30 things to do this weekend

Big Beach, Taico Club, Great Japan Beer Festival and much, much more

30 things to do this weekend

30 things to do in Tokyo this weekend
Friday | Saturday | Sunday


Great Japan Beer Festival 2012 in Tokyo
It's the highlight of the year for Tokyo's hop heads: an afternoon of hardcore tasting, with over 100 varieties of craft beer on offer and the kinds of crowds you might expect on the Yamanote line during rush hour. Read more

Mika Ninagawa: Plant a Tree
Cherry blossom season seems like an awfully long time ago now, doesn't it? Get a final, fleeting glimpse of the sakura at photographer Mika Ninagawa's current show, which finishes at Tomio Koyama Gallery today. Read more

Big Beach Festival '12
Assuming that the weather plays nice, the Chiba coast is the place to be this afternoon, as the bikini- and Red Bull-fuelled Big Beach Festival returns with The Chemical Brothers, Sven Väth, John Digweed and many others. Read more

Taico Club '12
More intrepid partiers will be heading to the mountains of Nagoya Prefecture, where Animal Collective, Boredoms and Ricardo Villalobos head the charge at the sold-out Taico Club all-nighter. Read more

Jim Hall
81-year-old jazz guitarist Jim Hall heads to the Blue Note Tokyo tomorrow for a four-night residency with his trio, but he'll be dropping by at Cotton Club first for a solo show. Should be cool – real cool. Read more

Bootsy Collins
Hip hop progenitor and P-funk bassist par excellence, Bootsy Collins will be wrapping up his residency at the Billboard Live this evening – and at the time of writing, there are still actually tickets available. Read more

James Farm
Over at Blue Note Tokyo, tonight is your final chance to catch the cinematic James Farm, a supergroup featuring saxman Joshua Redman, bassist Matt Penman, drummer Eric Harland and pianist Aaron Parks. Read more

Kyushu x Nagoya Electric Pop Festival
A small army of post-punk devotees will be doing their thing during this two-day festival, today featuring Kyushu acts including muscular post-rockers MacManaman and trash-garage girl band Zibanchinka. Read more

Big Beach '12 Official After Party
Once you've packed up your bikini and got the sand out from between your toes, you can catch two of the main DJs from today's Big Beach Festival in Tokyo, as John Digweed and Timo Maas hit Warehouse702. Read more

Big Beach '12 Official After Party
Meanwhile, techno veteran and Cocoon Recordings overlord Sven Väth is taking charge of the post-Big Beach bacchanal over at Womb, with tech and deep house man Matthias Tanzmann in support. Read more

Space Gathering: Back to Goa 2012
Cosmic voyagers Ree.K and Masa realise there's more to mind expansion than bludgeoning people with hard trance. Get a wider-ranging blend of psychedelia at this three-floor, Goa-themed party at Unit. Read more

3DX Vision
Speaking of bludgeoning people with trance music, that's roughly what'll be happening at Studio 326, as French psytrance producer Absolum plays live alongside Ibiza-based production duo Last.Men.Standing. Read more

Andre Collins Japan Tour 2012
Now over 35 years into his career, Andre Collins doesn't visit Japan as regularly as some of his fellow NYC underground house veterans, meaning that it's worth making the effort to see him when he does come. Read more

30 things to do in Tokyo this weekend
Friday | Saturday | Sunday

By James Hadfield
Please note: All information is correct at the time of writing but is subject to change without notice.


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