it exists. And now Fuji Rock has that too.

     

    NST & The Soul Sauce is an eight-piece band based in Seoul, South Korea, will make their first visit to Fuji Rock this year, playing on Saturday 7/23 at the Cafe de Paris (1pm) and Crystal Palace tent (3:15am).  Though the band was formed last year as a recording project for Korean recording industry veteran — and a man with a silky smooth voice — Noh Seon Teck, the sound they came up with had so much style and swagger they couldn’t just call it a day. So they kept going, gigging around Korea, and now making their first visit to Naeba. To find more about the band, the Korean reggae scene, and the state of Rastifarianism on the Korean peninsula, I caught up with the guys over email for this interview.

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    Packing in, and packing out!


    The most lively discussion on my Facebook page right now is where to buy this collapsible wagon? As you can imagine, it will be a terrific help when it comes to lugging camping gear, and even more importantly, hauling your stuff out of the festival. Don’t be a bad camper and leave your tent and sleeping pad behind for others to clean up! Now that you’re gonna pack in and pack out, lets go over what to bring.
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    We’ll start with the basics which i distilled from the official website:
    Raincoat (no umbrellas allowed on the festival site)
    Hand towels (good for sweat, bathing in creek, etc.)
    Extra clothes (band t-shirts only take you so far)
    Hat (fashionably keeps sun/rain away)
    Portable ashtray (Smokers only)

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    Party All the Time! Miniscule of Sound


    Fuji Rock’s most exclusive party space is the Miniscule of Sound which sits majesticaly alongside shipping containers and at tire swing at the Palace of Wonder. Punters can queue upwards of an hour for a visit which may last no longer than a Kylie Minogue extended play single. Fuji Rockers was given exclusive access, behind the velvet rope.

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    Where will Wilco play?


    I’m giddily anticipating the return of Wilco, a band  the New Yorker billed as standard bearer of American music for the past two decades (read it here). And judging by this short video, Wilco seems equally psyched about returning to Fuji Rock. Getting Wilco to perform is no simple task as the band is so popular + profitable they don’t need to do much international touring, though you would never know this based upon frontman Jeff Tweedy’s rumpled attire. So Wilco will be back, but where will they be playing? This question has been killing me because scheduling dictates how long of a set a band can play. And if you’re a mega fan like me, you want to savor every single minute of their set. READ MORE

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    Beck to headline Fuji Rock 2016


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    2nd appearance for Beck at FUJI ROCK FESTIVAL 2016

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