Hokuo Music Fest 2015

19.11.2015 – 21.11.2015

Hokuo Music Fest presents Nordic music to Tokyo on November 19 to 21. The event comprises of a Nordic-Japanese Trade Day, seminar and showcase event Loud & Metal Mania vol. 2, which focuses on metal.

The concept of Hokuo Music Fest was first introduced in 2013 when the Nordic showcase Hokuo Music Night joined forces with a metal showcase previously organized by the Finnish export office. The first Hokuo Music Fest was a success. Therefore in 2015, the Nordics continue to introduce the best of their music to the Japanese market and build international music industry networks together.

The Japanese music market is the second largest music market in the world, and the sales of physical recordings are still high. The Hokuo Music Fest local partner, Creativeman, hosts some of Japan’s biggest festivals such as Loud Park and Summer Sonic and arranges most of the international artists’ shows in Japan.

Download the list of participating delegates here.

Trade day

​Thursday 19 November, 12.30–16.30

Along with the showcases, Hokuo Music Fest incorporates a 4-hour trade day in the center of the Shibuya district, a central location for Japanese music industry. Essential Japanese labels, publishers and media will be invited. Last year over 50 Japanese professionals participated the trade day to meet the Nordic music companies. All Nordic companies will get their own fair table in order to promote their products. There will also be translators to help with the communication.

Shibuto Cine tower 13F
2-6-17 Dogenzaka Shibuya-ku Tokyo 


Friday 20 November, 13.00–16.00

The event also includes a seminar where Japanese music industry professionals will orientate the Nordic participants to the special music market of Japan. 

Seminar speakers and topics are:

• Nozomi Daikuhara (Nippon Television Publishing): Publishing in Japan
• Tak Furuichi (RIAJ): Music market in Japan in 2015
• Jay Kogami (music blogger): Digital market in Japan
• Toni-Matti Karjalainen (Aalto University): Case study: Finnish metal in Japan
• Takayuki Suzuki (Universal Music Japan): Digital promotion in Japan

Shibuto Cine tower 13F
2-6-17 Dogenzaka Shibuya-ku Tokyo


Reception will be held at the Embassy of Sweden on Thursday 19 November. Selected Japanese music professionals are invited to the reception by NOMEX.


The Finnish showcase bands this year are: Khroma and Shear. Also joining them are Nitrodive (SWE).


Please book your hotel through Music Finland. The chosen hotels are situated close to the venues. Airport bus to hotel costs about 30€.

Tokyu Stay Shibuya JPY12000/single, JPY17000/twin approx
Shibuya Excel Hotel Japan JPY19000/single, JPY24000/twin approx, JPY32000/triple

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