The eighth annual Countdown Japan festival will close out 2010 with performances by nearly 160 of the nation’s top acts. While the event took place in both Chiba and Osaka from 2006-2008, like last year, the current edition of Countdown Japan will only be happening at Chiba’s cavernous Makuhari Messe convention center.

The 2009 bash attracted more than 128,200 fans over its four days. Expect a similar turnout later this month. Countdown Japan 10/11 boasts four stages with capacities that range from 6,000 to 30,000, as well as a DJ area. Tunes will be pumping from lunchtime until 9:30 p.m. on Dec. 28-30. The party will not start until 2 p.m. on Dec. 31, but concert goers can keep spreading New Year’s cheer until 5 a.m. the following morning. Although single-day tickets for Dec. 31 are all gone, there are still multi-day passes left that include entrance to the closing festivities.

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