Located near the Seiyu supermarket on the south side of Koenji Station, Knock is housed in the underground space previously occupied by club One—in fact, years after taking over, they still haven't gotten around to changing the signboard outside. That's a clue to the general vibe of the venue: hosting events with names like ‘Laid Back Thursday Lounge’, Knock is a chilled-out space where DJs spin vaporwave, dub, house and other slow tunes, with occasional live acts kicking up the tempo a notch. Knock is generally known as reliable and reasonably-priced place to grab some after-work drinks and discover leftfield electronic music.
Koenji, known as a kind of bohemian neighbourhood in which to buy used clothes, visit strange cafés and view the Awa Odori festival once a year, has a long history as one of Tokyo’s focal points for punk, psychedelic and otherwise odd rock. Live venues in Koenji come in all shapes and sizes, from the (relatively) upscale Koenji High, where (relatively) famous bands are known to play a show or two, to Enban, a record store/live house that could cram in about ten people if it really tried. If you’re feeling the itch to visit Koenji, the following venues are not to be missed.
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