The first-ever OZZFEST JAPAN debuted this past weekend (Saturday, May 11 and Sunday, May 12, 2013) to capacity crowds and wide critical acclaim. The two-day music festival–the first major international music festival to ever travel to the country–drew sold-out crowds of 20,000 fans on each day.
OZZFEST JAPAN–a collaboration between Sharon Osbourne, in partnership with Japanese promoter Hayashi International Promotion (H.I.P.)–included OZZFEST alumni Black Sabbath, Slipknot, Tool, Deftones, Slash and Stone Sour. Other bands on the bill included Maximum the Hormone, Dir En Grey, MAN WITH A MISSION, Momoiro Clover Z, Steel Panther, Ningen Isu, Galneryus, Namba69, AA=, Fear, and Loathing in Las Vegas, MUCC, The Treatment, Anthem, Crossfaith, coldrain, Knock out Monkey, HEAD PHONES PRESIDEN, ARTEMA, and fade.
â€œI am so thrilled with the success of the first ever Ozzfest Japan,â€ says Sharon Osbourne. â€œThe fans really loved the extraordinary mix of international and Japanese artists. Since we had such a great reception, weâ€™re already in dialogue about a 2014 Ozzfest Japan!â€
H.I.P. Promoter Kaori Hayashi adds, â€œI feel we created a perfect storm with an amazing Japanese and international line-up.â€