A line-up that’s hard to say no to: Foo Fighters, MUSE and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds are headlining the 19th Fuji Rock Festival at the Naeba Ski Resort this July 24-26, 2015. These three headliners pack arenas with their individual sets and soon they’ll all be performing in one on weekend at the biggest summer outdoor festival in Japan.
Foo Fighters once came close to our shores with a show in Singapore in March 2012 yet it was cancelled as Dave Grohl was ordered by his doctor to rest his voice. The Philippines last saw Foo Fighters in 1996, where they headlined alongside Beastie Boys and Sonic Youth. Now the band is touring their recent album called Sonic Highways, an offspring from the HBO Documentary of the same name highlighting the band’s journey for inspiration across America.
MUSE has been to Asia many times, the first in Singapore in 2007. Their last gig in Southeast Asia was five years ago for The Resistance Tour and it has been five years since the region had the chance to see them again. They just released 2 new singles called, “Psycho” and “Dead Inside” for their upcoming album “Drones” set to release this June 2015.
Noel Gallagher has performed countless times in Japan. His last performance in Fuji Rock was as recent as 2012, and has also played a concert in Tokyo last April to tour his latest chart-topping album “Chasing Yesterday“. As one half of the famous Gallagher brothers and touted as the main songwriter of the legendary British band Oasis, a lot of fans who want to experience that Oasis vibe one more time should see him.
These three are more than enough for a music fan, but they are just the headliners among over 200 artists set to perform in over a dozen stages at Fuji Rock.
It’s going to be a music buffet as other noted performers are Johnny Marr, Motorhead, The Vaccines, ONE OK ROCK, dedmau5, Belle and Sebastian, Boom Boom Satellites, Todd Rundgren, Ryan Adams, RIDE, Sheena Ringo, Of Monsters and Men and Hiromi Uehara The Trio Project are just a few of a line-up that’s still getting bigger.
Getting to Fuji Rock Festival is an adventure in itself; travelling by bullet train from Tokyo to Niigata Prefecture, taking the shuttle bus to the festival grounds, camping out in the mountains of Naeba and seeing all the best artists in one weekend, it offers fans more than just music. If you’re keen on making this happen, start planning now. Fuji Rock Festival’s website has detailed instructions on how to get to the festival. Being one of the most well-known, organized and cleanest festivals in the world, the only problem you’re going to have is choosing which artists to see in so little time. Fuji Rock Fest is something a true music fan must experience at least once in their lives.
For more details on Fuji Rock Festival check out http://fujirock-eng.com/
Tickets for buyers outside of Japan, please go here.
*Foo Fighters photo taken from FooFighters.com