Ozzfest Japan Set for 2013: Black Sabbath, Slipknot To Headline

Sabbath and Slipknot head the first-ever Ozzfest Japan, set for May 2013!

Johnny Firecloudby Johnny Firecloud

Start saving those yen! The first-ever Ozzfest Japan has been announced! The two-day festival will debut Saturday, May 11 and Sunday, May 12, 2013 at the Makuhari Messe arena just outside of Tokyo and will feature headlining performances from Black Sabbath–featuring Ozzy Osbourne, Geezer Butler and Tony Iommi–and Slipknot.

"We are excited for the opportunity to bring Ozzfest to Japan for the first time ever,” says Sharon Osbourne.  “We’ve got the perfect combination of Western and Japanese bands. Ozzfest is also thrilled to be presenting Black Sabbath’s first-ever performance in Japan.”

The inaugural Ozzfest Japan line-up will be co-headlined by Grammy Award-winning multi-platinum rockers Slipknot, who last performed in Japan in 2008. The remaining acts on the festival’s lineup will be revealed later this year, and according to organizers it will feature performances from a dynamic mix of international and domestic bands with the goal of establishing Ozzfest Japan as the leader in the Japanese rock festival market. 

Despite Japan reigning as the second largest music market in the world, Ozzfest Japan 2013 will represent the first major international music festival to ever travel to the country.

"We are thrilled to open a new chapter for this legendary festival in Japan,” H.I.P. President Massy Hayashi says of the significance of bringing Ozzfestto Japan.  “I think it will be the perfect chance to bring together the very best international rock music and also give us a chance to show how far Japanese rock has come in recent years.”


The latest information on Ozzfest can be found at www.ozzfestjapan.com.