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Your complete guide to the best gigs and festivals in Tokyo

Best record stores with bars in Tokyo
Bars and pubs

Best record stores with bars in Tokyo

Vinyl records and good drinks go hand in hand. Here are the best record stores with bars in Tokyo

Best live music venues in Tokyo
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Best live music venues in Tokyo

Tokyo has one of the most exciting local music scenes in the world, with top-notch talents on display any night of the week

Best music festivals in Tokyo and Japan
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Best music festivals in Tokyo and Japan

Make the most of Japan's great music scene by heading to these top music festivals in Tokyo and further afield

The best DJ bars in Shibuya
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The best DJ bars in Shibuya

Whether you're into techno, house or jazz, there are plenty of DJ bars and event spaces to get a drink and maybe dance a little in Shibuya – every day of the week

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Craftrock Circuit
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Craftrock Circuit

Craftrock Circuit is back again this year with the perfect pairing of live music and craft beer...

Red Bull Music Festival
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Red Bull Music Festival

Dozens of performers and DJs will be participating from all over the world, including Dutch-Iranian artist Sevdaliza, American funk musician Dame Funk, plus more from Russia, South Korea and of course plenty of Japanese talents...

The Raconteurs

The Raconteurs

After closing the door on The White Stripes, Jack White took up his minimalist guitar again to form The Raconteurs...

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Tokyo Opera City – Lunchtime Concerts
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Tokyo Opera City – Lunchtime Concerts

Head over to Tokyo Opera City's concert hall and enjoy their monthly lunchtime performance entirely free of charge...

Rainbow Disco Club
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Rainbow Disco Club

Uniting music and art, this EDM festival was previously held in Tokyo before moving out to the Izu Peninsula in 2015...

EDC Japan

EDC Japan

The carnival-themed event is way beyond your typical electronic music fest, blending together art installations, light shows, fireworks, wacky over-the-top costumes...

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The best music venues in Tokyo

Analog
Bars and pubs

Analog

An unpretentious music bar, Analog is where you’d go for a drink and some music in a relaxed environment. It’s set on the third floor of the building across from Mikkeller Tokyo, in a somewhat ungentrified corner of Hyakkendana in Shibuya that’s full of character. The space is decked out with comfortable sofa seating and vintage speakers from Altech, the brand that was once used in movie theatres. As such, you can expect a smooth sound experience – and a wide range of genres from Showa Kayo to the latest hip hop. There’s no mixing with the songs like those in a club, but played one after another in the style of a playlist. The manager here was once a techno DJ and hence will curate the songs to match the crowd and atmosphere in the bar. Drinks wise, pick from rare liqueurs, raspberry and strawberry gin, and fruity cocktails. Coupled with the free snacks on offer, Analog is a great place to wind down after an evening of drinking, or a place to take a breather during a night of partying.

Bar Bonobo
Clubs

Bar Bonobo

Found on a Harajuku back street not far from Jingu Stadium, Bonobo occupies an old two-storey house with a rooftop terrace. The ground-floor bar is complemented by a DJ booth and lounge upstairs, which is where the frequent gigs and other music events take place.

WWW B
Clubs

WWW B

Now firmly in the all-night gig business, Shibuya's WWW rebranded its basement lounge in August 2017, changing the name to WWW B and installing a new Funktion One sound system to attract quality-conscious clubbers. Early signs suggest that the programming here is set to lean towards the alternative and experimental side of the electronic music spectrum.

Cotton Club
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Cotton Club

Vent
Clubs

Vent

Opened back in late 2016, basement club Vent has defied expectations and become a regular stalwart in Tokyo's club scene. Their 'revolutionary' speaker system and a bold attitude to bookings have worked a treat, with an eclectic line-up of European headliners, local DJ talent, and everything in between drawing the crowds without making it feel overhyped. 

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