Japan Nite 2014

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Japan Nite 2014

Welcome to Japan Nite! Since 1996, BENTEN Tokyo & SXSW Asia have held an yearly showcase called JAPAN NITE US TOUR including an SXSW appearance and has introduced countless Japanese Artists to the world. This Year’s schedule includes a NEW stop in San Diego, CA.



[HAPPY] is a group of young creative musicians from Ayabe City, an area of forested hills and green rice fields two hours north of Kyoto.

Formed in 2012 by school friends (Alec (g. & v.), Ric (sin. & v.), Syu (b.g. & sin.), and Bob (ds. & v.), with Chew (g. & syn.) stepping in later), the band honed their unique musical skills by performing countless gigs prior to releasing any CDs.2013 has been a big year for the group, as they expanded their activities by appearing at various music events. Not only were they chosen to perform at SUMMER SONIC 2013, one of the major rock festivals held in Japan each summer, but they also played together with the British group PALMA VIOLETS in a joint concert in Tokyo. Their year was highlighted when they performed as the opening act for THE FLAMING LIPS where they garnered high praise from music industry attendants. Still at an average age of 20, [HAPPY] is slowly beginning to cause a buzz within Japan’s music world.



Erie: Vocals, Bass. Mizuki. Drums, Chorus

This is one two piece girl band with loud sound. Here with amazing and crazy sound for the world to hear, the two-piece band composed of Eri (Bass and Vocals) and Mizuki (Drums) are welcomed to Japan Nite 2014.

Their first mini album “crazy lock cafeteria” was released in 2004. After an eight city tour in Kansai, and the Kanto area, they released another mini album “radio cassette” in 2005.

With this success a third mini album was released, “Is there romance” in 2007. and their fourth “Everything There is Romance” released 2009. By 2010 a fourth mini album was released, “zariganiTV 1818…”. By the fall of 2011, yet another mini album named “AVOCADO” was released. Given their great success they performed at the Shinjuku JAM. In 2012 along with the TOQUIWA, they toured US and CANADA, followed by a tour of
England. This year they are happy to tour the US again with Japan Nite!



This experimental yet pop and orchestra band consists of 10+ members, releasing music from various International labels in both Italy and The USA.

They have gained remarkable reviews from pitchfork.com for their album “Alchemic Heart” and they continue to be invited for the world biggest music showcase festival SXSW. Japan Nite is proud to present Vampillia to this year’s lineup.


Jungles from Red Bacteria Vacuum

This all girl rock band from Tokyo include the current 3 members of Red Bacteria Vacuum and newest member Yagoroumaru! This band packs plenty of energy and killer sound together! Don’t miss them.

IKUM! :Vocals, Guitar
325(Mitsuko): Guitar, Chorus
Yagoroumaru: Bass, Chorus
Jasmine: Drums, Chorus


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