The Obvious Circus Events Calendar (Until 10/16)


Yes, I realize that the EC has been terribly inconsistent lately.  While I am sorry for this interruption in your normally scheduled “shit to do”, I prefer to look on the bright side.  By not posting a newsletter last week, I avoided reminding you that the Backstreet Boys were performing live in Nagoya on Thursday evening.  And therefore denying you the chance to embarrass yourself by crying when you hear “All I Have To Give”.

You’re welcome.

On To The Calendar

Thursday 10


Club Quattro in Sakae from 19:00

I can think of no more appropriate start to the month of Halloween than the howls of the damned as they burn in the pits of hell.  Barring that, this Norwegian black metal band will do just fine.  DOOR 6500

Friday 11


Club JB’s in Sakae from 22:00

This hugely popular German duo first gained prominence during the electro resurgence of the early 2000s.  And if you’re thinking to yourself “electro is dead”, give their latest album I Love You Dude a listen.  They’ll prove you wrong.  DOOR 3500

SMASH DX ft. Hernan Cattaneo

Club Mago in Shinsakae from 20:00

This must be the tenth time this Argentinian producer has made it into the live calendar.  I believe that means he gets a free sandwich.  Please don’t mistake my frivolity for disrespect.  There’s a reason Mr. Cattaneo has made the Top 100 DJ list 10 years running, and you only have to check out Mago on this night to understand.  ADV 3000 / DOOR 3500 (1D)

Four Minutes Til Midnight

Club Zion in Kamimaezi from 17:30

Remember 311?  Their blending of rock, funk and hip hop, while by no means innovative, was pretty awesome.  Oh, I know Four Minutes Til Midnight is not 311, just wishful thinking.  DOOR 2300

Saturday 12

Toyota Rock Festival 2013

Toyota Stadium for 2 Days

It ain’t Fuji Rock, but you got to love Toyota for giving the whole music festival thing a shot.  And even if you don’t know any of the bands, there are some local gems to be heard; including Obrigaard and Toyota music hodgepodge Cool Wise Man.  Plus, it’s free, so quit complaining.

Plastic Factory in Imaike from 21:00

I’ve got major respect for DJs Nick Shotter and Daniel Cheah.  Along with the power duo of Zengo Kankei and Matthew Bowden, they’ve actually created quite a popular scene for fans of the new wave sound.  DOOR 1500 (1D)

Metro Party

Lover:Z in Shinsakae from 22:00

Nagoya’s foremost LGBTQ party is already prone to lavish costumes, so you can imagine how fabulous they’re Pre-Halloween party is going to be.  Hostess Madame d’Metro promises lots of treats, but is being uncharacteristically coquettish when it comes to the tricks.  I guess you’ll just have to attend to see just what she and her wild children of the night have in store.  DOOR 2500 (2D)

Sunday 13


Tsurumai Park from 12:00
Nagoya’s very own International Charity Film, Music and Arts Festival returns with even more to enjoy.  On top of the great live music we’ve come to expect, including performances from Michael Wade, DuckFace, Tomo Shagger Tribute Band and Elijah Ben; there will also be live art and a showing of the locally produced play, Uwaki: Our Mututal Elephant directed by Will Taylor, as well as a special performance from the upcoming musical DREAMCATCHER,  And, of course, there’s the film festival.  All the proceeds this year will be donated to Santa and Friends, so it’s all for a great cause.  You no longer have an excuse to miss this event.  ADV 1500 / DOOR 2000


Club Mago in Shinsakae from 22:00

I don’t mince words when it comes for my lack of appreciation for progressive music.  To be frank, it’s directionless; as if someone started a great song and forgot to add anything after the beat.  But, damn, if Canadian producer Soundprank hasn’t proven me wrong.  His shit is good, and only wanders slightly at times.  DOOR 3000

E.D. Sedgwick

DayTrip in Tsurumai

It’s hard to describe this American band, but that’s never stopped me before.  Dance punk meets Rocky Horror, though lead singer Justin Moyer doesn’t wear the dress anymore.  Having his Japan wide-tour stop in Nagoya is really cool.  Just wish it wasn’t on such a busy day.

Velvet Sunday

Club JB’s in Sakae from 22:00

The first Sunday of the month (though they’ve moved it this time to the second Sunday to correspond with the Monday holiday) means that DJs Shigeta, Takahashi and Jin will be back at JB’s with some very chill house music.  ADV 1500 / DOOR 2000 (1D)

Monday 14

James Zabiela

X-Hall in Osu Kanno from 22:00

In 3 short years, X-Hall has cemented itself as a contender in the already bloated Nagoya party scene.  And while they haven’t ushered in a renaissance of late night entertainment in the Osu area as I originally predicted, they have introduced the club kids to some damn fine international talent, like British DJ James Zabiela.  His brilliant tech house will be the perfect soundtrack for this party.  Happy Birthday, X-Hall!

Wednesday 16

The Trojans

Club Quattro in Sakae from 19:30

Featuring reggae greats Eddie Thornton, Vin Gordon and Zoe Devlin; yeah, this concert is going to be alright.  DOOR 6000


October 19 The First Halloween Party of 2013 @ Coat of Arms
October 19 The Nagoya Autumn Jam @ Flex Lounge
October 19 Ghost of Matsubara @ R.A.D.
October 26 The Sexy Halloween @ Club Mago
October 27 The Halloween Swing @ Shooters
November 6~11 Foreign Artist Exhibition 2013 @ The International Center

*submissions accepted until November 25*

November 23~24 Dreamcatcher @ Chikusa Playhouse

One response to “The Obvious Circus Events Calendar (Until 10/16)

  1. The Foreign Artists Exhibition (FAE) this year is in December not, repeat NOT, in November, as above advertized. The show will take place, as usual, in the Nagoya International Center, 4th floor, from 3 to 8 December.
    The information on submission of artwork is correct, however (25th November deadline)

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