Japan’s beloved boutique festival in the woods has confirmed its return this year after holding a virtual event last year amid the pandemic. Though we probably won’t see Rainbow Disco Club return to its original form until next year soonest, it is moving ahead with the 2021 edition in the form of a spin-off with a domestic line-up. (Which is awesome, Japan has some incredible talent.)
“Due to the spread of Covid-19, many organizers and artists of the dance music scene started trying something new online by limiting a community," said the organizers. “After having participated in several events, these significant experiences gave me having an image of getting back to the basics.”
Despite a downsized edition, the festival looks to still go strong and boasts 24 hours of programming by DJs including CHIDA, DJ Nobu, Licaxxx and Yoshinori Hayashi. Wata Igarashi as well as Kuniyuki x Soichi Terada xSauce81 are also billed to play with live sets.
To complement its smaller size, the event will take place at Chidori Park this year, just outside of Tokyo, instead of its usual home at Higashi-izu on the Izu Peninsula.
Previous editions of the festival spanned three days but this year looks to be a two-day event over the first weekend of May.
Capacity will also be limited with the existence of COVID, so if advance tickets sell out, there will be no tickets at the door. Attendees will also need to follow strict protocols with respect to behaviour under these special circumstances, so it might be worth reading through them before buying tickets to see if you’re ok with it all.
That said, this RDC will be just about enjoying music. I mean, that’s why we’re all here, right?
Back To The Real takes place on May 1 and May 2 at Chidori Park. Get tickets here.