The Cure, My Bloody Valentine, NIN, Bjork to play Fuji Rock Festival 2013


photos by Christopher Johnson

Organizers have announced that The Cure will headline Sunday night this July at the Fuji Rock Festival in the lush mountains of Niigata prefecture north of Tokyo.

The festival pioneers at Smash Entertainment in Japan, who are still tweaking the line-up, have also announced that shoegazer legends My Bloody Valentine will perform Friday night, after selling out a series of shows this winter in Japan.

Rolling out hit after hit, The Cure had crowds dancing and bopping for 150 minutes almost non-stop last summer at Frequency Festival in Austria.

Fuji Rock Festival 2013 will also feature on Friday night Nine Inch Nails, Kenichi Asai (playing with the drummer and guitarist from Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra), Japan’s Soil and Pimp Sessions, Japanese guitar guru Char, DJ Shadow, Austin-based guitarist Gary Clark Jr., Canadian folk rocker Ron Sexsmith, US legends Tower of Power, Australia’s Tame Impala, and others including My Bloody Valentine, touring off their excellent new album.

Saturday night’s line-up includes Bjork, Karl Hyde of Underworld, Jurassic 5, Aimee Man, Japanese rockers The Bawdies, U2 producer Daniel Lanois, Coheed and Cambria, Suzanne Vega and others.

Sunday night will see The Cure, Vampire Weekend, XX, Japanese punk legends Sheena and the Rockets, Takkyu Ishino and others.

Hotel rooms tend to sell out early. Bring a tent, prepare for noise, rain, mud, sunshine and the best vibe in Japan.

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See Christopher Johnson’s photos of Fuji Rock 2011 here:

And interview with FRF founder Masa Hidaka for here:

Learn more about camping in Japan here:

Read more about Frequency Festival in Austria here: