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Samuel
SAMUEL / EVENT PROMOTER
This year' best festival should be Fuji Rock. I'm particularly looking forward to the electronica lineup, which includes New Order, Brian Eno, Cold Cut, Squarepusher and Autechre. I've only got time for two days this year and hope there's no rain. Survival tips? Become a freelance reporter and get free passes so you can attend all the festivals without going broke.
Sure Martin
SURE MARTIN / MUSICIAN
This is my first summer in Japan but I really like the Copenhagen Jazz Festival, which is great for relaxing and hanging out. This summer I'm looking forward to the Roskilde Festival in Denmark, since my band is playing there. Tips for surviving the festival circuit? Spread Love!
 
Adrienne Wyper
ADRIENNE WYPER / EDITOR
I'm new to Japan, so I want to go to all the festivals. I'm particularly keen to check out Fuji since I really enjoy the French band Air - especially "Sexy Boy." If you want to know whether I'll be camping out for the whole festival, ask my boss. Crucial survival items include toilet paper and a cell phone.
Survivor
Photos by Beezer

Tokyo and environs will be hosting a number of star-studded outdoor music festivals this summer, among them Fuji Rock, Summer Sonic, Newport Jazz and the usual smattering of three-day trance parties. Before packing their tents and heading into the sonic wilds, we asked Tokyoites about their favorite festival, which festivals they'll be attending, which acts they're most looking forward to, whether they'll be camping or heading out for a day trip, and any tips on surviving the festival circuit.
Kaori Fujimoto

KAORI FUJIMOTO / OFFICE WORKER
My favorite summer festival is Glastonbury in England because I love UK music. In Japan, I'm going to Summer Sonic this year because I want to see Beck. Unfortunately, it's going to be impossible for me to camp this year but I'll still be utilizing my main survival technique - alcohol.

 

Emi Oishi
EMI OISHI / OFFICE WORKER
Listening to music outdoors is great and I love Fuji Rock. This year I'm heading to Summer Sonic, however, because I really want to see Beck, Zebra and Ocean Colour Scene. If I had time, I would like to camp for the whole event. Preparations are important and people need to take care of themselves and throw garbage in the proper places.

TOKYO TALK:
381: Diving for pearls
Pearl Harbor opens up in Japan
380: Kitschy Land
Is Odaiba tacky or kawaii?
379: Alfresco adventure
Favored locations for feasting alfresco
378: Down pour
It's raining, it's pouring!
377: Survivor
This summer's star-studded outdoor music festivals
376: Cooling off
Leading up to beach season
375: Pick and mix
The city's hottest dining spots!
374: Wasted
World Environment Day worries
373: Easy street
What makes Jiyugaoka unique?
372: On the record
Hit the streets to find the latest sounds
371: Extra dry?
The cocktail of the masses, the martini
370: Gold rush
Are you realizing your dream vacation for Golden Week?
369: Hanami
Hanami hotspots revisted
368: Do you DSL?
Dare to upgrade your connection
367: Good sports
It's summer - play ball!
366: Curry power
Yokohama's new curry museum is hot!
365: Knock out
Nagurareya, the human punching bag
364: Green day
Celebrate the luck of the Irish
363: The seven year twist
Tokyo Classified's seventh birthday bash!
362: Center Stage
How does live theater compare with the movies?
361: Birthday boys
A day for candles, cake, and...
360: You bet!
Put your money where your mouth is at the track
359: Heart land
What makes the perfect Valentine's date?
358: Father figure
What makes a good dad?
357: Booked up
Tech-savvy book buying habits
356: Wheel of life
Relaxing, romatic ferris wheels
355: Break the ice
Ice-skating
354: As good as your word
Resolutions, written in stone
352/3: Past and future
Famous peoples' perspectives
351: Yuletide Shopping
Rewards for being naughty or nice
350: Don't touch that dial
Get your fix through cable?

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