Hippies and hipsters brave a soggy Fuji Rock

by James Hadfield

When you’re talking about a music festival whose inaugural event was literally wiped out by a typhoon, it can feel a bit petty to complain about the weather. All the same, campers arriving at Fuji Rock Festival in Naeba on Thursday last week might have hoped for a warmer welcome than the torrential downpour that greeted them. Though things improved as the weekend went on, the rain still managed to put a dampener on the proceedings, and might explain the muted reception afforded to some of the festival’s biggest acts.