i’m planning on attending this year’s Summer Sonic festival [in Osaka]. this year, it’s a three-day affair. however, i’m unsure as to whether to go to all three days, two or just the one.
let’s look at the line-up:
of the friday acts, sonic youth are the only kind of essential one for me, them more or less being my favourite band ever. that said, i’ve seen them live twice before and the rest of friday line-up just doesn’t really jump at me. i would like to see the flaming lips at some point in my life, but i’m not that rushed. the vaselines, beyonce, n.a.s.a. and gogol bordello are intriguing propositions, but given those are spread over four of the five stages, i’m definitely not going to catch all of them.
saturday is the most attractive of the three. nine inch nails on their final tour for a while/ever, mogwai, aphex twin, soulwax, girl talk. again, due to stage scheduling, i won’t catch all of them – but those are all acts i really really want to see – not just ones i’m interested in seeing.
sunday has a nice electropop run on the sonic stage: the ting tings, CSS and klaxons. there’s also the tom tom club on the dance stage (at the same time as CSS or klaxons). but other than that, not much.
an important thing to consider is, as far as i know, the osaka “leg” [as opposed to the tokyo one] does not have any camping – so we can remove “joy of festival camping experience” from the list of pros on the full weekend ticket side.
cost: not too concerned about this. tickets for the whole weekend are ¥37,000. day tickets: ¥13,000 for friday and ¥14,000 each for saturday and sunday. looking at that, i sort of think, if i were going to go for two days, i might as well go for three days. so that sort of reduces it to whole weekend versus saturday only.
friends: going alone wouldn’t be a problem, but going with some others would be better! various people i know have expressed interest in attending – but i’m not sure exactly who wants to go when. colm told me he’s up for the saturday.
anyone else going?
anyone been to summer sonic in osaka before?
anyone strongly recommend any of the other acts playing?