Organizers pull plug on Fuji Rock Festival for first time due to pandemic


Fuji Rock Festival, Japan's biggest annual music event, will be cancelled for the first time ever due to the coronavirus pandemic, organizers said Friday, disappointing thousands of fans who flock to the outdoor festivities every year.

Since its inception in 1997, headiners at the event have included The Red Hot Chilli Peppers, The Cure, Kendrick Lamar and Bob Dylan. Last year, the event, held in the summer, attracted 130,000 people over four days.

"We had hoped the pandemic would abate in time to hold this summer's festival as scheduled and were moving forward with planning," the organizers said on their website. "We apologize for taking so long to inform everyone of this decision."

This year's festival had been scheduled for three days from Aug 21 at Naeba Ski Resort in Niigata Prefecture, with American rock band The Strokes among the acts.

"Fuji Rock" and "Complete Cancellation" were among the top-trending topics on Twitter after organizers made the announcement.

"I saw the words 'complete cancellation' and thought it was about the Olympics," lamented Twitter user @taako_chako. "It's about Fuji Rock? Such a shame."

Japan last month lifted its state of emergency but strict in-bound travel restrictions remain in place, with most non-Japanese nationals not allowed in.

Japan has been hit by around 18,000 infections and 900 deaths from the coronavirus pandemic.

© Thomson Reuters 2020.

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What are people thinking ???.

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Move it back to Fuji in 2021 please! We'll do better this time I promise!

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As much as I would love to see the show go on, it's about time they stopped postponing the inevitable.

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Didn't some news agency say this was going to happen last week,but then retracted it?

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Good. Crap indie bollocks lineup anyway. Put some more metal on the bill. Or make drugs legal so people can enjoy a festival like people in normal countries do.

-6 ( +1 / -7 )

A shame, but inevitable.

Looked like a great line up, too.

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Toasted HereticToday 06:45 am JSTA shame, but inevitable.

Looked like a great line up, too.

It's too risky even now. I was supposed to see the Rolling Stones 2 weeks from tonight in Cleveland, and Kraftwerk next month and Acid Mother Temple and STRFKR (the pronunciation of this band name is a dirty word) last month or so. I've seen the Stones twice before and Acid Mother Temple last year (they play wild, energetic, exciting and CRAZY psychedelic rock!) and I really like the other 2 bands a lot too. Now it looks like all this will be in 2021. It sucks but I don't want to risk it.

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Great lineup? They have been rehashing this same lineup for 10+ years. Zero originality.

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