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Your complete guide to the best gigs and festivals in Tokyo

Summer music festivals in Japan
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Summer music festivals in Japan

Make the most of the sun by heading to these top music festivals in Tokyo and further afield

Best Tokyo bars for world music
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Best Tokyo bars for world music

Our picks cover everything from Brazilian beat to Mongolian melodies, and we've also included a Japanese 'folk song izakaya' for a little variety. 

The best DJ bars in Shibuya
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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?

The best record stores in Shibuya
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The best record stores in Shibuya

Indulge yourself in a hunt for quality tunes

The best music spots in Tokyo
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The best music spots in Tokyo

55 of the city's finest music bars, clubs, record stores and gig venues – it's your ultimate guide to music in Tokyo

The best upcoming gigs in Tokyo

The Killers
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The Killers

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
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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.

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