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[Feature] "ULTRA JAPAN 2016" A pioneering, modern youth culture movement that continues to grow and evolve!

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The annual urban dance music festival "ULTRA JAPAN," which asianbeat has been reporting on for the last two years, is back in town. This pioneering festival has helped integrate dance music into wider Japanese society.

A quick glance at the stellar, in demand line-ups give us a glimpse into what ULTRA is trying to achieve and how their outlook is broadening. Having arrived in Japan in 2014, the festival introduced the famous RESISTANCE stage, which featured underground music that was hugely appealing to core fans. The scene grew massively and the 2015 edition attracted even more crowds, offering an array of musical treats that both newcomers to the scene and dance music lovers could enjoy. And it's not just music... a major characteristic of this scene, in fact of the entire movement, is its strong ties with fashion and SNS. There's no doubt that the youth culture that are drawn to this world are representative of today's modern, global society. Check out this year's ULTRA JAPAN from lots of different perspectives!

NEW! Introduction to ULTRA JAPAN 2016!

ULTRA JAPAN 2016 An introduction

Reports will be posted after the event!

coming soon

Here are our previous "ULTRA" reports!

ULTRA JAPAN 2015ULTRA JAPAN 2015 Special Feature
Check-out our feature on the second ULTRA JAPAN.
ULTRA JAPAN 2014ULTRA JAPAN 2014 Special Feature
Take a look back at our special feature on the first ever ULTRA JAPAN!

What exactly is ULTRA JAPAN?


- ULTRA JAPAN 2015 Aftermovie

Having started in Miami in 1998, by 2013 the festival had grown exponentially and attracted 300,000 people. The world's top DJs perform, but this movement is not only limited to the music scene, it has strong connections to both fashion and SNS. It has captivated young people all over the world and has been adapted to fit cultures overseas. In recent years ULTRA festivals have been held in many places all over the world, and in 2014 "ULTRA JAPAN" finally reached these shores.
Held in Japan for the first time in 2014, the 2 day event welcomed 42,000 people. The next year it returned and drew in crowds of 90,000 people across 3 days. Feeling the ripple effect of changes in the economy last year, the festival is now worth 9.5 billion yen, firmly establishing its position as one of Japan's biggest festivals.
The well-known ULTRA Aftermovie doesn't just feature archive footage from the festival, it also introduces key features and tourist hotspots that can be found in Tokyo and the surrounding areas. Showing both the traditional and the new, it's kind of a mini modern day Japanese road movie. ULTRA JAPAN is not something that can only be shared and experienced on the day, their clever use of all forms of media means that this festival also promotes today's Japan to the rest of the world.

ULTRA JAPAN 2016 INFO

- Dates:September 17 (SAT), September 18 (SUN) and September 19(MON)
Venue:TOKYO ODAIBA ULTRA PARK (お台場ULTRA JAPAN特設会場)
- Performers:deadmau5 / DUBFIRE / Knife Party / KYGO / Hardwell / Martin Garrix / NERO / DJ SNAKE / Tiesto / ZHU / ANNA / ART DEPARTMENT / CARNAGE / FEDDE LE GRAND / GALANTIS / GRYFFIN / JAUZ / marshmello / MATADOR / NIC FANCIULLI / NICOLE MOUDABER / REBOOT / SHADED LIVE / SHOGUN / technasia / Thomas Jack / W&W / ALYN / banvox / Calm / DAISHI DANCE / EITA / DJ HOKUTO / JUSTIN OH / KEN ISHII / DJ KENSEI / KIKIORIX / KSUKE / LICAXXX / DJ MAAR / MITOMI TOKOTO / MOTI / NAOKI SERIZAWA / DJ NORI / DJ OGAWA / OSAMU M / RAIDEN / SEKITOVA / SHINICHI OSAWA / TAAR / Takkyu Ishino / TJO / TOM SWOON / YAMATO and more
- Official website:http://ultrajapan.jp

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