Unarguably one of Japan's best alternative music events, Kaikoo Popwave Festival is returning this spring for a two-day outdoor gig on the shores of Tokyo Bay. It's not the first time they've tried something like this: Kaikoo played to a sold-out crowd at Aomi Ferry Terminal back in 2010, though a post-March 11 rethink led the organisers to hold the 2011 edition as a multi-venue fest in Shibuya instead. This time around, they're taking the action to the Museum of Maritime Science in Odaiba, where you can expect sets from a selection of indie rockers, hardcore bands, hip hoppers and electronica artists. In a departure from previous years, they've also invited a few overseas acts, including indie rapper Doseone, noise rockers No Age and reformed post-hardcore trio Bitch Magnet. Here's the complete lineup...
April 21: Arakajime Kimerareta Koibitotachi e, Bat Cave (NEW), Bitch Magnet, Dengaryu, DJ Doppelgenger, Doseone, Envy, Eye, Gallops, Hellbent, Illbros, Kagero, DJ Kentaro, King Brothers, Melt-Banana, Monju, Mouse on the Keys, Tavito Nanao, Nego, Nice View, Nisennenmondai, DJ Nobu, Q-Bert + Secret Guest, Sibitt, Simi Lab, Sine, S.L.A.C.K. + Punpee + Gapper, Slang, Tamaki Roy x Akinori Yamamoto (Lite) x Kenji Todaka (Art School/Ropes), Tetrad The Gang Of Four, Toe, Shugo Tokumaru, Luke Vibert
April 22: Abnormals, Back Drop Bomb, DJ Baku, Beatkicks, Beyonds, Black Ganion, Boom Boom Satellites, Calm – Moonage Electric Quartet, Cypress Nakano + Robert Yoshino, Dooomboys (Murochin x Baba), 80Kidz, Goth-Trad, Mariko Goto, Hannya, Hatsukoi no Arashi, KMC, Kyte, The Lefty (Killer Bong x Jube), Ningen OK, No Age, Ogre You Asshole, Oooooooiooooooo, Order, Ovall (NEW), Qomolangma Tomato, Petrolz, Rilla (Almadella/Locus), Rotary Beginners, DJ Sodeyama, Soil & "Pimp" Sessions, Strange Reitaro Travel Swing Orchestra, Michinobu Takarada, U-Zhaan x Mabanua (Ovall), Wrench ('90s set), Wuja Bin Bin, Yolz in the Sky, Your Song is Good, Zainichi Funk