TOKYO — The 23rd edition of Japan's Fuji Rock Festival, considered the leading international festival in Asia (though not even the biggest fest in Japan), was held Friday to Sunday at the Naeba Ski area in Niigata prefecture. The fete saw a spike in attendance despite a typhoon which pounded the second day, making it one of the wettest FRFs in recent memory.
The Cure, Thom Yorke, The Chemical Brothers and Sia headlined along with noteworthy performances by Vince Staples, The Lumineers, Jason Mraz, Martin Garrix, Death Cab for Cutie, James Blake and Janelle Monae. In addition, original Sex Pistol Glen Matlock played a couple of surreptitious sets with David Bowie go-to guitarist Earl Slick. In all, there were over 200 performances.
Ticket sales were buoyed by the announcement of the booking of legendary Japanese group Ellegarden. The band had been on hiatus, only performing three shows in the last 10 years, all in 2018. The day the news broke 10,000 tickets for Fuji Rock were reportedly sold. Attendance for the three days was 130,000, a jump from the previous six years.