Fuji Rock Festival

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Fuji Rock Festival
GenreRock, electronic music
Dateslast weekend of July (3 days)
Location(s) Naeba, Japan
Years active1997–present
Website Official site

Fuji Rock Festival is an annual rock festival held in Naeba Ski Resort, in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. The three-day event, organized by Smash Japan, features more than 200 Japanese and international musicians, making it the largest outdoor music event in Japan. In 2005, more than 100,000 people attended the festival.

Music festival festival oriented towards music

A music festival is a community event oriented towards live performances of singing and instrument playing that is often presented with a theme such as musical genre, nationality, or locality of musicians, or holiday.

Naeba Ski Resort ski resort in Japan

Naeba Ski Resort is a ski resort on the eastern slope of Mount Takenoko (筍山) in Yuzawa (湯沢町), Niigata Prefecture.

Niigata Prefecture Prefecture of Japan

Niigata Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located in the Chūbu region of Honshu. Niigata Prefecture has a population of 2,285,856 (2016) and is the fifth-largest prefecture of Japan by geographic area at 12,584.10 km2. Niigata Prefecture borders Toyama Prefecture and Nagano Prefecture to the southwest, Gunma Prefecture to the south, Fukushima Prefecture to the east, and Yamagata Prefecture to the northeast.

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Fuji Rock Festival is named so because the first event in 1997 was held at the base of Mount Fuji. Since 1999 the festival has been held at the Naeba Ski Resort in Yuzawa, Niigata.

Mount Fuji Volcano in Yamanashi and Shizuoka Prefectures, Japan

Mount Fuji, located on Honshū, is the highest volcano in Japan at 3,776.24 m (12,389 ft), 2nd-highest peak of an island (volcanic) in Asia, and 7th-highest peak of an island in the world. It is a dormant stratovolcano that last erupted in 1707–1708. Mount Fuji lies about 100 kilometers (60 mi) south-west of Tokyo, and can be seen from there on a clear day. Mount Fuji's exceptionally symmetrical cone, which is snow-capped for about 5 months a year, is commonly used as a symbol of Japan and it is frequently depicted in art and photographs, as well as visited by sightseers and climbers.

Yuzawa, Niigata Town in Chūbu, Japan

Yuzawa is a town located in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. As of 1 April 2018, the town had an estimated population of 8,074, and a population density of 23 persons per km². The total area of the town was 257.29 square kilometres (99.34 sq mi). The town is famous for its hot springs.

Festival grounds

There are seven main stages and other minor stages scattered throughout the site. The Green stage is the main stage and it has a capacity for almost 50,000 spectators. Other stages include the White Stage, the Red Marquee, Orange Court, and Field of Heaven. The walks between some of the stages can be long, and some of the trails can be hilly, but the walks are beautiful, often taking you through forests and over sparkling streams. Dragondola – the longest gondola lift in the world, carries festival goers up to the top of the mountain overlooking the festival site.

Dragondola

The Dragondola, officially the Naeba-Tashiro Gondola is the Japanese aerial lift line in Naeba, Yuzawa, Niigata, operated by Prince Hotels. It opened in 2001. The line was named by Yumi Matsutōya, a popular pop singer. The line links two ski resorts of Prince Hotels, but the line operates in summer and autumn as well. Its official website states it is the longest gondola lift line in the world.

Gondola lift a type of aerial lift in which cabins are supported and propelled by cables, but where the cabins are not permanently fixed to the cables

A gondola lift is a means of cable transport and type of aerial lift which is supported and propelled by cables from above. It consists of a loop of steel cable that is strung between two stations, sometimes over intermediate supporting towers. The cable is driven by a bullwheel in a terminal, which is typically connected to an engine or electric motor. They are often considered continuous systems since they feature a haul rope which continuously moves and circulates around two terminal stations. Depending on the combination of cables used for support and/or haulage and the type of grip, the capacity, cost, and functionality of a gondola lift will differ dramatically. Because of the proliferation of such systems in the Alpine regions of Europe, the French language name of Télécabine is also used in an English language context.

The hub of the site is called Oasis where more than 30 food stalls from around the world gather. The main site closes each night after the final act, but Oasis continues to stay open until late at night, as well as the Red Marquee where an all-night rave continues until 5am. The site re-opens at 9am.

The night before the festival (Thursday night) features an opening party which is free entry, featuring bon-odori (traditional Japanese folk dance), prize draws, food stalls and a fireworks display.

Fireworks low explosive pyrotechnic devices used for aesthetic and entertainment purposes

Fireworks are a class of low explosive pyrotechnic devices used for aesthetic and entertainment purposes. The most common use of a firework is as part of a fireworks display, a display of the effects produced by firework devices.

The festival's stated aim is to be "The cleanest festival in the world"; great effort is also put into recycling.

Accommodation

Although Naeba, being a ski resort, offers a number of accommodation options such as hotels, ryokan and minshuku within walking distance of the festival site, competition for these is fierce and they tend to book out very quickly. Many festival goers find accommodation in nearby ski resorts such as Tashiro, Asagai and Mitsumata – the free shuttle bus linking JR Echigo-Yuzawa Station (in the town of Yuzawa to the festival site can be used for these areas which are en route. Some even find accommodation in the numerous options available in Yuzawa itself. The shuttle bus takes between 40 minutes to an hour each way and runs until 2am each night.

Echigo-Yuzawa Station railway station in Yuzawa, Minamiuonuma district, Niigata prefecture, Japan

Echigo-Yuzawa Station is a railway station operated by East Japan Railway Company, located in the resort town of Yuzawa in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. The station is located 199.2 kilometers from Tokyo.

Alternatively, there is a campsite on a golf course next to the festival site which costs ¥3000 for the weekend (2011), complete with toilets, showers and food stalls. About 17,000 festival goers choose to spend their nights here every year. The campsite is hilly in many places and flat spots are taken quickly, however, the manicured putting greens, which are the flattest areas are generally out of bounds to campers.

In previous years many took the option of sleeping rough – a relatively common practise amongst young Japanese during the warmer months thanks to a low crime rate – in the vicinity of the site and Echigo-Yuzawa Station, however this is now prohibited.

Access

The festival is a free 40–60-minute shuttle bus ride from JR Echigo-Yuzawa Station in the town of Yuzawa, on the Joetsu Shinkansen (bullet train) line which link it to Tokyo station in about 1.5 hours. JR Shinkansen ticket, Tokyo to Echigo-Yuzawa is 6,490 Yen one way (for a reserved seat). Car parking also available for 3,000 Yen per day at the festival site area. [1]

History

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The Green Stage
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Campsite at Fuji Rock
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Field of Heaven

The first year of the festival, held on Tenjinyama Ski Resort near Mt Fuji (and hence the name), was a disaster. It was scheduled to be a two-day event, but by sheer bad luck the first day of the event was struck by a typhoon. The Red Hot Chili Peppers' headline set, played through a storm despite Anthony Kiedis having a broken arm, is almost legendary amongst Fuji Rock veterans. The festival-goers were poorly prepared for the heavy rain and strong winds, and many needed medical attention from hypothermia (although no deaths occurred). The organisers decided to cancel the second day of the event (which turned out to be sunny), and thus ended Japan's first outdoor rock festival. The organizers were criticized for being poorly prepared for bad weather, and for not organising enough buses to link the site to the nearest train station. [2]

The second year, the festival moved to a temporary location in Toyosu, on Tokyo's waterfront. Although the event was a success, many found the searing heat of mid-summer Tokyo too much to bear, and it was decided that the next event was to return to the relative coolness of the mountains.

It was in 1999 the festival found its home in Naeba, Niigata prefecture. Naeba is not anywhere close to Mt. Fuji, however, the festival still retains its original name. After the horrific first year, the organizers have been running the festival smoothly up until present.

2019

The festival will run from Friday 26 July until Sunday 28 July in 2019. Headline acts on The Green Stage will be The Chemical Brothers, The Cure, and Sia.

Green Stage
FridaySaturdaySunday

The Chemical Brothers

Ellegarden
Janelle Monáe
Route 17 Rock'n'Roll Orchestra
Anne-Marie
Red Hot Chilli Pipers

Sia

Martin Garrix
Asian Kung-Fu Generation
Cake
Ging Nang Boyz
Dohatsuten

The Cure

Jason Mraz
Superfly
Hiatus Kaiyote
never young beach
Hanggai
Special Guest TBA

White Stage
FridaySaturdaySunday

Thom Yorke Tomorrow's Modern Boxes

Tycho
Shikao Suga
Gary Clark Jr.
King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard
Tavito Nanao
Lucky Tapes

Death Cab for Cutie

American Football
Clammbon
Courtney Barnett
Unknown Mortal Orchestra
ZOO
Gezan

James Blake

Vince Staples
KOHH
Hyukoh
Interactivo
Banda Bassotti

Other major acts include: Mitski, Toro y Moi, Kaytranada, The Lumineers, The Waterboys, Daniel Caesar, Alvvays, Ego-Wrappin', George Porter Jr., Chon, The Comet Is Coming, and Khruangbin.

2018

The festival ran from Friday 27 July until Sunday 29 July in 2018. Headline acts on The Green Stage were N.E.R.D, Kendrick Lamar, and Bob Dylan. Cumulative attendance reached 125,000 for the third year in a row, with a peak of 40,000 visitors on Saturday, [3]

Green Stage
FridaySaturdaySunday

N.E.R.D

Sakanaction
Years & Years
Route 17 Rock'n'Roll Orchestra
Glim Spanky
Mongol800

Kendrick Lamar

Skrillex
Maximum the Hormone
James Bay Johnny Marr
The Birthday
Eastern Youth

Bob Dylan & His Band

Vampire Weekend
Jack Johnson
Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals
Suchmos
Kodō
Special Guest: G&G Miller Orchestra

White Stage
FridaySaturdaySunday

Post Malone

Odesza
Elephant Kashimashi
Albert Hammond Jr.
Parquet Courts
My Hair Is Bad
go!go!vanillas

Brahman

Fishbone
Unicorn
Ash
Starcrawler
Esne Beltza
OLEDICKFOGGY

Chvrches

Cero
Misia
Kali Uchis
Kacey Musgraves
Kenichi Asai & The Interchange Kills
The Fever 333

Other major acts include: Mac DeMarco, Tune-Yards, Jon Hopkins, Hanaregumi, MGMT, Princess Nokia, The Avalanches (DJ Set), Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, Dirty Projectors, Hothouse Flowers, and Greensky Bluegrass. [4]

2017

The festival ran from Friday 28 July until Sunday 30 July in 2017. Headline acts on The Green Stage were Gorillaz, Aphex Twin and Björk. Attendance was estimated to equal the previous year's 125,000 guests, with approximately ¥2.1 billion ($19 million) in ticket sales revenue. [5]

Green Stage
FridaySaturdaySunday

Gorillaz

The xx
Radwimps
Route 17 Rock'n'Roll Orchestra
Rag'n'Bone Man
Group Tamashii

Aphex Twin

Cornelius
The Avalanches
Cocco
Jake Shimabukuro
Sambomaster

Björk

Lorde
Yuki
Jet
Lukas Graham
Ron Sexsmith
Special Guest: G&G Miller Orchestra

White Stage
FridaySaturdaySunday

Queens of the Stone Age

Catfish and the Bottlemen
The Hiatus
The Back Horn
Train
Doctor Prats

LCD Soundsystem

Kenji Ozawa
Death Grips
Chronixx
10-FEET
Punpee
H Zettrio

Major Lazer

Ásgeir
Bonobo
Rekishi
Shugo Tokumaru
Real Estate
The Novembers

Other major acts include: Sampha, Rhye, Father John Misty, Temples, Quruli, The Strypes, Slowdive, and Thundercat.

2016

The festival ran from Friday 22 July until Sunday 24 July in 2016. Headline acts on The Green Stage were Sigur Rós, Beck and Red Hot Chili Peppers. Attendance for the "20th anniversary" festival was around 125,000 for the weekend. [6]

Green Stage
FridaySaturdaySunday

Sigur Rós

James Blake
Route 17 Rock'n'Roll Orchestra
Jake Bugg
Biffy Clyro
Boredoms

Beck

Wilco
Travis
Man with a Mission
Tom Odell
WANIMA
Special Guest: G&G Miller Orchestra

Red Hot Chili Peppers

Ben Harper and The Innocent Criminals
Ken Yokoyama
Stereophonics
2Cellos
Mark Ernestus' Ndagga Rhythm Force
Special Guest: Denki Groove

White Stage
FridaySaturdaySunday

Disclosure

Flight Facilities
Illion
The Internet
Suchmos
KOHH
La Gossa Sorda

Squarepusher

Tortoise
Ego-Wrappin'
The Heavy
Zainichi Funk
Vant
The Collectors

Battles

Explosions in the Sky
Babymetal
Robert Glasper Experiment
Soil & "Pimp" Sessions
Deafheaven
Bo Ningen

Other major acts include: The Birthday, The New Mastersounds, Kula Shaker, Special Others, Years & Years, and Kamasi Washington.

2015

The festival ran from Friday 24 July until Sunday 26 July in 2015. Headline acts on The Green Stage were Foo Fighters, Muse and Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds. Attendance was 115,000 visitors for the weekend, a dramatic increase over the ten-year-low of the 2014 festival. [7]

Green Stage
FridaySaturdaySunday

Foo Fighters

Motörhead
One Ok Rock
Owl City
The Vaccines
Route 17 Rock'n'Roll Orchestra

Muse

Deadmau5
Gen Hoshino
Nate Ruess
Hiromi Uehara The Trio Project feat. Anthony Jackson & Simon Philips
10-FEET

Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds

Ride
Sheena Ringo
Johnny Marr
Catfish and the Bottlemen
Alexandros

White Stage
FridaySaturdaySunday

Royal Blood

Rudimental
Boom Boom Satellites
Joey Bada$$
Sunny Day Service
Petrolz
Theatre Brook

Belle and Sebastian

Clammbon
Super Furry Animals
Twenty One Pilots
Kemuri
Rize
Räfven

FKA Twigs

Hudson Mohawke
toe
Ohashi Trio
Todd Rundgren
Cero
Txarango

Other major acts include: Mannish Boys, Flume, Tamio Okuda, Happy Mondays, Galactic feat. Macy Gray, Of Monsters and Men, and Wilko Johnson.

2014

The festival ran from Friday 25 July until Sunday 27 July in 2014. Headline acts on The Green Stage were Franz Ferdinand, Arcade Fire and Jack Johnson. Kanye West was initially announced as Friday's headliner but later cancelled "due to artist circumstances". [8] [9] In total, 102,000 people attended. [10]

Green Stage
FridaySaturdaySunday

Franz Ferdinand

Denki Groove
Foster the People
Sano Motoharu & The Hobo King Band
Hunter Hayes
The Lumineers
Route 17 Rock'n'Roll Orchestra

Arcade Fire

Damon Albarn
The Cro-Magnons
Travis
The Waterboys
Ulfuls
The Heavy

Jack Johnson

The Flaming Lips
The Roosters
The Strypes
John Butler Trio
Begin
Ozomatli
Special Guest: The Pogues

White Stage
FridaySaturdaySunday

Basement Jaxx

Disclosure
Yukihiro Takahashi with In Phase
First Aid Kit
Wild Beasts
Miyavi
G-Freak Factory

Manic Street Preachers

Biffy Clyro
Man with a Mission
The Qemists
SiM
White Lung
The Starbems

OutKast

Kelis
Your Song Is Good
Ásgeir
Ogre You Asshole
The Heartbreaks
The Man

Other major acts include: The Birthday, Bombay Bicycle Club, Temples, Slowdive, Parquet Courts, moe., Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band, St. Vincent, Phil Lesh & the Terrapin Family Band, The Lumineers, Lorde, SBTRKT, Buffalo Daughter, and Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra.

2013

The festival ran from Friday 26 July until Sunday 28 July in 2013. Headline acts on The Green Stage were Nine Inch Nails, Björk and The Cure. Attendance was 118,000 people for the weekend. [11]

Green Stage
FridaySaturdaySunday

Nine Inch Nails

Brahman
My Bloody Valentine
Fun.
Kemuri
C. J. Ramone
Route 17 Rock'n'Roll Orchestra

Björk

Karl Hyde
Foals
Tamio Okuda
Aimee Mann
The Bawdies
Special Guest: Feed Me

The Cure

Vampire Weekend
Mumford & Sons
Tokiko Kato & Theatre Brook Hanseiki Rock
Wilko Johnson
Yo La Tengo
THE GOLDEN WET FINGERS

White Stage
FridaySaturdaySunday

Skrillex

Flying Lotus
Of Monsters and Men
Kenichi Asai & Bad Teacher Kill Club
Yellowcard
Dohatsuten
Arukara

Jurassic 5

Kendrick Lamar
Mannish Boys
Killswitch Engage
Rocket from the Crypt
Namba69
Coheed and Cambria
The Cherry Cokes

The xx

Cat Power
Sōtaisei Riron
Toro y Moi
Savages
the telephones
Portugal. The Man
Tavito Nanao

Other major acts include: Tame Impala, Porter Robinson, Death Grips, DJ Shadow, Tower of Power, Sparks, The Sea and Cake, Boys Noize, Garth Hudson, Ego-Wrappin' and the Gossip of Jaxx, Tahiti 80, Daughter, Jamie xx, Lettuce, and the David Murray Big Band feat. Macy Gray.

2012

The festival ran from Friday 27 July until Sunday 29 July in 2012. Headline acts on The Green Stage were The Stone Roses, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds and Radiohead. As of 2017, 2012 holds the record for highest-ever Fuji Rock attendance, with a total of 140,000 visitors over the three days. [10]

Green Stage
FridaySaturdaySunday

The Stone Roses

Beady Eye
Boom Boom Satellites
The Birthday
Owl City
Ed Sheeran
The Back Horn

Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds

The Specials
Ray Davies & Band
Toots and the Maytals
Seun Kuti and the Egypt 80 Orchestra
Special Others

Radiohead

Elvis Costello and The Imposters
Jack White
Inoue Yosui
toe
Galactic with Corey Glover and Corey Henry

White Stage
FridaySaturdaySunday

James Blake

DJ Kentaro
Gossip
The Very Best
Tha Blue Herb
Third Coast Kings
Django Django
HEY-SMITH

Justice

Sakanaction
Caribou
Rovo
MONO with the Holy Ground Orchestra
Cloud Nothings
Frontier Backyard

At the Drive-In

Refused
Explosions in the Sky
Fucked Up
locofrank
Chthonic
a flood of circle

Other major acts include: Ocean Colour Scene, The Kooks, Spiritualized, Purity Ring, Steve Kimock, The Shins, James Iha, alt-J, Japandroids, and Ray Davies & Band.

2011

The festival ran from Friday 29 July until Sunday 31 July 2011. Headline acts on The Green Stage were Coldplay, The Faces and The Chemical Brothers; The Music closed the festival out as special guests.

Green Stage
FridaySaturdaySunday

Coldplay

Arctic Monkeys
Jimmy Eat World
Manu Chao
Kaiser Chiefs
The Vaccines
Dad Mom God

The Faces

Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra
Battles
Hanaregumi
G. Love & Special Sauce
Fountains of Wayne
Clammbon

The Chemical Brothers

Yellow Magic Orchestra
Mogwai
Feeder
The Kills
Glasvegas
Your Song Is Good
Special Guest: The Music

White Stage
FridaySaturdaySunday

Big Audio Dynamite

CSS
Lee "Scratch" Perry with Mad Professor
Sakerock
The New Mastersounds
Sunny Day Service
Soul Flower Union
kegawanomaries

Incubus

Asian Dub Foundation
The Hiatus
The Get Up Kids
10-Feet
Patrick Stump
Funeral Party
Shonen Knife

Wilco

Cake
Kazuyoshi Saito
Eastern Youth
No Age
British Sea Power
Shugo Tokumaru
Ringo Deathstarr

Other major acts include: The Sisters of Mercy, Four Tet, Jamie xx, Widespread Panic, Amadou & Mariam, Digitalism, Todd Rundgren, Atari Teenage Riot, Envy, Beach House, Quruli, and Dark Star Orchestra. Queens of the Stone Age and Tangerine Dream were both scheduled to appear, but cancelled two months before the festival. [12]

2010

The festival ran from Friday 30 July until Sunday 1 August 2010. Headline acts on The Green Stage were Muse, Roxy Music and Massive Attack; Scissor Sisters closed the festival out as special guests.

Green Stage
FridaySaturdaySunday

Muse

Them Crooked Vultures
Ken Yokoyama
Mutemath
The Cribs
Ash
Superfly

Roxy Music

John Fogerty
Jamie Cullum
Kula Shaker
John Butler Trio
Hawaiian6
Special Guest: Chris Cunningham

Massive Attack

Atoms for Peace
Boom Boom Satellites
Vampire Weekend
Donavon Frankenreiter
Ocean Colour Scene
Asian Kung-Fu Generation
Special Guest: Scissor Sisters

White Stage
FridaySaturdaySunday

!!!

Corinne Bailey Rae
Special Others
Jaga Jazzist
toe
Local Natives
Grapevine
The Bawdies

MGMT

One Day as a Lion
The Cro-Magnons
Straightener
Third Eye Blind
Vato Negro
Bloodthirsty Butchers
Dohatsuten

Belle and Sebastian

Ian Brown
LCD Soundsystem
Foals
Riddim Saunter
Akihiro Namba
Matt and Kim

Other major acts include: Broken Social Scene, The xx, Broken Bells, Char, Magma, Dirty Projectors, Flogging Molly, Fishbone, the Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi Band, Ego-Wrappin' and the Gossip of Jaxx, Air, Hot Chip, Buffalo Daughter, moe., Ozomatli, and the Naruyoshi Kikuchi Dub Sextet.

2009

The festival ran from Friday 24 July until Sunday 26 July in 2009. Headline acts on The Green Stage were Oasis, Franz Ferdinand and Weezer.

Green Stage
FridaySaturdaySunday

Oasis

The Killers [13] Paul Weller
Patti Smith
Lily Allen
Doves
White Lies
Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra

Franz Ferdinand

Kiyoshiro Imawano Special Message Orchestra all-star tribute
Ben Harper and Relentless7
Jet
UA
Seun Kuti & Egypt 80
The Birthday

Weezer

Fall Out Boy
Brahman
Jimmy Eat World
Kenichi Asai
Street Sweeper Social Club
Cobra Starship
Special Guest: Basement Jaxx

White Stage
FridaySaturdaySunday

The Neville Brothers

Robert Randolph and the Family Band
Hanaregumi
Chara
Major Lazer
Ebony Bones
Guitar Wolf

Public Enemy

Bad Brains
Zazen Boys
Melvins
Kinniku Shōjo Tai
The Gaslight Anthem
Billy Boy on Poison
9mm Parabellum Bullet

Röyksopp

Animal Collective
Yukihiro Takahashi
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
DÉ DÉ MOUSE
The Airborne Toxic Event
Holy Fuck
Polysics

Other major acts include: Simian Mobile Disco, M83, Diplo, Clammbon, Tortoise, System 7, Dinosaur Jr., Bright Eyes, The Funky Meters, Booker T. Jones, Maxïmo Park, and the Disco Biscuits.

2008

In 2008, the festival ran from Friday, 25 July through until Sunday, 27 July. Headline acts on The Green Stage were My Bloody Valentine, Underworld, and Primal Scream. Kiyoshiro Imawano was initially announced as Sunday's headliner, [14] but due to a recurrence of his throat cancer, he was forced to cancel his appearance. Primal Scream and The Birthday, subheadliners from Saturday, added Sunday performances to compensate. [15]

Green Stage
FridaySaturdaySunday

My Bloody Valentine

Kasabian
Bloc Party
Travis
Quruli
The Presidents of the United States of America
Rodrigo y Gabriela

Underworld

Primal Scream
The Cro-Magnons
Asian Dub Foundation
Hard-Fi
The Courteeners
Eastern Youth

Primal Scream

The Birthday
Ellegarden
Ben Folds
Jakob Dylan of The Wallflowers
Jason Mraz
Mêlée
Special Guest: Asian Dub Foundation

White Stage
FridaySaturdaySunday

Bootsy Collins Tribute to the Godfather of Soul

Galactic feat. Chali 2na & Boots Riley
Ego-Wrappin'
Kate Nash
Jamie Lidell
Ikuko Harada
Ryukyudisko

Simple Plan

The Birthday
Gogol Bordello
The Zutons
The Cribs
All
Asparagus
Ling tosite Sigure

The Music

Yura Yura Teikoku
The Breeders
Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks
The Futureheads
Mystery Jets
Wrench
MONO

Other artists included: Feeder, The Vines, Gossip, Spoon, The Whigs, Dan le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip, Grandmaster Flash, The New Mastersounds, Special Others, Uri Nakayama, Sherbets, Ozomatli, Hocus Pocus, Doberman, Denki Groove, Ian Brown, Tricky, Princess Superstar, Erol Alkan, Richie Hawtin, Lettuce, Flower Travellin' Band, Bettye Lavette, Sparks, CSS, The Go! Team, Foals, White Lies, The Death Set, Neon Neon, Adrian Sherwood, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Michael Franti and Spearhead, Seasick Steve, and Bill Laswell presents Method of Defiance.

2007

The 2007 festival ran from Friday, 27 July through Sunday, 29 July. Headline acts on The Green Stage were The Cure, Beastie Boys, and The Chemical Brothers.

Green Stage
FridaySaturdaySunday

The Cure

Muse
Kings of Leon
Jarvis Cocker
Kemuri
Yellowcard
Sambomaster

Beastie Boys

Iggy Pop & The Stooges
Kaiser Chiefs
Kula Shaker
!!!
Motion City Soundtrack
Juliette and the Licks

The Chemical Brothers

Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra
Happy Mondays
Joss Stone
Mika
Fermin Muguruza
Soil & "Pimp" Sessions
Special Guest: Lostprophets

White Stage
FridaySaturdaySunday

Groove Armada

The John Butler Trio
Money Mark
Your Song Is Good
Stevie Salas Colorcode
The Band Apart
Akainu

Boom Boom Satellites

Ash
The Omar Rodriguez-Lopez Group
The Ataris
Less Than Jake
Scafull King
Mae
HiGE

Juno Reactor

V∞redoms
Battles
Clammbon
The Shins
toe
Electrelane
Deerhoof

Other artists included: Fountains of Wayne, Ocean Colour Scene, Blonde Redhead, Ratatat, Yo La Tengo, Pe'z, Kenichi Asai, G. Love & Special Sauce, Lily Allen, Shonen Knife, The Bird and the Bee, Simian Mobile Disco, Justice, Gov't Mule, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Feist, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Friction, Peter Bjorn and John, The Wombats, Chromeo, Soul Flower Union, Jonathan Richman, and Jake Shimabukuro. Ticket prices for the 2007 festival remained unchanged from the 2006 event.

2006

The 2006 festival ran from Friday, 28 July until Sunday, 30 July (actually Monday morning). Headline acts on The Green Stage were Franz Ferdinand, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and The Strokes.

Green Stage
FridaySaturdaySunday

Franz Ferdinand

Jet
Dirty Pretty Things
Asian Kung-Fu Generation
The Cooper Temple Clause
Flogging Molly
The String Cheese Incident

Red Hot Chili Peppers

Denki Groove
Sonic Youth
Ken Yokoyama
The Hives
The Kingtones feat. Jimmy Irieda & Nancy
Mo'some Tonebender
Wolfmother

The Strokes

The Raconteurs
Jason Mraz
Snow Patrol
KT Tunstall
The Refugee All Stars of Sierra Leone
Kodō
Special Guest: Happy Mondays

White Stage
FridaySaturdaySunday

Madness

Donavon Frankenreiter
Fire Ball with Jungle Roots
Gnarls Barkley
Tommy Guerrero
A Hundred Birds Orchestra
The Cro-Magnons
Sakerock

Scissor Sisters

Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Back Drop Bomb
Story of the Year
Straightener
Valencia
Eastern Youth
locofrank

Mogwai

Super Furry Animals
Buffalo Daughter
Transit Kings
Broken Social Scene
Rinôçérôse
Isis
Envy

Other artists included: The Zutons, Roger Joseph Manning, Jr., The Cribs, Atmosphere, Shang Shang Typhoon, North Mississippi Allstars, Blackalicious, Haruomi Hosono, Kula Shaker, Junior Senior, 2manydjs, Tristan Prettyman, Shinya Ohe, Killing Joke, The Automatic, Milburn, Nightmares on Wax, Digitalism, and Umphrey's McGee. Early bird advance tickets for the entire festival cost ¥32,000, while one-day tickets were ¥16,800; however, only 10,000 single-day tickets were made available for each day. Tickets for the on-site campsite cost ¥2,500 per person, and parking was available at a cost of ¥2,000/day but only permitted for cars carrying two or more festival-goers.

2005

The 2005 festival ran from the weekend of 29 – 31 July 2005. Headline acts on The Green Stage were Foo Fighters, Fatboy Slim, and New Order.

Green Stage
FridaySaturdaySunday

Foo Fighters

Coldplay
The Music
The High-Lows
Cake
Simple Plan
Master Low

Fatboy Slim

Beck
Asian Dub Foundation
Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra
Maxïmo Park
Sherbets
Los Lobos

New Order

Special Guest: Primal Scream
The Beach Boys
Quruli
Moby
Ego-Wrappin'
Kemuri
The Knack

White Stage
FridaySaturdaySunday

Kiyoshiro Imawano & Nice Middle with New Blue Day Horns

The Pogues
Steel Pulse
Prefuse 73
The Ska-Flames
Banda Bassotti
Soil & "Pimp" Sessions
Your Song Is Good

Brahman

Dinosaur Jr.
Queens of the Stone Age Gang of Four [16]
Feeder
Sambomaster
Hawaiian6
Coheed and Cambria
Juliette and the Licks

Sigur Rós

The Mars Volta
Boom Boom Satellites
Doves
Athlete
Soul Flower Union
The Go! Team
Afrirampo

Other artists included: Rosso, Charlotte Hatherley, Kaiser Chiefs, The Longcut, Night Snipers, Crown City Rockers, Rovo, Pe'z, The Beautiful Girls, Crazy Ken Band, Lisa Loeb, Eddi Reader, Mercury Rev, Clammbon, The Bravery, Bill Laswell, Laurent Garnier United State of Electronica, Ryan Adams & The Cardinals, My Morning Jacket, The Coral, Röyksopp, The Futureheads, Aqualung, The Magic Numbers, Mylo, Soulive, and The John Butler Trio.

2004

In 2004, the festival ran from Friday 30 July until Sunday 1 August. Headline acts on The Green Stage were Lou Reed, The Chemical Brothers, and The White Stripes. Morrissey was initially announced as Sunday's headliner but cancelled two weeks before the festival due to "a sudden disagreement [...] regarding the terms of the performance". [17]

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Dancing with Santos in the Red Marquee
Green Stage
FridaySaturdaySunday

Lou Reed

Pixies
PJ Harvey
The Roosters
Haven
The Blind Boys of Alabama
Pe'z
British Sea Power

The Chemical Brothers

Kiyoshiro Imawano & Nice Middle with New Blue Day Horns
Courtney Love
Ben Harper and The Innocent Criminals
Franz Ferdinand
Mitch Mitchell and Billy Cox of the Jimi Hendrix Experience
Jamaica All Stars

Morrissey

The White Stripes
Jet
The Libertines
Cosmic Rough Riders
Jamie Cullum
The Soundtrack of Our Lives
Shibusashirazu Orchestra

White Stage
FridaySaturdaySunday

Tokyo Jihen

Basement Jaxx
The X-Ecutioners
Ozomatli
Char
Kemuri
The Bees
Little Tempo

Primus

Yura Yura Teikoku
Jimmy Eat World
Dropkick Murphys
Husking Bee
Steriogram
The Back Horn
The Mooney Suzuki

Belle and Sebastian

Graham Coxon
Zazen Boys
!!!
Praxis feat. Bill Laswell
múm
South
Aburadako

Other artists included: Supercar, The Zutons, Asian Kung-Fu Generation, Snow Patrol, The Killers, Sikth, Zero 7, Dizzee Rascal, DJ Krush, Chris Robinson & New Earth Mud, Buckethead’s Giant Robot, Hifana, The Charlatans, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Ben Kweller, The Streets, Santos, Buffalo Daughter, Jack Johnson, Donavon Frankenreiter, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Ash, Keane, The Stills, Sambomaster, Simple Kid, The Black Keys, Stevie Salas, Keller Williams, and moe..

2003

In 2003, the festival ran from Friday 25 July until Sunday 27 July. Headline acts on The Green Stage were Underworld, Björk, and Elvis Costello.

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Björk on the main stage at Fuji – Year 2003
Green Stage
FridaySaturdaySunday

Underworld

Macy Gray
The Music
The Libertines
Sugar Ray
Danko Jones
Thee Michelle Gun Elephant

Björk

Primal Scream
Coldplay
Asian Dub Foundation
Masayoshi Yamazaki
Back Drop Bomb
Dirty Dozen Brass Band

Elvis Costello

Massive Attack
Steve Winwood
Evanescence
Vincent Gallo
Murderdolls
Jude

White Stage
FridaySaturdaySunday

Ben Harper and The Innocent Criminals

Sly and Robbie with Michael Rose
Fire Ball
Michael Franti and Spearhead
El Gran Silencio
Talib Kweli
Scha Dara Parr
The Mods

Iggy Pop

The Mad Capsule Markets
Godsmack
Anthrax
Hotwire
Sheena & The Rokkets
The Parkinsons
Guitar Wolf

Mogwai

The Orb
Lemon Jelly
Quruli
Yo La Tengo
Rovo
Clammbon
OOIOO

Other major acts include: Audio Active, Death in Vegas, El-P/Aesop Rock/DJ Big Wiz, Prefuse 73, Bob Weir and RatDog, G. Love & Special Sauce, John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, The Coral, Goldfrapp, Röyksopp, Boom Boom Satellites, The Jeevas, Ego-Wrappin', The Thrills, Jet, Dirty Vegas, Steve Kimock Band, and The Sun Ra Arkestra.

2002

In 2002, the festival ran from Friday 26 July until Sunday 28 July. Headline acts on The Green Stage were The Prodigy, The Chemical Brothers, and Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Green Stage
FridaySaturdaySunday

The Prodigy

Muse
V∞redoms
Alec Empire
The Jeevas
Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra
American Hi-Fi

The Chemical Brothers

Pet Shop Boys
Yōsui Inoue
Kiyoshiro Imawano & Akiko Yano
Trik Turner
Love Psychedelico
Shibusashirazu Orchestra

Red Hot Chili Peppers

Jane's Addiction
Brahman
Char
The High-Lows
Queens of the Stone Age
Yura Yura Teikoku
Banda Bassotti

White Stage
FridaySaturdaySunday

George Clinton & Parliament-Funkadelic

Manu Chao Radio Bemba Sound System
Rhymester
The Skatalites
Blackalicious
Fidel Nadal
Shing02
YKZ

Sonic Youth

Butthole Surfers
The Get Up Kids
JUDE (Kenichi Asai)
The Dillinger Escape Plan
Master Low
Midtown
Mo'some Tonebender

Spiritualized

Cornelius
Gomez
The Cooper Temple Clause
Supercar
Yonin Bayashi
Date Course Pentagon Royal Garden

Other major acts include: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Television, X-Press 2, Patti Smith, The White Stripes, Billy Bragg and The Blokes, Buffalo Daughter, The Music, Hundred Reasons, Shonen Knife, The Cinematic Orchestra, DJ Shadow, Tha Blue Herb, The String Cheese Incident, Ian Brown, Doves, and Galactic.

2001

The festival ran from Friday 27 July until Sunday 29 July in 2001. Headline acts on The Green Stage were Oasis, Neil Young & Crazy Horse, and Eminem.

Green Stage
FridaySaturdaySunday

Oasis

Manic Street Preachers
Travis
Asian Dub Foundation
Sherbets
Dropkick Murphys
Kemuri

Neil Young & Crazy Horse

Alanis Morissette
Stereophonics
Patti Smith
Hothouse Flowers
Juno Reactor
Number Girl

Eminem

Tool
System of a Down
Alec Empire
Xzibit
Dry & Heavy
Brahman
Fermin Muguruza

White Stage
FridaySaturdaySunday

Tricky

Mos Def
Nitro Microphone Underground
Muro
Breakestra with Peanut Butter Wolf
Ego-Wrappin'
Kick the Can Crew
Rappagariya

New Order

Alec Empire
Mogwai
YamaArashi
Dengeki Network
Regurgitator
Suck Down
Eastern Youth

Brian Eno & J. Peter Schwalm: Drawn from Life

Coldcut
Autechre Orbital
Squarepusher
Two Lone Swordsmen
Little Tempo
Joujouka

Other major acts include: Husking Bee, Semisonic, Feeder, Stereo MCs, Unkle, Juno Reactor, V∞redoms, Echo & the Bunnymen, Powderfinger, The Cooper Temple Clause, Kemuri, Ani DiFranco, UA, and Tegan and Sara.

2000

In 2000, the festival ran from Friday 28 July until Sunday 30 July. Headline acts on The Green Stage were Blankey Jet City (their final live performance), Thee Michelle Gun Elephant, and Primal Scream.

Green Stage
FridaySaturdaySunday

Blankey Jet City

The Chemical Brothers
Foo Fighters
Elliott Smith
Placebo
The Killer Barbies
Fishbone

Thee Michelle Gun Elephant

Johnny Marr's Healers
Sonic Youth
Ruffy Tuffy
The Animalhouse
Rollins Band
Ozomatli

Primal Scream

Ian Brown
Elastica
A Perfect Circle
Toploader
Zebrahead
Eve 6 Deadweight
Soul Flower Union

White Stage
FridaySaturdaySunday

Asian Dub Foundation

Fishbone
MDFMK
Potshot
Garlic Boys
BEAST
Yellow Machinegun
Lä-Ppisch

Run-DMC

Roni Size / Reprazent
Kelis
Buddha Brand & El Dorado All Stars
Dry & Heavy
Tha Blue Herb
Kojima
The Trojans

Denki Groove

Leftfield
Stereolab
Moby
Boom Boom Satellites
Buffalo Daughter
Fila Brazillia
Jah Shaka

Other major acts include: Grapevine, Eagle-Eye Cherry, G. Love & Special Sauce, OOIOO, Mogwai, Yura Yura Teikoku, Yo La Tengo, Richard D. James & DJ Grant, Super Furry Animals, Gomez, Rammstein, Jess Klein, and Kinocosmo.

1999

In 1999, the festival ran from Friday 30 July until Sunday 1 August. Headline acts on The Green Stage were Rage Against the Machine, Blur, and ZZ Top. This was the first year that the festival was held in its present location at Naeba Ski Resort in Niigata Prefecture, as well as the first year that it expanded from a two-day to three-day festival. [18]

Green Stage
FridaySaturdaySunday

Rage Against the Machine

The Black Crowes
Hi-Standard
Nawang Khechog
Stevie Salas
Tamio Okuda
Phish
Rocket from the Crypt
Special Guest: Todos Tus Muertos

Blur

The Chemical Brothers
Limp Bizkit
Skunk Anansie
Ray Davies
UA
Boredoms
Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra
Rory McLeod

ZZ Top

Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros
Nawang Khechog
Bernard Butler
Ocean Colour Scene
Ruffy Tuffy
Ash
Catatonia
Femi Kuti
Todos Tus Muertos

White Stage
FridaySaturdaySunday

Underworld

Propellerheads
Audio Active
Death in Vegas
Regular Fries
Neve
Dengeki Network

The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion

Atari Teenage Riot
Eastern Youth
Back Drop Bomb
Feeder
Brahman
DMBQ

Happy Mondays

Tricky
Lee "Scratch" Perry
Fun Lovin' Criminals
Fountains of Wayne
Mishka
Polysics

Other major acts include: Mix Master Mike, Prince Paul & Automator, Boom Boom Satellites, The Orb, DJ Spooky, That Subliminal Kid, Quruli, Breakbeat Era, Jungle Brothers, and Mad Professor. Phish headlined the Field of Heaven stage all three days, and their complete performance from Jul 31, 1999 was officially released as Japan Relief in March 2011. [19]

1998

In 1998, the festival was held at Tokyo Bayside Square in Toyosu and ran from Saturday 1 August until Sunday 2 August. Headline acts on The Green Stage were Björk and The Prodigy.

Green Stage
SaturdaySunday

Björk

Beck
Elvis Costello with Steve Nieve
Kiyoshiro Imawano Little Screaming Revue
Sonic Youth
Garbage
Blankey Jet City
Stereophonics
Midget

The Prodigy

Primal Scream
Ian Brown
Hotei
Korn
Ben Folds Five
Thee Michelle Gun Elephant
The Montrose Avenue

White Stage
SaturdaySunday

Iggy Pop

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
MCM and the Monster
Guitar Wolf
Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra
Sheena & The Rokkets
Shonen Knife
Hoff Dylan

Goldie

Asian Dub Foundation
Audio Active
Junkie XL
Lo Fidelity Allstars
Tokyo No.1 Soul Set
Geodezik
Kemuri

1997

1997 was the only year that the festival was actually held on Mount Fuji, at the Fuji Tenjinyama Ski Resort. It was intended to run from Saturday 26 July until Sunday 27 July, although the second day was cancelled due to a typhoon. Headline acts on the Main Stage were Red Hot Chili Peppers and Green Day.

Main Stage
SaturdaySunday

Red Hot Chili Peppers

Rage Against the Machine
The Yellow Monkey
Foo Fighters
The High-Lows
Southern Culture on the Skids
Third Eye Blind
Summercamp

Green Day

Beck
The Prodigy
The Seahorses
Hotei
Weezer
Southern Culture on the Skids
Sugizo

Second Stage
SaturdaySunday

Aphex Twin

Atari Teenage Riot
Denki Groove
Boredoms
The Mad Capsule Markets
Girls Against Boys
Zubons
Black Bottom Brass Band

Massive Attack

Lee "Scratch" Perry
Squarepusher
Mad Professor
Audio Active
Sneaker Pimps
Shonen Knife
Tokyo No.1 Soul Set

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