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Summer Olympics disrupts festivals

World News
September 13, 2019


TWO OF the country’s biggest festivals have been forced to take drastic action next year, due to the summer Olympics in Tokyo.

The Summer Olympics will take place from 24 July to 9 August 2020 in the capital.

Usually held on the last weekend of July at the Naeba ski resort, the 43,000–capacity Fuji Rock, promoted by Smash Corporation, will be moved to 21–23 August.

This year’s 23rd edition of Fuji Rock featured The Cure, Chemical Brothers and Sia, with tickets ranging from 18,000 to 42,000 yen ($169-394).

The twin-site Summer Sonic, which would have taken place in Tokyo (cap.60,000) and Osaka (40,000), has been cancelled altogether and will resume in 2021.

Promoted by Creativeman, this year’s 20th anniversary event, held on 16-18 August, was completely sold out for both sites.

Tickets for the Tokyo event ranged from 15,000 yen ($142) for a one-day ticket to 25,000 yen ($236) for a platinum ticket. Osaka tickets were priced slightly lower.

Headliners included Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Chainsmokers and B’z.

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