New festival coming to 400-year-old Japanese quarry

music news 07/02/2020

Japan’s festival calendar is about to get a little bit wilder, with an eccentric addition that promises an experience beyond what is typical. 

A new festival called Ensō is set to take place on April 10-11 this year, backed by experimental arts promoter REITIN. The first edition of the event will take place at the Ōya History Museum, a 400-year-old retired stone quarry based in Utsunomiya, Tochigi. Ōya, currently used as a cultural center, dates all the way back to the Edo Period.

Ensō will join forces with Japanese DJs and global dance acts at the self-described “festival for sonic and visual arts,” such as Renick Bell, Ena, YPY, and Yuji Kondo, who are slated to perform at the festival’s Underground Stage. 

The festival’s second stage, The Cave Listening stage, will welcome performances from Akey, 7e, and AKIRAM EN, among others, with more artists to be announced in the months leading up to the event.

You can check out more info here. Sounds like this one’s gonna be wild for anyone looking for an overseas festie excursion.