With spring break over, many of us are now looking toward our summer plans and preperations for Fuji Rock become serious. This is the time of year when the line up begins to show variation, and 8 new artists, hailing from Japan to Alaska, have been added to the updated line up.

My Bloody Valentine proved their continuing popularity with a sold out tour of five dates in February, their first headliner tour in Japan in 22 years! The memory of the sudden release of their first album in 22 years just before the shows in Japan is still fresh for many of us, as we welcome the band back to Naeba. Ten years after the release of their album and after an impressive performance at Fuji in 2003, Soil & "Pimp" Sessions are back to celebrate their anniversary on Friday July 26th.

And it looks like July 27th Saturday will be the most colourful of the festival, with the legendary Garth Hudson, organ player and principal architect of The Band's unique sound, performing with his wife Sister Maud Hudson. Kenta Maeno will play with the Soaplanders: Jim O'Rourke, Eiko Ishibashi and Toshiaki Sudo.

Three new acts from Japan at the top of each of their scenes have been added to Sunday July 28th. Instrumental rock band, Lite. Tavito Nanao, popular with music lovers for his strong messege and fantastic original melodies. The one and only Sugiurumn, DJ & producer always at the forefront of the house scene. From overseas come the pride of Alaska - psychedelic rock band Portugal. The Man, sure to inspire Naeba with their heavy grooves.

This updated line up brings the total number of artists to 92 with more coming soon!

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