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    Re: Fuji Rock Festival 2015

    Having a look at Noel's tour dates he's playing a bunch of shows in Japan next month so I don't think adding him is going to sell many tickets, makes him even more of a lackluster headliner.
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    Oh dear, that's fairly uninspiring! I wonder if that means Johnny Marr also plays that day and makes a guest appearance as he plays on Noel's new album and they seem to join each other onstage fairly...
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    Hey hachi08, welcome to the thread!

    Modest Mouse was previously announced on the lineup for a new Canadian fest on the same weekend as Fuji so I don't think we'll be seeing them.
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    Yes!! Not overly familiar with the rest but Flume is fairly popular over here and seems to be on loads of lineups.
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    Thanks for the info gweilo, I'll pass on it on so hopefully they can find somewhere if they decide to buy tickets.
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    Blue Stapler, you might be interested in this. Not cheap but a really well put together reissue that I think is worth the money. The The is a band I'd love to see play but I've given up hoping it...
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    Whoa, stoked about Ride but not sure what to think about Motorhead but I think I'm excited to see Lemmy show the kids a thing or two about rock! So are either of these two being labeled as the third...
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    Ah, didn't realise they were so popular in Japan. I read an article about the new album and it said they started recording some of these songs in Hong Kong when they had some down time after shows in...
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    Interesting news, I think they'd be a pretty good get for Fuji as a few other festival headliners announced recently haven't been all that original or inspiring. I reckon Fuji have probably spent a...
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    On the subject of theme parks has anyone been to the Fuji Q Highland one? Looks like it is a bit of a mission to get to from Tokyo but some of the roller coasters look fairly impressive.
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    I did a quick comparison of last year's lineups and a couple of bands played both (St Vincent, Slowdive) so maybe we shouldn't write them all off just yet. Also, 4 bands from Pitchfork also played...
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    This new fest on the same weekend as Fuji has just announced their lineup so we can count all of these bands out, not really sure how many would be potential Fuji Rock acts but I was kind of hoping...
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    Don't even joke about that shit, they're playing here on the weekend and I'm not talking about some crappy club, they're playing the Perth Arena that has a capacity of ~14,000 believe it or not....
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    But you were the one wishing for Rick Astley and Debbie Gibson...
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    I'd be happy if all those bands are playing as in the last week I've managed to miss all 3! I really enjoyed Caribou's White Stage set in 2012 so I'd be happy to see them play again, maybe a bit...
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    I guess they wanted to boost the line up just before tickets go on sale to generate more interest. Anyway, definitely an improvement.
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    Thanks for the info but this is my biggest concern as we'll probably be spending a few days in Tokyo beforehand and then somewhere else afterwards so it might end up being easier to get a Japan rail...
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    Seeing as I live in Perth and have been to Margaret River many times this has certainly piqued my interest! By the way do you or anyone else have much experience with hiring a car and driving in...
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    For those interested in the layout of the festival this will give you a good idea. I don't know why this info is no longer available on the updated website but it doesn't seem to change so even...
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    The front entrance was where I was thinking as there is only one and it isn't that big so even first timers can't miss it! And looks like there might be a few forum members going this year so should...
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    The festival site is spread out along a valley so no ski lifts involved, just a lot of walking. There is a cable car called the Dragondola that takes you to the top of the mountain but that's more of...
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    Yeah, 500 yen from Echigo Yuzawa to Naeba but free for the return trip I think I read
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    Not really once you know how it works. You need to get to Echigo Yuzawa train station and you can do that by catching the shinkansen from Tokyo station, the journey takes up to 90 minutes depending...
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    Just did a quick search of train fares for that same day and costs about AU$150 return for a reserved seat on the Tokyo to Echigo-Yuzawa shinkansen, so even when you add the new shuttle fee and any...
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    By the way for those of us coming from overseas it looks like this year they've added a direct bus service to and from the festival departing from Shinjuku station. Getting there by train isn't too...
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    Ha, and less drunk!! Well, they're still drunk but everyone is super nice and not being wankers.



    Seriously, we were blown away by how clean it is. Never in my life have I been to a festival...
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    I don't imagine so, has it ever completely sold out Blue Stapler? In 2012 (highest ever attendance I think) a friend happened to be in Tokyo on business a few days before and tried to buy a 1-day...
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    Add to that two arena rock acts that I'm guessing are also fairly popular in Japan do you think we're looking at a packed out Fuji? If so I really hope they're rebuilding that bridge to the Oasis/Red...
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    I'm with you on the headliners Electrotek, will watch Foo Fighters but I've never been interested in Muse. That will be a good night for exploring the other end of the valley! Don't know The Bohicas,...
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    Not blown away by the first announcement as Foo Fighters and Muse are fairly safe headliners, and no real undercard wow names for me. I saw Happy Mondays at Coachella a few years ago and Shaun Ryder...
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    So Foo Fighters, Muse, The Bohicas, Cera, Happy Mondays, FKA Twigs, Of Monsters and Men, Sheena Ringo...

    Edit: and Todd Rungdren
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    Fair point but I don't think they were headliners for all three, plus they seem to have a special relationship with Fuji so I think they're an exception!

    To be honest it makes more sense for Bjork...
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    I've just noticed that Johnny Marr has a Tokyo date on 28th July so does that mean there's no way he's playing (radius clause/fest exclusivity and all that) or is that not really such an issue with...
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    She played in 2013 so probably too soon for a return trip
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    I think advance tickets are slightly cheaper but you're buying before most of the line-up is released, general tickets go on sale when you know more acts. At least that's how I remember it but could...
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    Thanks Blue Stapler, no doubt the English website will finally be updated when the first announcement is made.

    Johnny Marr might be an outside chance, his just announced Australian dates have him...
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    What the...? Any update on general ticket sales as I thought they started around the same time as the first announcement?
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    Were Ride that popular in Japan to subheadline the main stage? I figured their reunion would be a much bigger deal in Europe to be able to justify that Primavera spot but not so much in Japan. I'll...
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    Well, that certainly helps!! Looks like Wada Lodge is on the main road from Echigo-Yuzawa to Naeba so you should be able to use the shuttle bus to get to and from the festival as I seem to remember...
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    Beef Jerky, we haven't camped but from what we saw you're on the side of a hill and you'll more than likely get rained on so certainly not a nice flat and dry Coachella polo field. And we saw quite a...
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    Hey Gweilo, good idea about using Google translate to email lodges, although I've found it can mangle the translation between English and Japanese so would definitely be best to keep it simple.


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    Hey aliceb,

    We looked into the ticket/accommodation package option in 2012 but it just seemed way too hard, in the end we concluded that it wasn't really open to overseas visitors. You'll find...
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    I see they've started releasing some festival dates for next year with a new album and live show coming too, Don't Think shows they have a fondness for Fuji so here's hoping they'll be back!
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    I really hope you're right on this one as I think we're about to lock in a return to Fuji. If they ever made it to Oz they'd probably skip Perth so would be very excited if they are on the line up.
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    Re: Fuji Rock Festival 2014

    I think the general consensus is that the last line up wasn't that great so hopefully next year is better!

    When we went in 2012 I tried finding packages but couldn't really find anything in...
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    Hey aliceb,

    They should start releasing the lineup in late February with general ticket sales starting after that, but I think there is usually an early bird ticket sale a few weeks beforehand so...
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    You can also try this one for a list of places that are supposedly foreigner friendly and are therefore more likely to reply in English as this is the biggest issue for booking somewhere to stay....
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    Just read this article that suggests numbers were way down this year (102,000 compared to 118,000 last year and 140,000 in 2012) so they really need to bring back that bridge if they're expecting...
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    Whoa, this got off to an early start!

    We've actually been talking about a return to Fuji, next year might be it if we can get organised early enough to book somewhere closer than where we stayed...
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    Re: Fuji Rock Festival 2014

    That story was published in 2011 when those acts played Jisan (and some at Fuji) even though they're showing 2014 dates so you don't have to worry about seeing them at Fuji this year!
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