Mainland Japan to host Dylan, Kendrick Lamar & more
published: April 09, 2018
With headliners from Bob Dylan and Kendrick Lamar to Chance The Rapper and Nine Inch Nails, 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 27-29 at Naeba Ski Resort in Niigata Prefecture. Headliners at this show currently include: Bob Dylan & His Band, Kendrick Lamar, N.E.R.D., Skrillex, Vampire Weekend, Chvrches, Jack Johnson and MGMT.
Summer Sonic will run Aug. 18-19 and include events in both Tokyo and Osaka. The headliners for the two days include: Beck, Nine Inch Nails, Chance The Rapper, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Marshmello, Shawn Mendes, Queens of the Stone Age, Bullet For My Valentine, and everybody’s favorite - Nickelback.
There is also SonicMania, which takes places Aug. 17 in Tokyo.
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, the July 14-15 event will take place at Churasun Beach near Naha Air Port.
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 14 at Koza Music Town near Kadena Air Base.
Dates: July 27 – July 29
Where: Naeba Ski Resort in Niigata Prefecture
Headliners: Bob Dylan & His Band, Kendrick Lamar, N.E.R.D., Skrillex, Vampire Weekend, Chvrches, Jack Johnson, MGMT, Brahman, Odesza, Years & Years, Anderson Paak & The Free Nationals, Carla Thomas, Greensky Bluegrass, Hothouse Flowers, James Bay, Superorganism, Tune-Yards, Western Caravan, Parquet Courts
• 1-day: 18,000 yen-20,000 yen ($160-$180)
• 2-day: 32,000 yen- 36,000 yen
• 3-day: 39,800 yen- 45,000 yen
• Campsite: 3,000 yen per person
• Parking: 3,000 yen per vehicle per day
Dates: Aug. 18 – Aug. 19
WHERE: Tokyo & Osaka
HEADLINERS: Beck, Nine Inch Nails, Chance The Rapper, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Marshmello, Shawn Mendes, Queens of the Stone Age, Bullet For My Valentine, Nickelback, Paramore, St. Vincent, Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park, Friendly Fires, Tame Impala, Thundercat, Flying Lotus 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
Dates: Aug. 17
Headliners: Nine Inch Nails, My Bloody Valentine, Marshmello, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Flying Lotus
Tickets: 12,000 yen