FUJI ROCK FESTIVAL is an annual rock festival held in Naeba Ski Resort, in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. This year, the festival is going to take place on Fri, July 24, Sat, July 25, and Sun, July 26, 2015. The three-day event, organized by Smash Japan, features more than 200 Japanese and international musicians, making it the largest outdoor music event in Japan. In 2014, more than 100,000 people attended the festival.
Fuji Rock Festival is named so because the first event in 1997 was held at the base of Mount Fuji. Since 1999 the festival has been held at the Naeba Ski Resort in Yuzawa, Niigata.
There are seven main stages and other minor stages scattered throughout the site. The Green stage is the main stage and it has a capacity for almost 50,000 spectators. Other stages include the White Stage, the Red Marquee, Orange Court, and Field of Heaven. The walks between some of the stages can be long, and some of the trails can be hilly, but the walks are beautiful, often taking you through forests and over sparkling streams. Dragondola – the longest gondola lift in the world, carries festival goers up to the top of the mountain overlooking the festival site.
The night before the festival (Thursday night) features an opening party which is free entry, featuring bon-odori (traditional Japanese folk dance), prize draws, food stalls and a fireworks display.
The festival’s stated aim is to be “The cleanest festival in the world”; great effort is also put into recycling.
FUJI ROCK FESTIVAL ’15 FULL LINE-UP HAS BEEN ANNOUNCED:
Entering its 19th year, the festival will be headlined by superstar international acts Foo Fighters, Motörhead, Muse and Ryan Adams. There will be more than 200 artists performing at this year’s FUJI ROCK FESTIVAL. Some of the other acts on the bill include Johnny Marr, Happy Mondays, Jenny Lewis, Of Monsters and Men, Galactic, The Bohicas, Catfish and the Bottlemen, The Districts, twenty one pilots and others.
There will also be a strong contingent of Japanese bands on the mountain, representing local music well. Some of the big names in the Japan music scene to appear on the this year’s festival include ONE OK ROCK, Sheena Ringo, and BOOM BOOM SATELLITES.
There is even a small group of electronic music acts, similar to other festivals like Lollapalooza, that started out as pure rock fests but then adapted to current pop tastes with the additions of Galantis, Hudson Mohawke and FKA twigs on the bill.
For ticket information, full line-up and performance schedule of FUJI ROCK FESTIVAL ’15, visit FUJI ROCK FESTIVAL ’15 Official Website.