After a three year hiatus (during which the event was basically just renamed Supersonic), Summer Sonic is set to return!
In an amazing location overlooking Tokyo Bay, the huge arena main stage and various other smaller stages are host to a wide range of acts spanning every genre. The festival is held simultaneously in Chiba and Osaka, with acts switching days — so you won’t miss out, whichever you choose.
A day before the headbanging begins, Sonicmania, an unoffical third day of Tokyo’s Summer Sonic, will also be held.
If you’d rather get your music fix in the cool(ish) mountain air, you might prefer Fuji Rock in August.
Summer Sonic 2022 line up
On Saturday, August 20, The 1975 will headlne and amazing acts such as The Libertines, The Offspring, St Vincent, All Time Low, Kacey Musgraves, The Linda Lindas, and Hyde will also perform.
On Sunday, August 21, Post Malone will headline and amazing acts such as Carly Rae Jepsen, Megan Thee Stallion, One Ok Rock, Primal Scream, Asian Kung-fu Generation, and CL will be on the bill.
At Sonicmania on Friday, August 19, Kasabian, Primal Scream, Nujabes Eternal Soul, Cornelius, and more will also perform.
Getting tickets to Summer Sonic 2022
Tickets for Tokyo have now sold out but are available on trade platforms such as this one (login required). At the start of sale, they cost ¥17,000 for one day or ¥31,000 for both days. Pricier “platinum tickets,” which include access to exclusive viewing areas, lounges, and cloakrooms, cost ¥30,000 for one day.
Sonicmania tickets are still available and cost ¥13,000 for a standing ticket.
Osaka tickets are still partially available and are slightly cheaper than Tokyo: ¥15,000 for one day and ¥28,000 for two days.
Getting to Summer Sonic 2022
Zozo Marine Stadium is located in Chiba and takes about 40 minutes to reach from Tokyo Station and about one hour from Shinjuku. Read our transport guide for more information.
What about Supersonic?
The alternate Supersonic event was cancelled due to COVID in 2020, but went ahead in September of 2021 with restrictions in place and a typhoon affecting day one. Perhaps because of the logistical difficulty of moving bands around during a pandemic, the 2021 lineup was heavily electronic with some international DJs controversially being allowed into the country and given a pass from quarantine. In 2022, it seems this event has evolved into Sonicmania.