Selected by Dan Grunebaum

"I want there to be something for everybody at our festival," explains upstart Tokyo-based British promoter Jon Lynch about his upcoming Rocktoberfest 2000 New Music Festival slated for Odaiba' Shiokaze Park. The most ambitious production yet by Lynch's Global Vision Music, the festival will cover a vast expanse of music, with UK headliners The Jellys and The Junket, Regurgitator from Australia, The Ring from Korea, and Japan's Boogiecitrus, Babamania, Ex Girl, and a slew of local expat bands set to perform on five stages.

UK rock rag NME recently described The Jellys as "a drug-polluted Ramonic thunder-fest of attack guitars with lyrics which artfully combine overactive monkey glands and twisted teenage angst." They wowed fans in Japan in sold-out shows at Shibuya's Club Quattro last year, and are currently working on their second album, Doctored for Supersound, to be released in November.

Another act familiar to Japan are Australia's Regurgitator. A dynamic band by any measure, Regurgitator crosses genres at will-blending elements of alternative rock, '80s electro, hip hop, and anything else that seizes their imagination. They also have a history of cross-fertilization with the Japanese band scene, touring with Zoobombs, Audio Active and the Boredoms down under, not to speak of supporting stints with Beck and Prodigy.

With the easing of tensions between Japan and Korea, Korea's developing indie-rock scene is beginning to attract attention here. Formed only two years ago, The Ring is fast gaining a following in its home city of Seoul and recently released their debut album One Take...No Way.

From Japan, a number of bands are booked that represent various sub-cultures within the indie-rock scene. Boogiecitrus look back to the classic sounds of Velvet Underground but update it with electronic elements; Babamania combine punk, rap and metal for one of Japan's strongest live acts; while Ex Girl have carved out a completely unique identity under the direction of legendary indie producer Hoppy Komiyama.

Also well-represented will be Tokyo's expat band circuit. Mellocore punkers Two Ball Loo will be on hand, as will singer/songwriters Helen Northeast, Tim Leffman and the Beautiful Losers. Other favorites of the local pub rock scene to appear will be Minx, Velocity Boy, Kooleidoscope and Sway.

But Lynch and his crew at Global Vision have also widened the rock festival parameter by including two DJ tents, the Ben's Cafe slam-poetry stage, the Eyesaw art/movie tent, a Tokyo Artist's Gallery, a world restaurant zone and other attractions too numerous to mention.

The culmination of years of promoting UK Sound events, Lynch says that "Rocktober will celebrate an overflow of talent in all kinds of media. And as well as being the largest annual music festival in the city, it should be the biggest party too." Look out Fuji Rock.

Rocktoberfest takes place at Shiokaze Park in Odaiba on October 15. Latest updates available on the web at See listings for details.

Concert Listings
394: Regurgitator
393: Art Garfunkel


392: Belle and Sebastian
391: Super Furry Animals
390: Ben Folds
389: Elton John
388: Dido
387: Papa Roach
386: Beast Feast 2001
385: Summersonic
384: David Sylvian
383: Maxi Priest & Big Mountain
382: Fuji Rock Festival 01
381: Roxy Music
380: Bo Diddley
379: John McLaughlin & Zakir Hussain in Remember Shakti
378: Paul Weller
377: Coolio
376: Backyard Babies
375: Marcus Miller
374: Black Crowes
373: Megadeath
372: Dionne Warwick
371: Arrested Development
370: Mouse on Mars
369: Duran Duran
368: Linkin Park
367: Maceo Parker
366: Japan Blues Carnival 2001
365: Ben Harper
364: Cheap Trick
363: Stephen Malkmus
362: Mogwai
361: Weezer
360: Marilyn Manson
359: Green Day
358: AC/DC
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