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1st batch of artists for 2021 Fuji Rock Festival announced after COVID-19 hiatus last year

This photo shows the Fuji Rock Festival venue at Naeba Ski Resort in Yuzawa, Niigata Prefecture, on July 27, 2018. (Mainichi/Yukio Itahana)

TOKYO -- Organizers of the annual Fuji Rock Festival announced the first batch of artists on April 16 to perform at this year's event between Aug. 20 and 22 at Naeba Ski Resort in the central Japan town of Yuzawa in Niigata Prefecture after a coronavirus induced hiatus last year.

    The artists listed for the one of the largest outdoor music concerts in Japan include Radwimps, King Gnu and Denki Groove as headliners, and Man with a Mission, Cornelius and Susumu Hirasawa.

    The annual world-famous festival was canceled for the first time last year due to the coronavirus pandemic. Organizer Smash Corp. had announced at the end of March this year that it would give up on booking foreign artists but would hold the event with smaller audiences. Smash President Masahiro Hidaka said in a statement: "Precisely because it's a difficult time, I hope to share courage and energy even if only a little with everyone at Fuji Rock. I'm looking forward to seeing you all at Naeba."

    (Japanese original by Digital News Center)

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