HAPPENINGText: Yasuharu Motomiya

Day three, the last day. To be honest, I felt like finally reaching the goal after going through a long tunnel. It went on raining all day and it made our bodies really cold. Also, the muddy ground was really hard to walk upon and my legs were quite stiff. However, this great festival never betrayed us. The sky on the last day was really clear and it made me excited. Many artists were lined up but it was impossible to see all the performances. So, making a nice plan beforehand is necessary in order to enjoy the long festival. I felt like being in a big city when I was choosing performances but it could not be helped.
While I was talking to my friends, I listened to them halfmindedly because I could not stop wondering who as on the stage at that time.

Mogwai © Hideo Kojima

It was when I was walking to White State to see Mogwai. The sound of Massive Attack on Green Stage caught my ears. Honestly, I was not interested in their performance so much but there was no reason to pass by, because the track “Angel” from the album “Messanine” was really impressive. The voice of Bjork covered the venue yesterday and it was the voice from above. And on the last day, the voice from the earth covered the place. It was hard to get the time to go to White Stage because nice music was coming down from the hill where Green Stage was. Shaking off that, I went to White Stage to see Mogwai. On the way to White State, “Mogwai Fear Satan” was repeating in my head and they played this song afterwards.

This is all about the Fuji Rock Festival I experienced this year. This is one of a hundred thousand stories. Other 99,000 audience members have their stories and they will continue endlessly in each mind, like the guitar feedback of Mogwai.

Since this is a huge festival, it impossible that everybody can share everything. However, this is one of nice points of the outdoor festival and as long as there are musicians, somebody will listen to them and pass stories on to others. Even though the festival is over, music will continue.

Fuji Rock Festival ’03
Date: July 25th – 27th, 2003
Place: Naeba Snow Resort in Niigata, Japan
Organised by Smash

Text: Yasuharu Motomiya
Photos: Yasuharu Motomiya

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