Last weekend noticed what was billed as a Special Fuji Rock beneath Special Circumstances, with these circumstances being the COVID-19 pandemic.
While a restricted variety of folks made the journey to Naeba Ski Resort in Niigata Prefecture, the place the occasion is held yearly, most music followers needed to accept following alongside on three YouTube channels that livestreamed completely different levels.
On a purely musical stage, the web portion of the occasion went properly, with Saturday headliners King Gnu bringing in tons of of hundreds of viewers throughout its set. It additionally allowed folks to marvel on the long-running success of musician Susumu Hirasawa, who was in comparison with a “23rd century religious guru” by one Twitter person.
Much like one other main occasion that was postponed from final yr and held this summer season, Fuji Rock couldn’t escape the bitter notes performed by COVID-19. With new instances climbing nationwide, the concept of holding a pageant — even an out of doors one as scaled-down as Fuji 2021 was — attracted the eye of those that usually ignore such gatherings, leading to probably essentially the most scrutinized version of the pageant ever.