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Fuji Rock:
Smash Talks


Tokyo Classified recently caught up with Smash' English point-man Johnnie Moylett, and asked him how preparations are going for this year's festival


Fuji Rock
Kenji Kudo

TC: How many people came last year, and how many are expected this year?

Moylett: Last year over three days, 72,000 people came and we are aiming for the same this year.

TC: What major changes have been made to the festival this year?

Moylett: We try to make the Festival a wider experience each year by adding various new features. This year, we've added two new stages and other sideline events. The Red Marquee is a 5000 capacity tent. Loosely, it's an alternative stage to the outdoor rock arena stages. The Avalon Stage is an acoustic stage and is a platform for unrecorded musicians, street performers, etc. There are various other things going on this year around the site - street performers, performance artists, and a House of Horrors.

TC: What is being done to ease traffic congestion?

Moylett: We had that fully under control last year. The shuttle bus from the JR station and the Festival car parks ran every 10-20 minutes. There were no traffic jams. It's not a problem at all.

TC: Is the festival a money-making proposition?

Moylett: Sometimes we wonder ourselves. Of course, we don't want to lose money. Last year we had a total staff of 2250 people and 100 bands/artists performed. And luckily it didn't rain. It's a year's planning to get the festival staged, if we break even we are happy.

TC: What were the craziest things participating bands got up to last year?

Moylett: There was no great 'Us and Them' (artist/audience) thang going on backstage, which is fairly customary at most festivals. Most of the artists, after their performance, walked around watching other bands. Very relaxed really.

TC: Are there any plans to move the festival back to Mt Fuji?

Moylett: Naeba is a really beautiful setting for the Festival. We are very happy to return there this year. You can ask that question after this year is over.

TC: Any tips on 'surviving' the Festival?

Moylett: There is a lot of helpful information about the Festival on our website (www.smash-jpn.com). But to sum it up, be prepared for all types of weather.

Concert Listings
CONCERT PREVIEW ARCHIVE:
OCTOBER
394: Regurgitator
393: Art Garfunkel

SEPTEMBER

392: Belle and Sebastian
391: Super Furry Animals
390: Ben Folds
389: Elton John
AUGUST
388: Dido
387: Papa Roach
386: Beast Feast 2001
385: Summersonic
384: David Sylvian
JULY
383: Maxi Priest & Big Mountain
382: Fuji Rock Festival 01
381: Roxy Music
380: Bo Diddley
JUNE
379: John McLaughlin & Zakir Hussain in Remember Shakti
378: Paul Weller
377: Coolio
376: Backyard Babies
375: Marcus Miller
MAY
374: Black Crowes
373: Megadeath
372: Dionne Warwick
371: Arrested Development
APRIL
370: Mouse on Mars
369: Duran Duran
368: Linkin Park
367: Maceo Parker
MARCH
366: Japan Blues Carnival 2001
365: Ben Harper
364: Cheap Trick
363: Stephen Malkmus
362: Mogwai
FEBRUARY
361: Weezer
360: Marilyn Manson
359: Green Day
358: AC/DC
JANUARY
357: Richard Thompson
356: Bob Dylan
355: J. Mascis
354: Leigh Stephen Kenny
352/3: Limp Bizkit
351: Boyz II Men
350: Reef
349: Park Tower Blues Festival
348: Roni Size
347: Compay Segundo
346: Incognito
345: Jimmy Page and The Black Crowes
344: Bad Religion
343: Japan Soul Festival 2000
342: Rocktober 2000
341: Richard Ashcroft
340: Motorhead
339: Festival Halou
338: Ricky Martin
337: Taj Mahal
336: Asian Dub Foundation
335: Lou Reed
334: Earth, Wind & Fire
333: Sting
332: No Doubt
331: Camel
330: Fuji Rock: Smash Talks
329: Summer Sonic
328: Mt. Fuju Aid 2000
327: Salif Keita
326: Buena Vista Social Club
325: Bill Frisell
324: Maxi Priest
323: Lenine
322: Rage Against the Machine
321: Tommy Flanagan Trio
320: Smashing Pumpkins
319: Pet Shop Boys
318: Japan Blues Carnival
317: Gipsy Kings
316: Steely Dan
315: Pshish
314: Big Night Out
313: Femi Kuti and the Positive Force
312: Harry Connick Jr.
311: Sonny Rollins
310: Speech
309: Santana

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