On the nights of May 28 and 29, some of Japan's best-selling artists will gather for Japan Night, a first-of-its-kind event that will showcase the country's leading musical acts.
GEEK will be there to provide exclusive coverage in real-time via our Instagram account (@geekexchange) and in a lengthier piece that will run in the print magazine.
The event will take place at Tokyo’s National Olympic Stadium, which will be closing its doors just a few days later for a major overhaul in preparation for the 2020 Summer Olympics.
Organizers of Japan Night are hoping the healing power of music will help provide the Japanese people with a fresh start following the earthquakes, tsunami and meltdown of the Fukishima nuclear reactor in 2011, which devastated the country. They’re also hoping to re-establish Tokyo as an international hub of music, culture and art.
The focus of the first night, subtitled “Yell for Japan,” is to highlight new and upcoming artists, with performances by Ikimonogakari, Kazuyoshi Saito (video featured below), The Gospellers, Funky Kato, Yuzu and Kaori Kishitani, among others, and musical direction by Seiji Kameda, who worked extensively with Ringo Sheena.
The second night, subtitled “Japan to the World,” will feature some of J-pop’s megastars, including international sensation Perfume, Sekai No Owari, L’Arc-en-Ciel and the wolf-masked Man With a Mission (video featured below).