Fuji Rock Festival is one of the few destination festivals (in an increasingly packed year-round schedule) that’s worth the price tag of a return ticket to Japan. Held in the shadow of the iconic Mount Fuji, at the Naeba Ski Resort, with its envy-inducing line-up it’s the perfect excuse for a mid-winter sojourn.
Festival headliner’s included Australia’s very own Sia, who brought out Dance Mom’s alumni Maddie Ziegler to keep the crowd entertained while she belted out her hits from behind her signature oversized wigs. Rock and roll hall-of-famers The Cure kept it in the family with a last minute replacement of their bassist Simon Gallop (who was unable to perform on the night) with his son, because the show must always go on. Toro y Mo expanded his fall tour so he could make the festival and brought his own brand of laid back cool. And Australian legend Courtney Barnet performed with a bright red guitar before signing autographs for her legions of Japanese fans, like the true rockstar she is.
Outfits were colourful and cute (we’re just a stone’s throw away from the sensory overload that is Tokyo, after all). Thanks to the less than ideal weather situations gumboots were in abundance, the tie-dye trend that has been taking over the runways of late was making its presence felt strongly on festival grounds, and bucket hats were the headwear of choice. We’re already booking our flights for next year.