The Fuji Rock 2022 line-up sees the return of artists abroad

Fuji Rock, Japan’s leading annual summer music festival for showcasing overseas artists, is getting back in shape after postponing the event in 2020 and moving to an all-Japanese lineup in 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Organizer Smash announced the preliminary lineup of the three-day festival on Friday night, with American artists Jack White and Halsey appearing as headliners. The headlining third act has yet to be announced. Other acts scheduled to perform include electronic artists Bonobo and Mura Masa, rock bands Foals and Dinosaur Jr., as well as a selection of domestic acts.

The event will take place at the Naeba ski resort in Niigata prefecture from 29 to 31 July. Tickets are on sale now.

First held in 1997, Fuji Rock is one of the country’s longest-running and anticipated annual music events, and the lineup for its 2022 edition signals that the Japanese live music industry is attempting to return to normal after many events were canceled, scaled down or dramatically altered due to the pandemic. The Summer Sonic festival in Chiba and Osaka will return in August, while the Rock In Japan festival will take place in a new location in Chiba after being canceled in the past two years.

Smash says they will continue to implement measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Festival attendees must register on a smartphone app to participate, and those with a fever of 37.5 degrees Celsius or higher will not be allowed. Participants will also be required to wear masks and undergo temperature checks, and encouraged to keep their distance from others and refrain from shouting.

“Although the end of COVID-19 is not yet in sight, all the festival staff will work to prepare for a festival with the theme” Music with Nature and Coexistence with Corona “, an introductory message on the official Fuji Rock reads the site web.

Tickets for this year’s festival are already on sale. For more information visit it.fujirockfestival.com.

In line with COVID-19 guidelines, the government strongly urges residents and visitors to exercise caution if they choose to visit bars, restaurants, music venues, and other public spaces.

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