The Obvious Circus Events Calendar (Until May 4, 2016)


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It might be raining now (as of this writing), but even if the sun refuses to shine this holiday weekend, you will not be starved for awesomeness. Live music or club fare, Nagoya has got you covered. As for me, I will be knocking back a few dozen this Friday at the Belgian Beer Weekend for my birthday. Feel free to buy me a drink if you like the EC, or throw one in my face if you don’t (either way, free beer!).

On to the calendar!

Friday 29


Club JB’s in Sakae from 22:00

A legend in his home country of South Africa, Black Coffee’s house mixes are multi-layered works of inspirational fire. It’s music with which to let yourself go. ADV ¥2500 / DOOR ¥3000

The Bush Chemists

X-Hall in Osu from 20:00

Way out of their comfort zone this month, X-Hall giving some love to the dub with this Reggae act out of London. DOOR ¥3000

digger’s delight

outrecord in Sakae from 22:00

Forgoing the CDs and laptops that pervade the club scene, DJs Chris Ollier, Halcyon, T Plays It Cool and Zig-Nine are dusting off their vinyl for that classic warm sound.

Saturday 30

Absolute Learners

Live & Lounge Vio in Shinsakae from 18:00

A wide range of rocking sounds from the excellent rockabilly style of Learners to the garage rock of Xero Fiction. Highly recommended for anyone looking for a favorite new Japanese band! DOOR ¥3000

Stones Throw 20th Anniversary Showcase

Club JB’s in Sakae from 21:00
Perhaps the greatest indie hip hop label of all time, LA’s Stones Throw Records is turning 20, and their founder Peanut Butter Wolf is taking charge of the decks to celebrate. His sets are rap legend. DOOR ¥3500

Guy Mantzur

X-Hall in Osu from 22:00
From Tel Aviv comes Guy Mantzur whose tech-house mixes are a welcome change of pace from the Red Bull-fueled anthems X-Hall used to be known for. DOOR ¥3400

Deathmetal Gig

Tight Rope in Sakae from 14:00

The songs of Italy’s Pulvis Et Umbra are the night terrors of the insane. DOOR ¥3000

CLUB beat fountains

Café Domina in Sakae from 22:00

Café Domina is always my first stop on nights when the Top 40 of the bigger clubs won’t suffice.  They are always a safe bet for underground music that won’t bore, like this eclectic mix of rock, pop and hip hop with special guest DJ Halfby. DOOR ¥2500

Sunday, May 1


Club Buddha in Shinsakae from 16:00

If you HEART the 80s but hate staying up late, this New Wave‚ New Romantic, punk‚ post punk, etc… DJ party will suffice. ADV ¥1800 / DOOR ¥2000 (2D)

Monday 2


Club Mago in Shinsakae from 22:00

Mago is going in like a Lion this May with 3 days of amazing parties! As one half of the legendary DJ duo Masters At Work, NY mixmaster Kenny Dope is responsible for some of the funkiest tracks of the past 30 years. If you are a fan of house music, Kenny Dope was there when it started; don’t miss this night.  ADV ¥3500 / DOOR ¥4000


Radix in Tsurumai from 22:00

Not sure what the Radix Reggae-loving regulars (Reggae-lars?) will think of the techno mixes of this artist from the Netherlands.

Monday Night Jam

GC Live in Shinsakae from 18:00

This and every Monday, GC Live offers all the chance to take the stage and join a supergroup of local talent for the best jam session in town. DOOR ¥1000

Tuesday 3

DEEP VIBE 10th anniversary

Club Mago in Shinsakae from 22:00

This regular party dedicated to the more underground of dance traxs is celebrating 10 years with special guest LEE K from LA, local musician Kult Q and many more. DOOR ¥2500

Wednesday 4


Club Mago in Shinsakae from 22:00

Close out your Golden Week with the vibrant house mixes of DJ DOSEM from Spain. ADV ¥2500 / DOOR ¥3000


Radix in Tsurumai from 22:00

Fusing Jamaican rhythms with electronic beats, Lyrical Badman Stylo G is what the Reggae-lars (that works) of Radix want to hear. ADV ¥3,000 / DOOR ¥3500


RAD Hall in Saakae from 17:30
This awesome Tokyo band controls the stage with their electro-infused rock. DOOR ¥3500

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