Like any decent horror film monster, Halloween in Nagoya just keeps getting bigger and bigger and it’s coming for you! No matter where you go this weekend, chances are, there will be a Halloween party waiting for you. And when it’s finally over, if you manage to survive, you’ll probably feel like the walking dead. Happy Hauntings!
On to the calendar!
Thursday, October 27
Huck Finn in Imaike from 18:00
I admire Huck Finn for their ability to book the most obscure of international punk acts. I won’t be there when this British thrash band takes the stage, but I admire Huck Finn for booking them. DOOR ¥2500
Friday, October 28
Shooters in Fushimi at 18:00
Much like a zombie horde, disco just won’t die… and it eats your brains. However, if you dig that sound from the 70s, than squeeze into your bell bottoms, tease up your fro and head over to Nagoya Life’s Halloween Mixer with great live music from Semi-On and DJ dij. ADV ¥3500 / DOOR ¥4000 (all you can eat and drink)
Mondo Lounge in Kamimaezu at 20:00
Dr. Frank N. Furter him-her-self would be waiting for this one with antici… pation! Since its 1975 release, this interactive rock and roll cult classic has become a Halloween tradition. You’ll laugh, scream, dance, throw toast, and do the Time Warp again! ¥750 admission includes goody bag for audience participation. Only ¥500 if you come in costume. More info on Facebook: Rocky Horror – Nagoya.
Red Rock in Sakae at 20:00
Considering Australia is a country where 99% of the animal population wants to kill you, this party from Nagoya’s #1 Australian-themed eatery is rather tame. Costume contests, games, food and drinks are all well and good (and at only ¥3000, a steal). But if you’re looking to scare people, ya need to tap into that “THIS is a knife” spirit, mate. This year’s prizes will include a Nintendo 3DS, a Nikon digital camera and much more.
Saturday, October 29
Gen’s 2nd in Sakae at 21:00
The devil has come to Nagoya, and he’s going to be tempting you with pleasures of the flesh: costumed ladies dancing in cages and on poles, revealing body art, grotesque SFX makeup and dance music so hot it burns like hellfire. This party will leave you with a stain on your soul, among other places. ADV ¥2500 / DOOR ¥3000 (1D)
Six-DOG in Shinsakae at 18:00
Local rock supergroup Ghost of Matsubara will be haunting this loud live house on the east end with the murder metal of Shibata Heavy Industries and more TBA. Tickets are ¥2000 (1D).
Shooters in Fushimi at 18:00
When the sun goes down, the nightmare begins right here at the first party of the night including a costume contest, ice-breaker games and the hot mashup tunage of DJ scrying. ADV ¥3500 / DOOR ¥4000 (all you can eat and drink)
The Stereophonic Absolute Halloween just keeps getting bigger and bigger every year, spreading further and claiming more victims in its unstoppable quest to overrun the Nagoya party scene. It’s like the movie I Am Legend, except, you know, good. This year, the outbreak starts at Club JB’s, spreads out to several different party locales in East Sakae and includes far too many DJs and performers to include here. More info on the Facebook page
Bow Wow Japan Tour
Diamond Hall in Shinsakae from 16:30
Awww… remember how cute Lil’ Bow Wow was when he first hit the scene back in 2000? Well, he’s all grown up now. Gone are the days of “Puppy Love” and family-friendly film cameos, and his new single Sweat is solid proof he ain’t Lil’ no more. Pushing his upcoming album, he’ll be in Nagoya this Saturday for what has to be the most under-advertised big name live in Nagoya ever (and that IS saying something). DOOR ¥6000
Screaming Horror Show, vol. 2
Hype Lounge in Imaike from 21:00
OK, let me preface this with the fact that I cannot, in good faith, recommend this event. I only mention it because the flyer caught my eyes, at which point I had to scrub them with steel wool (I CAN’T UNSEE IT!) Major props to their designer for managing to capture that narrow margin between bloody messages scrawled on a wall and event promotion. There will be some music at this party, but I’d imagine the biggest draw is going to be the zombie girls, body mod displays, SandM show, whip and corset modeling, horror cake art… wait, this kind of sounds awesome! ADV ¥2000 / DOOR ¥2500
The Yoshida Brothers
Blue Note in Sakae at 16:00 and 19:00
The Shamisen-wielding Wonder Duo from Hokkaido give hope to all the Japanese children forced to practice that 4-stringged bastard that they, too, can one day look as cool doing it. DOOR ¥8000
Kids Halloween Party
Shooters in Fushimi at 11:30
Children of the Corn, The Omen, Rosemary’s Baby… KIDS ARE CREEPY! And you can give your little monster the chance to trick or treat, enjoy games and a costume parade for only ¥1200, adults ¥1500.
Mago Mad Halloween Party
Club Mago in Shinsakae from 22:00
If you were leaning towards hitting up Mago this Saturday, WHY ON EARTH WOULD YOU DO THAT??? Well, if you do, your ears will be assaulted by the hard techno mix of DJs Toida and several others on this night. ADV 2500 / DOOR 3000
Sunday, October 30
Shooters in Fushimi from 18:00
The final day of this holiday of horror is brought to you by Nagoya Swings. Like Dr. Frankenstein, they’re breathing new life into the music and fashion of the roaring 20s, and offering free dance lessons on this night with live music and a DJ. ADV ¥3500 / DOOR ¥4000 (all you can eat and drink)
Plastic Factory in Imaike from 19:00
Usually the best place to take an exploratory dip in Nagoya’s talent pool, this open mic and art space is offering even more incentive this month. Along with the excellent performances on stage and the paintings of Kazutaka Hirota in the upstairs gallery, everybody’s fave local indie band Semi-On. DOOR ¥1000 (1D)
Halloween Party Paradise Lost
Café Domina in Sakae from 18:00
The ethereal sounds of Tokyo’s JunYamabe together with the be-patient-it-gets-better music of Mieen-Po makes this event the farthest stretch of the “Halloween Party” concept I’ve ever heard. ADV ¥2500
Tuesday, November 1
The International Center until November 6
Continuing until next Sunday on the fourth floor of the Nagoya International Center there will be a FREE exhibition of local foreign talent of a wide variety of media types. This is the 26th annual FAE, and this year there will be over 60 artists from around the world displaying their work. Make sure you don’t miss this event! It is so very important to the community.
|Nov 17||Wanna Be Child vol. 39 @ Club JB’s|
|Nov 18||The 2011 Champagne Ball @ The Hilton Nagoya|