I haven't heard the new stuff but MGMT was pretty fun live.
I haven't heard the new stuff but MGMT was pretty fun live.
It'd be cool if Fuji could get guys like CYNE, Funky DL and Shing02 to play, but it's not like Nujabes had any special association with Fuji. But I just want to see those guys, period.
Mad Professor and Magma, the French prog rock band, are confirmed for Fuji.
My guess is Red Marquee late night for Mad Professor, and Orange Court for Magma.
I know it's more exciting to report bands that have been confirmed for Fuji, but here's bands that will not be playing Fuji. This Canadian festival was announced today and takes place on the same weekend. I'm thinking most of the board members will not be terribly dissapointed at the loss of these bands except of course for Arcade Fire.
Arcade Fire., Weezer, Pavement, Metric, The National, Deadmau5, Cat Empire, Keane, The Black Keys, Stars, The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Jimmy Cliff, Ariane Moffatt, Charlie Winston, Beach House, The Gaslight Anthem, Jamie Lidell, Robyn, Ian Kelly, Sarah Harmer, Frank Turner, Blitzen Trapper, Avi Buffalo, Bahamas et Amanda Mabro
Is that the full lineup or are there more to be announced (I can't read French!)?
(Edit: Nevermind, I just saw the official site, which says "More artists to come soon!" Ugh.)
I was kind of thinking that Stars and Metric might be a possibility because of the Broken Social Scene connection, and also because they are both "Smash bands," but there goes that. And this adds further credibility to my suspicion that Pavement are Summer Sonic-bound. Also, aren't Arcade Fire rumored for Lollapalooza as well? I guess that means they won't be playing any Japanese festivals this summer.
If I had my way, Fuji wouldn't conflict with any festival. But since that's pretty well impossible, given a choice, I'd pick this and Camp Bestival any day over the Lollapalooza conflict that Summer Sonic has to contend with. Or Pemberton for that matter (which had Fuji Rockers quaking with fear in 2008). Doesn't mean I'm thrilled to learn about these competing festivals though...
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There are a few mild to medium disappointments on that list for me -- Pavement, the Black Keys, the National, Beach House -- but nothing that's got me apoplectic.
Just a quick question - I've ordered the Fuji tickets through the link on the website (I'm not in Japan) and heard nothing back. Not an email or anything. It's been 24 hours. Am I jumping the gun a bit or does it take a few days for them to get back to you?
Damns Canada for being so big. Osheaga tends to be pretty good every year
You damn Canadians. First Pemberton in 2008 and now this. To be fair though, I'm sure that any ill will that Fuji Rockers harbor towards Osheaga is mutual. I don't imagine that Osheaga-goers are thrilled about Massive Attack and Broken Social Scene any more than we're thrilled about Arcade Fire and Pavement.
listenup - Sorry man, I live in Japan so I have no idea what it's like to buy tickets though ganban. Maybe gweilo or Cookieman can help...
It seems like they have changed the system. When I did it in 08, I had to do a TT though my bank, now it seems it is all done via Paypal, which should be easier in theory but who knows!?
All sorted. The order came through just after I posted.
Thanks for your help guys. Very excited now. Can't believe I'm finally doing Fuji Rock!
Guess I need to jump on tickets at some point. Didn't know they're working through PayPal now -- guess I need to get my account sorted out.
John Fogerty is playing Fuji. Personally, this will fall in the "haha, I might as well see him just for the hell of it" category, but man, this was totally unexpected...
John Fogerty is probably the only act in this update that qualifies as a big name, but they've beefed up the Field of Heaven / Orange Court portion of their lineup.
ASH / THE BAWDIES / BEARDYMAN / DIANE BIRCH / EGO-WRAPPIN' AND THE GOSSIP OF JAXX / GRAPEVINE / JAMAICA - Live / JOHN FOGERTY / kicell / LA RUDA / MAD PROFESSOR / MAGMA / MALLACAN / moe. / MORIARTY / OGRE YOU ASSHOLE / quasimode / SUPER JUNKY MONKEY / toyoda yuzo / TRICERATOPS
I'm personally excited about Moriarty. I know they might be somewhat obscure, but they were on my wish list, and I will definitely be seeing them. Moe, Ego Wrappin' and Diane Birch should also be solid.
Those crazy Japanese
"Ogre You Asshole is a Japanese rock band formed in Nagano, Japan taking influences from Modest Mouse, Fugazi and Talking Heads.
They were signed to major label VAP in 2009 and have been praised by the notable guitarist Johnny Marr."
Looks pretty good, actually.
Not really my cup of tea, but they've opened for like every conceivable indie band who's toured Japan.
I say "apparently" because I haven't seen this myself. The page is now under maintenance, possibly to delete Fuji Rock. So maybe this will fall through, maybe it was just a mixup and wasn't meant to happen in the first place, but if this is true, between them and John Butler Trio playing on Saturday, I don't really care if the headliner for that day ends up being someone lackluster like the Strokes or Arctic Monkeys.
Also, I've never been that big a fan of John Fogerty or CCR so he really isn't that high priority for me, but this will apparently be his first performance in Japan in 38 years. 38 fucking years. That's just nuts.
Roxy Music is interesting, though I actually don't know a lot of their stuff. And I am a CCR fan so will see Fogerty barring a major conflict. I wonder if you have to be an American to truly appreciate them, because they had such a prominent place in the '60s counterculture. Not that I was alive at the time.
Yeah, I suspect that Fogerty's popularity over here is considerably smaller than in the US. For his Japanese fanbase though, this must be like a dream come true. Most of them probably gave up hope that they'd ever be able to see him - I can only imagine how ecstatic they'll be. Not sure how many of them would be willing to make the trek to Naeba though. In any case, I'm really curious to find out where he'll be slotted.
It's a good question. I'm guessing a mid- to late-afternoon slot on the Green Stage. That's where they had Patti Smith last year.
That's actually my guess too, but my friend was betting on him headlining the Orange Court. I told him that Field of Heaven seemed more plausible than Orange, but he wouldn't yield.
I don't really have a whole lot to add at this point - I'm waiting for the fourth batch of bands like the rest of you, which probably won't come until next week. But I just noticed that Smash has their own YouTube channel now (although it's been up since last month).
Most of the videos are about Fuji Rock so far - typically just collages of random festival footage. Not the performances, but scenes of people dancing and chilling out and stuff. One video in particular might serve as a good primer for those of you who want to know what the vibe is like, taking you on a tour of most of the major facilities at the site. Of course, for the rest of us, all this will do is just add to our craving, making the four-month wait even more unbearable...
Awesome. I can taste the pork belly on a stick now....
great festival aside from the fact that they let in waaaaaay too many people and it rains waaaaaaaay too much........bring raingear if you camp.......last year it rained as soon as we go there and it did not stop for 24 hours