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Fuji Rock's urban rival tends to skew in a poppier direction – the last group to play in 2011 was Girls' Generation, fer chrissakes – and this year's is shaping up to be no different. Punk veterans Green Day and R&B chanteuse Rihanna have been confirmed as headliners, with Jamiroquai, Sigur Rós, Ke$ha and American Idol graduate Adam Lambert also pencilled in. In keeping with the current vogue for band reunions, you can expect back-from-the-dead appearances from groups including New Order, The Cardigans and Cast, while the presence of flavour-du-jour acts including SBTRKT, Crystal Castles and Iceage should keep trendier listeners happy. Here's the lineup:
Arukara, Ashura, Begin, Coldrain, Crossfaith, Crystal Castles, Death Cab for Cutie, Dohatsuten, Franz Ferdinand, Forget and Forgive, Nelly Furtado, Gotye, Great 3, Green Day, Grimes, Grouplove, The Hiatus, Hige, Dai Hirai, Hyro Da Hero, Iceage, Infinite, Jaurim, Jun Sky Walker(s), Knock Out Monkey, The Knux, The Koxx, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, Adam Lambert, La-ppisch, Lite feat. Caroline, Lostprophets, L.P, Mac Miller, Man With A Mission, Mercy & Sorrow, Multi-Ego, Tavito Nanao, Newtank, Nothing's Carved In Stone, One OK Rock, Onso9line, Passion Pit, Pee Wee Gaskins, Pennywise, The Power Powder, Rekishi, Russian Red, SBTRKT, Scoobie Do, Sigur Rós, SiM, Ska Ska Club, Alexandra Stan, St. Vincent, Totalfat, Toy, The Vaccines, Yellow Fang, Yohio, Kazuya Yoshii
Mao Abe, Azealia Banks, Belakiss, The Cardigans plays Gran Turismo, Cast, [Champagne], Chang Kiha and the Faces, Def Tech × Dub Master X, Fear,and Loathing in Las Vegas, Fire Ball with Home Grown, Fire EX., Flip, 45trio, Foster The People, Garbage, Glen Check, Goonamguayeoridingstella, Gukkasten, Gym Class Heroes, Calvin Harris, Hoobastank, Jamiroquai, Miliyah Kato, Ke$ha, Kindness, Lecca, Mayday, Momoiro Clover Z, Mowmow Lulu Gyaban, Ryo Nagano, Tomoyuki Nagasawa, New Order, 1976, Ooame, Other Lives, Pay Money To My Pain, Pennywise, Perfume, Pitbull, Polysics, QuarterBack, Rihanna, Rihwa, Shun, Spector, Team H, Tears for Fears, Toy, Tribes, Anna Tsuchiya, Vintage Trouble, Walk Off The Earth, White Ash, Yu-Huan DMDM