This weekend, we kicked off Golden Week (and summertime!) with the Haçienda Oiso Music Festival, in the beachside city of Oiso, about two hours south of Tokyo.
The festival headlined ex-Joy Division and New Order bassist Peter Hook, along with The Charlatans, The Whip, and an array of DJs including my friends. Haçienda Festival took place poolside at The Prince Hotel, with a beautiful beach backdrop, and offered a few different outdoor and indoor stages. I was lucky to be able to attend both days and explore the backstage area, but all the fun took place on the dance floors, and beachside sipping on drinks.
I love any opportunity to take trips and attend concerts, and the whole journey was rather epic, from the long train rides to the endless dancing until our feet hurt. I'm happy for my HMS Control friends, who had the chance to perform as part of this festival, and who playfully entertained the crowd (and had their own little onstage party). My highlights included most DJ sets, a Peter Hook rendition of "Love Will Tear Us Apart", smuggled bottles, as well as a rather intriguing dance performance by Bez.
The weekend was filled to the brim with dancing, sun, palm trees, blue skies, cocktails of all sorts, friends, tee-shirts, and great music. It was hot, it was tiring, but it's one of my most memorable weekends in Japan.
|The best kind, thank you Haçienda!|
|Day 1: My hair was unusually fluffy|
|Peter Hook's equipment, backstage|
|Day 2: Tokaido line + iced coffee|
|Bacardi Mojitos on the Tokaido line.|
Hey, it's a long trip.
|We finally made it to the beach!|
|Poolside and beachside|
|Pure beach bliss (and a background hunk)|
|Mike and the box of HMS tee-shirts|
|Backstage boozing (Orangina was spiked)|
|The boys of HMS Control: Matthew, Jake and Mike|
|These Charming Men (I'll never get tired of this caption)|
|Mike having a blast onstage|
|Groupie much? Thanks for the tee-shirt!|
|Tom of the 9/11s, dancing the day away|
|My sunglasses, and a beautiful chest|
|Pole dancing was part of the festival|
|By the end of Day 2, my hair was questionable|
|Pools, beach, palm trees, summertime.|
|Jake and Mike. My sunnies got passed around.|
|I like watching skateboarders and winking|
|Sleepy at Oiso station, dreading a two-hour train journey|
|Re-energized at Shibuya station|
|The night ended with pizza and Geordie Shore|