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    The Three Species of Fujirockers


    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.


  • Shibuya-Kei Fans Rejoice: Cornelius And Kenji Ozawa

    The innovators of Shibuya-kei, Flipper's Guitar featured Kenji Ozawa and Keigo Oyamada (Cornelius)

    The innovators of Shibuya-kei, Flipper’s Guitar featured Kenji Ozawa and Keigo Oyamada (Cornelius)

    When the line-ups for each day of this year’s Fuji Rock Festival arrived, fans of Shibuya-kei got a surprise – Keigo Oyamada, better known by the name Cornelius, and Kenji Ozawa would be playing on the same day, Saturday. They were the core of the band Flipper’s Guitar, an outfit founded in the late 1980s that set the pace for one of Japan’s most exciting homegrown genres of the ’90s by taking ideas from obscure styles of music (Parisian pop, tropicalia records, all sorts of forgotten British bands) and introducing them to a new generation of listeners. The pair laid the way for artists such as Pizzicato Five, Fantastic Plastic Machine and Kahimi Karie to gain attention for a sound out of time – one so popular in the hip Shibuya district that it was called “Shibuya-kei.”


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    Why choose Fuji Rock?


    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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    Why Music Festivals Matter


    Festivals existed long before Woodstock discovered mud wrestling and are no different than regional events like tractor pulls and cake bakes which basically are around to mark the dull passage of time. Such events also serve to pair adolescents from similar socio-economic groups, hoping that courtship will end in copulation to propagate the culture of the dominant group and thereby continue traditions such as blueberry pies and mint juleps.


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    The New Wave Of Japanese Rock At Fuji Rock 2017

    Never Young Beach

    Never Young Beach

    Although there remains just over two months before the 2017 edition of Fuji Rock kicks off, the poster for this year’s gathering has come together quite nicely. A few stories become clear within its somewhat trippy illustrations — Shibuya-kei cornerstones Cornelius and Kenji Ozawa appear on the same day; a healthy amount of groups have reunited and are making triumphant returns to Naeba (LCD Soundsystem, The Avalanches); electronic acts lean towards the darker side. READ MORE

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    Fujirockers English Blog Is Go!


    In today’s latest line-up annoucement Fujirock has confirmed Radwimps onto the bill.  If you’re unfamiliar with the band, they’ve been a fixture of the mainstream Japanese music scene for the past decade, but it was their work on the recent smash movie “Your Name” which has catapulted them to huge success and popularity. READ MORE

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    How to Apply for Rookie A Go-Go

    • April 6, 2017 ● Bands


    Outside the main festival gates at Fuji Rock you may find yourself wandering back to your tent, hotel or hostel one summery evening when the sound of a band calls out to you on your left.  Dazed and sweaty from a headline show at the Green Stage, you’re still aching for something else to keep the buzz going, so you follow that sound and step through the mouth of a giant, fiery skull to find yourself at the Rookie A Go-Go stage, a magical musical space which has been showcasing unsigned bands at Fuji Rock since the beginning of this millennium.


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    Fuji Rock 3rd Line-Up Announcement

    • March 31, 2017 ● Bands



    If you’ve been playing the game of looking to see who’s dropping records this year and therefore might be out on tour, you’ll most likely have been mulling over whether Gorillaz could be persuaded to play Japan after the band’s near 6-year hiatus.  Well, good news: the band will be playing as main headliners at the festival this summer!


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    Fuji Rock 2017 Second Line-Up Announcement

    • March 10, 2017 ● Bands


    The latest artists announced for this year’s festival include a number of Japanese artists as well as overseas acts.  Here’s our Top 3 overseas artists from this announcement worth checking out.


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    Fuji Rock 2017 Tickets On Sale Feb. 18th

    For those of you eagerly awaiting ticket sales for this year’s festival, only a few days are left!

    Below are the keys things you need to know about buying tickets for this year’s Fuji Rock.