LUNATIC FEST. 2018
June 23, 2018
Live report by Meiko Kikuta
LUNATIC FEST. returned to Makuhari Messe for the second time. LUNA SEA hosted this all-day long rock festival about three years ago with its official concept “The band’s maddest rock festival”. The first event included some of the most popular rock bands in Japan: SIAM SHADE, MUCC, [Alexandros], D’erlanger, BUCK-TICK, X JAPAN, and of course its host, LUNA SEA.
With its success in 2015, the event returned to the same venue with a slight change in the lineup. This time, 18 artists were picked to perform on stage. Four new bands made it to the list which brought a fresh and even bigger audience to the event.
Two main stages named “the MOON” and “the MOTHER” were located face to face in the massive hall. Both stages were quite simple and almost identical. The set was well organized because when an artist finished performing on one side stage, the other side was almost ready for another show. If the audience wished to keep their spot in the hall, they could still manage to hear all the bands without missing over-lapping shows.
Just like the previous LUNATIC FEST., the opening act was LUNACY, which was LUNA SEA’s first band name when they formed in late 80s. “Thank you for gathering here today. Please enjoy your day!” shouted frontman RYUICHI, dressed all in black, after singing three songs. The band has evolved in many ways in the last several decades, yet older fans cheered the band with nostalgic memories.
Soon after LUNACY finished their slot, the audience walked across the room to see coldrain on the MOTHER stage. The band members causally appeared on stage and performed one song with no lighting effects. It began so suddenly, fans were confused at first but they instantly got hooked with the music. They waited for the second song, yet the band went off stage again and that’s when people recognized the song was just a soundcheck.
The band later returned to the stage under dim red lights for the actual show. From the beginning, their set kicked into full gear with vocalist Masato’s high-pitched screaming voice. The first song “To Be Alive” made the crowd near the stage form a big circle mosh pit, causing absolute chaos. Masato’s growl and the band’s high energy managed to bring the crowd’s excitement to the maximum at 11 o’clock in the morning.
1. To Be Alive
5. No Escape
6. The Revelation