14:55 - 4th June 2013, by NEO Staff

Two Festivals Join Forces on 10 June for Japanese Music Extravaganza

JAPAN UNDERGROUND and TERRACOTTA FESTIVAL join forces on 10 June for a Japanese music extravaganza that boasts four exciting Japanese music acts, authentic Japanese food and DJs.

Making their UK debut is headliner Kao=S (pronounced 'Chaos'). Kao=S fuse traditional Japanese instruments, performance art and passion with modern rock music for a truly unique experience. With links to FINAL FANTASY, a string of successful U.S tour dates (including a showcase set at SXSW) and a manga in their name, Kao=S now sets their sights on London for their first UK performance. The band consists of vocalist, sword dancer and FINAL FANTASY motion capture actress Kaori Kawabuchi; 'Syamisenist' Jack playing his own original rock-take on the traditional Japanese Tsugaru-Shamisen style; vocalist, guitarist and Kao=S' leader Shuji Yamagiri; and new addition Shakuhachi (Japanese flute) player Daisuke Kaminaga, who joined the band as a regular member since touring America with Kao=S in 2012. Kao=S has influences ranging from traditional Japanese folk music, to rock legends such as Black Sabbath, L'Arc en Ciel and Led Zeppelin.

There will also be support from THREE mighty acts; indie-pop from vocal goddess/diva ERIKA, more shamisen sounds from Hibiki (the UK's only certified shamisen master) and drummer Tomo, plus shoegaze meets techno with The Newmarkets. That's not forgetting a full Japanese food menu available venue's in-house food specialists Peko Peko!

Tickets are on sale now for £5 in advance (click here), or £7 on the door.

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