Japan’s Fuji Rock Festival postponed to August due to Corona Virus

Fuji Rock Festival, Japan’s biggest annual music event, has been postponed to August 2021 due to the spread of the Corona Virus in Japan. Organisers said It is disappointing for thousands of rock-and-roll fans who flock to the outdoor festivities every year. Last year, the event, held in the summer, attracted 130,000 people over four days.

The organisers further said on their website,

“We had hoped the pandemic would abate in time to hold this summer’s festival as scheduled and were moving forward with planning. We apologise for taking so long to inform everyone of this decision.”

The festival was scheduled for Friday 21 August through Sunday 23 August 2020, with headline acts to include The Strokes and Tame Impala. On 5 June 2020, the festival was postponed to August 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Just last month Japan lifted its state of emergency but strict in-bound travel restrictions remain in place, with most non-Japanese nationals not allowed in.
Japan has been hit by around 18,000 infections and 900 deaths so far from the Corona Virus pandemic.

Japan’s Fuji Rock Festival postponed to August due to Corona Virus
Green stage at Fuji Rock Festival

Fuji Rock Festival is an annual rock festival held in Naeba Ski Resort, in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. The three-day event, organized by Smash Japan, features more than 200 Japanese and international musicians, making it the largest outdoor music event in Japan. In 2005, more than 100,000 people attended the festival.

Fuji Rock Festival is named so because the first event in 1997 was held at the base of Mount Fuji. Since 1999 the festival has been held at the Naeba Ski Resort in Yuzawa, Niigata.


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