SUMMER SONIC 2017 lineup released! BABYMETAL to perform as second headliner

Concert series Summer Sonic is back and this year will be bigger than ever!

It has been announced that metal-idol band BABYMETAL will appear at “SUMMER SONIC 2017” as the second headliners after American rock band Foo Fighters.

BABYMETAL have been on their come up since they first formed in 2010 as a subunit of idol group Sakura Gakuin. In 2012, they were the youngest band to play at Summer Sonic…playing the stage adjacent to the food court. Since then, they have performed at the yearly festival in some capacity and worked their way through the ranks of the music industry both domestically and internationally.

Beginning in 2000, The Summer Sonic Festival is an annual two-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 as well as international acts. Featuring some of the biggest acts from around the world, previous headliners have included Coldplay, The Strokes, Radiohead and Underworld.

Also performing, Japanese acts announced are UVERworld, Tsuyoshi Domoto, Pikotaro, and Keyakizaka46, to name a few. International acts this year include Phoenix, Charli XCX, Liam Gallagher, Justice and the return of Kesha. That’s just a taste of what’s to come, check out the full confirmed list below!

SUMMER SONIC 2017

Chiba

August 19, 2017 (Saturday) Chiba Prefecture ZOZO Marine Stadium & Makuhari Messe

MARINE STAGE
Calvin Harris / Black Eyed Peas / 5 Seconds of Summer / UVERworld / Charli XCX / Tsuyoshi Domoto / José James / Hey Violet / Pikotaro
MOUNTAIN STAGE
Kasabian / Phoenix / Suchmos / Elephant Kashimashi / Zara Larsson / Dua Lipa / Communions / High Tyde / Sundara Karma / Lenny code fiction (Opening act)
SONIC STAGE
Justice / Above & Beyond / Blood Orange / Yasutaka Nakata×Kyary Pamyu Pamyu / Kungs / Declan McKenna / Kaleo / Lany
RAINBOW STAGE
miwa / Keyakizaka46 / Mrs. GREEN APPLE / TRF / SILENT SIREN / Hyukoh / Mio Yamazaki / Kero Kero Bonito / amazarashi
BEACH STAGE
Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra / Tuxedo / Honne / Kehlani / Seiko Oomori / BRADIO / Bed In / Tacoyaki Rainbow with Naniwandatako Niji Band
GARDEN STAGE
Juana Molina special guest Yoshie Nakano(EGO-WRAPPIN’) / Motoharu Sano & THE COYOTE BAND / Zainichi Funk / Mr Jukes / Nulbarich / NakamuraEmi / Last Train / Rei
ISLAND STAGE
DAY6 / K.A.R.D / Huiting Chen / #GBOYSWAG

August 20, 2017 (Sunday) Chiba Prefecture ZOZO Marine Stadium & Makuhari Messe

MARINE STAGE
Foo Fighters / BABYMETAL / MAN WITH A MISSION / Royal Blood / All Time Low / INABA / SALAS / Circa Waves / The Struts
MOUNTAIN STAGE
Axwell Λ Ingrosso / Kesha / G-Eazy / Daya / Rick Astley / Jasmine Thompson / Little Glee Monster
SONIC STAGE
Sum 41 / Good Charlotte / Pennywise / New Found Glory / Fear, and Loathing in Las Vegas / BLUE ENCOUNT / TOTALFAT / SWMRS / PassCode(Opening act)
RAINBOW STAGE
CreepHyp / BAND-MAID / OLDCODEX / You Me At Six / Xmas Eileen / Mili / Sayuri
BEACH STAGE
R3HAB / Big Gigantic / Breathe Carolina / Creepy Nuts(R-shitei&DJ Matsunaga) / Chanmina / Passepied / FAKY
GARDEN STAGE
The Trevor Horn Band / EGO-WRAPPIN’ / Pond / Whitney / fox capture plan / WONK / CRCK/LCKS
ISLAND STAGE
The Sam Willows / Wicked Aura / Yoja Jiang / The Next Door Band

Osaka

August 19, 2017 (Saturday) Osaka Maishima SONIC PARK (Maishima Sports Island)

OCEAN STAGE
Foo Fighters / BABYMETAL / MAN WITH A MISSION / Maximum the Hormone / Royal Blood / All Time Low / INABA / SALAS / Circa Waves / The Struts
MOUNTAIN STAGE
Axwell Λ Ingrosso / Kesha / G-Eazy / Daya / Rick Astley / Jasmine Thompson / Little Glee Monster
SONIC STAGE
Sum 41 / Good Charlotte / Pennywise / New Found Glory / Fear, and Loathing in Las Vegas / GRANRODEO / Nothing’s Carved In Stone / SWMRS / PassCode(Opening act)
WHITE MASSIVE
FLOWER FLOWER / indigo la End / Big Gigantic / BAND-MAID / You Me At Six / NAMBA69 / Xmas Eileen / locofrank / Yoru no Honki Dance

August 20, 2017 (Sunday) Osaka Maishima SONIC PARK (Maishima Sports Island)

OCEAN STAGE
Calvin Harris / Black Eyed Peas / 5 Seconds of Summer / UVERworld / Charli XCX / Tsuyoshi Domoto / José James / Hey Violet / Pikotaro
MOUNTAIN STAGE
Liam Gallagher / Phoenix / Elephant Kashimashi / Zara Larsson / Dua Lipa / Communions / Gesu no Kiwami Otome / High Tyde / Sundara Karma
SONIC STAGE
Justice / Above & Beyond / Blood Orange / Yasutaka Nakata×Kyary Pamyu Pamyu / Denki Groove / Kungs / Declan McKenna / Kaleo / Lany
WHITE MASSIVE
Keyakizaka46 / Kehlani / Honne / DADARAY / Nulbarich / KANDYTOWN / BERRY GOODMAN / FABLED NUMBER

Summer Sonic 2017 will be held from August 19 to 20 in Chiba and Osaka.

  • Comments

    • maguro part deux
      • Bubi.

        This is actually a good song I don’t know why it’s a meme

    • iGleaux

      Oh man Kasabian. Should have taken that job, could be in Japan before then.

    • james

      & the debut appearance of Domoto Tsuyoshi

    • Hmm

      Interesting how it’s listed as Yasutaka Nakata x KPP

      • hasawa

        2 possibilities:
        – Kyary is finally trying to distance herself from her Pygmalion
        – her fall from grace is bigger than expected so the organizers thought it was relevant to bring up Nakata name on the lineup to grab more attention

        • I love the comparison to Pygmalion

    • Liokt

      FLOWER FLOWER :O

    • Guest

      Even SUMMER SONIC gave in to idols with Keyakizaka46 and Domoto Tsuyoshi. Also, lol @ Picotaro at the main stage.

    • Jo

      When they first announced the lineup I thought it was a joke. Half of the lineup was like what a teenager would listen to in 2000s.

      I love Babymetal but many of their international fans are fucking annoying. When Fuji Rock didn’t include Babymetal footage on the festival roundup video last year, plenty of their fans went around bitching about how the festival dare to do that. As if the whole festival success was based on Babymetal alone.

      • elsupertai

        Maybe it’s because I’m in my early 30s, but I thought the lineup couldn’t get any better. It’s like my whole last fm library turned into one huge festival, but to each their own.

    • hhhh

      wait, Kesha is still performing after all that trouble she had last year?

      • Yes! She’s releasing new music soon