After Hours

Standing Against Things That Ruin Art

News Archive

Mar 23, 2017
Message from eastern youth

A new video message from eastern youth who will be headlining duo MUSIC EXCHANGE stage. They will perform from 20:15!

Mar 22, 2017
Message from Ray Yamada

New video message from Ray Yamada who just had her 4th year anniversary since the debut. Ray Yamada will perform at O-EAST 2nd Stage from 15:40!

Mar 21, 2017
Tickets running low!

Less than 3 weeks to go until After Hours '17, which features 31 magnificent artists. Tickets are selling fast, make sure to grab your tickets now!

Mar 21, 2017
Interview with CINRA

New interview available now at CINRA, featuring MONO, envy, downy, toe and Boris. Check it out!

Mar 20, 2017
Message from MOROHA

A new video message has arrived from one of the influential bands MOROHA. MOROHA will play at O-EAST 2nd stage from 17:20!

Mar 19, 2017
Message from Crypt City

A new video message has arrived from Mr Kobayashi, the drummer of Crypt City. Crypt City will perform last at O-nest from 20:35!

Mar 18, 2017
Message from Tomy Wealth

A new video message from transcendent drumming genius Tomy Wealth has arrived. Tomy Wealth will play at O-nest at 17:20!

Mar 17, 2017
Message from ROTH BART BARON

A new video message has arrived from ROTH BART BARON in snowy Yamagata!

Mar 16, 2017
Final Line-Up & Timetable

Final line-up "eastern youth" and timetable for After Hours '17 (Apr 9 Sun) revealed! Don't miss out!

Mar 15, 2017
Message from jizue

New video message from instrumental band jizue from Kyoto has arrived!

Mar 13, 2017
Message from heaven in her arms

We have received a new video message from heaven in her arms, who are going to release their new full-length album "Hakuun" on Mar 22 after 7 years!

Mar 12, 2017
Message from LITE

最新作 "Cubic" をリリースしたLITEのメンバーから、動画コメントが届きました!

Mar 11, 2017
Message from People In The Box

We have received a new video message from Mr Hatano of People In The Box, who have just released the 10th year anniversary album "Things Discovered"!

Mar 10, 2017
InterFM Radio "Ready Steady George!!"

インターFMラジオ「Ready Steady George!! 」に出演しました。

We have appeared on Inter FM Radio "Ready Steady George!!".


Mar 10, 2017
Message from mouse on the keys

We have received a video message from mouse on the keys, who are currently on tour in Canada!

Mar 10, 2017
Interview with OTOTOY

We did an interview with OTOTOY!

Mar 9, 2017
Message from LOSTAGE

One month to go until After Hours '17. We have now received a video message from Nara's greatest treasure, LOSTAGE!

Mar 8, 2017
Interview at "Ready Steady George!!"

Nobukata Kawai (envy), Taka Goto (MONO) and Robin Aoki (downy) to appear on Inter FM Radio "Ready Steady George!!" as organisers of After Hours on Mar 9 (Thu). Do check it out!

15:00 - 17:54
DJ: George Williams with Shaula

Mar 7, 2017
Message from THE NOVEMBERS

Almost one month away until After Hours '17. Here's a message from THE NOVEMBERS!

Mar 6, 2017
Message from Boris

A message from Boris has arrived!

Mar 4, 2017
Interview with The Japan Times

We did an interview with The Japan Times. The article is scheduled to be published on Apr 5.

Feb 28, 2017
After Hours '17 5th line-up announced!

  • tricot
  • Crypt City
  • Wang Wen (China)
  • Tomy Wealth
  • Ray Yamada

Feb 22, 2017
To the participants and fans of After Hours

Please let us talk a little about our music festival After Hours.

This event was created with a single ideology; to create a space for artists who do not wish to compromise their artistic visions nor accommodate any authority to gather, and "stand against things that ruin art". These pure visions are something that most artists will have had at one time, but may have gradually faded due to the rigid system that still constrains them, stemming from the roots of the old traditional art and music industry.

Naturally, the artistic world has a deep relationship with philosophy and ideology. This is a realm where everyone can equally share their emotions and empathise, without losing the sensory pleasure. This is also a place where people can connect with each other, change each other's world view and become the power to move the world. In the past, excellent art has moved the public and changed the world. Art plays an important role in helping us express things that can't be spoken of, that can't be told. Music is not merely a sound sensation, it can also provide encouragement and comfort. We believe music can become the energy to reassure your own existence and give the power to live, so much more than mere recreation.

We feel that the country we live in, Japan, has the tendency to consume art and music as just entertainment. One thing we learned from our many years of travel throughout the world, is that art and music play a strong role in society, regardless of the country. However, Japan tends to highly value the physical accomplishment itself more, as opposed to recognising the power of influences that people and society bring to each other over a long period of time. What is important with artistic expression is not the outer layer, but what remains deep in the unconscious. We believe that is the true value of music.

With all these thoughts in mind, we'd like to make this festival a place where all the independent and true artists filled with originality and belief, and all the musical fans throughout the world can connect.

In order to achieve this, please lend your hand to us.

Feb 21, 2017
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