The Minamino Rock Festival will be streamed internationally for the first time on June 10, 2020.
The annual event, which benefits the family of the murdered Japanese music producer Shingo Minamino, will be broadcast live on June 10 from the Shinjuku Loft. Spectators who buy a sightseeing ticket through the Zaiko live music portal can watch the event until June 15th upon request.
Minamino died at the age of 42 and was stabbed to death on June 10, 2012 in a random attack by a mad unemployed person in Osaka.
Minamino, a dedicated and industry-recognized producer of several renowned Nitroplus soundtracks and artists such as Swinging Popsicle, Kanako Ito, Super Sonico, Pale Green, VERTUEUX and others, visited Osaka to live the "Georide 5th Anniversary Special Tour 2012" live concert event in the Osaka Muse Hall on the day of the attack.
The Minamino Rock Festival started in 2013 on the first anniversary of the tragedy. The concert was held annually as a charity event to celebrate Minamino's love of music and support Minamino's surviving wife and two young daughters.
This year's festival is the first time the music event has been streamed online. Since the live audience was unable to attend due to COVID-19's health reasons, the bands involved agreed that Minamino would have found a way to continue the event without postponing or canceling it.
In the 1990s Minamino was the singer of the rock band BOICE, which later changed its name to 4-STiCKS. In 1996 4-STiCKS made their big label debut at Epic / Sony Records. After the breakup of the band, he continued various solo and collaboration activities and changed in 2007 to the video game company Nitroplus as label manager and producer for Geroride, the company's music department.
Shingo Minamino in the Shinjuku Loft (1999)
The Minamino Rock Festival 2020 offers performances by Minamino's band 4-STiCKS, Swinging Popsicle, Kanako Ito and others, which are moderated by 4-STiCKS member Yaginuma "SMILEY Yagi" Hirotaka.
When purchasing tickets, supporters can also donate an additional amount to the Minamino family.
Tickets for the Minamino Rock Festival 2020 (via Zaiko, ticket office in English): https://loft-prj.zaiko.io/_item/326531
Minamino Rock Festival website: http://pieces-inc.co.jp/mrf
Minamino Rock Festival 2020
Live broadcast begins: June 10, 2020, 8:00 p.m. JST
* Archive cards can be purchased until June 15, 2020 at 9:00 p.m. JST
* Archive view available until June 15, 2020, 11:59 p.m. JST
Actors (expected to appear):
Makoto Takahashi (ex.Boøwy)
Yugure not a circus
Koji Takahashi & TARSHI