Summer Sonic Festival
Summer Sonic Festival
Genre Rock and Alternative
Dates Early August
Location(s) Chiba Marine Stadium & Makuhari Messe, Chiba, Japan
Maishima Sports Island, Osaka, Japan
Years active 2000 - present

Summer Sonic Festival (サマーソニック) is an annual two- or three-day rock festival held at the same time in Osaka and Chiba. The majority of the bands playing in Osaka the first day go to Chiba the following day and vice versa. The line-up contains many Japanese rock musicians from both major and indie record companies, and also international acts. It also operates the festival Sonicmania, with an EDM focus, since 2011. Producer Creativeman formed a joint venture with Live Nation Entertainment in 2012,[1] and Live Nation bought full control of the venture in 2014.[2]


Summer Sonic Festival was founded in 2000 in Japan, with a focus on major national and international acts. Among the first bands in 2000's lineup were 311, Arrested Development, At the Drive-In, Ben Folds Five, and Coldplay.

The EDM section of the festival was later split into Sonicmania, an EDM focused main stage held at a different time, which according to Time Out, "Held as a warm-up for Summer Sonic each year, the all-night Sonicmania party caters to dance kids who aren't so well served by the main festival itself" in 2011.[3][4]

Producer Creativeman formed a joint venture with Live Nation Entertainment in 2012. Live Nation bought full control of the venture in 2014.


Lineups for the festival in past years are as follows:


Tokyo Osaka Performers
August 5 August 6 Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, The Flaming Lips, James Brown, Eels, 311, Coldplay, Sigur Rós, Muse, THE MAD CAPSULE MARKETS, Dragon Ash, Eastern Youth, SUPERCAR
August 6 August 5 Green Day, Ben Folds Five, Weezer, The Bluetones, Mansun, Tahiti 80, Teenage Fanclub, The Living End, At the Drive-In, SNAIL RAMP, Quruli, MONGOL800


Tokyo Osaka Performers
August 18 August 19 Beck, Air, Primal Scream, Rancid, The Living End, Incubus, Soulwax, MxPx, Cibo Matto, LOVE PSYCHEDELICO, RIZE
August 19 August 18 Marilyn Manson, Tahiti 80, Slipknot, Mercury Rev, Zebrahead, Eels, Ocean Colour Scene, Elbowm, Reel Big Fish, Seo Taiji, THE MAD CAPSULE MARKETS


Tokyo Osaka Performers
August 17 August 18 Guns N Roses, Suede, Weezer, The Flaming Lips, Hanoi Rocks, The Hives, hoobastank, Andrew W.K.,MONGOL800, HY
August 18 August 17 Offspring, Morrissey, NOFX, No Doubt, The Libertines, The Streets, The Wild Hearts, múm

, Puffy, SKA SKA CLUB, Pleymo

Tokyo onlyEdit

  • Aya
  • Cult of Personality
  • The Flaming Lips
  • Wrench

Osaka onlyEdit

  • B-DASH
  • Dragon Ash
  • GagagaSP
  • Hitomitoi
  • Rise From The Dead


Tokyo Osaka Performers
August 02 August 03 Blur, Travis, Devo, Blues Explosion, Blink 182, New Found Glory, Zebrahead, Cheap Trick, Μew, Hot Hot Heat, Puddle of Mudd, Kings of Leon, The Datsuns, Razorlight, The High-Lows, Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra, ORANGE RANGE
August 03 August 02 Radiohead, The Doors, The Strokes, Stereophonics, Sum 41, The Mars Volta, AFI, Interpol, Blondie, Mando Diao, Good Charlotte, Sugarcult, The Rapture, Elephant Kashimashi, BUCK-TICK, HY, ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION


Tokyo Osaka Performers
August 07 August 08 Green Day, Avril Lavigne, Mando Diao, MC5, Fountains of Wayne, Sum 41, Lee Scratch Perry, Damned, Bloc Party, Razorlight, The Cribs, Koshi Inaba, TMG, Clammbon, Tommy Heavenly 6, ORANGE RANGE, Kishidan
August 08 August 07 Beastie Boys, The Music, Nas, Zebrahead, N.E.R.D., Lostprophets, The Hives, Jurassic 5, The Ordinary Boys, Hoobastank, Kasabian, My Chemical Romance, Sketch Show, THE MAD CAPSULE MARKETS, BOOM BOOM SATELLITES, RHYMESTER, SCHADARAPARR


Tokyo Osaka Performers
August 13 August 14 Nine Inch Nails, Duran Duran, Ian Brown, Q-Tip, Slipknot, Deep Purple, Echo & the Bunnymen, The Tears, Interpol, Buckcherry, The Roots, Arcade Fire, Μew, M.I.A., Money Mark, The Subways, Denki Groove × Schadaraparr, THE MAD CAPSULE MARKETS, Def Tech, AI
August 14 August 13 Oasis, The Black Crows, The La's, Weezer, Public Enemy, Teenage Fanclub, Special Beat, Kasabian, The Ordinary Boys, Bloc Party, Yellowcard, Tommy Guerrero, Death Cab for Cutie, Bullet For My Valentine, HIM, ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION, Rip Slyme, ELLEGARDEN, Kimura Kaela, Puffy AmiYumi, UVERworld


Tokyo Osaka Performers
August 12 August 13 Metallica, Daft Punk, The Flaming Lips, Deftones, The Charlatans, Hoobastank, Scritti Politti, Zebrahead, Editors, The Rapture, Avenged Sevenfold, Stone Sour, Daniel Powter, The Cardigans, Taking Back Sunday, Spank Rock, 65daysofstatic, Quruli, m-flo, Maximum the Hormone, Group soul
August 13 August 12 Linkin Park, Massive Attack, Tool, Muse, DJ Shadow, My Chemical Romance, Fort Minor, Lostprophets, Fall Out Boy, The All-American Rejects, múm, Mando Diao, Andrew WK, AFI, Herbert, BUCK-TICK, ELLEGARDEN, BOOM BOOM SATELLITES, CHARA, The Kooks


Tokyo Osaka Performers
August 11 August 12 Black Eyed Peas, Sum 41, Travis, Sugar Ray, Avril Lavigne, Gwen Stefani, Fall Out Boy, The Goo Goo Dolls, Maximo Park, Modest Mouse, The Stranglers, Dinosaur Jr., Interpol, Klaxons, MxPx, CSS, OK Go, Digitalism, Cobra starship, Editors, The Young Punx, ELLEGARDEN, B'z, Kimura Kaela, ONE ☆ DRAFT, TERIYAKI BOYZ, Chatmonchy, GANGA ZUMBA
August 12 August 11 Arctic Monkeys, Offspring, Pet Shop Boys, Kasabian, DJ Shadow & Cut Chemist, Avenged Sevenfold, Manic Street Preachers, Bloc Party, Motorhead, Cyndi Lauper, The Fratellis, Suicidal Tendencies, Hinder, The Sunshine Underground, Bright Eyes, Hadouken!, Vitalic, The Twang, The Enemy, Brett Anderson, The Polyphonic Spree, Sean Lennon, Hot Chip, Cornelius, yanokami, Remioromen, Maximum the Hormone


Tokyo Osaka Performers
August 09 August 10 The Verve, Prodigy (Closing Act), Sex Pistols, Paul Weller, Panic! At the disco, Lostprophets, The Fratellis, Pendulum, Zebrahead, New Found Glory, The Subways, Death Cab for Cutie, Hot Chip, OneRepublic, The Kills, Trivium, Cajun Dance Party, Blood Red Shoes, Geer, Maximum the Hormone, GO! GO! 7188, the pillows, Beard (HiGE), Perfume, VOLA & THE ORIENTAL MACHINE
August 10 August 09 Coldplay, Fatboy Slim, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Alicia Keys, Devo, Spiritualized, Justice, Super Furry Animals, Hadouken!, Kooks, 311, The Fujiazu, Junkie XL, Vampire Weekend, Late of the Pier, The Ting Tings, MGMT, Café Tacuba, RADWIMPS, BOOM BOOM SATELLITES, WAGDUG FUTURISTIC UNITY, Shonan no Kaze, POLYSICS, Kyoko Koizumi, MEG


Tokyo Osaka Performers
August 07 August 08 My Chemical Romance, Kasabian, Aphex Twin, Nine Inch Nails, The Enemy, Mogwai, Soulwax, Tricky, Tahiti 80, Paramore, Mercury Rev, Phoenix, Μew, BOOM BOOM SATELLITES, The Hiatus, Dragon Ash, Yura Yura Teikoku, The Blue Herb, Fuji Fabric, Suga Shikao, Tsuchiya Anna, BEAT CRUSADERS, Pipe
August 08 August 09 Linkin Park, B'z, Specials, Klaxons, Elvis Costello, Hoobastank, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, CSS, Placebo, The All-American Rejects, The Ting Tings, Mando Diao, Tom Tom Club, Lady Gaga, Metronomy, Paolo Nutini
August 09 August 07 Beyonce, Limp Bizkit, The Flaming Lips, Ne-Yo, Cavalera Conspiracy, Sonic Youth, Gogol Bordello, Teenage Fanclub, Razorlight, Keane, The Vaselines, Enter Shikari, The Veronicas, Five Finger Death Punch, Scott Murphy, Unicorn, Elephant Kashimashi, RHYMESTER, MONGOL800, PUFFY, TRICERATOPS, Keiichi Sokabe, Shugo Tokumaru, MiChi, Nana Tanimura


Tokyo Osaka Performers
August 07 August 08 Jay-Z, The Offspring, Nickelback, Passion Pit, A-HA, Nas, Eikichi Yazawa, Kreva, All Time Low, 3OH!3, Thirty Seconds to Mars, FACT, The Smashing Pumpkins, Richard Ashcroft, The Hiatus, Biffy Clyro, The Courteeners, The Maccabees, General Fiasco, Calvin Harris, Keri Hilson, Eve, Uffie, K-OS, Jasmine, Eels, Tahiti 80, Girls, Clammbon, Tamurapan (Canceled), Fireball with Home Grown, ET-King, Big Mama, Beat Crusaders, Elliot Minor, Nada Surf, Broadway Calls, Rock'A'Trench, Totalfat, Northern19, The Young Punx, Freebass, Atari Teenage Riot (Chiba only), Pavement, Steve Aoki, Pedro Winter (Known as Busy-P), Gildas, Brodinski, Yes Giantess, Kylee
August 08 August 07 Stevie Wonder, Taylor Swift, A Tribe Called Quest, Sum 41, F.T. Island, Big Bang, Orianthi, Jason Derulo, K'Naan, Monkey Majik, Dream Theater, Slash, Hole, Michael Monroe, Coheed and Cambria, Bigelf, My Passion, The Devil Wears Prada, Pixies, Jonsi, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Band of Horses, The Drums, Fanfarlo, Surfer Blood, Sakanaction, deadmau5 (Canceled), Die Antwoord, Hudson Mohawke, Surkin, Darwin Deez, AA=, androp, Funky Monkey Babys, Hilcrhyme, Everlast, Steve Appleton, Free Energy, Jay'ed, Lecca, Low IQ 01 & Masterlow, The Pillows, Blood Red Shoes, Everything Everything, Band of Skulls, ONE OK ROCK, 'te, Shinsei Kamattechan, Ai Kago Jazz -The First Door-


  1. "Live Nation Continues Expansion In Asia Through Creation Of Joint Venture With Leading Japanese Promoter Creativeman". Bloomberg (Press release)
  2. Ingham, Tim (2014-04-23). "Live Nation takes control of Japan business". Music Week

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