Summer Sonic offers something for fans of every music genre — it’s practically the festival’s calling card. Fans of a specific style still have it easy, though — just hang around the stage catering to your preferred sound, whether that be EDM blasting from the Beach Stage or Top 40 pop on the Mountain Stage.


The Marine Stage, housed in the QVC Marine Field, isn’t usually a good destination in the morning and early afternoon hours of Summer Sonic. Still, it’s worth risking a sunburn for a handful of Japanese acts, highlighted by opener Suiyoubi no Campanella, a genre-blurring act known for high-energy shows. A little later, twisty rock outfit Gesu no Kiwami Otome. takes the stage. Despite its lead singer’s turn as a tabloid feature, the band puts on a lively performance. And if you check them out, you’ll get a good spot for Weezer.

Those keen in catching the potential next-big-thing in British rock should head inside Makuhari Messe just after 1 p.m. for Rat Boy, a budding artist answering the question: “What if Pete Doherty listened to more rap?” Ragers and ravers should head to the Beach Stage, where the day’s EDM programming gets underway via Yamato.

English act Underworld will be a great dance-leaning headliner to end the day, though if you want something a bit more easygoing, mosey over to the Garden Stage for jazz artist Hiromi Uehara.


You can sleep in a little, but try to hit the Mountain Stage at 11:30 a.m. for anthemic California rockers Run River North. To keep the energy going, get to the Beach Stage in the early afternoon to see K-pop hip-hopper Zico, or stay inside for Japanese electro-super-group Metafive on the Sonic Stage. The latter sets up well for one of the day’s better back-to-backs, Norwegian dance maker Cashmere Cat followed shortly by dreamy R&B trio King on the Sonic Stage.

Speaking of great pairings, Sunday’s closing stretch at the Marine Stage is a must for fans of rock music with elements of electronic music and heady lyrics. Japan’s Sakanaction goes on first, and they’ve been one of the better J-rock outfits going for the past five years. And the headliner, Radiohead, selected the band to precede them, so fans of the British outfit should take that as a stamp of approval. If you crave something a bit younger, close out the festival at the Sonic Stage for buzzed-about British band The 1975.

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