After Hours

Standing Against Things That Ruin Art

News Archive

Jul 12, 2017
After Hours '17 Review by SPICE

New After Hours review is available now at SPICE. Check it out!

Jun 22, 2017
After Hours '17 Review by The Japan Times

New After Hours '17 review is available now at The Japan Times. Check it out!

Jun 20, 2017
After Hours '17 Review by AndMore

New After Hours '17 review is available now at AndMore. Check it out!

May 31, 2017
After Hours '17 Review by Monster Fresh (US)

New After Hours 17's review is available now at Monster Fresh (US). Check it out!

May 13, 2017
After Hours '17 Review by Metalorgie (France)

After Hours '17's review is now available at Metalorgie (France). Check it out!

Apr 18, 2017
Thank you EarthQuaker Devices!

America's highly regarded guitar effect makers "EarthQuaker Devices"'s booth was filled with guitarists from the beginning to the end! Do check out their handmade high quality original sounds when you get a chance!

Apr 17, 2017
Thank you Oyaide Electronics!

Thank you to the cable specialists "Oyaide Electronics" for the support at After Hours '17. The sound system at O-EAST was clear, powerful and rich, they came out excellent!

Apr 12, 2017
Basement Tea Party Vol.0 Photos

We now have photos available from After Hours' play event "Basement Tea Party".

This event will also be featured on the new Guitar Magazine (May Edition/Apr 13 release). Do check it out!

Nobukata Kawai / envy
Takaakira 'Taka' Goto / MONO
Yutaka Aoki / downy
Takeshi / Boris
Nobuyuki Takeda / LITE
Hosted by Masaya Bito / Guitar Magazine

Co-hosted by Atsuo / Boris
Assisted by Yuichiro Hosokawa
Photos by Takashi Hoshino

Apr 10, 2017
After Hours '17 Finished

Our very first event "After Hours '17" is now officially over. Thank you to everyone who came to the festival. We feel proud that we could share our event's ideology with all the artist and the audience.

Apr 8, 2017
After Hours '17 Door Sales

Due to high demands, we have decided to have a limited amount of tickets available for "After Hours ’17" (Apr 9 tomorrow) at the door.

They will be available for ¥6300 each from 10:00. Note that the tickets are very limited, so please understand if they sell out quickly.

Apr 8, 2017
Ebisu Maruichi - After Hours Food

Ebisu Maruichi to join After Hours to provide official After Hours food. A wide range of food will be available from "After Hours Plate" with Yonezawa Beef (limited to 20). The restaurant is scheduled to be set at O-EAST 3F. Please enjoy the exclusive Izakaya for your breaks!

Apr 7, 2017
After Hours '17 Merchandise

‪Some exclusive After Hours '17 merchandise will be available.‬

‪T-Shirt ¥2500‬
Wide binder neck black t-shirt.

57mm large badges (set of 2) ‪¥‬800

Apr 7, 2017
EarthQuaker Devices

Skilled handmade guitar effector maker "EarthQuaker Devices"'s booth will be available on the festival day. Do check out their unique high quality effectors at O-EAST 2F!

Apr 7, 2017
After Hours '17 Playlist

Two more days until After Hours '17. Check out the playlist featuring all the artists!

Apr 6, 2017
Video from MONO

A new video from one of the organisers MONO has arrived. MONO will play from 13:00 at O-EAST!

Apr 6, 2017
How to exchange the wristbands

To exchange the wristbands, please visit O-EAST 1F at 11am, 1 hour before the entry.

The order of wristbands exchange will take place as follows:
1) Pre-Sales Tickets (S & A Tickets/1 Day Pass) in the order of line up
2) General Tickets (B Tickets/1 Day Pass) in the order of line up

Double pass ticket holders

The wrist band will be shared between Apr 8 and 9. Please do not take it off and return on the 2nd day.

Apr 4, 2017
Interview with The Japan Times

"After Hours" is now introduced by The Japan Times!…/envy-mono-downy-devise-dream…/

Apr 3, 2017
Message from Wang Wen

A new video message from China’s highly regarded Instrumental band Wang Wen has arrived. This will be Wang Wen’s first time in Japan. Check them out at O-WEST from 15:20!

Mar 31, 2017
Video from DJ KRUSH

A new live video from Japan’s proud, world-class sound creator DJ KRUSH has arrived. DJ KRUSH is currently working on two new albums. Check him out at O-EAST at 18:10!

Mar 31, 2017
"Oyaide Electronics" to support After Hours '17!

Cable specialists "Oyaide Electronics" to support After Hours '17 (Apr 9 Sun)! They will provide us with high quality cables to improve the O-EAST’s sound system. Unique sound for unique festival. Please look forward to it!

Mar 30, 2017
Message from downy

A new video message from one of the organisers "downy". downy will play from 14:00 at O-EAST!

Mar 29, 2017
Interview with OTOTOY available now!

New interview featuring MONO, envy and downy available now at OTOTOY, commemorating the opening of After Hours. Check it out!

Mar 28, 2017
Message from world's end girlfriend

A new video message from "world's end girlfriend" who are making their return once again this year. They will perform from 14:25 at duo MUSIC EXCHANGE!

Mar 27, 2017
After Hours '17 SOLD OUT!

"After Hours '17" (Apr 9 Sun) is now SOLD OUT! Thank you everyone for the support. We look forward to seeing you all then! We apologise in advance that there will be no door sales available.

Mar 26, 2017
Video from Klan Aileen

A new video has arrived from Klan Aileen who emits a unique presence even in the new generation of music. Klan Aileen will perform at O-EAST 2nd Stage from 14:00!

Mar 24, 2017
Message from tricot

A new video message from tricot who will be releasing a new album "3" on May 17. tricot will play from 16:20 at O-EAST!

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
Interview with CINRA

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

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 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
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 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 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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