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Bebop – Japanese Punk

Posted in People, Places by tokyobling on November 12, 2014

Design Festa is the most famous amateur design and arts festival here in Japan. It is a massive two day event that takes place twice a year attracting hundreds of thousands of artists and visitors. The majority of exhibitors are artists and designers but there are three stages on site that continually hosts live events, bands and performers. At the 40th Design Festa that took place last weekend I saw a very good punk band, Bebop, perform at the outdoor main stage. Punk has never been a very big genre anywhere in the world and especially not here in Japan, but the local bands are top class. This is quite different from the punk bands I grew up with! You can check out their homepage here, but they sound best live, together with their dedicated and energetic fans of all ages!

It was good to do a bit of live music photography again. Despite the fans rampaging in front of the stage I could sneak in a few close ups of the band. The slight spraying of beer I received was totally in the spirit of the show and quite fun!















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  1. amadl said, on November 12, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    Love the energy in these pictures!
    The vocaList kind of Looks Like The Blue Hearts’ guitarist. Or maybe it’s the bandanna..


    • tokyobling said, on November 25, 2014 at 1:07 am

      Haha…. it must be the bandanna! Thank you for the kind comment! This band had energy overflowing!


  2. sincerelyrandomina said, on November 12, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    And this is another reason why I really really want to go to Japan. I really like the black and white pictures- you can still feel the vibes of the festival from it.


  3. Yoshino said, on November 16, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    I am Yoshino an assistant for BEBOP. Thank you for your visiting our concert last week and posting our pictures on your website. We are very glad!!


    • tokyobling said, on November 25, 2014 at 1:11 am

      Thank you! It was a great find! My first BEBOP concert! I am listening to the CD I got every day. Please use the photos for anything you like!


  4. rudyhou said, on November 21, 2014 at 5:26 am

    they seem to be so into it. that last photo, what are they doing?


    • tokyobling said, on November 25, 2014 at 2:16 am

      I think the singer was fairly exhausted and is doing a slow “fist bump” with his forehead! Very friendly!


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