Fuji Tops

Japan’s Fuji Rock Festival, which took place July 22-24 at the Naeba Ski Resort in the mountains of Niigata Prefecture, was deemed an overwhelming success this year. 

Except for 30 minutes of drizzle late Sunday afternoon, the festival was blessed with sunny yet relatively cool weather. More to the point, two of the three days were sold out. Organizer Smash Corporation reports 15,000 people attending the free pre-festival party on Thursday night, where they were entertained by San Francisco soul-funk group Con Brio. About 30,000 attended Day One, when the headliners were James Blake and Sigur Ros.

The two remaining days – Saturday, headed by Wilco and Beck, and Sunday, topped by the Red Hot Chili Peppers – saw 40,000 people per day, for a total attendance of 125,000. Though the headliners were the obvious draw, probably the most coveted real estate during the whole weekend was a spot in front of the White Stage for Babymetal‘s Sunday afternoon performance. The field in front of the stage, not to mention the paths approaching the field in either direction, was totally packed at least a half hour before the show even started.

Once it did, a huge, swirling mosh pit formed in the middle of the field. The scene has been making the social media rounds ever since. RHCP also headlined Friday night at the Jisan Valley Rock Festival 2016 in South Korea.

Some of the other overlap acts between the two Asian outdoor blowouts were DisclosureTravisKula ShakerBiffy Clyro and Troye Sivan. The organizer of the festival, CJ E&M, reported attendance for the weekend at about 90,000.