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Since 2001, Fuji Rock’s Rookie a Go-Go stage has spotlighted indie talents not quite ready for the festival’s larger areas. Acts apply to play — this year 1,300 bands vied for 15 slots — and with the exception of Taiwan’s Go Chic in 2010, all the past performers have been locals. But this summer sees Rookie a Go-Go again adding a dash of international flavor, with Taiwan’s Manic Sheep and South Korea’s Wedance earning invitations.

Manic Sheep plays fuzzy shoegaze-accented rock. The Rookie a Go-Go appearance has forced the group to slightly modify its summer plans.

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