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Japan's Festival Season Shapes Up

TOKYO (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — This is going to be a big summer in Japan for festival fans. Like many other places, Japan is experiencing a festival Renaissance, with the number of events quickly growing. Two mainstays of the festival scene there are The Fuji Rock Fest and Summer Sonic.

The Fuji Rock Fest will take place from July 27-29 at the Naeba Ski Resort at Yuzawa-Machi, Niigata, Japan. Tickets are on sale now: A 3 day pass will cost about ¥39,000 (340 dollars US.)

The lineup for this year so far includes Akainu, The Answer, Ash, The Ataris, The band apart, Battles, Blonde Redhead, !!!, clammbon, Clap your hands say yeah, The Cure, Fountains of Wayne, G. Love & Special Sauce, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, HiGE, Iggy & The Stooges, The John Butler Trio, Jonathan Richman, Joss Stone, Justice, Kaiser Chiefs, Kemuri, Kenichi Asai, Kula Shakur, Less Than Jake, Marva Whitney with Osaka Monaurail, Mika, Muse, DJ Nori, Railroad Earth, Ratatat, The Shins, Shonen Knife, Simian Mobile Disco, Space Cowboy, Switches, Takkyu Ishino, Yo La Tengo, Your Song is Good. More to be announced.

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And then in August on the 11th & 12th, the Summer Sonic Festival will be in full effect. Taking place at two locations, Osaka & Tokyo, tickets are on sale now, ¥27,500 for two days (About 230 USD).

This year's feature artist will be the Arctic Monkeys and the rest of the lineup includes: Avril Levigne, Gwen Stefani, Sum 41, Travis, Goo Goo Dolls, Fall Out Boy, Sugar Ray, 120 Days, Cobra Starship, CSS, Don Johnson Big Band, Gym Class Heroes, Interpol, Klaxon, Maximo Park, Ok Go!, The Horrors, The Stranglers, The Young Punx, Arctic Monkeys, The Offspring, Kasabian, Avenged Sevenfold, Bloc Party, Cyndi Lauper, DJ Shadow vs. Cut Chemist, Motorhead, Bright Eyes, Does it Offend You, Yeah?, Enter Shikari, Goose, Jose Gonzalez, MTRKFFT, The Draytones, The Enemy, Fratellis, The Sunshine Underground, Tilly & The Wall and more.

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– CelebrityAccess Staff Writers