Japan’s Summer Sonic Festival has announced the first phase of its 2023 edition lineup, with Kendrick Lamar and Blur named as headliners.
The Compton hip hop artist will be joined by multi-instrumentalist Thundercat, Liam Gallagher, Fall Out Boy, Evanescence, Japanese duo YOASOBI, and more on August 18 at ZOZOMarine Stadium & Makuhari Messe in Tokyo and August 19 at Maishima SONIC PARK (Maishima Sports Island) in Osaka. More artists are set to be announced at a later date.
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Lamar kicked off his 84-stop The Big Steppers Tour in 2022 in support of his critically acclaimed 5th album, Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers, with Summer Sonic included in the 4th leg of the tour, his only stop in Asia.
Last year’s sold-out Summer Sonic was the first time the festival returned since 2019 due to pandemic restrictions. It was headlined by The 1975, Post Malone, St. Vincent, Carly Rae Jepsen, and Megan Thee Stallion, among others.
Advance tickets for Summer Sonic will go on sale starting on February 14 via their official website at JPY18,500 for a one-day ticket and JPY34,000 for a two-day ticket, tax included.
Check out the lineup below: