Summer Sonic Festival

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Summer Sonic Festival
Marine Stage at Summer Sonic Festival.jpg
Genre Rock and Alternative
Dates Early August
Location(s) Chiba Marine Stadium & Makuhari Messe, Chiba, Japan
Maishima Sports Island, Osaka, Japan
Years active 2000-present
Website
Summer Sonic

The Summer Sonic Festival is an annual two- or three-day rock festival held at the same time in Osaka and Chiba. The majority of the bands playing in Osaka the first day go to Chiba the following day and vice versa. The line-up contains many Japanese rock musicians from both major and indie record companies, and also international acts. It also operates the festival Sonicmania, with an EDM focus, since 2011. Producer Creativeman formed a joint venture with Live Nation Entertainment in 2012,[1] and Live Nation bought full control of the venture in 2014.[2]

History[edit]

Summer Sonic Festival was founded in 2000 in Japan, with a focus on major national and international acts. Among the first bands in 2000's lineup were 311, Arrested Development, At the Drive-In, Ben Folds Five, and Coldplay.

The EDM section of the festival was later split into Sonicmania, an EDM focused main stage held at a different time, which according to Time Out, "Held as a warm-up for Summer Sonic each year, the all-night Sonicmania party caters to dance kids who aren't so well served by the main festival itself"[3] in 2011.[4]

Producer Creativeman formed a joint venture with Live Nation Entertainment in 2012.[1] Live Nation bought full control of the venture in 2014.[2]

Performances[edit]

Lineups for the festival in past years are as follows:

2000[edit]

2001[edit]

2002[edit]

Tokyo Only[edit]

Osaka Only[edit]

2003[edit]

2004[edit]

2005[edit]

2006[edit]

2007[edit]

2008[edit]

2009[edit]

2010[edit]

August 7 (Chiba)/August 8 (Osaka) August 8 (Chiba)/August 7 (Osaka)

2011[edit]

August 13 (Chiba)/August 14 (Osaka) August 14 (Chiba)/August 13 (Osaka)

2012[edit]

August 18 (Chiba)/August 19 (Osaka) August 19 (Chiba)/August 18 (Osaka)

2013[edit]

August 10 (Chiba)/August 11 (Osaka) August 10 (Osaka)/August 11 (Chiba)

Marine Stage (Chiba)/Ocean Stage (Osaka)

Mountain Stage

Sonic Stage

Rainbow Stage

Beach Stage

Ocean Stage (Osaka)/Marine Stage (Chiba)

Mountain Stage

Sonic Stage

Rainbow Stage

Beach Stage

2014[edit]

August 16 (Chiba)/August 17 (Osaka) August 16 (Osaka)/August 17 (Chiba)

Marine Stage (Chiba)/Ocean Stage (Osaka)

Mountain Stage

Sonic Stage

Ocean Stage (Osaka)/Marine Stage (Chiba)

Mountain Stage

Sonic Stage

2015[edit]

August 15 (Chiba)/August 16 (Osaka) August 15 (Osaka)/August 16 (Chiba)

Marine Stage (Chiba)/Ocean Stage (Osaka)

Mountain Stage

Sonic Stage

Ocean Stage (Osaka)/Marine Stage (Chiba)

Mountain Stage

Sonic Stage

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Live Nation Continues Expansion In Asia Through Creation Of Joint Venture With Leading Japanese Promoter Creativeman". Bloomberg (Press release). 2012-02-23. Retrieved 2014-06-21. 
  2. ^ a b Ingham, Tim (2014-04-23). "Live Nation takes control of Japan business". Music Week. Retrieved 2014-06-21. 
  3. ^ http://www.timeout.jp/en/tokyo/event/11134
  4. ^ http://www.creativeman.co.jp/sonicmania/2011/

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