Top five club gigs in Tokyo this weekend
Are your weekend nights mostly spent shaking it on the dancefloor or appraising the acoustics in a corner of a box-sized Shibuya club? Regardless of your clubbing preferences, Tokyo always has plenty to offer on the weekends – in fact, the vast supply means deciding on a party can feel a little overwhelming at times. Helping you pick out the best of the bunch, our weekly roundup brings you the latest updates on the top club nights in the city. And if you still can’t find one to suit your tastes, try browsing more Tokyo parties.
The best upcoming gigs in Tokyo
New Found Glory
Pop-punk cult heroes New Found Glory veered off in an uncertain direction after the departure of longtime guitarist Steve Klein in late 2013, but have long since managed to prove their worth again, with a return to a sound reminiscent of the good old days and the head-to-head battles with Blink-182 for the genre crown. This one should be a cracker – there are rumours that they'll be playing all their greatest hits, including those from their 2002 Sticks & Stones album.
For the first time in eight years, French actress Charlotte Gainsbourg is back in Japan, and she's landing with a bang, with an exclusive concert set for the beginning of April in both Tokyo and Osaka. Not just an actor-turned-singer, she debuted at age 13 together with her father Serge Gainsbourg in the duet 'Lemon Incest'. In 2010 she collaborated with famous producer Beck, with whom she created the record 'IRM', and last year she released her latest album 'Rest'. We expect tickets for this one to be hot, considering Japan's obsession with all things French – get them while you can.
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
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
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.
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.