Air Jam 2000
High Standard - Courtesy of Smash
In its fourth year of existence, Air Jam has
quickly become the grizzled veteran among this summer' numerous J-rock festivals.
Debuting in 1997, this indie-rock/youth culture fest is perhaps Japan's leading omnibus
event, bringing together bands from the punk, ska and hardcore scenes. Launched by
Hi-Standard through their influential Pizza of Death indie label, Air Jam drew a crowd of
some 30,000 moshers in its second year.
Topping the bill is, of course, Hi-Standard - a band whose brand of mellowcore music has
previously earned them opening slots for fellow punk revivalists Green Day and Rancid.
Also of interest are plenty of indie veterans: Bloodthirsty Butchers and Cocobat, digital
hardcore trio Wrench, industrial thrashers The Mad Capsule Markets, and from the ska
scene, Scafull King and Ska Flames. When you've had enough of the moshpit, check out the
pro in-line skaters and skateboarders that will perform tricks to keep you amused. Plenty
of skateboard and in-line skate makers will also be on hand, manning booths to show off
their wares. Air Jam, in sum, provides the perfect opportunity to both check out an array
of acts from Japan's vital indie scene, and to enjoy a day of fun in the sun around Tokyo
Air Jam 2000 takes
place at Chiba Marine Stadium on August 26. See listings