Around the concourse, 10 performance stages are placed each by different curators, and they’re surely ready to rock you! Let’s introduce them one by one.
Curated by the band cryv and Hosei University’s Boogie Circle, their stage is always full of new “Alternative” surprises. Fans of “Japanese girly alternative” must look out for new heroines kyojaku and Tenkousei! The former is an extremely over-the-edge instrumental band, and the latter is a mysterious young singer-songwriter who sings introspective pop songs with a “moe” voice.
Curated by staffs from one of the notable local live houses Hearts. This year they bring along HIKASHU, one of the three great “techno-pop” legends running from the 80s to present. You won’t see that legend in such a small distance…except here! A band with psycho-tough rockin’ attitude GEZAN from Osaka, will also take the stage with ultra-violent power! Beware!
Fresh lo-fi alternative pop bands are brought together by one of “new” curators. good-bye! see you again!! (or Sayonara Mata Kondone, in a Japanese pronunciation) took the stage of RO69 this summer with low tension, and surprisingly won the victory! They are surely to be the next indie pop supremacy. Uminote, a band formed by prolific lo-fi king Sasaguchi So-On Harmonica, will grab your fresh heart too.
Oh my God, you’ve gone, a loud-rock sensation from the city of oceans Kamakura, curates this stage besides performing on it. Qomolangma Tomato, veterans with some major hit releases, tops the bill. This is loud! Truly LOUD!
Glamorous club/techno sounds dominate this stage. Will (M)otocompo, who created “art” at the stand on last year’s festival, do another special thing again? Glam-girls THE LADY SPADE, cute-technopop masters THE APRILS…all acts will make you come!
Guruguru TV w/ (m)otocompo (YouTube)
Main man from Mortar Record, one of the central components of Saitama indie scene, curates this stage. Full of fresh acts each with different sounds…you’ll find your new heroes on this stage!
Completely unplugged but unquestionably rockin’ solo acts gather here, all goin’ buzzin’ around today’s Tokyo acoustic rock scene. Katan Hiviya and Seiko Omori are starting to get some international attention, and this is a rare chance to catch them live bringing “warm sounds”!
A mysterious stage mainly filled by tender songs and voices. You may know names of akarinote, you can and HARCO, but you won’t enjoy their nice songs in such a hot place until now! A voice familiar with lots of commercials and CD releases, HARCO is sometimes called Gilbert O’Sullivan of Japan, and you’ll admit that on this stage.
Guruguru TV w/ HARCO (YouTube)
For placements of these and other stages on the concourse, please refer to the official site.