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Guinness record holder Gorillaz to headline Fuji Rock; 3rd lineup announcement also includes many local Japanese artists

2017.04.21 | Niigata

The 3rd round of announcements for the lineup of "Fuji Rock Festival '17," which will take place July 28 (Friday) to July 30 (Sunday) at the Naeba Ski Resort in Yuzawa, Niigata Prefecture, was announced on the official website on March 31, including the third headliner. The artists included in the latest announcement are as follows: 

 

APHEX TWIN/BJӦRK/ GORILLAZ

LCD SOUNDSYSTEM/LORDE/MAJOR LAZER

QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE/THE XX / THE AMAZONS/ ARCA DJ & JESSE KANDA AV /ÁSGEIR/

THE BACK HORN / BONOBO(Live)

CATFISH AND THE BOTTLEMEN/CHRONIXX/DATS/    

DAY WAVE / DEATH GRIPS / DYGL / EDEN / ELVIN BISHOP FATHER JOHN MISTY / The fin. / GALLANT
THE GOLDEN CUPS / GOLDROOM
GRAPEVINE /Group Tamashii /A GUY CALLED GERALD(Live)
the HIATUS /JET /THE LEMON TWIGS /LUKAS GRAHAM
MAGGIE ROGERS /THE MARCUS KING BAND
never young beach / NINA KRAVIZ / THE NOVEMBERS
Kenji Ozawa / QURULI / RAG'N'BONE MAN / RHYE
RON SEXSMITH / SAMBOMASTER / SAMPHA
STURGILL SIMPSON / WEDNESDAY CAMPABELLA
SUNNY DAY SERVICE / TAKKYU ISHINO / TEMPLES
10-FEET / TRAIN
TROMBONE SHORTY & ORLEANS AVENUE / TROYBOI / WESTERN CARAVAN / YOGEE NEW WAVES

 

and more artists to be announced

 

Following Aphex Twin and Bjork, who have been announced earlier, the last remaining headliner slot went to Gorillaz! This group, who surprised fans with the announcement last week on Instagram that their full album -- the first in seven years -- will be released late next month, will finally appear at Fuji Rock.

 

■Who is Gorillaz?

 

Gorillaz is a virtual band recognized in the Guinness Book of Records as the "most successful virtual band" after their debut album sold over 7 million copies. The masterminds behind it are British pop representative Blur's Damon Albarn and Jaimie Hewlett, opera stage design comic artist and author of "Tank Girl," which is immensely popular not only in his native Britain but also in the United States. 

 

The band has headlined in the past at some of the world's largest music festivals,  including Glastonbury Festival and Coachella. At Glastonbury Festival, it collaborated with famous guest musicians such as the late Lou Reed, Snoop Dogg and Shaun Ryder. What kind of miracle will they create for us at Naeba? Don't miss the chance to witness the birth of a new legend on this attention-grabbing stage!

 

Next, from Australia will be Jet, which has just revived in February after disbanding in 2012. Fuji Rock will be the memorable stage of their restart in Japan.

 

From Japan, THE BACK HORN, whose aggressive sounds are paired with strong and poetic Japanese lyrics in the form of rock music, will be returning to Naeba for the first time in five years. Other seasoned performers such as 10-Feet, which is marking its 20th anniversary this year, as well as new generation bands such as The Novembers, which will be appearing for the second time in three years after making a detour, and Indies populars The fin. and Yogee New Waves will also take part.

 

Besides Takkyu Ishino, who has made the most appearances at Fuji Rock than any other artist, R&B veteran star The Golden Cups, which will be marking its 50th anniversary, will participate for the first time, adding new colors to Fuji Rock. For those who decide to go to Fuji Rock after seeing this latest announcement, there is still time to secure your tickets through advance reservations as shown below: 

 

■Tickets now available through 1st round of advance sales!

Wristbands will be delivered in advance so no need to wait in line on the day.

 

The best way to buy Fuji Rock tickets at reasonable prices will be to make use of advance reservations, which will be available twice. In addition to a three-day pass, there are also 1-day and 2-day tickets for those who will not be able to make it for all three days. There are no extra fees for handling or shipping charges. There is also an option to have the wristbands delivered by mail in advance, eliminating the need to stand in line on the day of the festival. The current stage of advance sales is available until April 7 (Friday).

 

For details, please check the event's official website (http://www.fujirockfestival.com)!

 

Text: "Dorami" Yuko Saotome

 

Fuji Rock Festival '17
Date: July 28 (Friday), July 29 (Saturday), July 30 (Sunday), 2017
Venue: Naeba Ski Resort, Yuzawa, Niigata Prefecture

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