Hokuo Music Fest 2016

16.11.2016 – 19.11.2016


The concept of Hokuo Music Fest was first introduced in 2013 when the Nordic showcase Hokuo Music Night joined forces with a metal showcase previously organized by the Finnish export office. The first Hokuo Music Fest was a success. Therefore in 2016, the Nordics continue to introduce the best of their music to the Japanese market and build international music industry networks together.

This year, in addition to the Loud & Metal Mania showcase, there will also be a Ja Ja Ja showcase event with a focus on indie music.

The Japanese music market is the second largest music market in the world. The Hokuo Music Fest local partner, Creativeman, hosts some of Japan’s biggest festivals such as Loud Park and Summer Sonic and arranges most of the international artists’ shows in Japan.

Trade day

​Thursday 17 November, 12.00–16.00 at AP Shibuya
We would like to invite you to meet with the Nordic music companies taking part at Hokuo Music Fest. It will be a good chance for you to meet with both old and new contacts.

AP Shibuya, Dogenzaka 13F, 2-6-17 Dogenzaka Shibuya, Tokyo ( 東京都渋谷区 道玄坂2丁目6-17 渋 東シネタワー 13F AP 渋谷道玄坂渋東シネタワー)


Friday 18 November, 10.00–15.00
The event also includes a seminar where Japanese music industry professionals will orientate the Nordic participants to the special music market of Japan.

Seminar speakers are:
• Takuya Furuichi – RIAJ (Recording Industry Association of Japan)
• Jay Kogami – All Digital Music
• Lillian Yiu – Ward Records Inc.
• Keiji Miura – Fuji Pacific Music Inc.

AP Shibuya 
Dogenzaka 13F
2-6-17 Dogenzaka Shibuya , Tokyo

See the list of delegates here (English version) or here (Japanese version). 


Reception will be held at the Embassy of Denmark on Wednesday 16 November. 


Ja Ja Ja presented by Hokuo Music

Friday, November 18 at Space Odd – doors at 16.30

Ja Ja Ja is the definitive Nordic club night celebrating the very best new music emerging from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. Established in London in 2009, Ja Ja Ja takes place on a monthly basis in London, Berlin and Hamburg, with an annual edition in Vienna each January. We’re now thrilled to announce that Ja Ja Ja will head to Tokyo to present four of the most exciting emerging artists from the Nordic countries!

Ja Ja Ja presented by Hokuo Music will bring Yung (DEN), Hey Elbow (SWE), Satellite Stories (FIN) and Mr Silla (ICE) to Tokyo, turning a corner of the city into a Nordic haven for one night only. Please see band information below.

Space Odd: 2-11, Sarugakucho, Shibuya Tokyo, 13 Japan (渋谷区東京都猿 楽町 2-11)
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YUNG (Denmark)

Writing and per forming songs filled with gritty guitar and driving rhythms that snap like a live wire, Yung frontman Mikkel Holm Silkjær has been busy channelling the electric drive of youth, creating brief, flashing sonic portraits of his life in Aarhus.


HEY ELBOW (Sweden)

With their foundations in jazz and musical education, combined with an interest in noise, improvisation and freedom, Hey Elbow make oddly haunting pop music with a unique and personal expression.



For their new album Satellite Stories re-invent their own music and make what they feel is modern indie pop - forward thinking catchy Scandinavian guitar music, quirky lyrics and hook oriented songwriting.


MR SILLA (Iceland)

Sigurlaug Gísladóttir, aka Mr. Silla, has blossomed into a creative force of reckoning matched only by a truly honest and evocative stage presence, the musically transcendent ebb and flow of Mr. Silla is as breathtaking as it is life giving.


Loud & Metal Mania presented by Hokuo Music

Saturday, November 19 at Astro Hall – doors at 16.00

The Loud & Metal Mania show has been a success since it was started. This year, we are proud to introduce you four exciting metal acts from the Nordics: The Loud & Metal Mania presented by Hokuo Music with Mokoma (FIN), Santa Cruz (FIN), The Interbeing (DEN) and Lancer (SWE). Please see band information below.

Astro Hall 〒150-0001 Tokyo, Shibuya, Jingumae, 4 Chome−32−12, ニューウェーブ原 宿 B1F


The Danish modern Industrial Metal band that emerged in 2006 has been writing the 2nd opus 'Among The Amporhous', which is a concept album told through the eyes of The Interbeing, for the past three years.


LANCER (Sweden)

Lancer invaded the metal scene in the spring of 2012, followed by their self-titled debut album 2013 before their sophomore album 'Second Storm' was released 2015 and earned amazing reviews from metal press worldwide.


MOKOMA (Finland)

With 9 albums since 1999 Mokoma is one of the most successful bands in Finland. Their music derives from late 80 ’s, early 90 ’s Thrash and Death Metal, but the band also adds a lot of traditional Finnish melancholy.


SANTA CRUZ (Finland)

Modern hard rock band Santa Cruz was  formed in 2007. 2013 their debut 'Screaming For Adrenaline' was released and they played their first three British tours, and supporting their heroes Skid Row in Belgium and Germany before their eponymous sophomore album was released 2015.


Co-Write Sessions

This year, a co-write session is organized in cooperation with Sony Music Publishing Japan. Songwriters from the Nordics will write and network with their Japanese colleagues. In addition to the songwriters, publishers and representatives of labels specialized in J-Pop will participate.


Wednesday 16 November at Jazzspot Candy (Chiba) - doors at 20.00

Chrome Hill (Norway, for more information on Chrome Hill see the delegate brochure)

Address: 3 Chome-10-12 Inagehigashi, Inage Ward, Chiba, Chiba Prefecture 263-0031, Japan

Thursday 17 November at the Embassy of Iceland (Minato-ku) - doors at 17:30

Kiosk Showroom.Kiosk is an Icelandic fashion collective run by 7 designers from Reykjavik that has become an important part of the design scene in the city in the recent years.
Mr Silla (Iceland, for more information on Mr Silla see the delegate brochure)

Address: 4-18-26 Takanawa, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-0074

Thursday 17 November at  ØL,(Shibuya) - doors at 20.00

Chrome Hill (Norway)

Address: Japan, 〒150-0042 Tokyo, 渋谷区Udagawacho, 37−10, 麻仁ビル

Saturday 19 November at 7th Floor (Shibuya) - doors at 18.30

Mari Kalkun (Estonia)
Maija Kauhanen (Finland)
Guest: Mr. Silla (Iceland)

Address: O-WEST building 7F, 2-3 Maruyama-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, 150-0044 (〒150-0044 東京都渋谷区円山町2−3 日本) 

Sunday 20 November at Otonomad (Tokyo) - doors at 18.00:

Otonomad, TOKYO
Mari Kalkun (Estonia) & Maija Kauhanen (Finland) - Small acoustic duo concert 

Address: 3-26-4 1F, kitazawa, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo, 155-0031

The soundscapes of Mari Kalkun and Maija Kauhanen grow from inner rhythms into a wild roar of voices and ringing strings. Their music relies on the powerful South Estonian song tradition and Finno-Ugric roots. 2015 their latest album Tii ilo was released.

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