The best DJ bars in Shibuya
A night on the town in Tokyo is more about being able to choose the right place from a myriad of options rather than having a lack of options. If you're just looking for a drink, good music and perhaps a little dance, so-called DJ bars are your best bet. Smaller than full-on clubs, they're comfy spots for whiling away the evening in style. Shibuya has a particularly impressive concentration of these little gems, so we've rounded up our faves – all of which are open at least six days a week. Who says partying is only for the weekends?
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Summer Sonic 2018
What this archetypal city-based music festival lacks in setting, it makes up in convenience. While other festivals boast views of rolling hills or stunning lakes, Summer Sonic has easy access from the city and an abundance of clean toilets, and – along with a cracking line-up – sometimes that’s all you need. There are multiple stages at this two-day weekend festival. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds and Beck are the headliners this year, along with a host of current hit makers and indie darlings such as Marian Hill, Billie Eilish, Portugal The Man, St Vincent and more. Japanese act to watch: DYGL – an up-and-coming quartet known for their stripped-down rock sound.
Fuji Rock Festival ’18
The biggest and most beautiful of Japan’s summer music festivals, Fuji Rock once again returns to Niigata prefecture’s Naeba, welcoming a beefy lineup of both international superstars and local heroes. Bob Dylan, Kendrick Lamar and NERD headline, while Anderson .Paak, CHVRCHES, Skrillex, Jack Johson and Carla Thomas should prove to be crowd-pleasers as well. See the full lineup here.
Somebody told me that The Killers are coming back to Japan for the first time in five years! 13 years after their debut album, Hot Fuss which includes anthems like “Mr.Brightside” and “All these things that I’ve done,” their new album Wonderful Wonderful ranked No.1 on the Billboard 200 after its release. Don’t miss out on this once in a lifetime opportunity to witness the best alternative rock band of the 21st century right here in Tokyo.
Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Portland based band Unknown Mortal Orchestra will turn Shibuya’s WWW X club upside down in the latter half of September. Their latest album ‘Sex & Food’ (2018) − covering two essentials in life − won’t disappoint fans with its usual psychedelic rock sounds. The band around singer, guitarist and songwriter Ruban Nielson released their first album in 2011, which celebrated great success immediately.