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Your complete guide to the best gigs and festivals in Tokyo

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Akiko Kiyama and Daito Manabe on exploring and remixing traditional Japanese arts

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The best upcoming gigs in Tokyo

Four Tet
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Four Tet

Returning to Japan after a good four-year absence, Four Tet is set to charm Liquid Room with his unique brand of electronic music just before his appearance at Rainbow Disco Club. Likened to Aphex Twin, Radiohead, The xx and more, he manages to combine all of these influences while continuing to push the electronic genre to new heights. At this gig, you'll find the stage in the centre, rather than at the far end of the room, while surround sound speakers will blast a wall of Four Tet's always innovative electro tunes at you from all directions. It's the perfect setting to experience his latest masterpiece, 'New Energy'. 

Rainbow Disco Club 2018
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Rainbow Disco Club 2018

Held in Tokyo three times since 2010, this combo event uniting music and art packed up and moved out to the Izu Peninsula in 2015. That picturesque location will again be revisited for 2018, as the three-day Rainbow Disco Club returns over Golden Week. Look forward to a diverse lineup of mainly house and techno: we already know that Tokyo's own DJ Nobu will be playing a b2b set with New Jersey producer and Inimeg label head Joey Anderson. More announcements are to be expected throughout winter.

Frue Universal Music Japan Tour feat. Hermeto Pascoal e Grupo
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Frue Universal Music Japan Tour feat. Hermeto Pascoal e Grupo

Much-loved Brazilian musician & hyper-instrumentalist Hermeto Pascoal is coming to Japan again for two full-on sets in one day. Pascoal’s music, a slightly wacky yet always inventive combination of Brazilian sounds and jazz, has impressed music experts and -lovers worldwide. The octogenarian manages to use pretty much anything as an instrument, and can compose an original melody at the drop of a hat – no wonder people call him 'music itself'. Considering his show in January last year sold out too, this is set to be a hot ticket. 

Rhye
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Rhye

The mysterious LA-based electronic unit which used to consist of Danish instrumentalist Robin Hannibal and Canadian singer Mike Milosh fooled a lot of ears when they released their early Rhye tracks. Many took Milosh's lush falsetto to be female, but alas, the mellow bedroom soul on their debut album, 'Woman', is all-male. Hannibal may have left, but Rhye’s signature suave style has persevered under Milosh’s direction on its latest album, 'Blood'. It looks like you'll be in for a treat at this Zepp date. 

Greenroom Festival 2018
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Greenroom Festival 2018

Greenroom Festival was started under the banner of protecting the ever-shrinking number of usable domestic beaches. Marine and beach culture are the main themes here, which are incorporated in live music performances, art gallery exhibitions, videography screenings, and photography shows. This year's edition is set to include legendary Jamaican reggae artist Jimmy Cliff, one of the only living artists to have received the Order of Merit from the Jamaican government for his musical contributions. He spread reggae to the world even before Bob Marley made waves, won a Grammy for his 1985 'Cliff Hanger' album, and at 70 years old, shows no signs of slowing down or losing his touch just yet.

Gorillaz
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Gorillaz

Damon Albarn and his animated band still manage to keep the crowds coming, even after a five-year hiatus. Their latest album, 'Humanz', dropped in April 2017 to high critical acclaim, and they headlined Fuji Rock in the same year. Lucky for us, they've decided to return to Japan again for a solo show as part of their world tour. Expect big, digital visuals, Albarn flitting around the stage like a man half his age, and perhaps some special guests. 

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