Japan's annual music festival on July will feature prominent acts including Aphex Twin and Iceland's Bjork set to headline the event alongside Queens of the Stone Age, Father John Misty and many foreign acts. Father John Misty is set to go through all the world music festivals this year to promote his new album.
More announcements and artists are expected to be revealed in the coming months. So far, the confirmed acts include the following:
- Aphex Twin
- LCD Soundsystem
- Major Lazer
- Queens of the Stone Age
- The xx
- Catfish and the Bottlemen
- Elvin Bishop
- Father John Misty
- The Lemon Twigs
- Lukas Graham
- Maggie Rogers
- The Marcus King Band
- Sturgill Simpson
- Western Caravan
According to Consequence of Sound, the event will take place in the Naeba Ski Resort in Niigata Prefecture and is one of the biggest musical events in Japan. The event will highlight Queens of The Stone Age's first big headliner performance of the year.
The band is also back in the studio recording their new album. According to Ultimate Guitar, citing Queens of the Stone Age guitarist Troy Van Leeuwen, Queens may have their album recorded by the end of the year. He mentioned about "tons of ideas bouncing around" and the band deciding to "do something about it before the end of the year. The band released their latest album "...Like Clockwork" in 2013.
Iceland's Bjork last played Fuji Rock the same year the Queens of the Stone Age album was released. During the year, Fuji Rock's foreign line-up consisted of industrial rock band Nine Inch Nails and The Cure. Japan's Fuji Rock festival also features local rock acts and amazing attractions for music tourists.
Speaking of attractions, the Fuji Rock Festival may also feature promotional merchandise for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Expect to see booths full of anime and videogame Olympics ambassador merchandise that music tourists could bring home.
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