Held in Tokyo three times since 2010, this combo event uniting music and art packed up and moved out to the Izu Peninsula in 2015. That picturesque location will again be revisited for 2017, as the formerly one-day Rainbow Disco Club returns for 55 straight hours over Golden Week. The first lineup announcements are in, and Tokyo’s own DJ Nobu will apparently be playing a b2b set with deep house voyager and Soul People Music head Fred P. A nice one-two to get us excited for more, that’s for sure.
A gathering in the mountains of the Izu Peninsula is trying to add a little color — and funk — to a monotone canvas.
RDC has been providing quality tunes since its inception. Previous years have seen internationally revered DJs and beatmakers such as DJ Harvey, Todd Terje and Moodymann enter the booth, so fans of the festival have come to expect the highest standard of disco, house and funk at this annual party. And sound quality too — the Funktion One system is among the most finely tuned out of the country’s outdoor events.
The urban festival — which Tsuchiya says was named after the Rainbow Bridge where the party was held between 2010 and 2014 — made a move to the mountains last year, and even upped the ante by becoming a three-day affair. Created a more profound experience where people can fully sync into the musical program, dance to the music and just hang out barefoot in the beautiful surroundings.
So what’s needed for the ideal music festival anyway? Love! And that could well be what the country’s shrinking dance music scene is in need of.