Born in 1995 in New York, Austin Richard Post, known professionally as Post Malone, is a rapper, singer, songwriter, recording producer, and guitarist. His debut album Stony in 2016, which was a commercial success that featured the four hit singles and certified a Platinum Disc. The album has also been streamed over 3 billion times worldwide, making him “The Most Streamed New Artist of All Time.” In 2017, he released the single Rock Star feat. 21 Savage, which had a phenomenal impact on the world, spending eight weeks at number one on the U.S. singles chart. The 2018 release, Psycho feat. Ty Dolla $ign also reached number one on the U.S. singles chart. In the same year, he released his second album, Beerbongs & Bentleys, which included both songs and reached number one on the U.S. album chart. With this album in tow, he performed for the first time in Japan at the Fuji Rock Festival 2018 as the main artist for the 15,000-seat White Stage on the first day of the festival. In addition, Beerbongs & Bentleys was nominated for four Grammy Awards, including “Best Album” and “Best Record” in the major categories. In 2019, he released his third album, Hollywood’s Bleeding, which once again reached number one on the U.S. album charts. That same year, he was recognized as the “Most streamed Artist” by Spotify. The album won the American Music Awards (2019) and the Billboard Music Awards (2020), and was nominated for three Grammy Awards at the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards.
Formed in 2005, the band has grown with support by the younger generation for its emo and rock-based sounds along with aggressive live performances. Since their debut in 2007, they have been actively performing on live house tours and various summer festivals nationwide in Japan. They have then successfully gone on to perform at the Nippon Budokan and held outdoor live concerts and arena tours.
In 2016, they held an outdoor live concert that drew an astounding 110,000 people and in 2018, they held a nationwide Dome tour including two days at Tokyo Dome. After signing a worldwide deal with a record label abroad the band have then held tours in the US, Europe and Asia.
In 2019 the band were chosen as the opening act for Ed Sheeran’s Asia Tour. In October 2020, they successfully conducted their first attempt at an online live concert that was broadcast live simultaneously around the world without an audience.
MEGAN THEE STALLION
A rapper who grew up in Houston, Texas, USA in 1995.
While studying health care in college, she posted a rap on social media, which brought her into the limelight. Since then, she has continued to speak out about gender, race, sexuality, independence, and body positivity, and her single WAP with Cardi B, in which she expresses her views on female sexuality, became a hot topic. She has released a number of hit songs, including Savage and WAP with Cardi B, for which she won a Grammy Award. She is one of the leading female rappers in the scene, having recently received her college degree and successfully balancing her studies with being a Grammy-winning artist.
Since their shocking debut in 2004, Kasabian has pursued a sound that incorporates diverse elements such as dance, psychedelic and hip-hop, while retaining their UK rock DNA.
The band has won numerous music awards, including the “Best Group Award” at the Brit Awards, the UK’s equivalent of the Grammy Awards, and has headlined both Glastonbury and Reading & Leeds, two of the world’s leading UK music festivals, and has been highly acclaimed as one of the world’s top live acts. Their latest album, For Crying Out Loud, reached number one in the U.K. album charts for the fifth time in their career, and they continue to boast their popularity as the U.K.’s national rock band. In the summer of 2020, vocalist Tom Meighan announced his departure from the band, but the long-awaited new song ALYGATYR was released in the autumn of the following year, and it was a song bursting with Kasabian’s style, suitable for the opening of a new chapter for the band. This was followed by a 17-show UK tour, all of which were sold out, as well as a two-day support act for Liam Gallagher at Knebworth in June, and headlining appearances at major festivals such as Isle of White Festival and Neighborhood Weekend.
Formed in 1996. A four-piece rock band consisting of Masafumi Goto (vo.g), Kensuke Kita (g.vo), Takahiro Yamada (b.vo), and Kiyoshi Ijichi (dr). The band made its major label debut in 2003 with Mirai no Hahen. In the same year, they started NANO-MUGEN FES. at Shinjuku LOFT, and in 2004, they expanded the scale of the event to Nippon Budokan and Yokohama Arena with international artists also joining the event. In celebration of their 10th anniversary, they held a 2-day live concert at their hometown Yokohama Stadium, and also toured overseas. The band celebrated its 25th anniversary last year and released its 10th album Planet Folks on March 30 this year, with a nationwide tour to follow in May.
Canadian-born singer and songwriter, whose 2012 major label debut single Call Me Maybe was a worldwide hit, topping nine consecutive weeks at number one on the U.S. charts.
The song became the longest-running number one single in the U.S. in 2012 and was nominated for two Grammy Awards, including “Best Song” at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards.
In 2015, she released her second album, Emotion, which included the smash hit I Really Like You, followed by an appearance at Summer Sonic and a sold-out Tokyo, Nagoya, and Osaka Japan tour in November of the same year.
Her 2016 single Cut to the Feeling became a familiar song used in Japanese TV commercials.
In May 2019, she released her third original album, Dedicate, which included the hit single Now That I Found You, and in June of the following year, she released Dedicate Side B, which consisted of unrecorded songs that could not be included on the album.
Yungblud (real name: Dominic Richard Harrison) was born on August 5, 1997. Born in Doncaster, in the north-central part of England, Yungblud picked up his first guitar at the age of two, started writing original songs at the age of ten, and moved to London to start his own music career at the age of sixteen. Influenced by artists like The Beatles and Bob Dylan, he developed a clear vision of his own music. His talent was quickly discovered, and in 2017 he was signed to the American major label, Geffin Records (owned by Universal Music). In 2019, he announced a 52-show sold-out world tour across Europe. He has been in the news for I Think I’m OKAY released with Machine Gun Kelly and Travis Scott, Tongue Tied released with Marshmello and Blackbear, and collaborations with many big artists. His rebellious spirit, candid lyrics, and high fashion taste have won him the sympathy and support of many young people today, who look at modern society from an angle and object to it. The dawn of an alternative, punk pop sensation!
A seven-member dance and vocal unit consisting of SOTA, SHUNTO, MANATO, RYUHEI, JUNON, RYOKI, and LEO from BMSG founded by SKY-HI.
Each of them has high skills and potentials in singing, dancing, and rapping, and at the same time, their high musical sensitivity, which can be seen in their lyrics, compositions, and choreographs, and the unique personalities of the seven members are what makes them special.
Their pre-debut song, Shining One, has topped the Oricon Digital Singles Weekly Chart and other major rankings, and the music video has been viewed more than 10 million times in the first two weeks after its release.
Debut song, Gifted., has won 40 awards on various music charts. It ranked #7 on the U.S. Billboard’s “Hot Trending Songs” weekly chart (as of November 27, 2021). It was the highest ranking by a Japanese artist.
Their latest song Bye-Good-Bye is the theme song for the morning drama “Sayounara no Sono Maeni” on Nippon Television’s morning news program “ZIP!”
In 2021, the year of their debut, they performed at one of Japan’s largest outdoor festivals, “SUPERSONIC” and MTV VMAJ, a music award from the U.S., among other ambitious activities.
From here, they are taking the first step toward Asia and the world.
As a trilingual rapper/singer fluent in Japanese, Korean, and English, she made her major label debut at the age of 18 with FXXKER.
She was the first Japanese female solo artist in Japan to sign a sponsorship with “Monster Energy” and the first Japanese artist to appear on MTV Asia’s “Yo! MTV Raps”.
Her most popular song, Never Grow Up, was streamed over 100 million times in July 2021, and the total number of views of all her YouTube videos exceeded 200 million times. She has gained a huge popularity among teenagers and people in their 20s, mainly through streaming services and SNS both in Japan and abroad. In addition, her global career has also become a topic of conversation, including her remix collaboration with Saweetie feat. Doja Cat’s Best Friend and TAEYEON’s (Girls’ Generation) #GirlsSpkOut feat. CHANMINA.
In 2021, she released her third album, Harenchi, as well as successfully performing solo at the Nippon Budokan, making her one of Japan’s leading female artists.
Easy Life is an Leicester-based alternative rock band. The quintet group consists of Murray, Sam, Lewis, Oliver, and Jordan. The band’s debut album, Life’s A Beach, was released on May 28, 2021, and reached number 2 on the U.K. Albums Chart. Their popularity was not limited to the U.K. but has attracted attention in Europe and other countries around the world. Their music is a fusion of various genres such as hip-hop, jazz, pop, Afro-beat, and slow grooves, with a unique sound and mellow vocals. One of the reasons for their popularity is the deep lyrics written by lyricist Murray about insomnia, financial problems, and twisted relationships. Easy Life is definitely one of the young artists to lead the music scene in future, and expectations are high for their upcoming activities!
Griff is a singer and songwriter from London. She was born to Chinese and Jamaican parents and grew up in England, but had a lonely childhood because of her different appearance. However, as time went on, she realized that being different was her weapon. She continued to pursue her uniqueness, especially in the realm of music. At the age of eleven, she started writing songs with music production software she borrowed from her brother. With a challenging spirit, Griff is not confined to any genre and has produced her own songs on various themes such as friendship, mental health, heartbreak, and the importance of family. Her debut EP, The Mirror Talk, was released in 2019 when she was still in high school. With songs that speak for the struggles of today’s youth, Griff has won the hearts of Generation Z around the world and is quickly emerging as a pop icon of the next generation. The BBC, MTV, and Amazon Music have all named her as one of the most promising newcomers of 2021, and she won the “Rising Star Award” at the Brit Awards, Britain’s most prestigious music festival. Don’t miss her first performance in Japan, at SUMMER SONIC 2022.
This is the kind of rock band we need in times like now! -Inhaler, a four-piece band from Ireland, debuted in 2017 with the single I Want You. The band was highly acclaimed for a sold-out concert performance in Tokyo on February 8, 2020, which was before their album debut. Their first album, It Won’t Always Be Like This, was released in July 2021. With a straightforward and simple ensemble of guitar, bass, and drums, together with frontman Elijah Hewson’s emotive vocals, the band carry themselves with charisma and charm. This band will be a “”gateway to rock bands”” for someone and a “”reaffirmation of love for rock bands”” for someone else… I hope you will experience them at Summer Sonic!
The Kula Shaker, led by Crispian Mills (vo, g), play a unique psychedelic rock that blends U.K. rock and Indian music. In the mid-1990s, the band released their legendary first album K, which included their signature songs as Hey Dude, Govinda, and Hush. The album debuted at number one on the U.K. charts and become a platinum disc in Japan and the U.K.. The band released their second album Peasants, Pigs & Astronauts in 1999 and ended up parting ways in 1999, but eventually reunited in 2006. In Japan, Crispian Mills’ princely neat look also drew attention and the band got explosively popular and has remained strong from their debut to the present.
She is a 22-year-old California-born pop singer/songwriter. She began singing about her favorite boy in her kindergarten, and by the age of 12, Bonnie Hayes, who had worked on songs for artists such as Cher, discovered Selem’s talent for songwriting. She then studied music at the Berklee College of Music but chose to drop out and now lives in Los Angeles. While working hard even on weekends, she continued releasing songs including Mad at Disney, which became a worldwide hit thanks to TikTok and has over 200 million views on streaming platforms. In 2021, she released (L)only Child and collaborated with artists such as Alan Walker and Surfaces, as well as producing songs such as Bella Porch’s Build A Bitch and TOMORROW X TOGETHER’s Anti-Romantic. In February 2022, she released a new EP, UNSPONSORED CONTENT, which includes PS5, a collaboration with TOMORROW X TOGETHER and Alan Walker!
“TOMORROW X TOGETHER” meaning “You and I, who are different from each other, come together under one dream and create tomorrow together,” is a group of boys who came together for one dream and one goal building synergy. The group debuted in Japan in January 2020. Their second Korean mini-album, The Dream Chapter: ETERNITY, released in May of the same year, reached #1 on the iTunes “Top Albums” chart in 50 countries and regions around the world including the U.S. and Japan. Their second album, The Chaos Chapter: FREEZE (released in May 2021), reached #5 on the Billboard 200, the main album chart of the U.S. Billboard, and charted for 13 weeks, the longest period among K-pop group albums released in 2021. Their latest album, which was their 1st EP in Japan, Chaotic Wonderland (released in November 2021), ranked #1 on Oricon Weekly Album Ranking for 5 consecutive releases. It also ranked #1 in the Billboard Japan rankings (as of 11/17/2021) for “Hot Albums”, “Top Album Sales” and “Japan Artist 100.” With their trendy music, energetic performances, and storytelling that resonates with Generation Z, they are continuing to challenge the world.
Luke Spiller, Vocal
Adam Slack, Guitar
Jed Elliott, Bass guitar
Gethin Davies, Drums
Formed in Derby, U.K. in 2012. The band’s glamorous, classic rock style and catchy rock ‘n’ roll tunes have made an impact on the modern scene, attracting rock fans all over the world.
Their debut album is Everyday Wants (U.S. 2016, Japan 2017). The band have been selected as supporting acts by numerous big names such as The Rolling Stones, Guns N’ Roses, Motley Crue, The Who, and Foo Fighters. Their spectacular and entertaining shows, full of the passion of rock ‘n’ roll and involving all audiences, have received rave reviews from all over the world. Luke Spiller’s powerful and expansive voice and stance, which the international media has written about as the second coming of Queen’s Freddie Mercury, also attracts big attention. Their second album Young and Dangerous was released in 2018, and they released the theme song Pegasus Seiya and ending theme song Somebody New for the Netflix anime series “Saint Seiya: Knights of the Zodiac” in 2019. In 2020, they released their third album Strange Days, which was produced in 10 days during the lockdown. The band has performed at Summer Sonic 2016 and 2017, sold out both Tokyo and Osaka shows in February 2017. They were scheduled to perform at Summer Sonic again in 2019 and at a live in Japan in April 2020, but was cancelled, including a replacement performance in 2021. In 2022, they will perform at Summer Sonic for the fourth time out of the last five.