This past weekend, thousands of music lovers flocked to the 20th annual Summer Sonic music festival, which spanned three days and multistage venues in Tokyo and Osaka. The highlight was a special showcase, Spotify on Stage in MIDNIGHT SONIC, which featured seven artists representing multiple music scenes and countries. These groups—including R3HAB, MGMT, SEKAI NO OWARI, and NCT 127—performed from midnight into the wee hours of Saturday morning.
Despite an initially gloomy forecast, the skies cleared for a weekend that featured homegrown talent and international acts alike. Among those who took to the six stages in Tokyo and four in Osaka were BLACKPINK, The 1975, Weezer, Fall Out Boy, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Chainsmokers, and Rita Ora, to name just a few.
Check out the photo gallery below for some of the most exciting Summer Sonic moments across the three-day festival—one whose diverse line-up helped foster artist and genre discovery.
Photo credit: Satoshi Imamura
Stream the official playlist for Spotify on Stage in MIDNIGHT SONIC.