The Obvious Circus Events (Until 8/4)


Before I begin my summer holiday, which is basically a month-long hibernation consisting of binge-watching all of my favorite shows in a dark room with the AC cranked, I thought I’d send out a few suggestions of things to do for those brave enough to venture out into the sun-scorched surface-world. If I am able to peel my fat-ass out of bed at any point this month, I’ll write again. But if you don’t hear from me by September, call the authorities. I’ve died and my cats are eating my face.

On To The Calendar

Thursday 31


Club Quattro in Sakae from 18:00 | ¥3,700)

The Japanese version of DEVO (without the hats) is back in Nagoya celebrating 25 years of Club Quattro charging exorbitant prices for a few decent acts a month (and some truly forgettable ones). Which remind me, Mo’some Tonebender will also perform on this night. DOOR ¥3700

Saturday, August 2

18th Anniversary

Club Mago in Shinsakae from 22:00

In celebration of being the longest running night club in Nagoya, Mago has invited a large sampling of their talented DJ pool for “THE PARTY.” On this night you can hear Ogawa, Nakahara, SE-1, Hattori, Sonic Weapon and Jaguar P, just to name a few. DOOR ¥1800

Dance Hall Sounz

Sound Lounge #01 in Sakae from 19:00

Last month I wrote about Nagoya newest, hippest joint, Zero-One. Since then, they’ve been rolling out a series of talented DJs and performances, a trend they’re continuing this weekend with guest artist Minoru Torihada and DJs Klark Kent, Junk and CAUJOON. DOOR ¥3000, which comes with 4 tickets good for drinks or food.

Street Parade

The Plastic Factory in Imaike from 22:00

Every summer Zurich, Switzerland throws the largest techno party in the world, Street Parade, a demonstration/celebration attended by a million people. Heinz, the lovable owner of the Plastic Factory, will be doing his native land proud this Saturday when he hosts some amazing DJs playing music in the spirit of this epic event. DOOR ¥2000 (2D)

Club About in Sakae from 22:00

Guest DJ WADA and many other About regulars are up to play the tech-iest of house & the deep-iest of Techno.  ADV ¥2000 / DOOR ¥2500


X-Hall in Osu from 21:00

If bigger sounds are what you crave, you can’t get bigger than the EDM tunes this popular Japanese DJ will be spitting out. Yes, EDM, the over-compensating d-bag of the electronic music world. DOOR ¥2000

Sunday, August 3

The Business

Club Upset in Ikeshita from 18:00

Before being co-opted by America in the 70s, and subsequently ruined by the 90s, punk was a British-only phenomenon consisting of angry teenagers with questionable levels of talent. Few were angrier than the guys from The Business, who helped give birth to the Oi! movement. But don’t be misled by their shaved heads and anti-establishment songs, they vehemently separate their music from racism and political extremism; which allows them to properly direct their anger: “Smash the Disco!” DOOR ¥3500

Nagoya Swings Intermediate Workshop

Shooters in Fushimi from 18:30

Nagoya Swings “Build On Your Basics” Workshop is back with a new easy-to-remember date, the first Sunday of every month. This is a great chance to get more involved with the swing dance scene that is surprisingly vibrant in Nagoya. On this night you can get a bi-lingual dance lesson for only ¥600. Singles & couples, all are welcome.

Monday 4


Café Domina in Sakae from 21:00

From Roll Deep, the same music collective that gave us the brilliant Dizzee Rascal & Tinchy Stryder, DJ Karnage has some firm roots in the original UK sound known as Grime. Come get filthy in all the bass! DOOR ¥1000


Huck Finn in Imaike from 18:30
Tokyo duo Sister Paul is back with more glum glam rock: a unique sound they achieve by co-

opting the fashion of Iggy Pop and a sound inspired by his heroin addiction. DOOR ¥1800

Thursday 7


Tokuzo in Imaike from 18:00

I love this band, but, admittedly it’s been a while since I last saw them perform live (when the hell did Quminco Grape cut her hair?!). But I intend to rectify that this month as I try to reclaim my title as the number one Grape Head (watch out, Mark). You’ll be a fan, too, once you experience their bubblegum pop via new wave sound. DOOR ¥3300

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