Fuji Rock Festival ’18 with Kendrick Lamar, Vampire Weekend, Bob Dylan and more!

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Fuji Rock Festival ’18 with Kendrick Lamar, Vampire Weekend, Bob Dylan and more!

Since being introduced in 1997, Fuji Rock Festival has been one of the leading annual rock festivals in Japan and is the largest outdoor music event in the Land of the Rising Sun. Some of the past major performers that have graced this international festival have been Björk, Gorillaz, The xx, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Sigur Rós, Foo Fighters, Muse, Arcade Fire, Outkast, Radiohead and more. People fly in from all over the world to witness this amazing outdoor event as they camp on the site to watch some of the best music acts around.

This year, Fuji Rock Festival will be held at the Naeba Ski Resort in Naeba from 27th until 29th July 2018. Starting as early as 9:00 AM, the three-day festival will be headlined by musical acts from the legendary Bob Dylan to the conscious rapper Kendrick Lamar, as well as a long list of talented music acts to witness and discover. On the festival site of Naeba in Japan also offer various activities such as NGO workshops, sustainability discussions, massages to even cable car rides.

While Fuji Rock is known as one of the world’s tamest concert festivals, it is packed with over 200 international and local musicians that will tear down the stages. From rock to hip-hop, below are the full list of acts performing at this year’s festival at Naeba Ski Resort:

Green Stage:

Friday, 27th July 2018

N.E.R.D, Sakanaction, Years & Years, Route 17 Rock’n’Roll Orchestra (feat. Nakaido “Chabo” Reiichi, Komoto Hiroto, Okuda Tamio, Tortoise Matsumoto), Glim Spanky, MongloL800 and more.

Saturday, 28th July 2018

Kendrick Lamar, Skrillex, Maximum the Hormone, Johnny Marr, The Birthday, Eastern Youth

Sunday, 29th July 2018

Bob Dylan & his band, Vampire Weekend, Jack Johnson, Anderson Paak & The Free Nationals, Suchmos, Kodo, G&G Miller Orchestra

White Stage:

Friday, 27th July 2018

Post Malone, Odesza, The Elephant Kashimashi, Albert Hammond Jr, Parquet Courts, My Hair is Bad, go!go!vanillas

Saturday, 28th July 2018

Brahman, Fishbone, Unicorn, Ash, Starcrawler, Esne Beltza, Oledickfoggy

Sunday, 29th July 2018

Chvrches, Cero Misia, Kali Uchis, Kacey Musgraves, The Fever 333 and more

Red Marquee:

Friday, 27th July 2018

Mac Demarco, Tune-Yards, Straightener, Let’s Eat Grandma, Mistsume, Neconemuru

Planet Groove: Jon Hopkins, Peggy Gou, Takkyu Ishino, HVOB, Ichiro Yamaguchi

Saturday, 28th July 2018

MGMT, D.A.N., Superorganism, Obukuro Nariaki, More the Man, Lewis Capaldi, Siamese Cats

Tribal Circus: Princess Nokia, The Avalanches (DJ Set), 6lack, Punpee (DJ Set), Chaki Zulu (DJ Set)

Sunday, 29th July 2018

Dirty Projectors, Serperntwithfeet, Awesome City Club, Hings, Leo Imai, King Gnu, Odol

Sunday Session: A-Trak, Berhana, Chip Tanaka, Chai (selected by Rookie A Go-Go) and more

For the full list of performers including the many local Japanese that will be gracing the stages of Fuji Rock Festival ‘18, please check out fujirock-eng.com.

Things to know about Fuji Rock Festival:

  1. It takes about 2 hours to drive to Naeba Ski Resort from Tokyo city. You can take the Shinkansen bullet train to Echigo-Yuzawa station, then hop on a shuttle bus to the festival ground.
  2. Save money and have the full experience when you camp on the site instead of spending money on accommodation. Pay a campsite ticket and also bring your own equipment to set it up next to the festival site. Please check on the weather before deciding this as it may be rainy and muddy. Otherwise there are lodges nearby to book as well.
  3. There will be a lot of walking, so make sure to have proper shoes. It may take up to half an hour or more to get from one stage to the other and take into consideration that it may rain. Best to bring along suitable boots and ponchos because umbrellas are not allowed on the festival ground.
  4. Food and drink queues on festival site can get pretty long, so it is wise to stock up on some snacks. There are plenty of food stalls, so if you need to, make sure to get food before or after peak meal hours.
  5. Bring your own toilet paper for many reasons. Fuji Rock Festival did great by making sure there are enough toilets, but it will get dirty as the day go by and toilet paper running out.
  6. You will be there for the entire day, so time management is very important by considering the walking time to get to each stage through the narrow paths with over 100,000 festival goers. The walking starts as soon as you alight the shuttle bus at Narba Prince Hotel’s parking lot because you need to walk to the entrance that will take another 20 minutes.
  7. With all the walking, it is important to take breaks as you will be on your feet for many hours. Make sure to find time to take breaks or bring along something to sit down on. It is very important to conserve your energy during music festivals.

Hope that is enough to get you ready for Fuji Rock Festival ’18. If you have attended Fuji Rock Festival in the past, do share with us other tips and things to do on festival site in the comment box below.


Writer | Kevin Yeoh

Former editor of JUICE Malaysia, former co-founder of GUMBALLmag and is an all-round music enthusiast from the '90's R&B to K-Pop



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