Rockcorps Japan 2016

Carly Rae Jepsen

When: 03/09/16: All Day

Where: Azuma Gymnastics Center, 1 Sabara Kamikotoba

With most music festivals, getting your hands on a ticket is a matter of staying up until midnight and then rapidly refreshing a browser, or if you’re old school, waiting in a very long queue to buy your ticket. That’s not the way it works with a RockCorps show. To get your hands on a ticket, you have to put those hands to work for four hours, taking part in one of dozens of volunteer activities that the organization sets up.

Started in the US 11 years ago, the movement has spread to 10 countries, and is celebrating its third anniversary in Japan. Headlining this year’s show in Fukushima is Canadian singer-songwriter Carly Rae Jepsen, who RockCorps founder and CEO Stephen Greene describes as a performer who is “born for the stage; when you see her live it’s clear that she’s having the time of her life, and she was meant to do this.”

Former AKB48 member Minami Takahashi will also take the stage, along with rockers Asian Kung-Fu Generation, and more acts will be announced in the months to come. However, Greene makes it clear that each artist who takes the stage shares the feeling that “the stars that night are the audience of volunteers, not them.”

Rockcorps Japan 2016

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