Held in the concrete expanses of Chiba's QVC Marine Field and Makuhari Messe, a half-hour train ride from Tokyo Station, Summer Sonic makes up in convenience for what it lacks in atmosphere. The lineup for 2017 looks set to uphold the self-conscious lack of direction we've come to expect from this festival, with superstar DJ Calvin Harris set to rub shoulders with bubblegum-punk boys 5 Seconds of Summer, Ontario pop-punk stalwarts Sum 41, electro-dance queen Charli XCX, troubled songstress Kesha and, yes, Pikotaro of PPAP fame. The phrase 'something for everyone' just doesn't cut it any longer. Tickets are on general sale now.
As with previous years, the weekend's festival is preceded by an all-night dance party, Sonicmania, on Friday.
|Venue name:||Makuhari Messe||Contact:|
2-1 Nakase, Mihama-ku, Chiba-shi
|Transport:||Kaihin-Makuhari Station (Keiyo line), south exit|