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When I interviewed Taro Yasuzawa this time last year, he didn’t let on that he was about to pull the plug on the event he’d been organizing for the past decade. A few weeks later, it was official: Taicoclub, the plucky all-night music festival that debuted in 2006, will be marking its penultimate edition this month before bowing out for good in 2018.

It’ll be a shame to see it go. Held at a leafy mountain park in Nagano Prefecture, Taicoclub has been a regular highlight on the music festival calendar, partly by virtue of its peculiarity. It’s a 24-hour party that isn’t just about dancing, with a catholic booking policy that finds space for Warp Records stalwarts and underground techno DJs alongside homegrown pop acts who have scaled the upper reaches of the Oricon charts.

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